While the world is moving towards renewable energy, reducing our dependence on fossil fuels is the key to a successful transition. Installing solar energy systems is one of the best ways to contribute to a healthier environment. To better understand the positive effects of choosing the solar energy system, examine the 4 environmental benefits of the transsition:
1) Renewable, Clean Energy
Solar energy is the most abundant energy source. The Earth takes more energy from the sun within an hour than the amount of energy consumed by the whole year. Compared to this, fossil fuels are non-renewable energy sources, also the amount of gas and oil available for us is limited and will eventually deplete. Since we do not expect the sun to go anywhere near any time, we will be able to use the power of the sun infinitely.
2) Reduced Air Pollution
Once a solar system is installed on a roof, the panels do not generate emissions even during production. Solar panels not only generate zero emissions after installation, but a single solar system can reduce up to 7 tons of carbon dioxide gas per year released into the atmosphere.
3) Climate Change
The release of chemicals such as carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide to the atmosphere causing air pollution and health problems in addition to increases the greenhouse effect. The greenhouse effect is what keeps our planet at a liveable temperature. However, the burning of fossil fuels and many other human activities have increased the amount of greenhouse gases present in our atmosphere. This causes the planet to warm up at a faster rate and causes many negative effects such as rising sea levels, more frequent hurricanes, droughts, floods, extreme heat. Boosting your home or workplace with solar energy helps reduce your personal impact on climate change, as it reduces carbon emissions.
4) Reduce Water Pollution
One of the least mentioned issues in traditional energy production is the usage of water resources. Coal and natural gas power plants have a large amount of water requirements to keep their generators, pipes and other equipment cool. On the other hand, the solar energy system does not need water to operate, relieves the pressure on local water resources and reduces the amount of water pollution in sensitive areas.