10 Reasons Why a Society Should Go Solar
Published at - October 29, 2021
8 min read
Our world is constantly changing. As we are gradually innovating new technologies our life is getting easier every day. Needless to say, electricity has been one of the greatest tools to us in this case. However, there is no free lunch and electricity is not free of cost either. We all know we have to pay a certain amount of money to purchase electricity. Nevertheless, money is not the biggest thing we are paying. We are basically trading off our limited natural resources and environment. Yes, to make our life easier we are destroying the environment and natural resources of our mother earth. Can we expect that nature will forgive us for that?
So, what should we do? Should we stop producing electricity and go back to our primitive lives? We all know we cannot do that. We are accustomed to the lives we lead today and we can’t think of giving it away. Moreover, this solution is far than practical. Too many machines are running and too many lives are dependent on them. We can’t shut them down. There is one solution that the environmentalists like to speak of- The Alternative Sources of Energy. Solar energy, otherwise known as, clean energy is one of the alternative sources. To save our planet, without further adieu, we must convert gradually from fossil fuel to solar energy.
It’s important to note that, we are not advising you to convert right now and covert completely. We are speaking more of gradual conversion. And for that, you must know why you should convert. In this blog, we are going to explore the reasons why we should convert to solar energy from fossil fuels.
Why should You Convert to Solar Energy?
- Solar Energy will Preserve the Environment:
Solar Energy Preserves the environment. Fossil Fuel, on the other hand, is hazardous to the environment. When fossil fuels are burned, nitrogen oxides are released into the atmosphere, contributing to smog and acid rain creation. Nitrogen oxides are the most prevalent nitrogen-related chemicals produced into the air as a result of human activity. Ammonia is a nitrogen molecule that is exhaled into the atmosphere, largely by agricultural operations but also by fossil fuels.
Due to the disruption of the environment- smog is a common phenomenon in big cities nowadays. Also, tropical storms are rising and natural calamity is increasing day by day.
Fossil Fuel is responsible for water pollution too. The waste that leaves the factory pollutes water and soil. On the other hand, solar energy is perfectly safe for the environment. The building chemicals may cause some hazardous effects, but compared to fossil fuels they are really low. A solar plant rarely causes pollution to air, water and soil.
- Solar Energy will Slow Down Climate Change: Climate change is a global issue nowadays. Our world is constantly warming. Global warming is a simple but alarming concept. Every day sunlight penetrates the earth with enormous energy. Without this energy lives on our planets would perish. However, as the sun sets, this energy is absorbed by the lives of our planet and the earth itself and the rest of the energy bumps back. However, there are some gases that act as a greenhouse wall and prevent energy to leave the planet’s atmosphere. It increases the temperature of our panel. As long as these gases, commonly known as greenhouse gases, are limited in number this phenomenon will not cause too much hazard. However, burning fossil fuels emits these greenhouse gases into the atmosphere to create this condition called global warming. These gases- water vapour, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, ozone and some artificial chemicals such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) holds the energy and makes the atmosphere warmer. The result of global warming is disastrous. The ice of the north and south pole melts and the water level of the ocean increases. If the earth keeps on warming, many coastal areas will go drown very soon. Also, climate change is responsible for increased tropical storms, floods and other natural calamities. It also rearranges the monsoon cycle and lets egalitarian society suffer. On the other hand, solar energy never generates carbon or any other greenhouse gases. As a result, they are perfectly safe and clean.
- Solar Energy will Preserve Ecosystem: Fossil fuel is responsible for global warming and global warming is responsible for the destruction of the ecosystem. The ecosystem of the polar region of our planet is greatly dependent on ice. As the ice melts down, the ecosystem goes down with it. Also, the sea consumes most of the heat of our panel. As the heat increase, the overheating of the sea causes its ecosystem to perish. The coral reefs of the sea were turning white, according to David Attenborough's witness statement and the discovery of a blue planet film crew. The intense warming of the sea caused the algae to be expelled from the surface of the coral reefs, causing this phenomenon. The algae and the reef were symbiotic, and without the algae, the corals would eventually be suffocated by seaweed, and the reef would turn into a wasteland. In addition to that, the increasing pollution of air, water and soil and the cutting of trees for coal is responsible for many of the ecosystem to ruin. Solar energy, on the other hand, is safe for the ecosystems of our planet.
- Solar Energy will Preserve Limited Resources: Solar energy is renewable. That means the source a solar plant uses to generate electric power is never-ending. The solar plant uses solar energy and the energy is unlimited. On the other hand, the energy generated from fossil fuels is not renewable. These fuels are found in the Earth's crust and contain carbon and hydrogen, which can be burned for energy. Fossil fuels include coal, petroleum, natural gas, oil shales, bitumens, tar sands, and heavy oils. These materials exist on the earth in limited amounts. Once they are used, they can never be retracted. Therefore, one day very soon, the resource will end.
- Solar Energy is Cost Saving: Solar energy is cost-saving. Although the equipment may be expensive, once you have installed the panels there is no additional cost apart from the minimal cost of maintenance for at least 25-30 years. In addition to that- surplus energy can be sent back to the national grid to provide more energy. Some people may use solar energy as a supporting energy source. It also saves a handful amount of costs.
- Solar Energy is an instrument of Self-reliance: Those who pursue solar energy, become less dependent on the national grid and somewhat self-reliant. This is applicable to anyone who is using the solar system. May that be residential solar, industrial solar, using solar on national and international levels, solar energy is an instrument of self-reliance. Hospitals, schools, offices and other industrial sites that rely on solar panels are self-reliant and save a lot of costs that otherwise had to be spent on electricity. As a nation gradually increases its use of solar energy, it becomes less dependent on other nations for additional electricity supply.
- Solar Energy is Reliable: Electricity that is produced from fossil fuel plants are often unreliable as the supply system often collapse. Also, the transmitter can go down and there is a constant risk of load-shedding. On the other hand, as long as there is plenty of sunlight, solar panels are completely reliable.
- Solar Energy is Sustainable: Solar energy is sustainable as sunlight penetrates the earth every day. Solar energy is renewable, which means it never runs out. Also, a solar panel, if maintained properly, generates electricity for 25-30 years.
- Solar Energy brings rural development: In rural areas specifically, where the blessing of electricity is scarce, solar energy can be the solution. Solar energy is cheap and an instrument of self-reliance. In rural areas of Bangladesh, where people finds electric supply from the national grid scarce and expensive, they can install solar panels in their house and enjoy the blessing of electricity. By this, rural areas can go through development.
- Solar Energy Reduces the pressure on the national grid: Whether it is micro or macro level, solar energy can reduce the pressure on the national grid. We may use solar energy as a secondary source of energy and on the other hand, it can be the primary source of energy with the energy from the national grid as the secondary energy. In both cases, the dependency on the national grid will reduce. This benefit is applicable to both residential and industrial sites.
Solar energy can radically change society and peoples lives. Everyone should consider these factors and Go Solar. Your decision may as well save our planet and its resources while at the same time saving your costs. Therefore, let me say it again, GO SOLAR!