Did you know that enough sunlight falls on the earth every hour to power the entire planet for a year? With world energy use expected to increase 53 percent by 2035, it’s high time the world weans itself off of fossil fuels.
In 2011, renewable energy outstripped the demand for any single fossil fuel– a first in the history of renewable energy and fossil fuels. In the United States alone, $270 billion was invested into renewable energy last year. Not surprisingly, renewable energy is expected to be the fastest-growing source of primary energy over the next 25 years.
Solar PV & thermal installers, Ploughcroft Renewables, is helping to make the goodness of renewable energy accesible and affordable for everyone. Solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal panels have two distinct advantages: They’ll help save you money (in some cases even make it), and they’re kind to the environment.
Once solar panels are installed onto a building or home, they give off no emissions or pollution. They also reduce dependence on volatile foreign oil, which is a huge plus. A typical solar system that is installed on a home could save as much as a ton of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere every year. In other words, during their lifetime, a typical system could save thirty tons of gas from polluting the atmosphere. If every home in the country installed a typical 3kWp solar PV system, there would be an annual saving of roughly 22 million tons of CO2 from being emitted every year. That’s 660 million tons over the course of approximately thirty years!
Solar thermal panels are excellent systems for heating the water within your home. Depending on what heating system the solar thermal panels replace, a typical system could save roughly 230kg of carbon dioxide being emitted every year if it’s replacing a gas-powered heating system. If the solar thermal panels replace an electric immersion system, there could by an annual saving of up to 510kg of carbon dioxide.
Since the energy used is harnessed from the sun, no one would dare charge you for using the electricity generated from your solar panels. Attractive tax credits, utility rebates and Renewable Energy Credits also make installing a system in your home affordable and alluring. Any excess electricity that isn’t used can be sent back to the energy provider for credit: so not only are you providing clean energy to the rest of the country, but you could also make money.