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Environmental  
benefits of solar

Power your home with renewable solar energy

Solar power systems derive clean, pure energy from the sun. When you install solar panels on your home, you help to combat greenhouse gas emissions and global warming and reduce our collective dependence on fossil fuel.

Traditional electricity is sourced from fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas. When fossil fuels are burned to create energy, they emit toxic gases that are the primary cause of pollution and global warming.
Not only are fossil fuels bad for the environment, they are also a finite resource—their limited availability creates a volatile market in which energy prices can skyrocket in a short period of time.

Environmental impact

A solar power system for a the average SolarCity solar power system will offset 30 tons of carbon dioxide over 30 years, saving the equivalent of...


Avoiding 60,000 miles driven*


Planting 2,400 trees*


Avoiding 80,000 gallons of water used in electricity production*


Avoiding 16 tons of burned coal*

*Based on SolarCity average system size of 6.7 kW and 1403 kWh average first year production degraded by .5% annually over 30 years. Environmental benefits based on data collected from: Environmental Protection Agency, September 2014, Calculations and References, US Energy Administration, January 2014, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, December 2003, “Consumptive Water Use for US Power Production”, and EPA eGRID GHG Annual Output Emissions Rates 2009.

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