Benefits Of Solar Energy To The Environment
- Air Pollution Reduction
- Water Use Reduction
- Reduces Nonrenewable Energy Dependence
- Improves Humanity’s Long-term Health
- Fights Climate Change
Financial returns and lower monthly utility bills are major incentives for going solar. The exact savings you will see with solar depends on the following:
- Electricity consumption
- Solar energy system size
- Whether you purchase or lease your system
- Direct hours of daily sunlight
- Size and angle of roof
Increased Home Value
Solar panels are viewed as upgrades, like a renovated kitchen or a finished basement, so purchasing a solar energy system will likely increase your home’s value. Studies show that homeowners pay a premium for a solar home; one study by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory showed that on average, solar increased the value of a home by about $15,000. Although market factors like electricity rates and system size may impact the size of the premium, solar homes can sell for more than homes without PV. Learn more about solar and real estate.
Solar Works Everywhere
The solar resource of the United States is enormous. In fact, just one hour of noontime summer sun is equal to the annual U.S. electricity demand. Most states in the United States have good-to-excellent solar resource. Even places with relatively low solar resources, such as the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, can experience cost savings, and have similar solar resources to countries that have widely developed solar PV, like Germany.
Each kilowatt-hour (kWh) of solar that is generated will substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions like CO2, as well as other dangerous pollutants such as sulfur oxides, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter. Solar also reduces water consumption and withdrawal.