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When you go solar with Sunergy Systems you join a family of customers who care deeply about the environment along with setting the roadmap for our Nation's energy policy. We have proudly installed three megawatts of solar energy comprised of over 750 solar ambassadors proudly showing off their rooftop environment commitment. When we opened our doors back in 2005 there were less than 50 net-metered solar electric systems in Washington State, now there are over 4,100 renewable systems of clean energy!
So what does Sunergy Systems 750 customer’s solar energy systems actually mean?
From when our 750 customer had their systems originally installed, to current date, their systems have done the following:
These numbers are just the beginning of what our solar customers have done so far, how about over the 25 year lifespan of their systems:
Even better news for this year is that solar in Washington has catapulted with an astounding 75% growth over last year. We too have certainly experienced this great boom with now being at sixteen employee-owners and for the year installed 140 systems totaling 3/4ths a megawatt. Some of the leading regions for solar have been Seattle, Edmonds, Bainbridge, Tacoma, Olympia, Everett, Whidbey Island, Mount Vernon, Bellevue, Redmond, Bainbridge and Issaquah.
Sunergy’s vision of “taking solar to the masses” and making solar mainstream is manifesting and we are excited about the role we and our customers have played in making this happen! Everyone at Sunergy is passionate to be making a living in such a meaningful industry and all of us thank you for making this happen!
Most of the electricity in America comes from electrical generation facilities that burn fossil fuels, such as coal and natural gas. Whenever fossil fuels are burned, some amount of pollution is released into the atmosphere. That means that every time we use a kilowatt-hour purchased from a utility company to turn on a light or appliance, a little bit of air pollution is released on our behalf. One of the benefits of solar energy is that it does not pollute, and every kWh created by your solar power system is one that does not have to be created by burning fuel.
The average American uses 12 barrels of oil each year. You can also equate the solar energy your solar power system will save over its lifetime to equivalent barrels of oil as a measure of environmental benefit. The number of barrels of oil required to generate the same amount of electricity that your system will produce in 30-years.
Using electricity generated from fossil fuels and driving cars are the two personal activities that have the most significant environmental impact. You can compare the amount of pollution generated by driving a car to that prevented by using solar electricity as another measure of the environmental benefits of solar. Generating electricity from fossil fuels also releases Sulpher Oxides (SOx) and Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) into the air. SOx and NOx are primary cuases of acid rain. Acid rain causes acidification of lakes and streams and contributes to damage of trees at high elevation and many sensitive forest soils. In addition, acid rain accelerates the decay of building materials and paints, including irreplaceable buildings, statues, and sculptures that are part of our nation's cultural heritage. Prior to falling to the Earth, SO2 and NOx gases and their particulate matter derivatives, sulfates and nitrates, contribute to visibility degradation and harm public health.
Generating electricity from fossil fuels also releases Sulfur Oxides and Nitrogen Oxides, primary causes of acid rain, into the air. Acid rain damages lakes, streams, trees and forest soils.
In addition to acid rain, Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) are a key contributor to the formation of ground level ozone, which is a major component of smog. Ozone irritates the eyes, damages the lungs, and aggravates respiratory problems. It is our most widespread and intractable urban air pollution problem. Using solar electricity reduces the amount of NOx released into the air from power plants.
Carbon dioxide, along with other 'greenhouse gases', are thought to have an effect on our changing climate. This could result in increased rainfall, violent storms, decreased snow and ice cover, and rising sea levels.
Trees remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and are one of two major CO2 'sinks' (the other is oceans) that have helped to maintain the balance of CO2 in the atmosphere throughout the course of time. Many environmentalists advocate tree planting as a way to offset CO2 emissions into the atmosphere. Using solar electricity can be equated to planting trees in terms of atmospheric CO2 reductions.