Top 3 Reasons Why Going Solar is Good for the Earth

Nathan Billmaier Commercial Solar, Nonprofit Solar, Residential Solar

Happy Earth Day! Scientists have projected that the ️sun produces enough energy in one-tenth of a second to provide for the entire planet’s power consumption needs for 600 years. It is imperative that we do all we can to harness this energy and the numerous environmental benefits that go along with it. As we celebrate Earth Day, let’s take a look at the top three reasons why going solar is good for the planet.

IT REDUCES YOUR CARBON FOOTPRINT

Generating electricity with solar power reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Greenhouse gases, which are produced when fossil fuels are burned, lead to rising global temperatures and climate change. According to the International Energy Agency, carbon dioxide emissions went up 1.7% last year, hitting a record high. Consider this, the carbon footprint per unit of energy production of solar panels is 95% lower than that of fossil fuel power plants. A rooftop solar panel system can reduce pollution by 100 tons of CO2 – including the energy it took to manufacture the solar panels.

SOLAR SAVES WATER

To provide electricity for an average home, a nuclear power plant requires 615 gallons of cooling water a day. Well, guess what? NO water is needed to convert sunlight into energy. Zero! Nothing! Water and power depend on each other and it is important that we do all we can to protect it – going solar can help us achieve this goal.

ITS RENEWABLE

Among all the benefits of solar panels, the most important thing is that solar energy is a truly renewable energy source. It is sustainable and can be harnessed in all areas of the world. Its readily available to us every day and it is totally inexhaustible. Unlike fossil fuels that are finite, we cannot run out of solar energy.

To put it simply, every day is Earth Day for us here at Sopris Solar. As an environmentally conscious company, we understand that over its lifetime, one of our solar installations can save up to 191,416 lbs. of dirty coal from being used, which is the equivalent of removing 38 cars from the road and planting 4,569 new trees per year. So what are you waiting for? Celebrate this Earth Day by doing something good for the planet. Contact us today for a FREE quote and learn more about how you can save money, build equity, and create energy independence today!