Why Going Solar is Good For Our Environment – The Basics
Solar – Good for Our Environment
Electricity production is responsible for a large percentage of all carbon emissions in the United States. Going solar helps to decrease the effects of those emissions. The average household emits approximately 20 metric tons of carbon pollution each year. By installing a solar power system, a typical two-person household reduces their carbon emissions by three to four tons annually*.
Solar reduces greenhouse gas emissions because the electricity that solar panels produce have zero emissions. Most of Maryland’s greenhouse gas emissions come from a combination of mobile sources (cars and trucks) and the power plants that generate energy for Maryland utility companies.
As the chart below illustrates, most of Maryland’s power plants that utilities like BGE and Pepco rely on, create electricity from fossil fuels like coal so when you run your home on sunshine you reduce your need for electricity from your utility. As a result, the power plant emits less carbon-based pollution to produce the power your household needs. When you choose to be less dependent upon your utility company, you help to protect the environment for future generations.
Of course one of the most obvious environmental benefits solar power offers is that that it will never create a massive oil spill that kills sea life, never poison the water like fracking does, never have chemical leaks from coal refining byproducts that seep into rivers and lakes, or destroy a mountaintop ecosystem. When solar has a spill, it’s called a “sunny day”.
GREAT NEWS FOR ENVIRONMENTALLY-CONSCIOUS HOMEOWNERS: Solar Saves Money Too!
The good news for homeowners who care about the environment but who have not switched to renewable energy yet is today it is easier than ever before for Maryland-area homeowners to start saving with solar power. Once your home solar system is up and running you not only reduce your negative environmental impact, you will also cut your electricity costs from 20-100% depending upon whether you choose to own your solar system outright, or go with a Power Purchase Plan (PPA).
With a Zero-Down PPA you have $0 upfront costs for solar panels and installation. With approved credit, you can have a solar power system installed and only pay for electricity each month at a rate that’s at least 20% less than what your monthly electric bill was prior to going solar – so you start saving money as soon as your solar panels are installed.
If you are interested in going solar, the best thing to do is to contact us to learn if your home qualifies for solar. Simply fill out the form on this page or call 866-856-4580.
*The U.S. Green Building Council