Renewable energy is becoming a more popular form of energy. There are many different types of renewable energy, ranging from solar to wind. These are great sources of energy because they occur naturally and are easy to collect. Recently there has been a bigger push to limit our usage of natural gas and use more of these renewable sources. I think that while all of these are good options for Colorado, one option is best, solar.
I think that Colorado should work on making a law that either gives homeowners who have solar panels or who switch to solar panels a stipend or a credit from the energy supplier for making the switch to solar energy. I think that Colorado is the perfect place to make a law that promotes solar energy. The reason for this is because Colorado gets around 300 days of sunshine per year which means 300 days of collecting solar energy. I also think that Colorado should push towards solar energy because it is more efficient.
The collection of wind and solar energy are very different. Wind energy goes to a power grid that supplies an area. (https://www.energy.gov/eere/wind/how-do-wind-turbines-work). This makes wind energy less efficient because it has to travel across powerlines to be stored and used by the community. Wind energy is also not as constant as solar energy. If the wind is not blowing then the natural energy isn’t being produced.
Solar panels can also be used as a power grid that will follow the sun throughout the day and supply energy to a group of people. These are more effective than wind farms in Colorado because of the amount of sunshine that we get in Colorado. However, there is a way that solar energy can be even more efficient.
Solar panels can be placed directly on the roof of a house and then be used by the house directly. “When you have solar panels installed on your home, you will also have a solar inverter installed. The solar inverter changes the direct current output of the solar panels into alternating current electricity that your home can use” (https://www.powerhome.com/how-solar-panels-work/). With solar energy being converted in the home it means that there is almost no energy lost. With less energy lost in the process there is more to be used and then sent to a power grid for use by others.
I think giving a stipend to those with solar panels makes a lot of sense. A stipend would encourage homeowners to switch because it would make it more affordable. If someone was thinking about getting solar panels but can’t spend the money to get them a stipend would make it so the person can afford to switch. I also think that the homeowner can get money off their energy bill. A home does not always use all of the energy that is created by the solar panels. When this happens the energy is then stored on the energy grid. If this is the case, the homeowner would get a credit for the amount of energy that they supplied and have a lower energy bill.
California recently had a new law get passed that makes it so that every new house build in the state will be built with solar panels (California Will Require Solar Power for New Homes. The New York Times). I think this is also something that Colorado should look into because it is a simple way to ensure that more solar energy is being used in our state. There are lots of new neighborhoods popping up all around the state and if these neighborhoods all had solar energy the natural gas use in the state would stay about the same rather than go up since there are more houses.
I think there are many ways to get homeowners to switch to solar energy but I think they should get rewarded for doing so because they are doing their part to help with using less natural gas and trying to slow down climate change.
“How Do Wind Turbines Work?” Energy.Gov. www.energy.gov, https://www.energy.gov/eere/wind/how-do-wind-turbines-work. Accessed 9 July 2020.
“How Residential Home Solar Panels Work? | POWERHOME.” POWERHOME Solar, https://www.powerhome.com/how-solar-panels-work/.
Penn, Ivan. “California Will Require Solar Power for New Homes.” The New York Times, 9 May 2018. NYTimes.com, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/09/business/energy-environment/california-solar-power.html