I was reading the NY Times Sunday magazine and there was a stellar article on the Residential Solar Industry, its growth, and its ability to help move us a step closer towards energy sustainability.
Two key points really hit it home:
"Enough sunlight falls on the earth's surface very hour to meet the entire world's energy needs for one year. A plot roughly 100 miles by 100 miles in the American Southwest, if covered with today's industry-standard 15-to-20-percent-efficient solar panels, could generate enough power for the entire United States."
"Think about it this way. We're killing people in foreign lands in order to extract 200-million-year-old sunlight. Then we burn it...in order to boil water to create steam to drive a turbine to generate electricity. We frack our own backyards and pollute our rivers, or we blow up our mountaintops just miles from our nation's capital for an hour of electricity, when we could just take what's falling FREE from the sky."
The amazing fact about the residential solar industry is that these days you don't have to pay a dime for equipment. It all works on a lease basis. The company maintains the panels, you pay less for electricity, and you help ensure a green future.
Win-win-win. What is everyone waiting for?