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.
Powerwall is available to anyone, with or without solar energy. Tesla describes Powerwall as a “rechargeable home battery system that stores energy from solar or from the grid and makes it available on demand.” The prospect of generating and storing your own energy is incredibly appealing– especially when you consider the power outages that come with Nor’easters, hurricanes, and other bad weather conditions. In March alone, Massachusetts has been hit by 4 Nor’easters. The first Nor’easter led to 450,000 power outages, the second 360,000 power outages, and the third resulted in over 200,000. Powerwall can keep your house–and your life–running normally when the grid shuts down.
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.
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…]