It’s scary to think about pollution stopping light, but pollution can obscure the sun’s rays from reaching earth. It only takes eight minutes for sunlight to reach Earth, and a few more seconds for the light to touch solar panels. If more humans were to switch over, we could harness more sustainable solar energy and use fewer greenhouse gases.
Solar energy is a naturally occurring resource compared to gas. Thus, it does not contribute to worldwide pollution. Pollution is one of the world’s leading causes of death, affecting over 100 million people. According to the US Department of Energy, solar panels can help reduce pollution by 100 tons of carbon dioxide within their lifespan. This includes the time that it takes to manufacture them. Additionally, they can help improve air quality not just for humans, but for all life on the planet.
Solar energy is now the most affordable energy source in the world. Japan and Australia are among the world’s leading solar energy producers. In the United States, the cost of solar panel installation has dropped by 70% over the past 10 years. Nowadays, the average price to install a solar panel system is about $18,000. In 2010, the cost was over twice that much($40,000). As a result, installations are on the rise throughout the U.S.
It takes an average of 1 – 3 days to install a standard 3-wattage system with 20 solar panels. This is not accounting for the approximate 75 hours of manual labor and non-electrician installation. However, total project time highly depends upon the design, any pre-installation work, and the point of initial contact with the company. This is why it is important to hire an expert in the field.
Solar panels need constant exposure to the sun, but they can still generate electricity without cloud coverage. Subsequently, California has long dominated the sustainable solar energy market. North Carolina, Minnesota, South Carolina, and Florida are just a few of the states that are seeing an increase in sustainable energy because of dropping prices. Solar energy is now in all 50 states, and can thus be used in any region.
Sustainable solar energy is an exciting, renewable energy for our present and future. Speak with us today to learn more about how to get started!