As a population, we need clean water to drink and to produce our food. Growing a single head of lettuce requires 3.5 gallons of clean water. Good thing Takoma Village installed solar, helping save more than 44,338 gallons of water...enough for 13,006 heads of lettuce.
Growing crops uses a ton of water (it takes more than 5 gallons of water to grow a single head of broccoli), so good thing Takoma Village installed solar. In total, they have saved 41,749 gallons of water, enough to grow 7,793 heads of broccoli.
Takoma Village's solar installation has produced the same amount of energy as burning 1,543 gallons of gasoline. As the grid continues to get cleaner, and as electric vehicles continue to grow in popularity, we will need less and less fossil fuels to get around.
To produce the same amount of energy as Takoma Village's solar installation, a nuclear power plant would consume 26,865 gallons of water. Did you know that on average, nuclear power plants use more than 6,700 gallons of water per household per year? That's enough water to fill up a bath tub more than 250 times.
To produce the same amount of energy as Takoma Village's solar installation, a coal plant would release 79,471 pounds of carbon dioxide. To put that in perspective, approximately every two pounds of carbon dioxide is equivalent to one pound of coal.
Takoma Village's solar installation has produced the same amount of energy as burning 36,377 pounds of coal. The type of electricity powering your home varies by your location, but suffice it to say that the more clean energy that is on the grid, the less we will need to rely on fossil-based fuels.
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