March 11th is Solar Appreciation Day!
Solar energy is a clean, renewable energy source that’s good for the planet and for your wallet.
Here are the top 3 reasons to invest in solar today.
Solar energy is clean! While making solar panels requires materials and energy, modern environmental laws protect us from the mining and production processes involved. And once solar panels are up and working, they offset the energy used to create them in a couple years and provide decades of clean power. Using solar also reduces air pollutants like carbon dioxide (CO2) – a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to rising global temperatures. In 2019, the EPA reported that coal use accounted for about 61 percent of CO2 emissions while only contributing to about 24 percent of the electricity generated in the United States.
Solar energy is renewable! There is a limited supply of fossil fuels such as coal and oil, but solar energy is unlimited! Switching to solar energy and other energy alternatives lessens our dependence on these limited resources and better prepares us for a future without fossil fuels. This is one reason solar power is the fastest growing part of our energy grids, providing nearly half of all new power plants in the US with power in 2020.
Solar energy has never been more affordable! Cost for solar sits at about $1 – $1.50 per watt, which is down from $8.50 per watt in 2010. Solar panels are also an investment that can raise the value of your home. Home and business owners can even claim the Federal Renewable Electricity Investment Tax Credit for Solar for a portion of the installation cost.
Installing solar is a great opportunity for Idaho residents and businesses to take significant action towards reaching our climate goals. We’re interested in learning your thoughts on solar energy! Fill out this form and let us know how we can help you on your solar journey.
An investment in solar energy is not only an investment for a healthier environment, but also for a healthier future for all Idahoans. To learn more about the impacts climate change has on our health, join us next Thursday at 6:30 PM MDT for “Public Health and our Changing Climate.” Register here!