General Benefits of Solar
Our world has been using fossil fuels such as Coal, Oil and Natural Gas as our main source of energy production since the dawn of time. But through the use of these fuel sources there is the cost of toxic carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions being released into our atmosphere. As time has passed, we are starting to see the damaging impact this is having on our environment. Poorer air quality and global warming is starting to threaten the safety and health of our children, our animals and our earth. Not to mention the unknown effects of the continuous drilling and fracking of our earth’s crust.
Recent studies have determined that buildings account for almost 39 percent of total U.S. energy consumption and 39 percent of U.S. CO2 emissions. Nearly all of the greenhouse gas emissions can be attributed to the energy use from these buildings and this problem is only getting worse, as we are seeing a continued upward trend in the energy consumption and CO2 emissions from these buildings contributed to economic and population growths.
The other battle with fossil fuels is availability. These fuel sources are becoming harder to source and therefore are becoming more expensive to obtain. This call’s for consistent utility rate increases to the end customer to cover the costs of exploration and extraction.
Because of the existing economic and environmental concerns we are facing, Solar Energy is now becoming the preferred choice for energy production in the United States. Solar energy simply captures the sun’s rays and converts the energy into DC electricity. This electricity flows into an inverter which transforms it into AC electricity and it is supplied to the building to offset the electricity used by the building.
With zero emissions, unlimited supply of sunshine, and lower costs thanks to new technologies, it makes sense to leverage solar as a source of energy. Solar greatly reduces the costs of energy production and with no moving parts there is very limited maintenance that is needed. Typical solar energy systems have a life expectancy of around 30 years and can greatly benefit our environment by replacing existing fossil fueled energy production systems with zero emissions solar, making for a better life and a bright future for our children.