Why Solar Power Is the Environmentally Friendly Choice
Australia is experiencing a solar revolution, and for good reason. With wide-open skies and lots of sunshine, we are poised to become a world leader in safe and renewable solar power. Approximately 1 percent of Australia’s electricity is drawn from solar panels, and as prices plummet, more individuals and corporations are likely to switch in the coming years. Yet many people do not understand why solar power is more environmentally friendly than traditional electricity options. Solar energy is one of the most powerful tools in the worldwide fight against global warming. The global warming crisis is caused by numerous factors, but one of the biggest factors is our continued reliance on fossil fuels.
Carbon Dioxide and Global Warming
Global warming refers to the slow but steady rise in the air and water temperatures on Earth. Humans have contributed to global warming since the Industrial Revolution, but the process seems to have sped up dramatically since 1980. Global warming contributes to rising sea levels, melting glaciers, and changes in weather patterns. There is concern that if the trend continues, extreme weather events, coastal flooding, droughts, and food shortages could result.
The link between carbon dioxide and global warming was drawn many years ago, and has been the subject of intense scientific research and debate ever since. The greenhouse effect, or the process by which radiated heat from the planet is absorbed by greenhouse gases and redistributed over the Earth’s surface, was first proposed in 1824. Scientist and inventor Alexander Graham Bell, best known for the modern telephone, warned in 1917 that unchecked use of fossil fuels would eventually cause global warming due to the greenhouse effect. In 2013, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) confirmed that the heaviest driver of global warming is carbon dioxide emission from human activities.
Fossil fuels are carbon-based fuel sources that come from the decomposition of plants and animals over millions of years. In everyday usage, the term is sometimes also applied to mineral fuels, which come from natural resources not based on plants or animals. Fossil fuels include coal, oil, and natural gas.
The process of burning fossil fuels creates large amounts of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas emitted by human actions. Although the transportation sector also creates a large amount of carbon dioxide, as do certain industrial activities, electricity generation produces the majority of carbon dioxide in many localities. Fossil fuel emissions continue to rise each year, compounding the effects of global warming.
In previous eras, logging and other types of human interference with forests and other natural carbon dioxide removers known as “sinks” also contributed to the greenhouse effect, but today’s targeted resource management has reversed that trend. Nonetheless, we must reduce our reliance on fossil fuels in order to combat the ongoing global warming situation.
What Makes Solar Power Different
The act of generating solar power does not cause any emissions of carbon dioxide or other greenhouse gases. The process of creating solar panels does have some environmental cost in transportation and manufacturing, but companies are working hard to limit those impacts. Once your solar panels are installed, they are long-lasting and virtually maintenance-free. Solar power draws on an endlessly renewable, free resource in the form of natural sunlight.
While fossil fuels must be excavated, transported, and burned, solar power is harnessed right on your rooftop and can even be stored in a battery bank for protection against poor weather days. Although it is not an environmental consideration, another major advantage of solar power is that it is free! You will quickly realise a cost savings even once the price of setting up your system is factored in.
Solar power is not just for residential applications. Businesses across Australia have discovered the advantages of solar power, with residential furniture giant IKEA leading the charge. Regardless of the size of your property, an expert installer can design a system that meets your needs.
With so many financial and environmental benefits, solar power is a smart choice for many businesses. Corospark provides a free site survey and proposal, along with numerous financing models including $0 up front options. Make an appointment today to take the first step in energy independence.