Are you considering whether or not to invest in solar? At Pell Solar, we are here to help answer any questions you may have. Here are a few reasons why installing solar is more than just implementing renewable energy.
Impact on Grid
Solar installation reduces the need for fossil fuels and other forms of energy, decreasing society’s carbon footprint. Fossil fuels distribute harmful emissions into the atmosphere, causing climate change and other dangerous changes to the ecosystem. Climate change already contributes significantly to environmental and public health issues, so switching to solar can lessen the severity of these issues.
In New York, the average home uses 7,248 kWh of electricity annually, which is produced by burning over 5,000 pounds of coal each year. By switching each of the approximately 140 million housing units in the United States to renewable solar energy, the country will see a substantial change to greenhouse gas emissions. This is especially true in warmer climates, such as California, and in hot summer months when electricity spikes due to an increase in air conditioning usage.
The United States has to produce an insane amount of electricity to sustain the population and standards of living. We have faced this challenge for decades, but there is now a sustainable and affordable solution: solar power. Solar energy produces cleaner air in the region that it is located!
Solar energy also stimulates the economy. Since solar energy is more cost-efficient than burning fossil fuels, individuals are enabled to contribute more to the economy. In turn, converting to solar energy also creates a market for jobs and decreases unemployment in the given region.
Solar Helps You Save
When considering installing solar, it is important to compare the upfront cost of the investment with the amount that can be saved over time. This will make the value of the clean renewable power more apparent. Solar panel installation can cost anywhere from $9,000-$16,000 (for a 6 kW), depending on the state you live, but that money can be earned back fast. Federal Solar Tax Credit also reduces the cost by 26 percent. The cost of installing solar panels can be earned back in an average of 20 years depending on many different factors. These include where you live, the type or brand of solar you install, the wattage of the panels installed, the slope of your roof, and many other factors. Contact Pell Solar today to get a closer estimate of what solar panels will cost (and save) you!