Did you know that enough energy reaches the earth every hour from the sun that can provide energy for every household and business in the world for an entire year? Further, the sun is expected to last another 30 billion years.
The sun is the source of all energy on the earth, be it fossil fuel, coal, wind, wave, or nuclear. The sun is also the source of all life on the planet. Therefore, without the sun, mankind would not exist and the earth would not even be imagined.
Despite these facts, the sun’s energy is only responsible for 0.06% of all the energy used within the United States. Instead, we invest in mining coal or the transferring of trillions of dollars yearly to the oil rich nations of the Middle East or other unfriendly territories.
Solar energy is free and abundant. It is also clean and releases only a trace of the so-called Greenhouse Gasses, such as CO2, that pollute our atmosphere.
But has the technology reached the stage where it is economically viable to embark on a whole scale installation of solar energy systems in our homes and businesses? The answer is a resounding YES.
Solar energy can now provide electricity to light our homes and businesses by the use of photovoltaic (PV) cells and Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) systems and also provides heating and cooling by the use of solar thermal systems; evacuated tubes and/or flat plate collectors.
It should also be noted that the government is committed to help us develop and install solar systems in our homes and businesses and have provided many grants and tax incentives to help defray the cost of the installation of the systems or to aid in the research and development of the technology.
The installation of a solar system in your home could result in the reduction of your energy bill by more than 60% and more than 30% in a typical business. More savings may be realized and your consultant should advise you accordingly.
If just 10% of our neighborhoods installed a solar system, we could reduce our national debt by more than 3 trillion dollars and save over 5 million tons of carbon gasses.
You are encouraged to catch this wave and reduce your energy bills, cut your carbon foot print, and help save our planet.