Why Solar Power Is Good for Birds
Solar energy is a boon for the environment, but some methods can be harmful to birds and other wildlife. Here's how to go solar safely.
Climate change is the #1 threat to birds. You can help by going solar.
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The future looks bright for solar power. More than 1 million homes across the United States now run on energy generated by rooftop solar panels, and a new system is installed every four minutes. Solar panels are cheaper than they’ve ever been; installation costs have dropped by 70 percent in the last decade. And because solar is growing in popularity and declining in cost, more companies offer services that make rooftop installation easy.
That’s great news for all of us—and for birds, too. Climate change is the number one threat to U.S. birds, according to Audubon scientists, and to combat that threat, we need to end our reliance on fossil fuels that produce carbon pollution. With solar power more accessible than ever, many people can now do their part to transition to cleaner sources of energy at home, and save money on electricity bills in the long run.
Click on your state on the map below to view information about installing rooftop solar panels.