Reap the “green” benefits of solar power two ways -- the world and your wallet.

World

The sun isn’t going anywhere anytime soon and is a natural resource, whereas fossil fuels are finite and cause harm to the environment when burned to create energy.

Solar power helps eliminate greenhouse gas emissions and decreases the need for fossil fuels.

The Environmental Protection Agency reports the average American home emits more than 16,000 pounds of carbon dioxide each year -- it takes 24 trees to make up for that. Forbes reports that the average-size residential solar system decreases your carbon footprint by 35,000 pounds of CO2 per year – the equivalent of planting 88 trees per year.

It can be tricky when it comes to putting numbers on calculating the exact carbon effect, but it’s clear residential solar systems make a difference.

And don’t forget, solar panels have an average lifespan of 30 years or more, which means the environmental benefits last for decades.

Wallet

The nonrenewable nature of fossil fuels can sometimes lead to market chaos, which means energy prices are volatile and can soar in a short period of time. Yet the sun beams enough energy every hour to meet the Earth’s energy needs for an entire year.

With residential solar as a service, you receive a low rate per kWh -- usually lower than the rate your local utility charges for using power from the grid -- for the lifetime of the solar service agreement. With Sunnova, you won’t have to worry about out-of-pocket expenses for maintenance and repairs because every solar service agreement includes this added coverage at no additional cost to you.

You may also receive credit from your utility company for any excess energy your system generates and exports to the electric grid.‡

Learn more about how to measure or reduce your overall impact here.

‡ Sunnova makes no guarantees regarding credit for net energy exported to the electric grid, and any credit provided (now or in the future) is subject to change or termination by executive, legislative or regulatory action.