Solar energy can save you money and is good for the environment
Consider the following:
- Solar energy is clean, safe and benign.
- The energy from the sun is free -- a huge and unlimited source of energy.
- Once the energy that goes into the panelsí manufacture and installation is accounted for, a solar system is a "clean power plant." A PV system will generally "make back" the amount of energy used in its manufacture in 18 to 36 months. Thereafter, all energy produced will be net-positive over the systemís typical 25- to 30-year lifespan.
- Energy generated from solar systems can replace and offset energy generated from fossil fuels. Roughly half the electricity generated in the United States comes from burning coal, a heavy contributor to CO2 emissions and airborne pollutants. Using solar power reduces consumption of coal and, thus, also reduces greenhouse gases and airborne pollution.
- Energy Security: Energy generated from clean-energy sources, such as solar, can help reduce a country's dependence on imported energy.
- Energy Security also includes Energy Independence. Depending on the type of solar system used and specific installation, a clean-energy system can offer a degree of autonomy from the existing status quo of energy suppliers.
- Energy Security can also mean (depending on system type) a Backup Energy supply in the event of a traditional grid power outage. Such a scenario was seen in California in 2001-2002, and in the Northeast in 2005.