Percent of U.S. Total Energy Supply:
The effects of producing non-renewable fuels:
Before their use, fossil fuels must be located, excavated and transported. These processes are invasive and harmful to the land, causing ecological and geologic instability. Unlike fossil fuels that will expire in a few decades, solar energy is infinite and free. Energy from the sun is renewable; it can be harnessed and turned into power anywhere a solar panel can be mounted.
Solar energy is sustainable, meaning that it is able to meet the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations. The sun will last for billions of years and there is no way that we could deplete its energy source.
Burning fossil fuels create unwanted byproducts that release huge amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. A natural process called photovoltaics allows solar panels to produce power without waste or emissions. Solar panels give off no contamination and do not contribute any negative pollutants into the atmosphere; this is a huge difference than what you see from other forms of standard energy.
The environmental cost of burning fossil fuels is higher than the installation of solar panels. Energy from the sunlight is free; the utilization of solar energy to create power allows our community to be free of the limitations of fossil fuels that could negatively affect the power that we are able to use on a regular basis.
Fossil fuel deposits are scattered and finite; it is estimated that the world’s oil reserves will last for about 50-60 years. Their economic worth and uncertainty are enough to cause disagreements that can lead to labor strikes, price volatility, and even war. Solar energy is available nearly everywhere, and will be for another 5 billion years.
Modern solar panels have less maintenance; they use only a few meters of residential space and require cleaning a few times per year. As a result, they can last up to 25 years.