Solar energy is a win-win: in addition to its significant financial benefits, Going Solar is also great for the environment. When your Solar panels generate electricity, they produce no emissions. They draw their energy from the sun, an abundant resource that will be available and accessible across the world for the foreseeable future.
What is Solar’s environmental effect?
Solar panels produce zero Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions once installed on your roof, which means their environmental impact is negligible for most of their life. However, Solar panels aren’t completely zero-emission resources for their entire lifetime – as they have to be manufactured in a factory first, as well as recycled at the end of their useful life. These two processes are where Solar actually does have an environmental impact, in addition to where your Solar panels are made. Solar panels have to be transported from where they were made to where they will be installed. GXG ENERGY focuses on sourcing equipment predominantly Made in USA, as well Canada & Australia to a lesser extent, with preference to manufacturers in the Great State of California.
Environmental impact of Solar energy is net positive
The good news is that, while the “payback” of a Solar panel is dependent on many factors, the market is moving in the right direction. Manufacturers are constantly looking for ways to make Solar panels more efficiently. On top of that, it’s important to remember that Solar panels can generate power for 25 to 35 years. For the average homeowner, “Going Solar” is like eliminating the emissions created by a car that drives 18,000 miles per year – a tremendous environment benefit. So while the environmental impact of Solar energy is greater than zero, its overall benefits far outweigh its costs.
Environmental impact of Energy Storage
Energy Storage assists Solar power generation in operating at optimal levels, and reduce the use of less efficient gas peaker power stations that would otherwise run only at peak times. Further, the added capacity provided by Energy Storage can delay or avoid the need to build additional power plants, including the highly-polluting gas peakers, and avoids congestion on your grid transmission and distribution infrastructure in your area, which is one of the key causes of wildfires.