“In 14 and a half seconds, the sun provides as much energy to Earth as humanity uses in a day.” Ramez Naam – Scientific American
“The price of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels has dropped 70% since 2008, from $4 per watt, and is expected to reach $1 per watt in the next couple of years.” (Source: Applied Materials) The current price is about $1.50 per watt, which is cost competitive with new coal-fired power plants. The price drop is primarily a result of the cost savings that come from scaling up manufacturing processes to meet higher demand. The more we keep demand going, the more companies will compete to produce cheaper, more efficient solar products.
Jobs, jobs, U.S. jobs! The solar industry is the fastest growing job creator in the U.S. There are 20,000 more jobs in the U.S. solar industry than the U.S. steel industry today.
In 2010 net U.S. solar exports were $1.9 billion. Every solar panel placed on a U.S. rooftop is a guaranteed U.S. job-creator.
Breaking our dependency on foreign oil, coal, and natural gas means not only fewer mountaintops removed, and fewer pollutants in our water supply, but it also means there will be fewer wars to fight.