To a homeowner, the immediate reward of going solar is saving money and combating the rising costs imposed by the utility companies. This earth-friendly technology is propelled by a larger mission—renewable energy is one of the most powerful tools we have to fight climate change. With CO2 levels reaching 406.31 parts per million (ppm) in 2017 (up from 380 ppm in 2005), we are at a point where adopting new methods of powering our lives is crucial for our planet and our pocketbooks. Here’s how going solar contributes to the big picture:
The Carbon Dioxide Dilemma
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is an important heat-trapping (greenhouse) gas, one which is released through human activities such as deforestation and burning fossil fuels, as well as natural processes that include respiration and volcanic eruptions. As CO2 levels continue to rise, so does Earth’s temperature, creating changes in worldwide topography, melting the polar ice caps and rising ocean levels. Solar energy’s impact is felt in the power sector by displacing our use of coal and natural gas, effectively lowering CO2 emissions.
Our Dependance On Fossil Fuel
By lowering our CO2 output we can mitigate some of these climate changes, but to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels we must embrace a future dependent on renewable energy. This will happen sooner or later regardless; given the present rate of consumption, fossil fuels could run out by the early 22nd century.
What Does Going Solar Accomplish?
With this global scale, it’s fair to ask what going solar really can do. As it turns out, it can make quite an impact as the technology scales. To understand what you as a homeowner contribute to the whole, it helps to look at the context of clean energy and our collective goals. The Clean Power Plan is an Obama-era policy aimed at combating anthropogenic climate change (global warming) that was first proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency in June 2014. The Plan requires a 32 percent carbon reduction from the power sector by 2030.
Approximately 67 percent of electricity in the U.S. is generated by burning fossil fuels, according to U.S. Energy Information Administration, but reducing the electricity we draw from the grid means reducing carbon emissions. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) reports that solar energy has so far offset 37 million metric tons of CO2 emissions, equivalent to planting 956 million trees.
Until we are able to lower the CO2 levels, we will be living in a state of rising temperature and rising energy costs. That is why so many homeowners in California are switching to solar now before their energy rates go even higher. Solar installations are at an all-time high and interest doesn’t look as though it will cool down—not while people continue to recognize the immediate and long-term benefits going solar has on both the planet and their monthly energy rate.
Looking to make the switch to solar energy? Get in touch with our Riverside solar installation experts at SunPower by Precis by calling (951) 800-7926 today.