An average home consumes approximately 10,000 kWh per year. Installing a solar power system that offsets the same amount of usage would result in a reduction of about 15,000 pounds of CO2 each year. This is the equivalent of carbon eliminated by 1.5 acres of pine forests. For more information, please visit the United States Environmental Protection Agency site.
Looking at the big picture, solar power is a renewable form of energy that eliminates the need for the burning of fossil fuels (which are directly responsible for the global and environmental damage). There are no emissions during the production of solar power, and it is one of the cleanest forms of renewable energy known to mankind. In addition, a solar power system is relatively maintenance-free, which further reduces the carbon footprint of a solar power system.
Traditional electric sources such as coal, oil, and natural gas result in the emission of polluting gasses, some of which are toxic and extremely detrimental to the environment. Fossil fuels are and continue to be the one of the largest cause of global warming. Depleting sources of fossil fuels also cause dramatic spikes in the cost of energy which can be mitigated by the implementation of clean solar power energy. For more information, please visit the United States Environmental Protection Agency site.