Five brilliant reasons for going solar:
- Using a solar energy system significantly reduces the amount of electricity you now purchase to power your home or place of business. In many cases, solar completely eliminates the need to purchase electricity!
- Solar energy is clean and renewable. Not only does it help reduce greenhouse gases, seen by many as a key contributor to global climate change, it also reduces our reliance on fossil fuels for energy production.
- By saving you so much money on your monthly electric or natural gas bill, solar energy is an effective hedge against future price increases. With solar, you can enjoy the financial benefits of fixed energy costs!
- As more and more home and business owners switch to solar, the solar industry is growing at a record pace, providing good local jobs and a stronger local economy.
- Using solar power reduces your community’s electrical demand, resulting in fewer brownouts and blackouts when energy demand is highest. By generating more electricity than you use, your solar system actually makes more electricity available to the power grid!
So right, for so many reasons.
Solar energy systems are among the cleanest ways of producing electricity, with very little negative impact on our environment. With solar energy, the sun’s rays are efficiently converted into electricity or hot water, resulting in zero air pollution, zero hazardous waste and zero noise. All while reducing our reliance on fossil fuels.
In addition to the environmental benefits, solar energy has economic benefits as well, enabling the U.S. to rely less and less upon imported energy sources. Solar energy is effectively driving economic development in local communities and across the country, as evidenced by America’s photovoltaic industry which has grown by over 57% in recent years, contributing to more than $17 billion in global revenues. The Energy Information Administration believes America’s solar energy’s growth will continue, reaching nearly 3 gigawatts by 2030, up from 624 megawatts in 2006.
To accelerate that growth, President George W. Bush proposed the Solar America Initiative in 2006 to spur the commercialization of solar energy technologies. Under this Initiative, America could be home to an estimated 5 to 10 gigawatts of photovoltaic power by 2015 (enough to power up to 2 million homes) while reducing CO2 emissions by 10 million metric tons and adding 30,000 new employees to the photovoltaic industry.