13 Jul Solar Power Is On the Rise in the U.S.
Solar power usage is on the rise in the United States, thanks to city governments that are pushing to adopt the green power source. Sustainable infrastructure is becoming a priority for both mega-metropolises and small towns as the benefits of solar power become increasingly obvious. At least 25 major cities in the U.S. are actively working toward a goal of using 100% renewable energy as of March 2017. Even more cities have made commitments to make the transition to using renewable, clean energy by 2050 in an effort to support solar power sustainability.
Solar and wind power are not only good for the environment – they’re also more economically viable than fossil fuels. According to Dale Ross, the mayor of Georgetown, Texas, “wind and solar power are more predictable. The prices don’t swing up and down like oil and gas. So, the city can sign a contract today and know what the bill is going to be for the next 25 years. That’s especially appealing in a place like Georgetown where a lot of retirees live on fixed incomes.” Georgetown holds the honor of becoming one of the first towns in the U.S. to be completely powered by renewable energy.
Washington, D.C. is also making progress in implementing solar power sustainability. The city recently launched their new “Clean Energy DC” initiative, which outlines their strategies to both limit their greenhouse gas emissions and cut the city’s operating costs. By 2032 the city hopes to be using at least 50% renewable energy. Washington, D.C. developed one of the most impressive collection of onsite solar projects in the country in 2015, supplying solar power to schools, recreation centers, hospitals, and police training facilities in the span of nine months. During the process of changing the energy source the operations of these facilities were minimally disrupted, proving that making the switch to solar power isn’t as difficult as many organizations imagine.
Using green sources of energy in your workplace is a great way to reduce your environmental footprint and jumpstart your sustainability initiatives. You can also donate your unsold goods to Good360, where products are matched with nonprofits to benefit local communities in need. Make a plan today to incorporate sustainable operations at your business.