We made it, the first day of spring. According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, the Spring Equinox started this morning at 6:29 AM EDT. This means that the days are longer, which also means there is more sunlight on your solar panels and you can start the “season” of generating more green energy.
Just a couple weeks ago, we experienced cold temperatures and a nice little dusting of snow here in North Carolina. it was difficult to comprehend that Spring was just around the corner.
The seasons have not been so cut and dried in recent years in terms of weather. Though the changing of seasons is not necessarily determined by weather. Temperatures do correspond with the changing of the seasons but the four seasons are determined by the shift in sunlight at specific times of the year. The shift in sunlight is related to the tilt of earth’s axis and by how our planet orbits the sun.
What is an Equinox?
“At the Vernal Equinox, the Sun crosses the celestial equator on its way north along the ecliptic. All over the world, days and nights are approximately equal.
The name equinox comes from Latin words which mean ‘equal night’—aequus (equal) and nox (night).” Source: The Old Farmer’s Almanac
Today We Celebrate Spring
So, today, we are celebrating the increase in sunlight hours, earlier dawns and later sunsets. We are celebrating that during this season we can generate more green energy, offset more and reduce our carbon footprint!
Sunrises and Sunsets
This morning, in Raleigh for example, the dawn broke at 5:50AM. The sun rose at 7:16AM and the sun will set at 7:26PM. We are looking at 12 hours and 10 minutes of sunlight available for your panels to power your home or business! Tomorrow, we can look to extend those sunlight hours by 2 minutes as the sun will rise even earlier and set a little bit later!
Celebrate With Us
For more information on the First Day of Spring 2017, check out this page from almanac.com. If you are interested in reducing your carbon footprint, learning about how easy it is to go solar and gain energy independence, give us a call at 919-459-4155. Or you can submit the form below. We provide free site visits and assessments and we look forward to talking to you about Solar. Happy Spring!