American Power and Gas: Whether a homeowner or commercial business owner, solar energy is a clean, affordable, and sustainable way for anyone to generate electricity. While many people make the switch to solar for its substantial financial benefits—such as lower utility bills and increased home value—the significant environmental benefits are equally important.
Solar reduces air pollution:
Harmful carbon dioxide and methane emissions from fossil fuels, our traditional energy source, are leading contributors to global warming and decreased air quality. But generating electricity with solar panels produces no greenhouse gasses whatsoever.
Solar reduces water pollution:
While all manufacturing processes require some water, solar photovoltaic cells don't need water to generate electricity. This is one of the biggest, yet least talked about environmental benefits of solar. Traditional biomass and geothermal power plants, such as natural gas and coal-fired facilities, require massive amounts of water to facilitate their vital cooling requirements. With solar energy there is no pollution of local water resources
Solar reduces the need for finite resources:
Solar energy is renewable. The sun is the world's most abundant energy source, producing an amazing 173,000 terawatts of solar energy every second. That's more than 10,000 times the world's total combined energy use, and it can be used over and over again. In contrast, fossil fuels are non-renewable and while they may seem in abundance today, there will come a time when the world will run out.