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Carbon Emissions Could be Eliminated with Solar Energy

 

You’ve heard of carbon emissions and know they affect the Earth's ecosystem. Everything from endangered polar bears and global warming to the extreme changes in weather patterns, like the increased frequency and velocity of hurricanes, are a caused by our pollution. But there’s even more to it.

Carbon emissions happen when carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere. Unfortunately, right now, carbon emissions result from a majority of the things we do every minute of every day. 

In 2016, 35% of U.S. carbon emissions were from electricity generation. 

These toxic emissions blanket the atmosphere, trapping heat in like a greenhouse. It prevents the earth from keeping a healthy homeostasis. 

Fortunately, there’s a clean, renewable and affordable alternative to fossil-fueled energy. Solar energy possesses infinite potential to reduce carbon emissions. And we're here to enlighten you on just how accessible this positive energy is for your home. 

In 30 years, just ONE home solar power system counteracts the carbon emissions of 166,000 lbs of coal.

Now think about this... how much more carbon emissions could reduce or potentially eliminate if an entire neighborhood went solar? Or if an entire community or town went solar? 

What about an entire state, like Florida? What about an entire country, like the United States of America? 

Here's what it would look like if 100% of our country transitioned to renewable energy in the next 30 years...

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Contrary to common beliefs, renewable energy is achievable the future. Right now Florida homeowners have unbelievable federal tax incentives and programs to encourage and accelerate the transition to solar energy. 

Additionally, Florida homeowners that capitalize on these amazing opportunities are solving a bigger issue our residents face annually while helping to improve the value of their home. How you ask?

1. We live in the sunshine state. As long as there is sun, the system is generating power because solar energy systems are designed to operate continuously.

2. Premium systems are designed to withstand up to 170 mph winds. The panels technically make roofs more secure. Also, the top solar panel brand on the market, SunPower, has cells made to keep generating power even if they are compromised. Should the panel be impacted by a tree branch or something else random, the solar panel will producing energy.

3. As long as you have a backup battery system, like Tesla Powerwall, your home's electricity will operate independently without interruption on a daily basis. Regardless of any storm or power outage.

If you haven't guessed by now where this is going, solar system designs help Florida residents take long-term preventative measures to ensure their electricity is never compromised during a hurricane.

Instead of installing or maintaining a generator as an electricity insurance policy, you can now take advantage of solar savings and solve all your problems with one system.

Pretty cool, right? 

Now Vinyasun delivers the fast assessments for your solar energy needs matched with a cutting-edge system design for your home using top applications and technology-enabled tools. 


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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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