Can Home Solar Power Really Save the Planet?

The majority of San Diego solar customers install panels to save money.  You enjoy lower monthly electricity bills (starting on Day 1).  And with a large enough photovoltaic (PV) installation, it’s possible to receive negative electricity bills from the utility company.

But home solar power offers other types of savings as well – like the ability to save Planet Earth.

According to a recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC), the world is in serious danger as global temperatures continue to rise.  By the end of the century, the planet could be several degrees warmer than it is right now.

But the IPCC is also quick to point out that the problem is fixable – or at the very least – delay-able.  And the cost of slowing down this global warming is “relatively modest.”

According to US Secretary of State, John Kerry,

“So many of the technologies that will help us fight climate change are far cheaper, more readily available, and better performing than they were when the last IPCC assessment was released less than a decade ago.”

How Home Solar Power Helps

It’s hard to truly appreciate the scope of our environmental challenges – especially in sunny San Diego.  After all, we’re largely shielded from the short-term effects of global warming.

True, we have smoggy days every now and then.  But it’s nothing like what you see in modern-day China (or Los Angeles not so long ago).  Check out this interactive map of pollution indices around the globe.  You’ll be astonished.

But how does solar energy change this?

It’s simple really.

Solar power doesn’t pollute.  It captures free sunshine and converts this into free, clean electricity.  Once PV panels are installed on your rooftop, there’s no more mining, extraction, processing, or refining required.  There’s no such thing as a solar spill.  And your panels don’t emit CO2 or other harmful emissions.

Just clean electricity.

And the great thing about solar energy is that it’s a distributed technology that doesn’t require centralized planning.  In other words, any homeowner or business owner can install solar panels.  And they can do it cheaply.

But How Cheap Is a Residential Solar Panel Installation in San Diego?

Prices vary by manufacturer, installer, system size, and rooftop space.  It also depends on how quickly you act – since many incentives expire and evolve with time.

But in California, the average price for a new solar PV installation is about $10,000.  And with the savings you enjoy from a lower monthly electricity bill, it’s possible to pay off that investment in about 4 to 6 years.  Thereafter, you enjoy decades of free electricity.  And the planet enjoys decades of less pollution as a result of your investment.

Whether your goal is to save money or save the environment, solar is a practical, affordable solution that you can implement today.

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