We instinctively want the very best for our children— education, health, security, success. In knowing that our actions today will affect our tomorrow, it’s imperative that kids are guided for the future in one of the most important subjects: renewable energy sources like solar energy.
Let’s first examine the reality before exploring the potential.
Fossil fuel pollution kills ‘7 million people worldwide every year,’ according to World Health Organization
There’s a hidden cost to fossil fuel (coal, gas, and oil) consumption, and it comes in the form of grave risks. While some of those risks are noticeable, such as pollution and land degradation, others are less obvious, like respiratory diseases, cancer, and even higher sea levels caused by industrial and modern impacts that are endangering coastal communities and essentially, the planet.
By now, we’re well aware that air pollution has serious impacts to our health and environment, contributing to tens of thousands of premature deaths in the U.S. each year. Not to mention that climate change, triggered by greenhouse gas emissions from human activities — burning of fossil fuels from electricity, heat, and transportation – threatens Earth with waves of weather-related disasters. Understanding these impacts, and thus, properly educating younger generations on the use of energy, will help them in eco-friendly decision-making and behaviors regarding energy choices when they get older.
Affordable solar energy technologies for a brighter future
Investing in solar power today means you will be entering a competitive high-tech market with installation costs at unprecedented lows:
- Solar panel rooftop installation prices have dropped more than 70% since 2010 led by reduced hardware costs and growing demand.
- An upfront payment on a solar panel system can be further trimmed by 40% or more with government and utility company incentives.
- While the cost of old-fashioned grid electricity continues to rise, solar energy owners enjoy immediate savings on their electricity bills, and a rather short payback period whilst effectuating tax credits, rebates and savings that significantly reduce out-of-pocket cost for an installation. Based on SolarGaines’ client average, homeowners are seeing payback periods between four to seven years and a 15%-20% ROI. Commercial property owners are seeing paybacks of less than one year and 30%-40% ROI.
Set an example
As a progressive society looking toward younger generations to pave the way to a better and brighter future for everyone, imagine what kids can do down the road when parents and teachers band together to expand solar energy knowledge. Perhaps they can be conducive to developing and diffusing solutions to our global energy problems.
Over 3,700 K-12 schools across the U.S. have solar installations, according to SEIA, and while they are reaping economic benefits, they’re also setting a positive example to 2.7 million students, giving them the opportunity to learn just how cool solar power is by harmonizing its concepts with science, technology, engineering, and math.
What can I do?
As a homeowner, a proprietor, or even a school administrator, investing in solar panels is a big step forward for conservation and clean energy, as well as in profitability. Our experts are always available for your questions.