Texas-based solar system designer and installer Sunfinity Solar thinks that many people will be surprised to learn all the ways that solar power lives up to its promise of clean, renewable energy.
The company is calling attention to five lesser-known ways that solar power is environmentally friendly clean energy:
Solar saves a precious natural resource – water. Solar requires no water to produce energy. Coal, nuclear and natural gas plants can all use hundreds of gallons of water per megawatt hour of power produced. It requires millions of gallons of water to drill an oil or gas well.
No spills. Other forms of fuel have to be transported for processing and refining – then transported again to the end-user, all requiring more fuel to power the ships and trucks used for transportation.
Solar power is delivered directly to the end-user, without the chance of an environmentally damaging spill.
Safe at home – Any fuel that is “burned” (such as wood in a fireplace or an oil-burning furnace) produces carbon monoxide, an invisible, potentially fatal, gas that sickens 20-30,000 people annually. Solar power produces power with no emissions that can harm the planet, people or pets!
Double-duty – Homeowners who make more solar power than they can use can send it to the electric company for their use – so there is no waste! And the solar-generated electricity can be transmitted using the existing electric company infrastructure, so there is no need to build new lines or plants.
Up on the roof – In addition to cutting electric bills, solar panels can actually extend the life of a roof, since the panels protect the surface from sunlight and other harsh elements.
They should have mentioned how cheap solar panels have become in recent years. Hence, they don’t clean out your wallet as much as they used to.