As someone who lives in a house with solar panels on the roof, I can attest to the power of solar energy and how much it saves on our electric bill firsthand. But what surprises me is how little most people actually know and understand about solar energy. Solar energy is the most abundant, renewable energy source in the world. Solar energy systems refer to technologies that convert the sun’s heat or light to another form of energy.
To help educate our readers at Small Business Promote about solar energy, I would like to turn the floor over for a minute to an expert in solar energy, Rusty Tweed. The Rusty Tweed Solar Project is showing businesses and nonprofits how well solar energy works for both the environment and the economy by installing solar energy systems and helping small organizations reap the benefits.
Rusty Tweed began his solar project at the Kukui Center, a Honolulu non-profit that takes care of the needs of vulnerable children and families. The Center includes services for children as well as an overnight homeless shelter. Children receive educational services and parents are able to take advantage of support systems to help them navigate the challenges of life.
Some business owners may be hesitant to put their money into renewable power sources, but it is a forward-thinking decision that places faith in the environment. It is also considerably cheaper to produce solar and wind energy than it is to create energy from fossil fuels like oil and coal. Even if global warming were not a concern, it would make business sense for companies to invest in renewable energy technologies.
In an article at Peak Oil titled Rusty Tweed Discusses the Value of Solar Power, there is a complete bio of Rusty Tweed and his solar energy efforts. Below is a piece from that article:
“Tweed, a graduate from the University of Waterloo with a degree in mechanical engineering, is an entrepreneur that owns three firms. His San Marino-based, financial consulting firm is Tweed Financial Services. Mold Zero, a mold-elimination enterprise of Tweed’s, serves the greater Los Angeles and Tampa Bay areas. Tweed also owns TFS Properties, Inc., a company that finds and brokers market properties around the country with great cash potential.
Tweed supports solar energy installation because of the tremendous value it provides. The following are a few of the reasons why solar energy and other renewables are superior to non-renewable energy sources.”
There are several reasons that solar energy is the preferred form of energy we all should be using. Those are listed below:
Solar Energy is Clean Energy— With solar energy, there is no need for pipelines of gas or oil that can leak into the environment. Also, tankers of oil can create dangerous oil spills that harm the ocean and aquatic life. Solar energy quietly and consistently creates energy, even when the skies are cloudy because the solar panel technology today is superior to the early solar panel iterations. Solar energy does not generate any gas emissions of any kind, unlike non-renewable sources of energy.
Less Expensive— The initial cost of solar energy in the past was prohibitive anywhere there was already an electricity infrastructure in place, except in the instance of buildings in warmer climates needing air conditioning in the summer. Today, according to Renewable Energy World, about two-thirds of all new power installations worldwide are renewables. The decreased costs of solar installations, due to mass production and technological improvements, and the willingness of governments to support such installations, such as with tax credits, has made solar and wind power the energy sources of choice in new power facilities.
Solar Panel Longevity–The average solar panel today will last 25 to 30 years before its performance significantly begins to degrade, requiring panel replacement. Thus, solar panels are a good, long-term investment in energy generation.
Rusty Tweed encourages entrepreneurs as well as public and private entities to partner together to power our world with renewables, such as solar energy, for the security, longevity, and safety of our planet and its citizens.