Although clean energy is becoming increasingly popular throughout the world, there are still a number of misconceptions about solar power. We are straightening out nine of the most common false impressions about solar energy, proving solar power is accessible to everyone and every home.
The Decline of Coal
The US has slowly been moving away from coal: over the past decade, US coal power production has dropped by 44%. The harmful effects of burning coal and are well documented, so reducing coal power bodes well for both human and environmental health. As we use less and less coal energy, it’s important that we replace it with an energy source that’s safe. Renewable energy has proven to be reliable, predictable, and most of all, clean.
Electric vehicle ownership is quickly growing in Massachusetts. This growth is related to the symbiotic relationship with the solar energy industry. The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection collects data on electric vehicles (EVs), and they have seen a speedy increase. “The number of electric vehicles in the state has grown from 782 as of July 31, 2013, to 3,770 as of March 31, 2017. The number of plug-in hybrids, which can also utilize gasoline, has increased from 1,034 to 5,701 during that time frame.”
The solar industry has been booming in recent years. The push for more renewables has caused solar energy to skyrocket, as well as a steep decline in the price for going solar. The growth of the solar industry, however, is in jeopardy. The success of the solar industry moving forward is now in the hands of President Donald Trump. The International Trade Commission (ITC) has recently sent a proposal to the desk of President Trump that will put a tariff on imported solar panels. The tariff would be placed at 35% and could be detrimental to the success of the solar industry.
You decided to go solar, congrats! You check your cloud-based SolarEdge monitor and see that everything is going great. Your panels are producing a serious amount of energy that is significantly offsetting your electric bill, they look awesome, and you are doing your part to reduce carbon emissions. You may have even invested in a Tesla Powerwall that keeps your home powered during power outages, stores your own energy so you never have to buy back from the grid, and helps you power your electric car! Overall, you are super excited and want to share this news with your neighbors, but how?