Solar Benefits to the Environment

Published April 19, 2015

With solar you can save money and the environment at the same time!

Solar energy is an amazing thing. In the first place, the generator of the energy – the sun – generates that energy for free, every day it is shining. That means that all you need to do is to collect that energy and use it to your own benefit.

But beyond an abundant and relatively inexpensive resource, there are many other benefits that accrue to our planet every time a home or business embraces a solar solution. These benefits are dramatic and cumulative – and as time goes on it is our great hope that solar solutions supplant other energy options that harm the environment.

Environmental benefits of solar power

1) Helping to reduce particulate matter in the air. The burning of fossil fuels (and other combustible materials) puts “particulate matter” into the atmosphere. This is what many of us collectively call smog. It is all matter of material – both liquid and solid – and comes also from volcanoes, sandstorms, and even sea spray.

2) Helping to reduce carbon monoxide in the atmosphere. Carbon Monoxide is a toxic gas that is produced when fuel consumption is incomplete. Energy produced by solar systems doesn’t result in the production of carbon monoxide.

3) Helping to reduce carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Many scientists believe that global warming is being caused by the increase in CO2 in the atmosphere. In addition, the uptake of CO2 may also be causing the oceans of the world to become more acidic which may create many problems for future generations. Solar power doesn’t emit any CO2 and also takes the place of the burning of fossil fuels that emit CO2 when burned.

4) No nuclear waste. While many people consider nuclear power to be a “green” energy, it still produces radioactive waste that need to be safely stored for significant periods of time far from population centers.

5) No mining or drilling required. Solar power doesn’t require the kind of mining that takes place to recover coal or the type of drilling needed to obtain oil or natural gas.

6) No limitation on solar power. For all intents and purposes, solar power is unlimited. We will probably run out of fossil fuels in the future but the sun is supposed to stick around for some billions of years.

7) Reducing the need for batteries and power lines. With solar power, remote locations no longer need as much battery power as they may have needed in the past. In addition, long runs of power lines are also not required to get power to distant areas.

These are just some of the benefits of solar energy as it applies to the environment. There are other benefits as well – more personal in nature – that may make solar a great option for you. Some of these benefits include:

1) Save money on electricity. With a solar PV solution or solar hot water system, you can reduce (or even eliminate) the amount of electricity you need to buy from your local electric utility company to power your home.

2) Help your local economy. The growing solar industry is helping to grow jobs in America and provide employment for your friends and neighbors.

3) Reduce your reliance on “the grid.” If you are concerned about a natural or man-made disaster causing a longer-term power outage, a solar solution could provide power in the event that you can’t get power from your local utility company.

4) Helping provide energy to your community. By generating power through your own solar energy system, you help preserve power for your community and, depending on your system, you may even provide energy back to the local grid.

Solar energy is really a pretty amazing thing. Solar solutions have very little impact on the environment. In fact, they are one of the cleanest power sources we have available to us today. When they are doing their work, converting energy from the sun into electricity, they don’t emit any poison gasses or particulate matter… they don’t produce any hazardous wastes… they don’t even make any noise. As far as an energy production system goes, a solar energy system is far preferable to virtually any other power source that is being used in the world today.