Recently, Time Magazine put together a stunning slideshow displaying the beauty of solar power.
“Utility power plants are many things—sprawling, expensive, often polluting—but one thing they are not is beautiful. Power plants are the engines of modern society, but we’d rather they stay out of the way,” Time writes.
This slideshow really illuminates the differences between traditional power plants and the promise of solar power.
While the Ivanpah solar thermal plant, located in the Mojave Desert, is an example of a massive solar power plant, communities across the US are benefiting from solar power. Photovoltaic (PV) panels are clean, quiet, and unobtrusive. They’re also incredibly adaptable: individual households can install PV arrays on their homes, or households can invest in renewable energy through community-owned solar gardens.
From the Brattleboro Reformer:
Nonprofit organizations, and even customers who rent, can take part in community solar projects.
Eventually, under the company’s model, the households and businesses will own the panels in about 12 years and receive the energy for free after the equipment is paid for. The panels are expected to last 50 years.
[Nick] Ziter says plans are under way to develop another solar farm near Rutland which he says could be available in the spring.
To learn more about community-owned solar: