Stanford University recently released a new alternative energy plan that outlines how the state of California can switch to wind, geothermal, water, and solar power by 2050. According to the study’s lead author, Mark Z. Jacobson, the plan “will eliminate air pollution mortality and global warming emissions from California, stabilize prices, and create jobs.”
Although there is an initial capital investment required to build the new power plants and other structures, the study predicts that overall energy use would be reduced by 44%. In addition, 220,000 net jobs would be created and deaths associated with air pollution would drop by 12,500 a year. The plan would also help California avoid the costly environmental effects of climate change, such as coastal erosion. All told, the savings to the state would pay for the cost of the plan in only seven years.
Solar energy plays a big role in the plan, accounting for 55.5% of the state’s energy. Although much of this comes from the 1,200 solar power plants that the plan calls for, homeowners and businesses would contribute as well with 15 million 5-kilowatt rooftop solar panel systems.
Installing rooftop solar panels doesn’t just benefit the state of California, however: between the California Solar Initiative, tax credits, and payments for unused electricity, homeowners can get both an immediate return on their investment and a long-term boost to energy savings. If you’re interested in saving money on your energy bills, get a head start on the plan now and get a free solar energy analysis. And for more information about solar energy and how you can reduce your energy costs, please contact us.