The increasing need of energy and its production process raises lots of ethical questions. Our power demands are growing rapidly as our population grows and more industries are established. That is why the energy shortage is forcing us to use unhealthy power generation methods like fossil fuels.
Unhealthy energy sources like fossil fuels emit greenhouse games upon burning, and this gives rise to the global warming problem. In 2018 alone, the demand of energy grew by 2% globally. That is a huge increase keeping in view the whole global scale. Another concerning thing about fossil fuels is that they aren’t only polluting the environment, but they are also present only in limited quantities. They are set to run out in the not too distant future.
According to careful estimates of experts, all the known deposits of fuel and natural gas will run out in around 50 to 150 years. That is why we must find more renewable sources of energy, and should switch to them over time to decrease the pollution problem and also to minimize our dependence on non-renewable resources like fossil fuels.
First of all, let’s see what renewable energy actually is, and where it comes from. Renewable energy is created from resources that’ll never run out. And in most cases, the renewable energy sources also don’t affect or pollute the environment like non-renewable resources. Renewable energy usually comes from natural sources. Some of the most popular sources of renewable energy are wind, solar, geothermal and hydro. These aren’t the only ones out there, but they are the major ones for sure.
Renewable energy is becoming very popular around the globe, and solar energy is one of the mist rapidly expanding renewable sources of energy.
Solar energy is basically created from the external energy that comes from the sun to our planet. The radiations coming from the sun are converted into electricity by using a specific conversion method.
The technology used in solar energy production can either be passive or active solar. This classification is purely based on the technology used in both of the processes to convert the sunlight into electricity.
One method uses the light of the sun, while the other one uses the heat from the sun to create energy. The most commonly used type of solar technologies are photovoltaic systems (PV), solar heating, cooling, and solar thermal.
There are two main advantages of Solar Photovoltaic (PV) system. They are modular, and can be installed in large or small quantity depending in your personal needs. This allows this technology to be applicable in houses, businesses and even in transportation as well.
Benefits of Solar Panels
Here are some of the best ethical benefits of solar panels and their usage in different applications.
The Energy is Sustainable
The need for power around the world is increasing every year, and we need to meet that requirement no matter what.
All the technological advancements and more gadgets being made these days are further increasing the demand of energy. We need energy for basically every task these days, and our life seems to be dependent on energy.
Currently, a major percentage of our energy is made by burning fossil fuels, which are both unsafe for our environment and limited in quantity. So, they aren’t a sustainable source of energy. We need to start using sustainable sources of energy to make this world a better place.
By sustainable energy, we mean that enough energy is generated to meet the current energy needs of the entire globe. While doing this, a sustainable source of energy will also not put our planet’s future on stake.
While fossil fuels are unsafe and unreliable in the long run, we can trust on solar energy. It is a clean and renewable form of energy that we will never run out of. We will have an unlimited source of energy as ling as the sun is shining (sun’s predicted age is 6.5 billion years). Solar energy is also abundant in quantity.
There is so much sunlight available that the amount of solar energy that the earth gets in one hour can generate enough electricity to power up the while planet for one year.
So, the solar energy has no limits, the only limitation is the technology that we currently have to process it.
If we exclude the solar energy used in transportation, we currently fulfill around 13% of our energy needs from solar energy.
Solar Energy is Geographically Available
The amount of solar radiation that falls on the earth surface is not the same everywhere around the globe, but it fluctuates from one area to the other. But even in the least sunny areas, the sunlight is enough to generate electricity.
So, no matter what your geographical location might be, solar energy is available everywhere on the planet. So, every country has its fair share of sunlight, and they can generate as much or as little energy as they want from it.
China is a global leader in solar energy production. They are predicted to triple their solar energy creation in 2020. The main reason why China is so rapidly expanding its solar power industry is because it faces a severe air pollution issue in most of its major cities.
It Gets Support From The Government
The cost of solar panels is usually set high to help fund all the research and development that is being done in this field. But that makes solar energy unreachable to most of the middle class. That’s why governments around the globe subsidize solar panels and provide tax breaks for individuals and companies converting to solar energy. This is the main reason why solar energy is now expanding rapidly in usage.
Countries like the United States provide up to 30% tax credit when you invest in a solar system to fulfill your energy needs. Subsidies given by the government in this sector helps people purchase more solar panels to add into their setups at a reasonable price. However, the tax credit is set to decrease over time in the United States.
You Can Generate & Use Solar Energy Anywhere
Solar energy is easily portable, and that’s why it has made its way in many RVs, cars and other type of outdoor applications as well. There are lots of devices that can benefit from the usage of solar energy. As we’ve highlighted earlier, solar energy is fully modular, and you can use it in the smallest of appliances as well.
Here are a quick rundown of the applications of solar panels.
- They can be used to heat water.
- You can share batteries with them.
- They are widely used in transportation.
- Devices like cell phones, solar lights, radios and so on benefit from them.
- You can use them to power up your electronics as well.
- You can use an array of solar panels on your roof and fulfill your energy requirement with them.
Almost every device that can be used in daily activities and is exposed to sun now has a solar energy variant. Thentrent of solar powered devices with built-in solar systems is constantly on the rise.
Solar Panels Can Be Used Everywhere
You don’t need a unique space to install solar panels. You can install them in any open area that receives sunlight exposure for a better part of the day.
Governments are now introducing solar energy in remote areas that aren’t connected to the national grid. This can help produce more employment opportunities in these areas, and can help reduce immigration as well.
Solar System Can Increase Your Property’s Value
It is a proven fact that houses fitted with solar systems sell around 20% quicker as compared to normal houses. Additionally, these houses sell for around 17% more money than similar non-solar houses.
So, we can clearly see that people are willing to pay more for a house with solar system fitted. That is because they consider the installation of solar system an upgrade, and are willing to pay more for an upgrade. So, you can get a solar system installed in your house just before selling it get a good ROI and a quick sell.
Low Impact on The Environment
Solar energy is considered a green source of energy production. It doesn’t emit harmful games into the atmosphere, and is therefore considered a pollution free way of energy generation.
Pollution affects and kills lots of people worldwide both directly and indirectly. It targets and affects children in particular. Pollution is a common side effect of using conventional non-renewable energy sources like fossil fuels.
So, we must plan and move towards the usage of cleaner energy sources for energy production to save our environment. Solar energy is proffered over fossil fuel energy because it is the cleanest source of energy on the planet. The creation and installation of solar panels also has low environmental impact.
You can install a solar panel array in places which get sunlight exposure throughout the day. You can minimize your carbon footprint by converting to the renewable solar energy. You won’t be leaving any impact on the environment by using solar energy.
Saves You Money in The Long Run
Solar energy isn’t only beneficial for the environment, but it is beneficial for your wallet as well. By getting a solar system installed in your house, you can get your investment paid back to you in the firm of lower to zero electricity bills every month.
After you make the initial investment, solar panels are low maintenance, and you can use them to keep generating energy for decades. A well kept solar system can even last for 30 years. After the initial investment, you’ll get your investment returned back in 4 to 5 years time. The amount of energy your system produces after that time is your profit.
As the technology keeps advancing, the solar panels are becoming cheaper every day. The price is expected to drop further in the future. That’s why the per unit cost of solar energy is predicted to soon become equal to other energy sources.
You Can Become Energy Independent
Energy dependence is a big issue on both personal and national level in many countries. When you’re using solar system to generate the energy you need, you can become independent from the finite fossil fuel generated energy.
Energy independence in very important for both individuals and countries around the globe. That is because becoming dependent on unfriendly countries for electricity creates uncertainty and insecurity.
Energy conflicts cause tensions between countries and even wars. If a country is independent in energy production, that means.
- No risk of fuel price increasing.
- Security of supply.
- Price stability for fossil fuels.
- Energy diversity.
Many countries have made plan to expand their domestic energy production, and solar energy can help them in doing this easily.