Climate change is a very important issue to all of us, as the citizens of this planet we should make it our priority to make sure we do all we can to make this planet a better place to live. As the number of inhabitants on the planet is increasing, urbanization is growing quickly in numerous urban communities around the globe. Individuals living minimal in a similar zone can have numerous advantages. Nonetheless, in the meantime, pollution keeps on expanding in these spaces.
We should all be aware that energy generation is one of the primary reasons of toxic air pollution, which contributes to toxic greenhouse gas emissions. For example, these poisonous gases get discharged amid the generation of energy that includes the ignition of fossil fuels. This is where we can take steps on reducing our carbon footprint; renewable energy resources are a great alternative to make a difference.
Renewable energy is the energy that is gathered from renewable sources, some examples of renewable are; energy wind, solar, geothermal heat and hydroelectricity. Renewable energy usually feeds energy in four important essential areas; air, water heating/cooling, generating electricity and transportation. As technology advances, scientists and researchers are finding new alternative efficient ways to generate electricity in our homes, offices, schools, hospitals and vehicles. Solar energy continues to be the one that stands out amongst all renewable energy resources. Solar energy is derived from the sun, as the sun releases photons, these photovoltaic cells then directly convert sunlight into electricity, enabling solar energy to be used to power urban dwellings, offices, schools and other public institutions.
According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), in the last decade the usage of solar energy has substantially increased by 68%. Which makes it the fastest-growing source of power and exceeding all other renewables growth.
The most common use of solar energy has been with the usage of solar panels for homes, business and institutions. Switching to solar panels for many people has not been easy, in fact it has been daunting and expensive. But over the recent years solar photovoltaic panels are becoming more affordable. The technology itself has got inexpensive, funding foundations and sources now have more faith in solar power. A decade ago businesses were uncertain about solar power and its capabilities, but now that solar energy has created an established ground, funding has increased drastically.
Why is it beneficial to embrace this wonderful green efficient energy?
Being sustainable, self sufficient and renewable has been trending globally, but more importantly than just a trend; it is what the planet needs. Contrasting other power sources, solar energy does not harm the environment, in fact it is very eco-friendly and makes the planet green. Unlike harmful fossil fuels, the photovoltaic panels generate direct current electricity. Which allows electrons to flow in a single direction around a circuit.
Fossil fuels release all types of emissions such as; Nitrogen oxides, Carbon dioxide, Carbon monoxide and sulfur dioxide which are extremely toxic to the environment.
Solar panels are very durable, the technology is not damaged easily. Especially solar panels today are tested for extreme conditions, manufacturers ensure that they can sustain heavy rainfall, ice storms and high winds.
Solar energy is a major dependable source of energy, there is a reason why large corporations and institutions are slowly transitioning into solar energy. Many people are under the notion that solar power is primarily derived from sunlight. The photovoltaic panels can still produce energy under rainy and overcast conditions. The photovoltaic panels gather energy from previous days, which create enough electricity for rainy days.
Experts in Australia say that the solar power boom can nearly double capacity by next year. Analysts have recorded a massive “solar energy boom” and predict that 2018-19 will be a huge year for large-scale solar farms in the nation. John Grimes, the chief executive of the Smart Energy Council says that these farms can be very well functioning by the end of this year, he adds ““These solar farms can be built within a matter of weeks,” he said. “They’re really quick and simple.”
Queensland is often referred as the “Sunshine State”, 30% of residential homes in the state are currently powered by solar energy, which makes it the most in the entire country.
Can more countries in the world follow in saving the planet with this renewable source as solar energy? Countries such as United States, Australia, China, Japan, and Germany are leading in solar energy production. Saudi Arabia is currently working on creating the world’s largest solar power project, it’s neighbour UAE is on a similar path.
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