We all have a basic idea about what solar energy is and why it is being increasingly acknowledged as the best source of conventional energy available. We know about it because we are aware of the fact that this type of energy if properly utilized will be very beneficial for the human race. But, have […]
We all have a basic idea about what solar energy is and why it is being increasingly acknowledged as the best source of conventional energy available. We know about it because we are aware of the fact that this type of energy if properly utilized will be very beneficial for the human race. But, have we ever thought what effect does the use of solar energy have on the environment as a whole?
The modern society is extremely dependent of using vast amounts of energy to heat and cool their homes and businesses, and to provide electricity. Much of this energy in the past has come from the combustion of fossil fuels, such as coal, oil and natural gas. But, these resources are not endless, and that burning them to produce energy releases gases and airborne particles. This has led to the birth of a new movement called “Green energy” which works towards producing energy from renewable sources such as solar energy. The fact that solar energy is available in plenty and free and does not belong to anybody makes it one of the most important among all the conventional sources of energy.
The most important thing about the use of solar power is that it produces its greatest output when the demand spikes. Energy usage increases during summers due to use of air conditioners. This is when that same solar energy that warms the earth can be captured and used to power these devices! However, at this point, solar power accounts for only around 1 percent of electricity generation. It will take years of concentrated effort by the government as well as the private investors to properly make use of the unexplored potential of solar power.
As inhabitants of Mother Earth, we need to be well aware of the positive as well as the negative effects of solar energy on the environment.
Though solar energy has many benefits one cannot blindly ignore the concerns which arise about the potential negative impacts from the use of this energy.
Thus, we need to be careful about the implications of the use of solar energy. After clearly understanding the effects mentioned and measuring the pros and cons qualitatively will we be able to take a well informed decision.