A Solar Revolution & the Power of the Sun
In the early days of ReVision, the cost of solar technology was astronomical. Only the wealthy and the most committed early adopters could afford to install an array. Luckily for Phil and his partners, Maine had enough individuals and businesses to help get ReVision off the ground. Over ReVision’s 20-year history, that accessibility has changed because solar manufacturing has scaled globally, similar to the auto industry.
“If you can afford to finance an automobile, which most people can do, you can afford to finance a solar array for your home. The difference is, when you put that solar array on your roof, the first day you turn it on, it begins cranking out its own revenue stream in the form of solar-generated kilowatt hours. These valuable units of electricity power our lives, and the array can pay for itself within eight to ten years.”
Thanks to the rapid progression of clean technology, people can take multiple actions right now to lower their carbon footprint. The first step, according to Phil, is maximizing the efficiency of your existing home.
“Often, it’s better environmentally and easier on the pocketbook if you insulate before thinking about solar. If we show up at a home and it’s obvious that they need to do a lot of air sealing and insulation, we will share that information and potentially delay a solar project. If we want to hasten this energy transition, we must do it right, and energy efficiency is always the lowest-hanging fruit. People can trust us to give them that honest feedback.”
Investing in renewable energy can be overwhelming, and Phil doesn’t blame the consumer for hesitating or not knowing where to start. He sees himself as an educator and source of reliable information and strongly believes solar energy is the future.
Phil is passionate about the environment but gets particularly excited when talking about the sun’s potential.
“It’s crazy to know that in roughly one hour, the sun is putting enough energy on the surface of the Earth to power all human energy demand for an entire year,” says Phil. “It’s a staggering amount of energy, and this is essentially why ReVision is in the solar business rather than wind or hydro.”
If you need further convincing on the viability of solar, Phil has done his homework.
He points out something that many in New England don’t realize. Maine is at the same latitude as Monaco on the French Riviera in
the South of France. New England has a colder climate than the popular vacation destination due to Gulf Stream winds drawing down colder air from the north, but fortunately, solar arrays are more efficient at colder temps. This explains why a solar array in the northeast produces roughly as much electricity annually as one in Houston, Texas. New England’s potential gets more impressive when you look at the example of Germany, a global leader in solar production that is located at a latitude significantly further north than Maine. Arrays in New England get roughly 33 percent more sunlight than those in Germany, a country that has made an enormous commitment to renewable energy and is decades ahead of the United States in solar infrastructure. This means Northern New England can gradually reduce its over reliance on fossil fuels by harnessing its abundant wind and solar resources.