We are now living in an era, when green tech is all set to surpass fossil fuels. As of the first quarter of 2017, the solar sector contributed nearly 1.6 percent of electricity to the US grid. [Source: Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and GTM Research]. The figure was likely to rise 2 percent by the year-end. It is hardly surprising given the fact that you can invest in green energy without breaking your bank. With the advancement of technology, solar energy is getting even more affordable with each passing day. Ditching fossil fuels and adopting renewables is not only good news for individual home owners, but also a ray of hope for our environment, flora and fauna, seas and oceans. However, still in its nascent stage, the solar industry is full of myths and urban legends that have been blowing smoke, leaving homeowners in two minds about embracing renewables in a bigger way. But any misconceptions about the viability or environmental impacts of solar panels should not confuse you and stop you from installing them. Coast to Coast Solar being the stalwart of clean energy solutions would like to walk you through the three common renewable energy myths to help you separate facts from the fiction.
Myth 1: Solar Plants Use Agricultural Lands
Reality: People passionate about the issues concerning land conservation and preservation of ecosystems, often flinch at the idea of solar farms coming up near their homes, because they believe that these PV sites invade acres of fertile lands in rural areas. However, the truth of the matter is, these energy generation facilities are keen on preserving the natural resources rather than destroying them. All solar power plants undergo meticulous planning before they are set up. Some of the best practices include using lands that were previously disturbed or not suitable for agriculture, and focusing more on the dual use of lands by introducing livestock grazing in addition to farming. Thus, solar power plants can, in effect, become havens of biodiversity where birds and bees can bring about pollination.
Myth 2: Solar is Expensive
Reality: Nothing could be further from the truth. Today, alternative power sources are easy on your wallet than coal and nuclear energy. Solar, along with biomass, and wind are getting more pocket-friendly with time as technology evolves. Other than the hardware, they have no input costs because sunlight and wind come at a zero price because they are available free. Hence, solar solutions prove to be more economical than traditional electricity, and other non-green sources of energy in the long-term.
Myth 3: Solar Panels Consume Excessive Water
Reality: The perception that the solar industry uses too much of water often turns environment-conscious against it. However, PV systems use little water for power generation. Though water is used in the manufacturing process, it is significantly less than what is required to produce conventional electricity. Water is necessary for cleaning the panels. Many solar providers today use robots to do the job, thus using less than 75 percent water than labor-intensive cleaning.
So, the verdict is out – solar energy is reliable, viable and sustainable. Solar, by no means, will eat up our agricultural lands, nor will it cause water scarcity. They are reasonably priced, too. With common myths debunked, you might now be more interested in exploring your options for residential solar to power your homes and appliances. Coast to Coast Solar can guide you on your quest. To know more about our products, contact us today.