How Solar Power can Reduce Your Environmental Impact

What comes to your mind when you see the sun?  Warmth, light, and life are words that commonly thought of, but electricity and energy are not. These perceptions, however, are slowly starting to shift.

The sun was worshiped in ancient times, and it is well known that without it life on our Earth would not exist. The radiance emitted by the sun benefits all animals and plants on the planets, and has helped life evolve into what we see before us today. With new solar technologies allowing us to more effectively make use of sunlight we now benefit from the warming rays of the sun more than ever before.

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A map showing the area required, if filled with solar panels with today’s technology, necessary to power the respective regions of the world.

We are all familiar with the term “solar energy”. Obviously, this denotes energy captured from sunlight. Now that we can efficiently and effectively utilize the suns energy to create power, there should be no need for traditional, dirty power plants and the masses of toxic pollution and radiation they emit. Solar panel technology has come a long way in recent years and it is now well known that a small array of panels could essentially power the entire world. Alas, the oil and mining corporate giants will not let it be so.

While large scale implementation of this sort of technology is unlikely as our global governance is controlled and owned by corporations, that doesn’t mean we can’t act on a local level to make a difference. Solar panel technology allows us to obtain electricity much cheaper than via traditional methods, and in a much more environmentally friendly way. It is cost-effective because the sun does not ask anything in return when we use its sunlight. It is readily available, when the sun is up, and solar energy can be stored in batteries for later use.

We all know that our planet suffers from a lot of environmental destruction and degradation. Energy coming from fossil fuels is one of the worst offenders when it comes to air, water and nuclear pollution. While we don’t support a carbon tax, it doesn’t mean we don’t care about the environment. Issues caused by excessive and unnecessary contamination of our environment are causing health issues, biodiversity imbalances and acidification of the ocean. While we can’t rely on our government to ween us off the fossil fuel bottle, we can take responsibility for ourselves and reduce our dependance on the system.

Let’s delve a little deeper into solar energy. It can be utilized through numerous means, with new technologies being created all the time. Most industrial buildings and residential homes with existing panels uses photo-voltaic solar cell panels. The mechanism utilized for these solar panel absorbs the sunlight and with the use of some semiconductors, converts it into usable energy. Another form of technology is used by bigger industrial plants where a number of mirrors or lens focus on a certain point where that magnanimous heat is converted into energy. This is an example of a concentrated solar energy.

Rooftop solar panelsSolar energy has a lot of benefits to mankind and our environment. Though at first there can be a large initial expense to purchase and install the solar panel set; it will pay off in the long run. Not having to pay an electricity bill each quarter is an awesome feeling.  Using solar energy also helps you a feel good, knowing you are doing your bit to help our suffering Mother Earth.

Solar cell usage also saves a lot of water, which is used in huge amounts at traditional power stations. By relying less on the electricity grid, you also reduce the load meaning less maintenance will be required using less oils and other toxic chemicals which also reduces pollution. While we realize these differences are only miniscule, if enough people do it it will make a big difference. A solar panel installation on your home can cost as little as $1500 and the long term financial, environmental and societal benefits are immeasurable.

We all need to do our part to help save the planet. While we can bicker and bitch about our two-party governance and their obvious bias towards big business with no regard for the environment, doing that isn’t helping things. Do your part by removing your dependance on them and help spread the word so that others can follow suit. If we all do our part, we won’t need to worry about carbon lies or unnecessary taxes.

Think globally, act locally. A motto for a better future.