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How Does Solar Energy Impact the Environment?

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Solar energy has a powerful impact on the world’s environment as well as having the potential to radically change how we get our power.

Photovoltaic energy uses the sun to convert power into electricity. Solar power is a renewable energy source; it can be used again and again without the need for burning fuel.

Solar is therefore a much cleaner form of power and we are reaping the rewards of this, more and more.

Reducing carbon emissions

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The use of traditional fossil fuels and the way that these are burned accounts for the highest form of emissions, globally. Solar energy, on the other hand, is emission free because greenhouse gases are not an issue with this renewable energy source. Solar energy is able to be converted into electricity without the use of material by-products.

By switching to solar power, we can help the environment benefit from our cleaner, carbon free footprints and this is seen as a hugely positive impact on our world.

Land

Because solar panels are erected onto existing rooftops of buildings (whether this be for commercial, utility or residential use), land space is not an issue for solar energy installations. Large solar plants and factories obviously do require land for their sites, but after the manufacturing has taken place, installation has a minimal impact on the environment.

Resource

Fossil fuels such as gas, oil and coal are a limited resource which we are using up at a worrying pace. Oil in particular is being over used, from its ability to produce energy to the manufacture of plastic products.

Solar energy however is an unlimited resource. It comes from the sun and is simply available all the time.

Fossil Fuel Plants

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Power plants have a negative effect on the environment, and as demand for fuel increases, more and more plants will need to be constructed. Solar energy has the potential to dominate the global market, thus reducing the need for fossil fuel plants in the future.

Batteries

Batteries are often used in remote locations, where electricity is difficult to harness. Batteries can power equipment and communication devices. If solar cells are used to provide power to such devices, batteries are no longer needed. This is extremely good for the environment, since batteries pose a problem when we dispose of them because of the chemicals within them that can cause contamination.

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