Advantages Of Solar Energy
The advantages of solar energy are invaluable.
The Sun is the prime energy source for life on planet earth. It is the sun that regulates life cycles on Earth and it is because of the Sun that photosynthesis can take place, relieving the atmosphere of much of its carbon dioxide and converting the green house gas into oxygen and food for other living things. Many organisms, including humans, depend on it to survive. Humans get their main source of vitamin D from the sun; without sunlight, a wide array of health issues such as weaker bones could arise. But that is not all. The Sun can do a lot for our homes and our industries as well.
Here are some advantages of solar energy.
Advantages of Solar Energy 1:
Solar Energy is Non Polluting
One of the advantages of solar energy is that the use of solar power energy is non-polluting.
Much of our energy today is derived from the burning of fossil fuels, which releases much green house gasses and other air pollutants into the atmosphere, leading to a whole range of problems like air pollution and global warming.
Unlike the use of fossil fuels, the use of solar energy is much cleaner. The process of converting solar energy to electricity does not produce any pollutants. Neither does it produce any noise pollution, or release any unfriendly smells.
Advantages of Solar Energy 2:
Solar Energy is In Abundance and Renewable
At this moment, it is estimated that we are only using about 1/10,000 of the energy that reaches us from the sun for our total energy consumption. The remaining is wasted. Whether we make use of this energy or not, the sun’s energy will continue to reach the earth. In some parts of the world, the sun is virtually “shining” all year round. So why not make good use of this energy made so readily available to us?
Solar energy is also a renewable energy, unlike fossil fuels which are non renewable energy sources. So long as the sun continues to shine, we have solar energy. It does not run out with our use. And according to NASA, the sun will continue to shine for possibly another 5 billion years, before it uses up most of its hydrogen (Earth might not last that long, because as the sun uses up its hydrogen, it will become larger and would possibly consume Mercury, Venus, and Earth). Whereas for the fossil fuels, they will become scarcer, and understandably more expensive, as we deplete them.
Advantages of Solar Energy 3:
Solar Energy is Free
Another solar energy advantage is that it is free. No one charges for the sun shining on the earth.
However, to be able to capture solar energy and convert it to electricity, an initial investment would be required for the set-up of solar panels. Solar panels can be costly, depending on the source of the panels, but this initial investment will be paid in a few years, especially if your access to solar energy is substantial. After the initial installation cost, solar panels become relatively easy and inexpensive to maintain.
Solar Energy as the Energy of Tomorrow
Since the beginning of the industrial revolution, the large scale burning of fossil fuels for energy to drive industries has released massive amounts of green house gasses like carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, enhancing the green house effect and increasing temperatures worldwide. Measurements demonstrate that since the beginning of the industrial revolution, the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere had been raised from 280 ppm (parts per million) to 390 ppm. This increase in green house effect has led to the last two decades seeing the hottest temperatures in the last 120 years. These temperatures, together with the problems brought about by global warming, will just continue to rise if nothing is done to reduce carbon emissions.
One of the sure ways to reduce carbon emissions is definitely to reduce our use of fossil fuels.
In turn, solar energy provides an important avenue for us to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels. Because of the advantages of solar energy discussed above – its clean and renewable nature, its abundance and its availability, there is a large potential in solar energy as a greener alternative to fossil fuels. The challenge would be to increase the efficiency of converting solar energy to electricity.
Solar energy is without any doubt, the energy of the future.
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