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Solar Power: Fact or Fiction? (INFOGRAPHIC)

As the solar industry becomes more accessible around the world, many misconceptions are following it. Here are 14 commonly asked questions and answers about solar power.

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MYTH 1 – Solar power systems are not available everywhere

Solar power systems can function anywhere the sun shines.

MYTH 2 – Solar panels can cause roof damage.

Many solar power systems actually help protect and presrve roofs. They help slow down the deterioration process and leaking.

MYTH 3 – Solar power systems only work in warm weather.

Solar panels do not produce electricity from the heat of the sunlight. they photons found in daylight are what the solar panels need. Temperature does not determine how much electricity a panel produces.

MYTH 4 – Batteries cannot store extra energy.

Most solar power systems are connected to a grid using a net metering system. The recent invention allows it to store extra energy within the solar energy system rather than send it back to the grid.

MYTH 5 – Solar systems are too expensive

Costs vary by type of solar panel system and state. In many states you may qualify for tax credits, reducing the cost by several thousand dollars.

MYTH 6 – Solar power systems require high levels of maintenance.

Solar power systems require little to no maintenance throughout their many years of operation. They are built to withstand extreme weather conditions.

MYTH 7 – It’s better to wait until prices drop to invest in a solar power system.

The price of installing solar panels has decreased significantly in the past fifty years. However, it is not expected to drop much lower.

MYTH 8 – Solar panels work even when the power goes out.

When the house loses power, so does the solar panel. Some solar energy systems can operate on a backup battery or generator.

MYTH 9 – Solar power systems prices are fixed and do not depend on the house’s size.

The price of a solar power system depends on the house’s size and where the house is
located.

MYTH 10 – Large-scale Solar Energy isn’t feasible.

The sun produces enough energy every hour and a half to meet the entire planet’s energy needs for one year.

MYTH 11 – Solar panels increase house property taxes.

Solar panels can raise property value, but most states have laws in place to prevent them from raising property taxes.

MYTH 12 – Solar power system production is not environmentally friendly

A solar power system reduces a large amount of carbon dioxide more efficiently than traditional energy methods.

MYTH 13 – You a need to own a house to install a solar power system.

The US Department of Solar Energy created community solar program entities who live close together to split the cost and share a solar power system.

MYTH 14 – A depleted solar power system is not recyclable, harming the environment.

The sun produces enough energy every hour and a half to meet the entire planet’s energy needs for one year.

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2020’s Environmental Actions (US)

Now that we are at the end of 2020, let’s see what environmental actions happened throughout the year in the United States. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Clean Air Act. Over the past 4 years, the Trump administration scaled back on environmental regulations. Find out about air and water quality, animal welfare, and more.

Air & Water Quality

woman in blue denim jacket holding white smartphoneAlmost half of the American population live in a pollution-infected areas. Roughly 6% live in nearly inhabitable levels. While the months of March-May brought relief to the air, it was short-lived. Air quality continues to rise progressively. In order to improve conditions, drastic fossil fuel emission measures need to take place.

As far as water, conditions are not much better. Americans consume mass amounts of water. Therefore, it’s difficult to keep up with the replenishing rate.  Thankfully, America’s drinking water is considered safe overall. Although, Flint, MI still needs clean water. EPA.gov says you can read about the water quality in your area here.

Our oceans are going through changes. This year’s hurricanes stirred up trash and washed them up on our beaches. Additionally, beaches are slowly receding due to melting glaciers. This year has focused on coral reefs ever since the Great Barrier Reef suffered. You can help clean the oceans at 4ocean.

 

Animals & Plants

While marine wildlife is affected by overfishing and pollution, there is good news: Florida is aiming to help save the turtles! In fact, many coastal states are making way for sea turtles to safely hatch and make their way to the ocean. You can read more about our marine wildlife here.

According to The Wildlife Society, maybe global warming won’t be too disastrous for polar bears. They could evolve to adapt to their warming climate. However, another concern is invasive species. Lakes in Southern USA are strongly encouraging boaters to clean the invasive Zebra Mussels out. Invasive plants

As for the trees and other plants, the increasing awareness of deforestation is encouraging new planting. The American Chestnut tree is making a comeback. Through genetic engineering and planting, the tree will not have to face extinction. Elm trees are re-entering the scene as well.

We can contribute to a better environment by reducing waste. Such as, being conservative with energy and opting for reusable products. In addition, check your state’s parks and wildlife page to adhere to wildlife legal limits. We hope to see better environmental actions in 2021! Check back with our blogs for more information about the environment and energy status.

 

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Wind Energy: How It Works

AWEA says, “Wind energy (or wind power) refers to the process of creating electricity using the wind, or air flows that occur naturally in the earth’s atmosphere.” Modern wind turbines capture kinetic energy from the wind. Then, the spinning action generates electricity. This method is renewable and ideal in windy climates. Places such as the Great Plains and coastal areas have them. Read on to find out about the process and the benefits of the wind industry!

 

Wind Energy

Wind turbines are in 40 states. Texas produces the most electricity from its wind farms at around 28,000 MW per year. The wind industry builds wind farms. These contain numerous wind turbines, from around 10 – 500. The average wind farm will have about 150. The largest one is in California, with over 4,000! They are versatile in use. In fact, one home can rely on just one turbine for power. There are three different categories: small power, offshore, and direct. Small power refers to one or two turbines used to power a home/building. On the other hand, direct has the electricity gather at a power grid.

 

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So, how does wind turn into electricity? First, the turbines are engineered strategically for optimized wind capture. The blades are especially angled a certain way. Ideal wind speed is in between 6-50 MPH. Then, the heavy momentum keeps the blades going, powering the generator. Next, the generator produces electricity that flows to a power grid. Finally, the power grid sends out electricity through distribution lines. These are connected to homes and other buildings.

 

There are a few benefits to wind energy. According to energy.gov, wind power is inexpensive. Over time, wind farms or single-use turbines pay for themselves. Obviously, it’s a renewable resource, so it’s a great alternative to oil and coal. Actually, it’s the largest source of renewable energy. On that note, the wind industry has a great job sector. Such as, a variety of opportunities in engineering.

 

If you want to make a difference in our environment, then consider investing in the wind industry. This clean, renewable energy source won’t pollute the air and is cost-effective. Or, if you live in a remote, windy area, maybe your home needs its own wind turbine.

 

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Environmental Change Since March 2020

In March 2020, the nation rapidly shut down their cities to stop the spread of the pandemic. With less people out, Earth started to flourish again. We have been monitoring the environmental change since then. Less cars on the road and less factories pumping out toxic smoke improved our air conditions and the ozone layer. Empty highways were not only void of cars, but of trash as well. As someone who picks up litter in my spare time, it’s such a delight to see noticeably fewer amount of litter. This is great for wildlife, as both land and aquatic animals eat trash, not knowing how fatal it is. Other great things are happening to our Earth- read on for more.

 Air

Air pollution dropped drastically as cities shut down globally. China’s infamous smog deteriorated away into better conditions. Nitrogen dioxide reduced by 60% in the first half of 2020. This is due to factories shutting down and significantly less cars on the road. While conditions are expected to go back to normal, this will hopefully spark a motive to push for cleaner air. The US Environmental Protection Agency gives their national summary.

Our Oceans

As fisheries and marine shipping routes slowed, our fish and marine ecosystem were free to flourish. More specifically, less fish are being taken out of the water rapidly, reducing overfishing. United Nations Development Program reported that lobster demand decreased in Florida. Also, less commercial fishing products like nets and anchors are being abandoned in the water. Another factor is less functioning marine oil refineries are reducing oil leaking into the ocean. You can help out our oceans by going to 4ocean.com.

The Energy Industry

As far as oil, gas, wind, solar, and hydro power goes, oil is being hit the hardest.

 

On a final note, the bees are coming back! Petitioners pushed for mass pesticide control in order to prevent any more bees from dying. Here are also a few ways to help out bees and other helpful insects in your own backyard! Although many cities are no longer shut down, we can still contribute to environmental change for good.

 

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