So many environmentally friendly folks out there love to extol the virtues of solar power over non-renewable resources like fossil fuels or coal. But there are, and probably always will be, detractors who claim that solar power is too costly to produce, is largely ineffective in comparison to current fuel sources, and doesn’t offer enough benefit to be a viable alternative energy source. At Hytech Solar, we are (understandably) huge proponents of solar power so we may be a little biased, but that doesn’t mean our opinions are unfounded! Here’s what you need to know about the solar power versus fossil fuel debate:
The benefit to solar power isn’t limited to the home or business operating with this alternative power source. One of the biggest perks of solar power, on a broader scale, is that it is creating jobs, not destroying them. According to the US Department of Energy, both solar and wind saw the most job growth from 2015 to 2016; of the 300,000 new jobs created, nearly 74,000 of those were from solar power alone. Fossil fuels saw an increase of only 15,000 jobs. So, in terms of stimulating the economy, solar power takes this one.
One of the other primary arguments against solar power is the production and installation cost. It is important to note that, as technology improves, the cost to produce a solar panel keeps dropping. In fact, according to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, solar power has become just as cost effective as coal power in several states, and that is after the applied government subsidies oil and coal receive. You can see an interactive map in the link above to check how your state compares.
As we said above, improving technology has made it much less expensive to install solar power for one’s home or business. This means that more and more Americans are investing in solar panel systems which, in turn, increases the production capacity nationwide. In comparison, the rising cost of coal means that 175 coal-run power plants will be closing in the next couple of years, with an expectation that this trend will continue for both coal and solar power in coming years/decades.
More and more scientific studies are being released to the public with conclusive results about the negative impact fossil fuels and nonrenewable resources are having on the planet. This long list of harmful damage includes air pollution that causes respiratory illnesses, smog, and acid rain; mercury released into the atmosphere by coal fires; flooding, river pollution, and landslides from mining operations; and landfill contributions from coal waste. Conversely, solar power is a clean and renewable source of energy that doesn’t emit anything into the atmosphere or surrounding land.
To add solar power to your Bayshore home, call Hytech Solar to start your solar power plan today!