We all know that solar energy is an unlimited renewable energy source that does not produce CO2 emissions or other harmful gases because it does not consume fossil fuels and does not need other sources such as water or wind. This is one of the aspects that makes it one of the most interesting systems for energy production from an environmental point of view. There are many different reasons why solar energy is so advantageous.
In this article, we'll look at 14 different environmental benefits of solar energy to help you better understand the impact of renewable energy.
1. Zero Energy Production Costs
As we mentioned at the beginning, there is no need for any external feeding for the generation of solar energy, so maintenance and energy production costs are almost zero. The only cost associated with using solar energy is the manufacture and assembly of components. This means that despite the large initial investment, there are no additional costs associated with its use and thus the installation is quickly recovered.
2. Less Energy Loss During the Transport
Losses (about 3-5%) during the transport and distribution of energy increase as the distance between generation and supply points increases. Although these losses are not huge, they affect the performance of the installation in densely populated areas.
On the other hand, with the individual installation of Photovaltaic panels on roofs, distances are greatly reduced, increasing the efficiency of the electrical system.
3. Versatile Installation
It can be installed almost anywhere, taking advantage of both vertical and horizontal spaces, with easy and simple custom operation. This feature, along with the modularity and flexibility of the system, simplifies the installation of small-scale solar projects with the advantage that the installation can be expanded at any time depending on the needs. But the most interesting advantage is the possibility of supplying electricity in remote locations where the installation cost of electrical distribution lines is very high or not possible.
4. Energy Production Coincides With Maximum Demand Times
The periods with the very best energy demand are concentrated between 11:00 and 16:00, and to a lesser extent between 20:00 and 23:00. In systems based on continuous power generation by power plants, the price of energy rises sharply at times of high demand. With solar energy, energy production reaches its maximum during the period of the day when the demand is highest. In fact, in electricity markets with large-scale solar generation, additional power supply during peak hours can drive electricity prices down to levels similar to nighttime during midday time periods.
5. Impact on the Environment
Solar energy has the smallest amount negative impact on the environment compared to other energy sources. It doesn't produce greenhouse gases and doesn't pollute the water. Solar power generation does not generate noise pollution, which is an important consideration for installations in urban areas. In addition, it does not create waste as it does not require maintenance and its service life is much longer than other energy generation systems. In fact, solar panels are designed to withstand the influence of the environment in extreme weather conditions.
6. Enhanced Security of Power Grid
This is an important indirect benefit that has a direct impact on the efficiency of the power grid in common problems such as power outages and voltage drops. The possibility of delivering solar power from thousands or even millions of individual power generating stations increases safety in the electrical grid against overloads or fires at substations.
7. Economic Savings
Generating your own electricity means you will use less electricity from the grid supplier. This will immediately translate into savings on your energy bill. The more energy you produce, the less energy you will need from the supplier, which will increase your energy self-confidence. You can also earn money by selling the unused electricity you produce back to the grid. Clean energy generation from the sun significantly reduces costs, as it is an inexhaustible source of energy that is not subject to market fluctuations or speculation. As mentioned earlier, it requires a significant initial investment that is offset by the rapid depreciation of the investment. Most importantly, it's a vast and continuous energy source that doesn't require any additional maintenance or usage costs.
However, the latest technological advances point to a significant reduction in the prices of the components needed to produce the panels that will evolve into more efficient and affordable solar cells.
8. Economic Impact
Most of the system's costs come from the installation of solar panels, which encourages local job creation. The widespread use of these systems therefore encourages job creation and has a positive impact on the economy in the region.
9. Reduces Air Pollution
Fossil fuels create a lot of pollutants. If you've ever been to any place whose geography consists of mountains, valleys, or plains, you've seen how polluted air is. When pollutants are trapped in the air, everything looks even worse. Solar panels help get rid of air pollution. Even personal solar panels are useful for generating clean energy that won't contribute to air pollution.
10. Reduces Water Use
If your energy source doesn't use fossil fuels to power itself, it probably uses some form of water as its source. Hydropower and nuclear power use a lot of water to generate electricity. A dam will often need to be built to control water flow and electricity generation. There is a problem with dams that dam water has a significant impact on the local ecosystem. The use of solar energy will thus help solve the problem of water scarcity.
11. Reduces Dependence on Non-Renewable Energy Sources
We have already mentioned how some people enjoy solar power because they wish to live green and be energy independent. But the sun can also help reduce our dependence on non-renewable energy sources like fossil fuels. This is great for therefore many reasons.
First of all, these non-renewable energy sources create many pollutants that negatively affect our air quality. Second, non-renewable resources will eventually run out. The sooner and more fully we will make the transition to renewable energy, the higher for both the environment and our species.
12. Improves Human Health in the Long Term
The US Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy has a report on how a solar system can help us reduce water scarcity. In the same report, the office also estimates that cleaner air can have a positive impact on human health. In fact, it is estimated that we could save more than 25,000 lives. Because with cleaner air comes cleaner lungs.
13. Helps Fight Climate Change
As it is known, there is a very serious climate change problem on the planet we live in. The pollutants and additional CO2 that are constantly released into the air are costing our planet. It makes it increasingly difficult for the environment to clean the air. As carbon emissions continue to increase, so will our retention of heat from the sun. These changing weather conditions will continue to have an impact on different climates, causing some to warm up, others to cool, and weather conditions everywhere to become more abrupt and variable.
Scientists and climatologists have formed a large working group that includes experiments, climate models and research. There is now a general consensus among these professionals that we need a renewable energy project to stop the tide of climate change.
14. Solar Energy Can Be Applied Anywhere
As long as there is sunlight, solar energy can be used anywhere. This is especially useful for remote areas that do not have access to any other electrical source. There are many people in the world who do not have access to electricity. Independent solar systems can be established in these regions and improve the lives of millions of people. Solar energy is additionally used to power spacecraft and boats.
Benefit from the Environmental Benefits of Solar Energy with Enge Energy
Solar energy is one of the ways we can try to prevent the effects of climate change. By reducing our CO2 emissions and leaving fewer pollutants in the air, we can all do our part to slow climate change.
At Enge Enerji, we love solar energy. We are aware of the environmental benefits of solar energy. We hope we helped you learn a thing or two about the benefits of solar energy.
Whether you want to do your part to make the world a greener place, or simply want to save money on your electricity bills, Enge Energy can help.
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