The Recorder – One million rooftop solar panels will fight global warming

Published: 08/11/2022 16:13:51

Modified: 08/11/2022 16:13:24

By 2030, we may have one million solar panel rooftops in Massachusetts. Solar panels provide clean, renewable energy. Solar energy is created by heat and light from the sun (photovoltaic and solar thermal), which can be used to create heat or electricity. Studies show that solar panel rooftops have the potential to generate nearly 47% of the electricity currently consumed each year in Massachusetts. Solar panels have the potential to reduce climate change and fight global warming. They generate energy that prevents us from consuming fossil fuels, which release climate gases. I am part of MASSPIRG at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and we support the Million Solar Roofs campaign with Environment Massachusetts, collecting petitions among students on campus. Our goal as MASSPIRG on our campus is to get 2,000 student petition signatures. Solar roofs will help solve many climate problems, which is important for everyone. If we do nothing about climate change, it will continue to increase over time. Solar panel roofs are one step closer to 100% renewable energy. One million solar rooftops are possible by 2030 in Massachusetts, and we can get there.

Caroline Boyle

MASSPIRG at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

Teresa H. Sadler