In part one of our two part series discussing solar energy statistics here in the US, we examined the fundamental solar energy stats, solar jobs and the cost & efficiency of using solar energy in today’s modern world. We saw some interesting statistics which you might not have been aware of previously. In Part II, we are going to discuss survey results and pledges, some interesting community-scale solar stats, the power of solar energy and what it would be like if the Average American home went solar for a year. Let’s get started:
Survey Results & Pledges
These are the results of a recent survey of American homeowners:
- 235 mayors representing all 50 states have signed Environment America’s “Mayors For Solar Energy” letter.
- 58% list the fact that “solar panels are clean and do not contribute to climate change” as a motivation for installing solar panels.
- 60% list saving on their electricity bills as a motivation to install solar panels.
- 89% support more solar farms.
- 57% of people in America’s most coal-reliant states say that they would be willing to buy solar panels if they could recover the investment in 5 years.
- More than half stated that they would purchase and drive a solar powered car.
Community-Scale Solar Stats
- Over 650 MW of community solar will be installed in 2021.
- 43 states have at least one community solar project online.
- 3 of the 4 leading community solar states receive among the least sunshine in the country.
- Floating solar farms installed on 24,000 man-made reservoirs could supply more than 10% of the country’s electricity.
- S. community solar capacity has more than quadrupled since 2016.
- 12 states have developed programs to make solar more accessible for low-income populations.
- Community solar could grow 20-30 times by 2030.
The Power of Solar Energy
- 40% of total U.S. electricity could be supplied by solar on rooftops.
- The sun produces enough energy every second to cover earth’s needs for 500,000 years.
- It would take about 21,250 square miles, or 0.5% of American land, of solar panels to meet the country’s electric needs.
The Average American Home Going Solar For A Year Would Be Like:
- Not adding 12,500 pounds of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere.
- Driving 18,000 miles less.
- Not burning over 8,000 pounds of coal.
- Not charging over 900,000 smartphones.
- Growing 122 trees for 10 years.
That’s it for Part II of our look at US Solar Energy Statistics. As you can see, many Americans are in favor of solar energy, but they want it to cost less and be more efficient which is what companies like Aptera and many others are working towards.
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