Did you know that within the beginning months of this year, energy produced by solar systems made up 27% of US power? Now, since the start of COVID-19, solar energy capacity has substantially increased by 60% in June.
With quarantines still in effect, solar energy seems to have reached popularity in this time as many Americans are finding ways to get of the grid. In an article posted by Zachary Shahan of CleanTechnica, researchers such as WattTime and Clearloop are attempting to get more states involved to reduce carbon emissions and bring the benefits of solar to light.
According to their research, 85% of the solar energy capacity that has been recorded comes from 10 states in the U.S. Some of these states are found in the sunny south of the east and west coasts. There are even several solar powered northern states, cloudy in nature, that find structural support in their reasons to invest.
This team concluded that with the incentives provided by solar energy, many companies should drive the solar movement into their utility established states. For corporations, solar energy opens the door to “clean energy markets,” reduces our carbon footprint when not relying on the grid, and broadens equitable access to renewable energy. If all 50 states were to further increase their solar investment, 1 megawatt of solar energy would help rid the carbon dioxide emissions by a considerable percentage. For example, 1 megawatt of solar energy in Nevada would reduce 11.80% of carbon dioxide, 1 megawatt of solar in Colorado would reduce 1.90% of carbon dioxide, and so on (2020).
Solar energy is a clean form of power that is accessible almost everywhere in the world today. If you are interested in making the switch or trying to find out if you qualify, visit our link at www.equitysolarenergy.com/solarquote to learn more.
- Shahan, Zachary. (2020, September 28). The Best Places For Solar Power If You Want To Clean The US Grid. CleanTechnica. Retrieved from https://cleantechnica.com/2020/09/28/the-best-places-for-solar-power-if-you-want-to-clean-the-us-grid/.