Homeowners and utilities alike are choosing solar energy at a faster rate than ever before in the United States. The explosive growth of solar power is partly a result of the falling cost of solar panels. Rebates and incentives have also contributed to the United States’ biggest year ever for solar. But decreasing costs are only one of the many benefits of solar energy. You can also improve your health and protect the environment by reducing your reliance on fossil fuels and installing a solar energy system at your home or business.
Solar panels don’t just power your AC on blisteringly hot summer days – they also take over some of the AC’s work themselves. This is according to a study from researchers at the University of California at San Diego, which says that rooftop solar panels not only produce emissions-free electricity, but also cool roofs and buildings to which they are attached. This lowers cooling costs, and offers an additional benefit of going solar. Continue reading
There was a time when we asked, “Could the NFL Be Leading the Way in Renewable Energy?” We firmly believe that the more people are exposed to solar and other renewable energies in their daily lives, the more quickly these technologies can become part of the mainstream. Now, six years later, we’re happy to report that there is a definite proliferation of solar power use not only in the NFL, but in Major League Baseball and the NBA as well. More and more teams are recognizing the tremendous potential these systems have to save money, generate positive publicity, and reduce negative environmental impacts. Continue reading
The era of renewable resources and alternative energy has arrived. It’s cheaper now than ever before to generate electricity from solar, wind, hydropower and other examples of renewable resources, catapulting them from fringe options to the fastest-growing energy resources in the country. In the first nine months of 2015, 62 percent of new electricity in the United States came from sources of alternative energy. Of that, almost 15 percent came from solar power! What are some other examples of renewable energy? We’ll go down the list.
One of the most common questions we hear from homeowners considering a solar panel installation is, “how long will my solar panels last?” It’s hard to make sense of the upfront cost of going solar without knowing how long you can expect that small power plant on your roof to produce ample energy. Your solar panels will be able to offset your electricity use for decades, but it is also important to understand industry projections and degradation rate. In this article, we’ll break down everything you need to know about solar panel lifespan. Continue reading
2016 is poised to be the best year yet for solar. At some time during the next few months, the U.S. will reach a milestone of one million solar homes, and industry experts predict that this solar momentum will continue throughout the year. If you’ve been thinking about installing a solar energy system, 2016 is the year to go for it. Read on to find out why we’re now beginning the Year of Solar.
After two long weeks of negotiations in Paris, 195 nations finally reached consensus on a United Nations climate change agreement. EnergySage has been tracking developments around the negotiations in the weeks leading up to Paris. Now, we’re breaking down the deal and what exactly it means for the future of solar.
Solar energy is a win-win: in addition to its significant financial benefits, going solar is also great for the environment. When your solar panels generate electricity, they produce zero emissions, which means they don’t contribute to climate change or health issues like more traditional sources of energy. They also draw their energy from the sun, an abundant resource that will be available and accessible across the world for the foreseeable future. All that said, what you may not realize is that there is actually an environmental impact of solar energy too.
At the end of last year, governor Andrew Cuomo announced that New York State will put a stop to high volume hydraulic fracking (HVHF, also known as ‘fracking’) within its borders – making it the second state (Vermont being the first) to ban the controversial practice. Environmentalists have applauded the decision, and a recent Quinnipiac University poll found that over half of New Yorkers approve as well.
Here we look at three questions about New York’s decision to put fracking activities on hold:
- Why was fracking banned in New York state?
- How will the ban affect electricity prices in New York?
- How does the fracking ban fit into the state’s longer-term goal of fostering greater uptake of renewable energy technologies like rooftop solar panels?
The Green Pope and His Climate Change Discourse
It’s not news that Pope Francis has green leanings. Addressing a crowd in Rome earlier this year, he head of the Catholic Church spoke bluntly about the dangers posed by human-caused climate change. “If we destroy Creation, Creation will destroy us,” he said, going on to name environmental stewardship as a key responsibility of the Church and its faithful.
The Pope has had the environment on the agenda since his inauguration in 2013. But even back when Francis was still Cardinal Bergoglio, the Vatican was already supporting cleaner energy. The most obvious example of this was the installation of a 100 megawatt rooftop solar array to meet the bulk of the micro-state’s energy needs. This act, along with speeches he made, earned then-Pope Benedict the nickname ‘The Green Pope’. Continue reading