The world we live in today is mostly running on petrol, coal, gas, and fossil fuel, all three of which, along with a few others making up what we now know as non-renewable energy sources. This means that this is not something that we can use again and again, and it is projected that we will eventually run out of them. There is also the obvious environmental damage that is caused by non-renewable energy as well.
Given the seriousness of this situation, our next alternative is to look towards a cleaner, renewable energy options, and those are also easily available. For the sake of this article, we will be limiting our focus to just solar power. Solar power can be a great alternative for us and is something we and governments around the world should be thinking about, which is why we will talk about both the importance and the need for solar energy in the 21st century.
Easy to Produce
One of the biggest problems with non-renewable energy sources is that they will eventually run out. There is no endless supply, and given our increasing demand for energy, it will probably run out sooner than later. Now, when we talk about harnessing solar energy, we are talking about harnessing limitless energy because the sun will never really run out. The entire process of generating solar energy is also pretty simple, and the setup is not complicated either. So, with the limitless power of the sun, you can continue producing and using solar energy with ease.
Safe & Clean Energy
Fossil fuel has managed to create headlines because of how unhealthy and bad it is for the environment, and given how we live in a world where the effects of global warming are becoming apparent, switching to cleaner energy would be a smarter idea. Fossil fuel contributes to air pollution and in large volumes, contributing to the greenhouse effect, and ultimately heating our planet. Solar energy, on the other hand, is green and does not cause any harm to the environment.
Another issue with fossil fuels and nonrenewable energy is that the process of extracting it can be dangerous at times, and there are serious and even fatal accidents that have occurred during this process over the years. The process of extracting solar energy is pretty safe and there are no health hazards or notable risks associated with harnessing it.
Saving Money on Bills
We live in tough financial times these days, and given how the pandemic has managed to slow down the economy, even more, it is important to cut corners and save wherever we can. By opting for solar power, you will cut down on your electricity and utility bill immensely, saving a lot of money annually.
Of course, some people do not want to make the switch because they are worried that solar energy will fail them on rainy or overcast days, but modern technology has managed to take care of that as well. We are now able to store all the extra energy that is produced and then use it on a rainy day, both literally and figuratively. So, if you are looking to leap, this is the sign that you are waiting for.
Some people might try to scare you into thinking that your solar power setup will require a lot of maintenance and upkeep, which is not the case. If anything, a solar power setup will require less maintenance. Your solar energy setup just requires that you keep it clean and free of obstruction, and at most, an annual checkup to make sure that the batteries and everything else are working just fine. If you cannot be bothered by having to do the cleaning or inspection yourself, then you can hire a professional and have them do it for you.
Solar energy setups come with a pretty extensive warranty, so even if something does go wrong, the company will fix it or change it for you for free, so there is not a lot that you need to be worried about in this regard. At most, you might have to get the wiring changed or one or two parts changed out of your pocket at most, that too after a long time has passed.
Multitasking With Solar Power
Another great thing about solar power and the entire solar panel setup is that is can be used for a variety of things. The energy that is generated from your solar panel can be used to generate electricity, and it can also be used to create thermal energy (provided that you have thermal solar panels), keeping you warm. Lastly, you can also use the energy generated from solar power to purify water as well.
The above three uses also need to be linked to the fact that solar panels do not need to be hooked to a power grid, and can be used independently, which adds to the appeal. This is also why a lot of people believe that rural and poor areas can greatly benefit from switching to solar energy.
Another notable advantage to have a solar power system set up at your home is that you are consequently increasing the property value of your home. Green energy has been growing in demand for the last 10 years, and this is why it is believed that homes with solar power can sell out more quickly and at a better price.
Initially, when the concept of renewable energy was introduced, the biggest argument against it was that it was too expensive setup, which was correct at the time, however, due to its increasing demand, the cost of buying solar panels, and getting your set up has significantly decreased.
Thanks to human ingenuity, it is now possible to create parts and batteries that are cheaper and more affordable, allowing people from different income groups to invest in clean energy as well. Lithium batteries have become cheaper over time, as have Photovoltaic solar panels (PTV). There is also the added advantage that replacements and maintenance are seldom needed, keeping additional costs lowered as well.
It is believed that with more time, the costs will drop even lower, making solar energy even more widely available for people. So, if the State continues supporting clean energy and research into the matter, then we will end up making it even more affordable.
A lot of people do not know this, but our electricity companies tend to raise the toll on electricity and energy during peak hours when our use of electricity is higher. So, the daytime hours when we are working from 8:00 am-7:00 pm are the times when our electricity company happens to be charging us extra to meet our peak electricity demands during the day.
Solar energy is also able to work best during this time because this is when the sun is out and at its peak. When you make the switch to solar energy, you are not relying on the electricity company that is charging you extra to make it through your day, and that means that you do not have to pay a bigger electricity bill at the end of the month. Knowing that solar energy can meet that demand means that one does not have to stress over meeting your demands for electricity or anything else.
We have already talked about how renewable energy by harnessing solar power is both a safe and clean process, but that isn’t just it. Another great thing about renewable energy is that it will limit a lot of pollution.
The process of producing electricity via fossil fuel doesn’t just cause air pollution when consumed, but it is also causing air, water, and noise pollution while it is being produced as well, contributing to our overall problem of pollution on the planet, one of them being noise pollution. The entire process of solar energy is clean and will not cause any pollution. Solar panels do not cause any kind of pollution, or even noise pollution for that matter because they operate silently even when energy is being produced and converted. So, even if a huge number of houses had solar panels in a concentrated area, it will still not cause any sort of problems or issues for you or your neighbors. Solar power will not add to the greenhouse effect either since it will not be producing any sort of harmful emissions that are common with nonrenewable energy.
A Secure Option
One issue with fossil fuel is that there is a lot of power struggle and politics behind it. You will find nations waging trade wars and increasing oil prices to gain control over other nations and so on. This is the reality of life, and you will have witnessed this many times when tensions between oil-producing and oil-dependent countries appear to rise. Fossil fuel has often been used by governments and nations to manipulate others, but that might no longer be the case.
The great thing about solar energy is that there is cannot be any politics or tensions behind it because everyone gets the same amount of son, so no country can just buy shares of the sun or declare complete ownership over it, preventing countries and businesses from monopolizing it, because, at the end of the day, there is an abundant amount of sun for everyone. When there is no risk energy going away, the newfound energy security will ensure that nations will always have enough energy to keep their countries running.
There is a lot of barren and unused land in each country, and this land can be utilized to help produce solar energy. This is especially useful for countries that have a vast stretch of drylands or deserts that are otherwise inhabitable. By installing solar panels over these stretches of unused land, we will be able to better harness larger quantities of solar energy, allowing us to be able to produce ample amounts of energy that meets all of our requirements.
Creating Job Opportunities
The field of renewable energy is still relatively new and is projected to keep on growing and becoming a serious industry. Of course, every industry will need workers, and with the growth of the renewable energy sector, various opportunities and possibilities are being created. This means that opting for renewable energy and supporting it will create more industry, which will, in turn, create more job opportunities for people, and ultimately create revenue that will benefit the economy.
Given how solar power is still a fairly new industry, the number of workers that will be needed will only continue to grow over the years, aiding to the socioeconomic benefit of both people and entire nations.
To wrap it all up, solar energy and switching to clean energy will benefit us and the environment greatly since there will be a reduced carbon footprint, less harmful emissions, and less pollution in the atmosphere to name a few. So, there is a lot of potential in solar energy, and if governments and people continue to support clean, renewable energy production, we will only continue to benefit from it in the long-run. Now, before governments around the world can decide to pass legislation on renewable energy, you as people, are equally responsible for educating, advocating, and supporting green and clean energy. So, start talking about the importance of solar energy in your social circles, educate people who might have concerns, and lead by example by opting for solar energy yourself. You do not have to completely go off-grid if you are not ready yet or still have your apprehensions. You can start small and simple by opting for a smaller setup and once you find yourself feeling comfortable with solar energy and are ready to take the next big step, you can then completely make the switch to solar energy. At the end of the day, there is more to be gained by opting for solar energy.