Here’s Why You Should Go Green with Solar
Yes, you can Go Green with Solar energy!
Did you know that one-third of our world’s carbon dioxide (CO2) is released into the atmosphere from power generation?
Your mom or dad always nagged you to turn off the lights because you were either “wasting energy” or “raising up their light bill”. Those reasons aren’t false. However, beneath the financial burden is the truth about the real impact it has on our environment. More power is triggered when you leave the light, TV, or any other electrical utility running. As a result, more carbon dioxide emissions causing pollution in our world. This is a BIG reason to Go Green with Solar.
Evidentially, Tata Power, India’s largest integrated power company increased their green initiatives by installing solar panels on their statue buildings to generate green electricity. In 2021, Tata Power was able to integrate their program throughout 90 cities in India which produces 421 million watts of electricity. This is equivalent to the electricity use of nearly 40,000 homes in the U.S. The average annual power usage for a resident in the U.S. was 10,715 kWh in 2020, according to the Energy Information Administration.
Solar Panel vs. Tree Debate when Going Green
Solar power is better for the planet than fossil fuel alternatives. Trees are also really good for the environment because they offset the emissions of carbon dioxide. However, you may feel the need to choose between solar panels and trees when you Go Green. For example, the average South Carolina resident generates about 15.5 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). This number is less than the average person in other states that get electricity from nuclear power but is still a lot for one person.
Additionally, mature trees can only offset about 50 pounds of carbon in the atmosphere per year. It would take 680 fully grown trees for you to offset your carbon footprint. On the other hand, the average 10,871 square feet home with solar panels can offset up to 3 metric tons of carbon emissions per year (equivalent to 130 trees). Based on that calculation, solar panels are more likely better for preventing climate change when you Go Green with Solar.
Yet it’s not that simple. Trees provide essential habitats for animals. Trees also stop erosion, prevent floods and absorb rain after storms which are both crucial to flood-prone cities and states.
Hence, we have created an initiative when you Go Green with Solar. To help lessen the battle between solar panels and trees, we at Catalyst Solar are looking to invest in tree farms every time a homeowner installs solar panels on their home with us. Identically, a number of trees will be planted whether you had to cut down a tree to install solar panels on your roof or not. We are excited to bring this program to you in the near future because if the choice is between solar power and trees, the best decision is both.
Go Green. Go Solar. Let’s do our part in protecting our environment.
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The Post and Courier. (2020, September 14). In solar panels vs. trees debate, both are winners. Post and Courier. Retrieved July 13, 2022, from https://www.postandcourier.com/opinion/editorials/in-solar-panels-vs-trees-debate-both-are-winners/article_15f364e4-f992-11e8-892d-032158397671.html