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Solar panels doing their part to help U.S. utilities reduce greenhouse gas emissions

While greenhouse gas emissions increased globally by 1.4 percent in 2017, there are positive steps being taken in the United States as it relates to the country’s carbon footprint. The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that carbon dioxide emissions from the U.S. electric power sector have declined 28 percent since 2005 because of a combination of slower electricity demand growth and the types of fuels used to generate power.

Meanwhile, the EIA also reports that CO2 emissions from all other energy sectors fell by only 5 percent, indicating that power companies are doing a much better job than other sectors at utilizing cleaner energy sources. The emissions drop is also a sign of the rise of renewable energy sources, including solar and wind. Neither source produces any CO2 emissions. Take a look at the graphic below, showing this 28 percent drop.

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So as states such as California move to use 100 percent renewable energy by 2045, and when states such as Michigan hope to join the Golden State on a timeline five years longer in duration, and when big businesses see the value of solar to power their own electricity needs, every move toward utilizing solar energy is a win for not only the nation, but the world.

Favorable policies at the state level and federal tax incentives have spurred this renewable energy movement, yet there is still more work to be done despite the gains. Per the EIA:

In 2005, non-carbon sources accounted for 28 percent of the U.S. electricity mix. By 2017, that share had grown to 38 percent. Almost all of this growth was in renewables, including wind and solar, as shares for other non-carbon sources such as nuclear and hydroelectricity remained relatively flat.

So 10 percent growth in 12 years isn’t that fast. And while a global increase of 1.4 percent in greenhouse gas emissions doesn’t sound like much, that number is based on a world population of 7.6 billion people. A 1.4 percent increase results in tons of additional carbon dioxide being sent into the atmosphere.

While we can’t control what the rest of the world does, we can control what we do in the U.S., and how we generate our electricity at our homes and places of business. Solar panels produce no noise or air pollution — they just sit on your roof or ground-mounted array and produce the energy needed to power your home or business. Your home can be one additional contribution to making the U.S. more environmentally-friendly and sustainable. We support those efforts 100 percent, and want you all-in with us.

With our innovative solar program, homeowners in our five-state coverage area (Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia) can go solar for $0 up-front cost, save money on their electric bills, and generate their own clean energy. The solar panels installed on your home are American made and come with a 25-year warranty, with many panels expected to last well beyond that.

Please feel free to fill out the form below or contact Power Home Solar at 800-765-2715, and one of our solar representatives will help you determine whether your home qualifies for this program.

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