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How Solar Panels Contribute To a Better Environment

How Solar Panels Contribute To a Better Environment

by Khirol HazwanDecember 13, 2016

Global warming and climate change are getting more spotlights lately due to several things that happened in the world this year. One instance which happened that caught the attention of many is the bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Because of this, several people are doubling their efforts to combat these problems. In fact, a number of them are turning to solar panels and solar energy to conserve the environment.

The price of solar panels in the Philippines and other countries all over the globe is getting more affordable so that the number of people that can access it will grow. Find out what they can contribute to the environment by reading them below.

Reduces Need for Finite Resources

Today, fossil fuels are very much being used to produce energy. They may be abundant at the moment; however there is no telling exactly when the world will run out of these fuels, particularly since people seem to be burning through their supply already. They are also non-renewable and very expensive to extract from the world’s natural resources – which then leads to possible unrepairable damages to the environment as well as financial infrastructures.

On the other hand, solar energy in the form of solar panels is one kind of renewable energy. People can turn to the sun to power their private homes and their enterprises. After all, the sun’s energy is renewable. It can produce up to 173,000 terawatts per second and can be used time and time again which cannot be said the same for fossil fuels.

Lessens Water Pollution

Solar photovoltaic cells which can be found in solar panels do not require the use of water in order to generate and produce electricity. This is actually the greatest but least talked about environmental remunerations of solar because other manufacturing processes need water to function.

Traditional geothermal and biomass power plants as well as coal-fired and natural gas facilities require huge amounts of water in order to run their operations. They use it as a cooling requirement which inevitably causes water pollution.

Solar panels and solar energy would not cause the same problems as these traditional facilities because again they do not require water. Furthermore, operating solar facilities will not cause a strain the water supply of other nearby establishments such as drinking systems and agricultural places.

Reduces Air Pollution

Fossil fuels – the traditional source of energy – contribute highly to global warming, climate change, and the decreased in overall air quality. This is because they emit harmful chemicals and greenhouse gasses such as methane and carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Various governments and private bodies throughout the world have already pledged to lower down the number of greenhouse gasses they emit by turning to all forms of renewable energy, which include solar because they do not produce these harmful chemicals that add up to the world’s air pollution. In the US, for instance, solar facilities have been installed and expected to offset about 16.8 million metric tons of carbon dioxide.

As you can see, solar panels and solar energy has a high contribution in saving the environment from global warming and climate change.         

About the author:

Jeric is a freelance writer that features food, lifestyle, travel, DIY subjects, and nature. He is an adventurer, taking on the world and everything it has to offer, may it be the good and the bad. He also has a weird love for reggae and sharks. See: Reggae Shark

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