Environmental Benefits of a Solar Installation
Did you know that Southern California enjoys over 278+ sunny days out of the year? Although significantly reduced energy bills are great there is also are also huge environmental benefits of solar on your home. On sunny days, our customers who have completed a solar installation can generate a lot more energy than they consume, and then can trade that with the power utility.
Even cloudy days or locations can receive more than two hours of sunlight per day, while sunny locations receive an average of 5.5 hours of sunlight per day. Although sunny days will produce more solar energy, panels will continue to draw energy even when the weather is cloudy. Indirect, or diffused, sunlight will still help to power a home. Cloudy days usually produce around 10 to 20 percent of the power generated on sunny days.
Solar power systems derive clean, pure energy from the sun, helping the environment both locally and globally. Installing solar panels on your home helps combat greenhouse gas emissions and reduces our collective dependence on fossil fuel. Traditional electricity is sourced from fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas. When fossil fuels are burned to produce electricity, they emit harmful gases that are the primary cause of air pollution. Not only are fossil fuels bad for the environment, but they are also a finite resource.
Benefits of Cutting Fossil Fuel Use
Coal and natural gas plants produce air and water pollution that is harmful to human health. Replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy sources like solar power improves public health and can reduce premature mortality.
We celebrate the fact that California is finally 100% drought-free. Solar energy requires little to no water to operate. Not only does solar not pollute water resources, but it also doesn’t put a strain on our county’s water supply.
Solar power also works during a drought or heatwave. Coal, natural gas and nuclear power use large amounts of water for cooling. During heat waves or severe droughts, as we’ve experienced in recent years, electricity generation is at risk. But solar power systems do not require water to generate electricity. It’s a win-win for all involved!
There are many environmental benefits of solar that range from powering kitchen appliances to heating or air conditioning your home.
If you’re a Southern California homeowner wondering how to do your part for the environment and believe you may be ready to install solar panels there’s no better time to do it than now. With the federal tax benefits soon going away and battery backup technology improving the overall solar installation efficiency you really should speak with a professional energy consultant. Give us a call today at 951-678-7733 and learn more about how going solar can save you money and the environment.