What’s the environmental impact and benefit of solar energy?

Traditional electricity is sourced from fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas. Solar power systems derive clean, pure energy from the sun. When you install solar panels on your home, you help to combat greenhouse gas emissions and global warming, and reduce our collective dependence on fossil fuel. The average Canadian solar home offsets 5.9 tons of CO2 annually. That’s like avoiding 20,937 kilometres driven, planting 340 trees, or eliminating 5,830 pounds of burned coal.