Coastal Controls Solar

Rooftop Solar vs. Utility Owned Solar

We all know that burning fossil fuels to generate electricity is bad for the environment. But, what about utility owned solar? Some of these facts may surprise you.

Utility owned solar relies on deforestation. This hastens global warming and threatens our ecosystems.
Rooftop solar is installed on existing structures.

Utility owned solar suffers from line losses when sending power from the generation site to the end user. The utility-owned solar plants must be oversized to account for this wasted power.
Residential solar is generated at (or very near) its final point of use. It does not rely on long transmission lines, and it does not suffer from large line losses.

Utility owned solar arrays shade the land beneath the array. This can be detrimental to the local ecosystem.
Residential solar arrays shade the home beneath them, which can greatly reduce the need for air conditioning. (Roof temperatures under the solar panels are typically 40 degrees lower than non-solar roofs.)

Utility owned solar costs are a burden to all of the utilities customers. This includes low-income customers who may not be able to afford solar power.
Residential solar is fully paid for by customers who want and can afford solar.

Here is some more useful information from our friends at Solar United Neighbors:
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