Posted: 24 Jan 2016 02:40 AM PST
A lot of people switch to solar energy in an attempt to help their wallet and while it is a cost effective transition to make, it also has a noticeably positive impact on the environment and the owner’s carbon footprint. A properly set up solar panel grid can eliminate over three tonnes of greenhouse emissions every single year per household. Since solar panels are durable enough to last multiple decades, an investment in green electricity isn’t only beneficial to your wallet but also to the environment. For people considering making the change to solar power system as their primary electrical source it is important to ensure that their system is properly set up to get the maximum efficiency out of them.
Most power grids rely on inefficient fossil fuels in order to provide power are responsible for a majority of the current emissions crisis, solar power avoid harming the environment by harvesting all of their electricity from abundant rays of photons from the sun. Since the sun is producing energy regardless if it is being used as an electrical source, this means there is very little pollution being produced in the process.
Smaller startup solar panels still require assistance from the power company’s grid in order to ensure a constant supply of power but larger panels are able to be completely self-sufficient by storing excess electricity in batteries. In fact larger solar panels that produce more electricity than can be stored in reserve are able to sell back the electricity to the power company which means that less of their energy comes from harmful sources helping their pollution output as well.
A common concern with the environmental impact of solar power is that they are produced in a way that negates any potential ecological benefits. Luckily solar panels are made of silicon, which is one of the most abundant resources on the planet and require very few harmful chemicals in order to be processed. While the manufacturing of solar panels does produce a small amount of emissions, these are very insignificant when compared against the alternative of using fossils fuels as a primary energy source. Also most companies who specialize in solar power system have environmental impact in mind, and do their best to produce them in the cleanest way possible. Since a good system will last for a couple of decades, any negative effects of their creation gets negated by the abundant clean electricity they provide for the coming years.
While other forms of green energy are obtainable at an industrial level, for residential and small business use, solar power is the only viable option. For environmentally conscious consumers looking to reduce their carbon footprint, making the switch to solar power system is the best way to do your part in preserving our planet for future generations.
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