Solar vs. Fossil: What’s the Big Deal?
Fossil fuels have been in use since the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century. However, these finite resources have been exhausted in less than 200 years to the point where coal will run out in 108 years, natural gas in 52 and oil in 51. Thankfully, the solar industry is growing rapidly every year and is offered as an alternative energy option. So what are some of the biggest differences between solar energy and fossil fuels? We’re here to tell you all about the solar vs. fossil difference.
For starters, solar energy is a far more optimal choice due to fossil fuels emitting carbon emissions and raising pollution levels (producing 21.3 billion tons of CO2 annually, to be exact). For example, respiratory issues, acid rain, environmental toxins, and natural disasters are all consequences of fossil fuel usage. In comparison, going solar is equivalent to planting 270 trees for every year the system is in use AND taking 60 cars off of highways!
The costs difference between the two is something our customers have the most curiosity about. You’ll be happy to hear that solar power prices are comparable to those of fossil fuels. Fossil fuels aren’t priced per megawatt and instead are priced at how much fuel you’re using. Meanwhile, solar energy gives the average American the option to use energy from a renewable energy source. This is because the actual resource is free and maintenance is less costly than traditional energy. Along with that, many incentives and rebates are offered that have made solar energy even more affordable.
Although fossil fuels are readily available whenever you need to use energy, it isn’t a reliable long term option. Obtaining these resources also comes at an expensive and dangerous cost due to underground extraction and mining. You can’t get used energy back, resulting in less fossil fuels to go around in an already limited source. Solar power, on the other hand, is a renewable source for at least the next 4-5 billion years. If your panels produce a certain amount of energy on one day, the sun’s energy production won’t be lowered for the next day.
Fossil fuels won’t be around for much longer and our planet won’t be either if we continue to use them. Fortunately, we’re here to help you make the solar switch.
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