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Have you ever considered the footprint our electricity use has on our water systems? Let’s break it down. The typical U.S. home goes through about 1,000 kWh (kilowatt-hours) of energy every month. A single kWh consumes about 2 gallons of water during generation. This means that the average U.S. home goes through about 2,000 gallons of water in a single month.
Turn off the tap and shorten your showers all you want–you won’t be able to touch the amount of water you’re using just by turning on a light.
In addition to creating solar jobs, PV solar systems use less than three-tenths of 1% of the water consumed by coal production. “From a water and greenhouse gas emissions perspective, PV solar power is one of the best technologies available.” Most of the minimal amount of water used goes into the production process of the PV panels. A PV panel has about a 30 year lifespan.
The most intensive aspect of solar jobs is on the production and manufacturing end.
Most regions of the U.S. are well-suited for solar jobs and projects that can keep our rivers clean. These solar jobs can be especially beneficial in the southwest, where water supplies often become a concern, especially during summers. Throughout the country, about 100,237 workers held solar jobs as of August 2011. In 2012, over 50% of solar businesses expected to add jobs, as opposed to 2.6% that expected to cut positions.
The continued growth of solar projects makes the future of our rivers look cleaner and brighter.
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