How much will 20% local solar benefit us?

Answer

A lot. 

According to the PA Department of Environmental Protection, the combination of fuel savings (free sunlight) and anticipated cost savings (avoided public health and environmental damages) could result in a net benefit of over $1.6 billion annually from 2018 to 2030 if PA reached the modest goal of 10% solar by 2030.

But who sees those benefits? Another study looked more specifically at North Philadelphia, and predicted solar roofs could produce $45 million in direct net benefits without counting health, climate, or employment. When those benefits are included, the impact rises to around $340 million.

 

References

Pennsylvania’s Solar Future Plan: Strategies to increase electricity generation from in-state solar energy.

Green Design Isn’t Just a Luxury. It Could Save Cities Billions.