Facts

Why Solar?

  • Solar power is the cleanest form of energy known.
  • Solar panels have no moving parts, no repair, no maintenance.
  • Unlike conventional energy sources, which are location-specific, i.e. coal must be mined where it exists, the sun shines everywhere.  Harnessing its power will create jobs right here in Vermont.
  • The solar panels that Same Sun of Vermont uses are guaranteed to be at least 80.2% effective after 25 years of use.
  • A small solar array, that we call Same Sun I, is comprised of twelve 250-watt photovoltaic panels totaling 3,000 watts of peak DC power. This array provides an average of 300 Kwh a month (more in the summer, less in the winter) of clean solar electricity. This system offsets approximately 3,600 pounds of carbon pollution a year, or 54 TONS in a thirty-year period. To offset this amount of carbon you would have to plant 6.5 acres of trees.
  • Per Vermont Law, your utility company must pay a premium for solar production, equal to $0.20 less the highest residential rate per kilowatt hour (kWh).  In most cases, i.e. where the provider is GMP, this amounts to approximately five cents per kilowatt hour.  We refer to this as the net metering bonus
  • Ten years of your current electric bill will get you thirty years of clean solar power.

Facts About Solar

  • The earth receives about 1,366 watts of direct solar radiation per square meter proving that there is enough solar energy to power the earth’s usage each day. 
  • In one hour more sunlight falls on the earth than what is used by the entire population in one year.
  • The United States is responsible for almost 25% of the world's total energy consumption. We use one million gallons of oil every two minutes.
  • Germany, the world's greatest solar producer, receives less light per day than Vermont.
  • Top ten countries using solar as of 2010 (in megawatts):

Germany – 9,785 MW

Spain – 3,386 MW

Japan – 2,633 MW

United States – 1,650 MW)

Italy – 1,167 MW

Czech Republic – 465 MW

Belgium – 363 MW

China – 305 MW

France – 272 MW

India – 120 MW

Contact Us for more information or to learn more about the facts and benefits of solar.