With California in the midst of one of its worst droughts, water consumption and conservation could not be more important. Something homeowners might not know, however, is that solar panels can actually help save water – it takes a significant amount of water to produce many of the things we use every day, including electricity. In this blog, we discuss a couple ways solar panels can help save water.
Solar Panels Don’t Need Water to Generate Power
The traditional electric power plants many of us are familiar with today utilize vast amounts of water to cool off. In the past, U.S. power plants accounted for 45% of total water usage, according to a U.S. Geological Survey. Solar panels, however, are perfectly capable of generating power without the need to cool off – therefore, cutting down water usage. In 2015, the International Renewable Energy Agency found that one solar power plant unit uses 1/200th of the water used by a traditional power plant.
Producing Solar Panels Requires Less Water
As with most products, how they are produced and manufactured requires a certain amount of water. Although solar panels require water in its production, the sustainable method in which the panels are created can drastically minimize its environmental footprint. According to an analysis done by the River Network, wind and solar panel account for the least amount of water use.
At SunPower by Alternative Energy Systems, Inc., we are proud to guide homeowners and business owners into a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly future. We offer our clients top-notch solar panels while helping them cut their monthly energy expenses. Each project we work on is treated with personal care and excellent customer service coupled with our quality workmanship.
Learn about our panels today! Contact a North Valley solar installation specialist from our team to request your free estimate.