At Greenleaf Solar, we have a variety of customers who make the switch to solar power for many diverse reasons. Some are looking to save money. Going solar can decrease the amount you pay for electricity. Buying your solar panels through Greenleaf means you won’t be stuck with a lease for solar power that’s difficult to get out of. Having solar panels on your home can make it more appealing to potential buyers as well. But one of the most common reasons we hear about making the switch is because of the environmental benefits of solar energy.
Greenleaf Will Explain How Solar Can Work for You
If you’re considering adding solar panels to your property, talk to Greenleaf. We’ll explain how the system works, how you can save money and how solar can work for you. We also know that solar works for the planet, so we want to tell you a little bit about how going solar benefits the environment.
The Race Towards a Solar Powered Future
It’s called SunShot and it was an initiative created by the US government in 2011 with the goal of making solar energy costs competitive with traditional sources of electricity. SunShot seeks to keep the price of solar to 10 cents per kilowatt-hour for residential solar, 8 cents per kilowatt-hour for commercial solar and 6 cents per kilowatt-hour for utility-scale solar. According to the Energy Department, the solar power industry is about 70 percent of the way towards meeting those goals and the cost of solar has dropped 65 percent since the initiative was announced.
The targets are more ambitious for 2030 as the solar industry is hoping to see residential photovoltaics cost 5 cents per kilowatt hour with targets of 4 cents per kilowatt-hour for commercial photovoltaics and 3 cents per kilowatt hours for utility-scale photovoltaics.
Why are these goals so important? Because there are plenty of environmental benefits that come with reaching these goals. Reducing solar costs by 3.5 cents per kilowatt hour will decrease air pollution and prevent $167 billion in pollution damage. Reducing those pollutants will have the added effect of lowering health care costs and saving 25,000 lives.
Reducing the impact of fossil fuels will reduce the scarcity of water as water consumption will go down in 36 states, which would allow for 1.3 million more households to be hydrated. Reducing our carbon footprint would also lead to saving $259 billion in damage related to climate change.
The future looks bright too. According to researchers from the University of California-Irvine, the US is on track to meet about 80 percent of our energy demand through solar or wind power if the country were to invest money in our renewable energy infrastructure.
Call Greenleaf and Be a Part of the Solar Revolution
You can join the solar revolution and help all of us reap the benefits of solar power while at the same time-saving money. If you’ve been considering a switch to solar, now is the time to help your planet. Contact Greenleaf today.