SOLAR POWER’S ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS
What are the environmental benefits of solar power?
According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, the benefits of renewable energy (and solar power, in particular) are the following:
- Less global warming
- Improved public health
- Inexhaustible energy
- More jobs and other economic benefits
- Stable energy prices
- Reliability and resilience
SOLAR IS RENEWABLE
Solar systems produce 100% renewable energy from the sun, with no harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
Over its lifetime,a typical residential solar system can offset the equivalent of 150 tons of coal burned, and 450,000 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions.
SOLAR IS SUSTAINABLE
Solar is virtually maintenance-free, can last up to 40 years, and utilizes otherwise unused space on your home or business. Solar panels can even be reused to make new solar panels.
They are primarily made of silicon (sand), the second most plentiful element on Earth after oxygen.
SOLAR IS LOCAL
Solar power is produced just feet away from where it is to be used, making it the most efficient way to produce electricity. There is also no energy wasted in transmission, unlike traditional electricity sources, which waste up to 15%.
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