January 21, 2016

Becoming Carbon Neutral through Alternative Energy Use

Becoming Carbon Neutral through Alternative Energy Use Striving to “go green” can have a big impact. Eco-conscious consumers today now expect that businesses lead by example and make efforts to reduce their carbon footprint. Not only can organizations capitalize on financial benefits and boost ROI, but those who choose to use alternative energy sources, like solar power, report an improved employee satisfaction and added credibility for business because of their leadership with sustainability.

Reducing CO2 Emissions

Carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide are greenhouse gases (GHGs) are among the many pollutants that contribute to global warming and associated health problems. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, energy-related carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) account for more than 80% of our nation’s greenhouse gases. On the other hand, with solar, this alternative energy source generates electricity by turning photons from the sun into usable energy, and you get clean electricity that does not cause the release of carbon dioxide making it carbon neutral.

Carbon Neutral

Carbon neutral, also called carbon neutrality, is a term used to describe the action of businesses and individuals taking action to remove as much carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as they put into it. A carbon offset represents a reduction in carbon dioxide somewhere else, like a renewable energy project, to balance out any emissions you cannot reduce. The overall goal of carbon neutrality is to achieve a zero carbon footprint and become as sustainable as possible.

To become carbon neutral, your organization’s operations would need to be assessed in strict accordance with the GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard (or ISO 14064-1) and offset the resulting emissions through a formally certified carbon credit scheme.

Considering the average American is responsible for 50,000 lbs. of CO2 annually, it’s important to make these efforts to become as carbon neutral as possible.

Alternative Energy: Solar Power

Compared to other energy sources, renewable energy has substantially less impact on our environment including air and water pollution, water and land usage, global warming emissions, as well as public and wildlife habitat and health impacts. According to the EPA, renewables are considered environmentally preferable to conventional sources and, when replacing fossil fuels, have significant potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Embrace A Cleaner, Alternative Energy Today

Need more reasons why solar installation for businesses makes sense? Refer to our infographic, “Financial Benefits of Solar Power for Businesses.” Whether you’re a large or small business, we have the solar solutions for your alternative energy needs. Becoming carbon neutral isn’t as difficult as it sounds. Going green can bring benefits to the environment and build a great reputation for your business.

KMB Design Group is at the forefront of the escalating solar industry, and is considered a leading consulting firm in the renewable energy field providing photovoltaic design and engineering services. We provide you with the best commercial solar power designs to maximize output and minimize environmental impacts. Licensed in 49 states, we have the ability to work nationally without limitations.