Solar = Cleaner Air
Fossil fuel power as a traditional energy source is extremely damaging to the environment. Its collection and use are the leading causes of global warming and decreased air quality. This can be combated by switching to a clean energy source like solar power.
In fact, the solar capacity currently installed across the United States is expected to offset as much as 16.8 million metric tons of carbon dioxide a year. That’s 16.8 million fewer tons of toxic air to breathe. That’s the equivalent of 84,000 full grown blue whales worth of toxins, eliminated from the air already by solar power. This is a huge step toward mitigating the human impact of environmental climate change. We can continue adopting clean energy practices to even further this effort.
Traditional electricity generation is by far the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions. It is more damaging than pollution from both transportation and manufacturing combined! Even considering the energy expended to initially produce solar panels, you’ll produce far less emissions compared to sticking with traditional sources of energy over the lifetime of your system. That’s an environmental win.
Solar Power Saves Water
One of the biggest, yet least talked about environmental benefits of going solar is how it is saving our limited freshwater supply. Traditional power plants, such as natural gas and coal-fired plants, require up to 60 gallons of water for every kilowatt-hour of electricity produced to facilitate their vital cooling requirements. With solar energy, there is no pollution of local water resources, both in manufacture and in their use. Why is this withdrawal of freshwater even important? The water usage of traditional
power plants poses a threat to both local ecosystems as well as economies. This abundant water usage puts a huge strain on local resources in times of drought. It also stresses local ecosystems in many cases to the breaking point. This has an enormous environmental effect, the draw on water can destroy aquatic habitats for fish and insect larvae and can lead to animals dying of thirst.
Solar Protects Finite Resources
Another benefit of solar energy is that it is renewable. In contrast, fossil fuels are non-renewable and while they may seem in abundance today, there will come a time when the world will run out. Or, the cost of finding and extracting these sources will become too expensive to sustain. By that time, the resulting damage to our financial infrastructure and environment may be unrepairable. Switching to solar today is the best way to hedge against the reality of finite fuel resources.
Protect The Earth, Protect Your Health
Along with the environmental damage that traditional power creation causes, it also wreaks havoc on human health. One of the biggest benefits of solar energy is that it results in very few air pollutants. Solar energy doesn’t release toxic gasses into the atmosphere as with fossil fuel power. By cutting down carbon emissions and pollution levels, solar energy improves the life expectancy and reduces mortality rates of surrounding communities. If the United States has a goal of 27% of total power coming from solar sources by 2050. If this is reached, the economic and environmental impact would result in $167 billion in savings from lower future health and environmental damages. It will also prevent 25,000-59,000 premature deaths due to pollution-related illnesses.
Solar Makes Environmental Sense
In summary, choosing cleaner solar power not only helps you save money, but it benefits the environment and humankind as well. Solar energy is a clean, affordable, and sustainable way to generate electricity. It is a way to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels in favor of the most abundant source of energy available – the sun. If you are interested in learning more about the financial and environmental benefits of solar energy and if it is right for you, we invite you to request a free custom solar quote from one of our friendly solar experts today!
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