Most of the energy used in a household comes from burning fossil fuels that have been mined out of the earth and pushed along the grid to power your lights, charge your phone, and run your washing machine. Fossil fuels, when burned, emit a tremendous amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, polluting our health and our environment.
Not only is this a finite source of energy, but the cost is guaranteed to rise every year. Making the transition to solar reduces your dependence on the power companies, but it also reduces our nation’s dependence on foreign oil. With solar panels producing your power, you will remain unaffected by the rising prices of oil. And once your system is paid for, all your power is free, guaranteed for 25 years with a life expectancy of 30 to 40 years.
An average size system with 5 kW of photovoltaic capacity will avoid the release of 73 tons of carbon over a 25 year lifetime that would have occurred if you had purchased that power from your utility, and that’s not even the full lifetime of your panels. This is the environmental equivalent of planting 682 trees!
JOB CREATION IN THE SOLAR INDUSTRY
The solar energy industry is creating jobs in America when we need them most. The rapid growth of jobs in the solar industry clearly demonstrates that smart policies, including the federal tax credit, are putting Americans back to work. In addition to jobs, these policies are driving down the cost of solar and providing a clean, reliable energy choice for millions of homeowners and businesses.
- The U.S. solar industry employed 335,000 people.*
- Globally, the solar industry employed 3.61 million people in 2018. **
- In 2016, the solar industry grew 17 times faster than the broader economy. ***
- In 2018, North Carolina ranked 2nd in the country for installed solar.***
*Forbes, 2019 Renewable Energy Job Boom Creates Economic Opportunity As Coal Industry Slumps
**International Renewable Energy Agency, 2019 Renewable Energy and Jobs Annual Review
***The Solar Foundation, 2019 National Solar Jobs Census
***U.S. Energy Information Administration, 2017 North Carolina Profile
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