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The majority of the electricity that we use in our homes comes from burning fossil fuels like coal and natural gas, both of which are major sources of greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, coal and natural gas are both non-renewable and depletable energy sources which will eventually run out. Combustion of coal adds more carbon dioxide and other toxic pollutants at a greater rate than any other fuel source. By going solar, you are significantly limiting your pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, preserving our planet for future generations.
Yes, solar panels are made of silicon, which is the second most abundant element in the Earth’s crust. Silicon is also the main material used in the semiconductors that run all of our electronics.
Another question you may ask is “how long does it take a solar panel to offset the energy used to make the panel in the first place?” This is also called the “energy payback.” There are a number of studies with results finding different types of solar panels have anywhere between a two-month and a two-year energy payback. Since your panel lease lasts 20 years, your panel will produce much more energy than was ever used in its' production.
When you lease solar panels, you are saving money and doing your part to reduce your impact on the environment.
Approximately 90% of Colorado’s electricity comes from coal and natural gas. Coal is the main choice of fuel for electricity generation in the United States, yet it is also the worst in terms of pollution. Natural gas, the second most commonly used fuel for electricity generation, generates less CO2 and fewer pollutants than coal. However, research has shown hydraulic fracking while drilling for natural gas likely has serious impacts on water quality. This is particularly true in Colorado, where excessive water consumption and contamination from natural gas have been closely scrutinized in the media. Nuclear energy pollutes less than coal, oil, and natural gas, but the risk of meltdown, terrorist attack and water contamination outweigh the benefits. The bottom line is clean renewable solar energy is better for our environment and for future generations. After all, you can’t beat 300+ days of sunshine a year.