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fossil fuels vs solar energy

Solar electricity vs. fossil fuels: how do they compare?

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If you’ve been following the ongoing battle between solar energy vs. fossil fuels, it might seem like the predominant resources on which the global economy depends – oil, coal and natural gas – will be completely phased out of existence in the near future. In reality, these resources still power most of the planet,  while renewable resources like solar and wind only contribute some two to three percent of global energy capacity. This reality check begs the following question: how does solar really stack up against fossil fuels, and why is there so much excitement about the growth of solar?

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What is my carbon footprint? Calculating CO2 impact

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In an age of global climate change, people around the world are looking for ways to reduce their share of the approximately 15 trillion pounds of greenhouse gases emitted each year. In the United States, one of the top three polluters in the world, many Americans are looking into home energy solutions like energy efficient upgrades and solar installations. However, for some homeowners, the first question is “what is my carbon footprint, and what are the biggest contributing factors?” In this article we’ll answer the following questions:

  1. What lifestyle choices influence my carbon footprint?
  2. How do I calculate my own carbon footprint?
  3. What are the best ways to reduce my carbon footprint?
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What are the disadvantages of fossil fuels?

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For the vast majority of the world, fossil fuels continue to be the primary source of energy production. More and more, however, renewable technologies like solar energy are rivaling the potential of traditional fossil fuels. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the disadvantages of fossil fuels, and why the future of energy likely won’t rely on these energy sources.

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environmental impact of solar energy

The environmental impacts of solar energy

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Solar energy is a win-win: in addition to its significant financial benefits, going solar is also great for the environment. When your solar panels generate electricity, they produce zero emissions, which means they don’t contribute to climate change or health issues like more traditional sources of energy. They also draw their energy from the sun, an abundant resource that will be available and accessible across the world for the foreseeable future. All that said, what you may not realize is that there is actually an environmental impact of solar energy too.

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Solar Energy News: Solar Now Cheaper Than Wind, New Report Reveals Record 3rd Quarter for Solar

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The PV world was ablaze this past week as early data from the solar industry’s third quarter of 2016 began to roll in. A record-breaking Q3 for solar, new clean energy legislation in Illinois and solar’s new milestone as the cheapest renewable resource in the world are the big stories we’re discussing in this week’s Solar Energy News report.

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