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Contribute To The Green Energy Movement

As the world transitions to cleaner energy sources, the urgency to address environmental challenges is intensifying. Among the growing global concerns about climate change and sustainability, green energy solutions stand as a beacon of hope for a brighter and safer future. Harnessing renewable resources not only reduces environmental harm, but also lays the foundation for a more sustainable and resilient future. This Earth Day, take a moment to consider how your business’s energy performance can help save the planet. Explore green energy solutions and take the first step towards a greener tomorrow.

The History of Earth Day

Earth Day was founded by former Wisconsin Senator, Gaylord Nelson. Senator Nelson was a well-known environmentalist who was deeply affected by the 1969 Santa Barbara oil spill. The devastating pollution from the spill struck a chord with Senator Nelson and millions of Americans. With the aim of starting a grassroots environmentalist movement, Nelson proposed a national Earth Day to promote environmental awareness and action.

Historical Earth Day Rallies in NYC

Source: nationalgeographic.com | First Earth Day in NYC on April 22nd, 1970

On April 22, 1970, more than 20 million Americans participated in rallies, marches, and educational programs with a focus on environmental issues and reducing pollution. The national outcry of environmental support led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and worldwide recognition of Earth Day.

When is Earth Day celebrated?

Following the demonstrations and rallies of 1970, Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22nd. While it started as an American grassroots movement, Earth Day has grown into the largest secular holiday in the world.

Renewable Energy Fosters Sustainability

Renewable energy sources are considered significantly better for the environment than traditional fossil-fuel-based sources, like coal, oil, and gas. Renewable energy sources produce significantly less pollution than traditional fossil fuels, which emit dangerous greenhouse gases. The renewable nature of these energy resources means they naturally replenish over time, resulting in more sustainable power over time. Beyond fossil fuels’ significant carbon footprint, it’s sourced from finite resources that continue to deplete, becoming increasingly dangerous to mine. As a result, renewable energy is the most sustainable choice for the environment, economy, and public health.

What is Green Energy?

Green energy is a term for energy that is produced without causing harm to the environment. While “green energy” is often used interchangeably with “renewable energy,” there’s one distinct difference between them. While all green energy sources are also renewable, not all renewable energy sources are considered entirely green. A renewable energy source might not be considered green if some carbon emissions or other environmental harm can be associated with the processes used to generate the power.

The most popular green energy sources are solar, wind, and geothermal. An example of a renewable energy source that is not considered green is biomass energy. Biomass energy is generated from organic waste, which is renewable, however generating biomass energy does emit some greenhouse gas emissions.

How Does Green Energy Help The Environment?

Green energy sources, solar and wind in particular, are highly beneficial for the environment. While all energy sources require complicated infrastructure, green energy has a much smaller footprint. Solar panels and wind turbines can be installed on existing structures or paired with agricultural land without disrupting crops and livestock. Furthermore, green energy sources don’t require dangerous mining for finite resources. Instead, natural sunlight and wind currents generate power.

The act of generating renewable power is also much safer for the environment than fossil fuels. Fossil fuels must be processed and combusted to create usable power. This process emits harmful carbon dioxide emissions which lead to climate change, extreme weather conditions, health risks, and species loss. Switching to green energy sources significantly reduces this pollution, contributing to a healthier and safer environment.

Nationwide Sustainability Initiatives

Climate change poses an existential threat to every human in any walk of life. As fossil fuels become more dangerous and less sustainable, the Federal Government is implementing necessary clean energy initiatives. The Federal Sustainability Plan has an overarching goal of achieving 100% emissions-free energy by 2050. The U.S. is one of more than 130 countries have joined in the global pursuit of a net-zero emissions future.

One of the most essential methods to reach this ambitious goal is bolstering the United States’ renewable power capacity. The United States aims to triple our renewable energy capacity by 2030. Fortunately, our country is making great progress. 2023 was a record-breaking year for renewable energy deployment. The U.S. installed a record-breaking 31 gigawatts of solar energy capacity, a 55% increase from 2022. Utility-scale battery storage also had a record-breaking year while wind energy capacity continues to grow steadily. It’s projected that solar and wind will continue to lead renewable energy growth for the next few years. Solar capacity is projected to grow by an impressive 75% by 2025, underscoring the country’s dedication to a clean energy future.

What States Produce The Most Green Energy?

The top solar power producing states are in the sunny South, which benefits from long, warm summers. On the other hand, top wind power producing states are condensed along the central wind belt, also called Tornado Alley. These regions of the country have ideal climates with consistent wind and sunlight.

Fortunately, green energy production is soaring! In 2023, the Federal Government invested an incredible $303.3 billion towards clean energy technologies throughout the country. In the past year alone, 42 Gigawatts of renewable power-generating capacity was added to the U.S. grid. Due to robust federal funding, solar and wind power is expected to grow exponentially over the next few years. Below, we detail the stand-out states for both solar and wind power production.  

Top Solar Energy Producing States

California tops the charts for 2023 solar power generation with a remarkable 68,816 Gigawatt-hours (GWh) of solar power generated. That’s enough energy to power 6.2 million American households for an entire year! Texas comes in second with 31,739 GWh of capacity followed by Florida (17,809 GWh), North Carolina (12,085 GWh), and Arizona (11,778 GWh). As solar technologies become less expensive, it’s likely we’ll see increasing competition among Southern and coastal states.

Top Wind Energy Producing States

Texas is the undisputed leader in wind energy, generating an astounding 119,836 GWh of wind power. That’s more than enough energy to power 10.8 American households for an entire year! Putting this in perspective, Texas’ wind power surpasses the second, third, and fourth top states combined. Coming in second is Iowa with 41,869 GWh of capacity followed by Oklahoma (37,731 GWh), Kansas (27,462 GWh), and Illinois (22,054 GWh). Central states within Tornado Alley have a tremendous amount of wind power potential.

Infographic of the top 5 states generating the most wind power
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How Can I Participate in Earth Day?

Take action for a healthier planet this Earth Day. You can participate in a wide variety of sustainable energy solutions that reduce your energy consumption and lower energy bills. Reducing energy usage and improving your business’s efficiency is an effortless way to foster sustainability in everyday business operations. Contribute to a healthier planet and more sustainable power for all with our energy conservation tips and tricks.

  • Prioritize daylight over overhead lighting when feasible
  • Replace old lighting with LED bulbs
  • Change your HVAC air filters regularly
  • Upgrade to low flow plumbing fixtures
  • Seal leaks and cracks around windows and doors
  • Upgrade to a smart thermostat
  • Plug electronics into a smart power strip
  • Incorporate indoor plants or a plant wall
  • Make the switch to a Green Business Energy Plan

Unleash Your Green Potential & Take Control of Your Energy Usage

As Earth Day approaches, seize the opportunity to make a positive impact on our planet and your bottom line. By taking control of your business’s energy consumption, you not only reduce your environmental footprint but also unlock potential cost savings. Ready to take sustainability to the next level? Request a free quote today to explore renewable energy plans tailored to your business needs. Let’s turn every day into Earth Day with sustainable energy solutions.