Renewable energy has seen some fantastic advances over the years, and collectively they’re already beginning to fast overtake fossil fuels as a means of energy production. Solar power is amongst the most prolific forms of renewable energy, and showcases some brilliant examples of the benefits of renewables as a whole.
We’ll start with the most obvious use of solar energy – we’ll never run out of it! Well, we say never; that’s not quite true. But we should be OK for about another 5 billion years. Unlike oil, which is projected to last another 30 to 40 years, the sun is an indefinite source of energy, and universally accessible. Whether you’re in the suburbs or the Sahara, you’ll always see the sun, which means it can even deliver energy to remote locations that have no access to established networks or grids. Solar energy also has diverse applications; it can be used to generate electricity with photovoltaics or heat with solar thermal. Some countries use it to distil water in regions with otherwise limited supplies, making it an invaluable resource for developing countries.
In addition to the impressive advantages detailed above, solar panels don’t require cords, wires or power sources, making them easy to install. Because they don’t have any moving parts, there is no wear and tear so they require only the bare minimum of maintenance. Once they’re installed, the energy they collect is free, and entirely yours. Humans are more active during the day, when energy is at its most expensive, meaning that the energy you produce is by definition more valuable. What’s more, if you generate more energy than you use, you can even actively profit from it by selling it back to the government using their Feed-In Tariff.
By taking the pressure off fossil fuels, solar power greatly aids green initiatives and fights global warming, which can provide us with massive economic savings on a planetary scale. Solar panels are entirely silent – not a claim many energy sources can make, even renewables – which means that it cuts down on noise pollution too. It doesn’t pollute the air by releasing harmful gases and doesn’t require fuel, avoiding the problem of transportation or resupply.
Looking nationally and globally, solar power provides us all with energy security and independence – after all, the sun is pretty much impossible to privatise. What’s more, money invested in solar power creates two to three times more jobs than money invested in coal or gas, once again providing us with vast benefits to the economy.
We’ve already published a post recently about the great strides that the planet is making towards renewable energy, and the technology is advancing all the time. Why not see what solar panels can do for commercial organisations by browsing our product range, or have a look at our consultancy services to find out how we can help your business to become even more efficient.
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