Solar Power: The Environmental Incentives
The biggest deciding factor for many Americans when going solar is whether or not it’ll save them any money, with the idea that if it’s only a lateral move financially, installing residential solar panels on your home for two decades may seem like more trouble than it's’ worth. Luckily, solar helps most homeowners save on their monthly bill, which is great, but the environmental benefit is even more valuable than any amount of savings.
Why? Residential solar panels generate clean energy directly from the Sun, which helps generate cleaner air and slow climate change. There’s a few different ways we can equate this to tangible things by calculating the kWh an average solar power system is capable of generating.
The average system is about 7848 kW – some companies install as low as 5 kW, but some have ever higher goal upwards of 10 or 11 kW, depending on roof space that’s allotted to fit solar. Based off a 7.8kW system, about 8685 kWh hours are generated each year.
How much of an impact is your average residential solar power system making? It’s equivalent to:
- Planting 50 trees
- Reducing over 14,000 miles driven by the average vehicle
- Reducing 687 gallons of gasoline consumed
- Reducing 6,513 pounds of burned coal
- Reducing the use of 14 barrels of consumed oil
…and this is just for an average-sized solar system. With a larger system, you can make that much more of a difference. Think about the overall goal – the United States is anticipated to reach 98 gigawatts of solar installed by 2020. Every bit makes a difference and a step in the right direction. We’ll help you find an installer that strives to get you the most efficient system.