Why Solar Electric Power?
In the United States alone, 50% of all electricity is generated by coal-powered plants, 20% comes from natural gas-powered plants and another 20% is generated by nuclear fission-powered plants. Overtime, conventional electrical generation has had a negative impact on the world that we live in.
- Air pollution created by the release of mercury, nitrogen oxide and carbon dioxide into the atmosphere
- Exhaustion of nonrenewable fossil fuels which take millions of years to create
- Price volatility created by global energy commodity market fluctuations
- Dependence on foreign fossil fuel which may incite acts of terrorism
- Socioeconomic weakness that takes a toll in longevity and health on people living near mining, processing plants or transportation centers of fossil fuels.
Now more than ever, the world is in need of energy solutions that address these problems created by conventional electrical generation. According to President Obama, the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency marks "a new era of energy exploration" in the United States. Among today’s renewable energy choices, solar electric power has emerged as the one of the world’s most practical solutions.
- Economical –The government is now providing tax credits or incentives for people purchasing solar energy systems. On average, rebates usually cover 20-30% of the systems cost. In addition to federal tax incentives, some consumers will also be eligible for utility or state rebates.
- Stable – Solar panels are virtually maintenance free and extremely reliable. They have 20-25 year warranties and last 30 to 40 years or longer. Unlike fuel, solar power is also not affected by supply and demand and is therefore not affected by the increasing price of gasoline.
- Environmentally friendly – Solar energy is clean and renewable. It does not require any hazardous waste disposal. It also does not create air pollution and therefore does not contribute to global warming, acid rain or smog.
- Plentiful –Solar energy is renewable. There is more energy that falls from the sun onto the Earth in one hour than can be used by everyone in the world in a year. Solar energy is also available everywhere electricity is used.
- Dependable – Solar energy is a never ending source of energy which may be harnessed indefinitely throughout time.