We’ve all heard it: converting from the electricity mains to solar energy is important. Converting to solar energy solutions can help save the planet. If you’re looking for ways to go “green,” convert to using solar energy and solar panels.
No matter how you put it, solar energy is important, which is why the topic is always in the news or discussed when talking about the environment. But what, exactly, is the importance of converting to solar panels in the long run? Or, what can it do for us now?
There are a variety of ways that solar energy is important for both humans and the Earth in the long run. We want to keep our planet functioning and healthy, don’t we? To sum everything up and break it down nice and neatly, below is the main reasons why solar energy is important. And trust us—it is.
Solar energy: one of the great renewable energy sources
The term “renewable” is thrown around quite a lot when talking about solar power and other renewable energy sources—mainly because that’s exactly what solar energy is. It’s renewable. But what exactly does renewable mean? Renewable, in the most basic sense, means it is able to be replenished or reviewed. In terms of solar energy being renewable, it means that our source of energy can be renewed and reused all the time. Using the sun for energy means we’re never going to run out—something that can’t necessarily be said about coal or oil energy sources. Those forms of resources can run out (and already have in certain countries). So, by using solar energy, we’re using renewable energy, which ends the whole fear of running out of energy resources.
The importance of renewable energy is one of the main reasons why solar energy is even valuable in the first place. By converting energy into something that can be replenished, time and time again, with no thought of it running out, we’re eliminating the inconsistencies that coal and oil previously gave us.
Solar energy is safe, clean, and green
One of the main components of solar energy, and one that people often associate with it is its ability to be clean, green (as in environmentally-friendly), and safe to the environment. Among the pollution and troubles that resources like coal and oil have given the planet (and the population) in the past, resorting to a cleaner and greener energy alternative has been highly sought after. And that’s when solar energy stepped in the ring.
Almost all of the resources we have now which are used quite often when producing energy are harmful to the environment. Oil and coal are the big resources that are talked about the most. But nuclear power has been known to pollute nearby water sources (like lakes and rivers) and has caused quite a bit of environmental issues. Fossil fuels, used in energy production, releases pollution and can severely harm forest and agricultural areas. Solar energy can replace all of these environmentally-harmful energy productions—all while being clean, green, and safe. Really, that’s pretty crucial.
In this day and age, everyone knows that the world’s climate is changing. Global warming has been among us for a while now and we’re just now beginning to see some serious, and dire, consequences. From animals living in places like Antarctica no longer having a home to agricultural crops failing because of the new heat wave, the climate is actually changing before our very eyes—and at such a rapid pace.
First of all, we must talk about climate change and how it falls hand in hand with the production of energy that we use today. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) stated that the “electric power sector accounted for 32% of U.S. total greenhouse gas emissions in 2012.” Greenhouse gas emissions fuel the change in temperatures around the world, heighten these temperatures, and can even change weather patterns. That’s quite obviously not good. Heat waves are never good and higher temperature rates can even lead to more diseases being spread by insects (like mosquitoes) that thrive in higher temperature areas.
One of the things that climate change comes from is pollution and hazardous waste from things like power plants, something this world knows all too well of in 2018. Again, with solar energy, this waste and pollution would be at an all-time low. Therefore, by using solar energy, solar power can curb climate change and no longer produce carbon emissions at the rate they normally are being produced.
Solar technology and solar energy jobs, such as producing solar cells and finding ways of improving energy efficiency, have been increasing year on year, and it (hopefully!) looks like it’s not going to stop anytime soon. Since 2010, the solar energy sector increased by 123% in just five years. There is a common myth that solar jobs actually are non-existent and that going solar with this clean energy would hurt the economy. This, simply, is not true. When looking at the numbers and how much the solar sector has grown, it’s easy to see that these solar energy jobs are actually helping the economy and creating a lot of new jobs in the process.
When looking at other energy production jobs (like coal), we see that their outlooks and job rates have actually fallen 33%. By turning to more solar-friendly clean energy productions, and by making this a priority, we could potentially see our economy have a boom from the increase in jobs in the solar sector.
The destruction of habitats
One of the main concerns that environmentalists have against energy producers like coal, oil, and power plants is their consistent destruction of wildlife and animal habitats. We’ve seen this happen all around the world. No one country is safe.
With solar technology being used as the main source of energy, these destructions would no longer happen. The constant removal of trees (which produce the carbon that we, as humans, need) would be gone, as well. Solar energy doesn’t have a need to destroy forests and habitats to get raw materials like fossil fuels do. Therefore, these destructions of habitats and forests would drop astronomically.
All in all, it’s pretty easy to see the importance of solar energy. And, boy, is it important!