Earth Day 2022: The Environmental Impact of Solar Panels
April 2022 | Reading Time: 9 minutes
We are facing many environmental concerns that must be addressed to ensure our planet’s longevity. While many issues must be solved on a larger scale, there are ways we can decrease our carbon footprint individually. This Earth Day, we’re hoping to increase awareness and encourage Earth Day approed activities.
What is Earth Day?
Earth Day was created to help combat the negative effects on the environment from the mass production of inefficient automobiles without assessing the implications of the air pollution they created.
Originally, Earth Day inspired over 20 million Americans, 10% of the population at the time, to protest against the negative effects for human health and the steady deterioration of the environment at that time. This nationwide participation led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency and the implementation of important environmental laws like the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act.
Today, Earth Day continues to be observed as a day of action, awareness, education, and encouragement of volunteering for global, local, and national environmental issues. But one day of eco-consciousness is not enough to solve the many environmental problems our planet is facing.
What Climate Issues Does The Earth Currently Face?
While awareness of the climate crisis has grown there still is a lot to be solved.
As a country, carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions have increased over the past few decades. In the Northeast, we can expect to see more heatwaves, heavy downpours, poorer air quality, more extreme storms, and rising sea levels that will compromise our infrastructure, agriculture, sea life and ecosystems.
Isaksen Solar’s Mission
At Isaksen Solar, our mission has directly aligned us with the climate change problem in the US because we recognize that the electric power sector is single handedly responsible for 28% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.
By providing homeowners with a simple option to go solar, we are looking to increase the Southcoast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island’s use of renewable energy by providing clean, emissions free electricity. Solar energy is a crucial technology helping us to reach our climate goals.
According to the EPA, the electric power sector has decreased its emissions by 15% since 1990. This is largely attributed to a shift from carbon intensive fossil fuels to renewable resources like solar.
Still, in New England alone, more than half of our electricity is sourced from natural gas power plants. We expect this percentage to decrease as more and more people adopt solar and other renewable technology.
What Should I Do On Earth Day?
There are countless ways to jump in and participate on Earth Day.
- Learn how to more effectively recycle
- Start composting
- Utilize a rain barrel
- Take part in a local Earth Day Event
- Buy from small, local businesses
- Choose not to eat meat for the day
- Walk or Bike instead of using your car
Isaksen Solar Approved Earth Day Activity:
Get A Free Solar Quote For Your Home!
We believe that all green practices are important to helping our environment, but switching to solar may be the least disruptive and most sustainable switch you can make.
While solar panels can be energy intensive to produce, they offset manufacturing energy within 1 to 4 years of use. Over a 30 year lifetime that is 26 to 29 years of positive impact on the environment. This is a significantly lower carbon footprint than coal or gas when considering emissions during manufacturing, construction and fuel supply.
Once a home is powered with solar this cycle is stopped as coal and gas are replaced with the sun’s ray and the positive environmental impact of solar panels accumulates with little to no continued effort from the homeowner. This impact has about the same effect on the environment as planting one tree for every 100 kwh of energy your home produces. For the average homeowner, this is about six trees planted a month and 72 over the course of a year.
If you are looking for a sustainable way to go green and make a difference everyday, solar might just be your anwer! Give us a call, (508) 717-3820.