Solar Energy Safeguards Our Future
Sunlight: Energy in Unlimited Supply & Pollution Free
It's time to plan an active role in preserving our planet for future generations. The use of solar energy generated by community solar gardens displaces the need for fossil fuels like coal and natural gas, which are major sources of greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants. While the solar garden that you would subscribe to does not provide you the actual electron generated from solar, your participation does help further develop the solar industry.
Minnesota still covers about 60% of its annual energy use with coal and natural gas. That’s equal to us burning down approximately 10 million acres of forest every year.
The state's solar energy capacity is quickly expanding though. While it took about 10 years to go from virtually nothing to 35 megawatts of capacity in 2015, that capacity jumped to 250 megawatts in 2016. (Minnesota Public Radio)
By participating in community solar programs, you can help reduce our reliance on fossil fuels in favor of one of the most abundant, consistent sources of energy we have available: our sun. Again, the energy produced at the solar garden is only a part of the mix of energy sources serving your apartment complex, but your participation continues to move the industry forward.
Did you know?
Minnesota has more annual “sunshine hours” that Houston, Texas? And more than Germany, the world leader in per capita solar production!