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.
Clean, Accessible, and Local
It’s no secret that solar energy can reduce both your carbon footprint and your monthly energy bill. What you might not know is that these benefits aren’t limited to those who install solar panels on their property.
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.”
Most homes in the United States have the ability to go solar. You don’t need to live in Florida or California to get enough sun to save money and provide energy for your home. The biggest issue for going solar isn’t how sunny your state typically is. The main issues are potential obstructions to your panels, which may include trees or other buildings. Unfortunately, not much can be done if your roof is regularly shaded by another building. But if your roof is shaded by a tree or several trees, there are options you can take in order to maximize your solar experience and savings associated with going solar. The path most taken is to remove the trees obstructing your roof. It seems odd, however, that in order to “go green” you might have to remove trees to minimize your environmental footprint. While it is ironic, the environmental benefits that your solar system will produce in its lifetime beat out the environmental impact of a few trees. [Read more…]