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  Jun 21, 2021   

Environmental Impact of Solar Energy

This year amidst a widespread pandemic, we have seen the world embrace the need for a clean environment. Green energy has been given more importance and attention now, more than ever. ‘Earth Hour’ and ‘World Environment Day’ have been widely covered on social media all over the world. This only brings in more assertiveness to the fact that, going forward green energy is going to be the future. And only by doing our bit can we hope to leave behind a more sustainable planet for our future generations.

“India is home to 21 of the world’s 30 most polluted cities, with 122 non-attainment cities exceeding national ambient air quality standards. Besides affecting the health of the citizens, air pollution also impacts agriculture, climate, buildings and aesthetics, in terms of visibility.” (Source: Down to Earth)

How does solar energy play a role in this? The answer to this question and the awareness of that answer is crucial to us today.

“India, as a nation, has tremendous scope for making renewable energy (RE) its primary energy source, making renewables the new normal.” (Source: Down to Earth)

We are blessed to be endowed with renewable energy in the form of solar, wind, hydro etc. 

“A joint study by WWF-India and TERI, The Energy Report – India: 100% Renewable Energy by 2050, highlighted that aggressive efficiency improvements across the energy demand and supply sides have tremendous potential to reduce overall energy demand by about 59 per cent at the national level. The remaining demand can then be met by renewable energy sources.”  (Source: Down to Earth)

This was also reiterated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi while accepting the prestigious CERAWeek  Global Energy and Environment Leadership Award recently. Citizens need to amp up their energy to invest in solar panels, for the larger picture and added advantage.

We have covered ‘How Solar Panels Work’ in our back to basics series, which can be found on our website. In this blog, we will provide you with an overview of the positive environmental impacts of solar energy.

  1. Inexhaustible Resource – Solar is an inexhaustible resource. It can be leveraged for billions of years to come. It is foreseen to become the largest source of electricity by 2050.
  2. Environment Friendly – Solar energy does not release any harmful greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Considering India is one of the most polluted countries in the world, solar is the way to go.
  3. Multiple Uses – Most people are unaware of the vast usages of solar. Solar can be used for cooking, heating, drying, and ofcourse electricity. It has multiple uses making it a lot more credible and useful.
  4. Aids the Economy – By opting for solar, the demand and price of it’s substitutes (coal, gas) will drop, creating an advantageous market for the solar energy industry. This is bound to impact the economy in a significant way, creating more job employments across the country. (Source: IJRR)

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