True, going solar doesn’t (and can’t) make sense for everyone. For instance, if you live in the Northwest with prolonged spells of clouds and rain, solar panels won’t do you much good; likewise if your home is in a densely wooded area. But if you do live in a hospitable environment to harness the power of the sun, pulling your energy from solar panels can make a lot of sense.
- Converting to solar will help bolster the economy. About 60,000 Americans are currently working in the solar industry, with demand expected to spike over the next five years. Not only will converting to solar help keep these jobs secure, it will help add important new jobs to an increasingly important sector: the green sector.
- In the fight against global warming – spurred primarily by CO2 emissions – converting to renewable energy sources creates a low-impact lifestyle and will help wean the economy off the need for fossil-fuel guzzling power plants.
- Currently, existing power plants directly contribute to more than 600,000 asthma attacks each year. Renewable energy is pollutant-free, which will allow every breathing organism on the planet to breathe easier.
- Converting to renewable energy will lead to the exploration of new, innovative ways to minimize our imprint on the planet’s many fragile, compromised ecosystems. A growing domestic demand for solar energy can also help position the United States as a world leader in the fight to eliminate fossil fuels and as a leader in creating green jobs.
- Solar energy can immediately reduce our dependence on foreign, imported oil – creating a stronger internal economy while decreasing our vulnerability.