Why Solar?

Why Solar?

Some key facts on solar energy highlight its significant potential in resolving the climate change crisis:

  • The Sun has sufficient helium mass to provide the Earth with energy for another five billion years. It emits enough energy to power humankind for an entire year in 1/816,000th of a second!
  • The Earth receives only one half of one billionth of the Sun's radiant energy, but in just a few days it gets as much heat and light as could be produced by burning all the oil, coal and wood on the planet.
  • Worldwide, some two billion people are still without electricity. For these populations it is more economically viable to install solar panels than to extend established electricity grids.

Harnessing this power can reap significant benefits for businesses, individuals and governments alike. For example, businesses can use solar energy to:

  • Reduce the risk of volatile and rising fossil fuel prices, thereby reducing or stabilizing operating costs, particularly as governments move to tax carbon emissions.
  • Take advantage of government incentives and rebates which are designed to increase the use of renewable energy sources.
  • Reduce the risk and cost of power outages.
  • Strengthen relationships with key stakeholders such as customers and the community, by showing concern for climate-related issues.

Benefits

Solar Energy is about the future as well as the present. With unlimited potential, Solar Energy is a clean, efficient, and sustainable form of renewable energy. But Solar Energy is also a sound financial decision. With Solar panels powering your home, you'll see this every month when your electricity bill arrives. Finally, Solar Energy is a green decision - you'll feel good knowing that you will leave the world a greener, better place for your children.

Today, the worldwide demand for solar photovoltaic (PV) energy is greater than supplies. It is one of the fastest growing forms of renewable energy. As manufacturing becomes more efficient, the cost of PV systems continues to drop. Prices have reduced 25 fold over the last 20 years.

Not only is solar affordable, it is even more economical when you consider the alternative: the high costs of fossil fuel pollution and global warming. In recent opinion polls, solar energy scored higher than all other forms of energy when participants were asked what type of energy is best for future generations. Photovoltaic systems produce electric power with no carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The Carbon emission offset is calculated at approximately 7.5 tons of CO2 over the twenty-five year guaranteed life of one PV module.