The United States contains less than 5% of the world’s population; yet we generate almost 25% of its air pollution. We have been far behind the rest of the industrialized world in utilizing renewable energy to generate electrical power – but we are catching up. In 2009 we produced 7% of our power from hydroelectric, and a modest 4% from “other” renewable sources including, but not limited to: biomass, geothermal, solar thermal, photovoltaic energy, and wind . (Source: Electric Power Monthly with data for September 2010)
Like most of us, you’re probably concerned about our environment, but you haven’t had the time, motivation or extra money to do as much as you would like – and you are probably thinking “what impact could one family have on our environment?” But, what if each of us could have a positive impact on the environment and save some money in the process? Now that’s a motivation to do something.
As a general rule of thumb, studies indicate that the typical New Jersey home using solar power has an environmental impact of removing two cars from the road. Over 25 years, you will have avoided producing more than 500 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. Using solar electricity to power a million homes would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 4.3 million tons per year, the equivalent of removing 850,000 cars from the road (Source: EPA).
Solar is a great way to help keep New Jersey green and our oceans clean!