The Impact of Solar Energy on the Environment


Aside from the well-publicized and very enticing financial benefits of solar energy, the impact on the environment cannot be overstated. Fortunately, here in New Jersey, both legislators and residents realize this, making it arguably the most solar-friendly state in the nation. New Jersey has more solar per square mile than any state, and nearly 16,000 solar installations on homes and businesses as of July 2012. The New Jersey legislature passed a bill in June 2012, with bi-partisan support, that will accelerate the state’s solar requirements over the next few years.

What does this mean for the environment?

Solar energy is renewable and will never run out, which allows for the preservation of our natural resources while lessening our reliance on fossil fuels. Solar energy emits no toxins into the air, significantly reducing harmful air pollution and improving air quality. This affects not just the air, but New Jersey farmland, lakes, rivers and beaches.

When the average New Jersey home uses solar power, it has the environmental impact of removing two cars from the road.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, using solar electricity to power 1 million homes would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 4.3 million tons per year, the equivalent of removing 850,000 cars from the road.

On the other hand, gas and oil power plants use water for stream production and cooling, and release waste water that can harm fish and plants in New Jersey waters. Oil residue becomes waste that must be disposed of in landfills. Soot and other residue can stain and damage both natural resources and manmade structures. Contact us to learn more about how solar energy can help to preserve the environment both now and in the long run for future generations to enjoy.