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Did you know that large-scale utility solar power plants are heading for a big boom in the US? Since we just bought a Tesla, a fully electric vehicle, this is exciting for us at Water Gallery. The only reason an electric vehicle isn't environmentally perfect is the fact that electricity is often driven by coal-fired power plants. However, with solar power heading up a steep growth curve, there is hope that usage of coal-fired power and nuclear power will lessen as the years pass.

Solar power plant

Why is solar power heading towards a boom? For one, it's becoming cheaper. Secondly, the exciting thing about solar power is its predictable price-- you know exactly how much it's going to cost, forever, versus coal and natural gas, which have very volatile pricing. The price of sunlight is zero and there's no fuel cost. Thirdly, more states are adopting solar power. For a long time, only a limited number of states with specific mandates utilized solar power, typically only the "blue" (Democratic-leaning) state. But many of the "red" states have large, cheap areas of rural land, ideal for building solar power plants. The major weakness, however, of solar power is the fact that it can be used only when the sun is shining, which gives it less energy-producing ability than its natural gas, coal, and nuclear counterparts. Nonetheless, the benefits far outweigh the weaknesses of solar power...and with prices for solar power falling, it won't be long before it's by far the cheapest option, which will make it the most popular.

As always, reduce, reuse, recycle, and conserve. Small, everyday changes can make a huge difference.

3 comments

Mar 18, 2016 • Posted by Vicki

Only 1 person in our neighborhood has solar panels. I would like to be the 2nd!

Mar 18, 2016 • Posted by Steve Kuhn

The only way for our planet to survive is to think of more ways to live more coal-fired power and nuclear power free.

Mar 17, 2016 • Posted by Chris Grant

Solar is the way to go! Been looking into getting panels on my house!

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