Solar energy isn’t just great for your wallet in the long term, it’s also one of the most promising clean and renewable energy sources to promote a more sustainable future. From lower greenhouse gas emissions to reduced water usage, we explore the key sustainability benefits solar energy provides. And, there’s even some ways in which you can make your own impact when going solar too.
Clean (non-toxic) energy, lower greenhouse gas emissions and improved air quality
As a clean and renewable source of power generated from the sun, solar energy doesn’t release harmful pollutants into the environment. Whereas fossil fuels (one of the most traditional sources of energy) emit greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. This means that when you switch to solar energy, you’re not only reducing your carbon footprint, but you’re also playing a part in protecting the environment by limiting greenhouse gas emissions too (one of the main drivers of climate change).
And, by generating electricity without releasing harmful pollutants into the environment, solar energy also helps to improve air quality as well. This is even more beneficial in built-up urban sprawl areas where exposure to daily pollutants can impact your health.
Reduced dependence on finite resources and reduced water consumption
Powered by the sun, solar energy is also a virtually unlimited source of energy. This makes it both widely available for use, while also reducing our dependence on finite and increasingly scarce resources like oil and coal. Plus, with technological advances, it’s becoming easier and more affordable than ever to harness its power. This makes solar energy an ideal solution to reduce our dependence on finite resources, while keeping up with the ever-growing demand for energy as well.
As a viable alternative to traditional power plants that require large amounts of water for cooling, the use of solar energy also helps to reduce the strain on water resources, and conserve it too.
Versatility and overall lower environmental impact
With the ability to be installed on a variety of property types (homes, businesses, schools and hospitals to name a few), communities have the ability to take control of their energy needs, while reducing their reliance on traditional power grids. This also makes solar energy the perfect solution for off-grid, remote locations where a reliable source of power is required. Not to mention, the production and disposal of solar panels has a lower environmental impact than traditional power sources, which is positive for all communities, especially remote locations.
By making the switch to solar energy, we can take control of our energy needs, reduce our environmental impact in a number of ways, and improve the environment that we live in now, and well into the future. It’s a win-win every way you look at it!