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The Future of Renewable Energy

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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.

More and more people are leaning on clean and renewable energy as their primary source of electricity, and as a way to control their electric bills and finances. Will renewable energy be a part of your future?

 

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Lindsay has spent her career at the intersection of media and social change. In her role at Eco-Chick, Lindsay has established partnerships and campaigns with some of the world’s most-recognized companies committed to sustainability and CSR. She co-created the popular interview series “Heroines for the Planet” that features groundbreaking women who share courage and a deep passion for protecting people and the Earth. Lindsay is the Marketing and Sustainability Manager at Health-Ade Kombucha and previously served as Director of Communications at the social enterprise CBS EcoMedia. There she directed corporate advertising dollars to the nation’s most effective non-profits tackling urgent social issues in local communities and was awarded CBS Corporation’s prestigious Share-the-Vision award. She has written for Whole Living Magazine, Edible, Cottages & Gardens, From The Grapevine, EarthHour.org, Eco-Age.com, and for environmentalists Laura Turner Seydel and Susan Rockefeller. Lindsay holds a BS in Global Business Studies and Marketing from Manhattan College, and received the 2012 Honors Award at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.