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There is no Energy Crisis. The real crisis is lack of awareness, vision, motivation and initiatives!
Germany ranks world number one in terms of installing solar electric (photovoltaic) systems. In fact 49% of the world’s solar was that country alone. Germany ranks 5th in total GDP, 16th in population and 63rd by land size. The USA ranks 1st in total GDP, 3rd in population and 3rd by land size. In the year 2011, Germany installed 24,700 MWp total photovoltaic peak power where as the US installed 4,200 MWp
Growth of Photovoltaics...
So why does the US lag behind many countries in going green and installing photovoltaics?
Lack of public awareness?

Lack of technology?

Lack of government initiatives?

Lack of subsidies, grants, tax credits, SRECs, financial incentives?

Expensive to buy or install a system?
Most people, in general, are still unaware of the energy and financial benefits that solar energy systems bring. Many feel that these systems are super expensive, not feasible and the return on investment (ROI) is just an imaginary number. Not true! We must sit back, think and inquire about all the available benefits and options.

There are numerous financial incentives, grants, tax-credits, loans you may be eligible for.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 included more than $70 billion in direct spending and tax credits for clean energy and associated transportation programs. This policy-stimulus combination represents the largest federal commitment in U.S. history for renewable energy, advanced transportation, and energy conservation initiatives. As a result of these new initiatives, many more utilities are expected to strengthen their clean energy programs. In February 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy launched its SunShot Initiative, a collaborative national effort to cut the total cost of photovoltaic solar energy systems by 75% by 2020. Reaching this goal would make unsubsidized solar energy cost-competitive with other forms of electricity.
Energy policy of the United States...
The DOE SunShot Initiative is a collaborative national initiative to make solar energy cost competitive with other forms of energy by the end of the decade. Reducing the installed cost of solar energy systems by about 75% will drive widespread, large-scale adoption of this renewable energy technology and restore U.S. leadership in the global clean energy race.
About SunShot

Environmental Benefits

Solar Panels Produce Electricity with Zero Emissions
Solar electricity generated by solar panels (also known as Photovoltaic) is one of the most sustainable ways of generating electricity today. First and foremost, solar panels produce electricity without emissions of any kind. The majority of electricity we use in the United States today is generated from burning coal, nuclear reactors and hydroelectric power plants. Solar panels are a proven, time tested, highly evolved technology, very low maintenance, are ready.

Solar energy systems derive clean, pure energy from the sun. When your home or business implements solar, you help combat global warming, reduce harmful emissions and reduce our collective dependence on fossil fuel.
Solar Reduces Air Pollution
When fossil fuels are burned, particulate matter is released into the air. This affects the environment in the form of smog, which poses serious health problems for people living nearby. Also, carbon monoxide is produced when fuel combustion is incomplete. This gas is a health hazard, even in low doses. Energy produced by solar systems does not contribute to air pollution.
No Effect on Climate
Greenhouse gases, notably CO2 (carbon dioxide), are produced when fossil fuels are burned. Researchers now believe these gases may be affecting our climate. CO2 creates a "greenhouse effect" in the atmosphere, causing global warming. This may lead to an increase in hurricanes, flooding and other weather conditions that can result in injuries, deaths and loss of property. Solar energy systems have no such emissions or after effects.
Unlimited Resource
Fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas are limited resources, which are getting used at an incredible rate. All developing countries are continuously adding to the demand for these fuels. Oil is used in many ways other than just producing energy, thus depleting oil reserves even faster. Solar energy from the sun is unlimited.
Nuclear Waste
Nuclear energy is an alternative to burning fossil fuels, and relatively green compared to burning fossil fuels. However, spent nuclear fuel is a high-level radioactive by-product of electric power generation at commercial nuclear power plants. This poses extreme health hazard if not transported or stored safely. The Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository is so controversial. But generating electricity using solar technologies results in no waste products.
Solar Reduces the Need for More Fossil Fuel Power Plants
As the demand for electricity increases, additional power plants will need to be built, which can have a negative environmental impact. As more energy is produced by increasing number of solar electric systems, the need for more fossil fuel power plants will be reduced.
Reducing Your Carbon Footprint
Traditional electricity is sourced from fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas. When fossil fuels are burned to generate energy, they emit toxic gases that are the primary cause of pollution, ozone layer depletion and global warming.
Comply With Greenhouse Gas Emission Targets
Several government and industry agencies have set annual greenhouse emission targets to curb climate change. For example, The Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, or Assembly Bill (AB) 32, is a California State Law that fights climate change by establishing a comprehensive program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from all sources throughout the state to 1990 levels by 2020.

By installing solar, companies can take advantage of the ‘Emissions trading’ or ‘cap-and-trade’ program. ‘Cap-and-trade’ is a market-based approach used to control pollution by providing economic incentives for achieving reductions in the emissions of pollutants. In effect, the buyer pays a charge for polluting, while the seller is rewarded for reduced emissions.

By installing solar, you are essentially demonstrating environmental leadership.
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