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Climate Change is Reason Enough to Go Solar

This Visualization on Climate Change is Reason Enough to Go Solar

Many different approaches have been taken when it comes to discussions on global climate change, but the above visualization breathes new life into the topic.

Thanks to advancements in satellite technology, NASA has combined thousands of photos as a part of its Blue Marble: Next Generation photography endeavor to create a view of the planet without any cloud obstruction for every month of the year. The first part of the video cycles through these unaltered NASA images.

The second part of the video uses the same images combined with data from the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory related to the projected warming of the Earth and shrinking of the arctic ice cap over the next 100 years. The message is clear: something must be done to change the current direction.

Rising levels of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gasses in the atmosphere have warmed the Earth and resulted in negative consequences such as rising sea levels, melting snow and ice, more extreme heat events, fires and droughts and more extreme storms, rainfall, and floods. According to real scientists, these trends will continue and are likely to begin to accelerate if we a planet do not begin to curb carbon emissions immediately. The end result is that these changes will significantly compromise our health, natural resources, economy and overall quality of life. Rich nations will not be able to escape the devastation of climate change, while poorer nations will see its impacts first.

Going solar makes a difference, big league.

Solar energy represents an immense opportunity to alter the current course of climate change. According to Solar Energy Industries Association, solar power is the world’s most abundant source of renewable energy. By converting sunlight into electricity, solar panels can make clean energy a reality and help reduce the emissions of carbon and greenhouse gasses- mitigating global warming and climate change.

While governments and businesses are increasingly looking at solar panels as a means of reducing the carbon footprint of a region or organization, people can also make a change at an individual level. Installing solar panels on your home is the single most effective way not only take a socially-responsible stand against what is happening in terms of global climate change, the environmental benefits are so significant that you can feel good knowing you are helping ensure the earth keeps breathing.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can FPL or my HOA prevent me from switching to solar?

The Florida Solar Rights Act is a law that forbids any entity—including homeowner associations—from prohibiting the installation of solar or other renewable energy devices on Florida buildings.

An association may require approval of a system installation and may establish restrictions for installations. However, any such restrictions must be reasonable, not arbitrary, and applied in a uniform manner for all association members. Also, any restrictions must not have the effect of impairing the performance, or increasing the cost, of a solar system.

In particular, a homeowner association may not prevent the installation of solar collectors on the roof of a home. The association may determine where on the roof the collectors may be installed, so long as the collectors face within 45 degrees of due south.

Finally, any requirement(s) that a system be screened from view by trees, fences, ground mounting racks, or a remote roof location that is hidden from the street, will generally violate the statute.

Click here to verify information is provided by the Florida Solar Energy Industry Association

Is solar free for Florida homeowners?
  • The sun is free to everyone.
  • Solar panels and specific back-up battery systems qualify for a number of rebates, tax credits and incentives.
  • There is a cost associated with solar energy because you are paying for your system. 
  • Financing enables homeowners to make the transition with $0 upfront costs
  • Systems often cost the same amount monthly as your current FPL bill
  • Solar puts equity in your home because you own the system and increases the value a minimum of 4.1% - click here for the Zillow case study

Does solar increase my home value?

Not only can adding solar panels to a home save energy costs and help the environment, it also can potentially increase a home’s value. In 2019 Zillow found that homes with solar energy systems sold for 4.1% more on average than comparable homes without solar power. For the median-valued home, that translates to an additional $9,274.

The sale premium varies substantially by market. In Riverside, Calif., for example, homes with solar-energy systems sold for 2.7% more than comparable homes without solar power—a markup of $9,926 for the median-valued home in the metro. In the greater New York City metro, solar-powered homes have a premium that is double that of Riverside. At 5.4%, that’s an extra $23,989 in value for the typical home in New York. In three other coastal metro areas—Los Angeles, San Francisco and Orlando, Fla.—homes with solar power can fetch a premium of around 4%.

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