A great part of the world is majorly dependent on energy retrieved through fossil fuels. However, fossil fuels have raised some significant concerns over the past few years. We have three major fossil fuels, namely coal, oil and natural gas.
These fossil fuels are rapidly becoming expensive and also pose a risk to the health of the earth’s environment. Furthermore, there are only a limited number of countries that have sufficient supply of these fossil fuels. Others import from these countries which have raised a concern for security.
As a result of these concerns, the world has been looking for other sources of energy to replace fossil fuels. The best alternatives are the renewable sources like solar, hydroelectric, biomass and wind power. Fossil fuels are a finite source of energy that will eventually become too expensive to use. On the other hand, renewable energy sources have a greater chance of unlimited availability.
Benefits of Solar Energy
One of the most popular alternatives for fossil fuels is solar energy. Many are shifting their homes and commercial properties to solar power. Solar energy is the energy we get from the sun. It is one of the most consistent and reliable forms of energy due to the steady presence of sun all year round. Following are few benefits of shifting to solar power.
Fossil fuels release harmful gases like carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and sulphur oxide when they are processed to convert into energy. On the other hand, solar power is a clean source of energy. Therefore, we are protecting the earth’s environment by replacing fossil fuels with solar energy.
Fossil fuels need fuel to be converted into electricity. Thus, we are wasting another resource to take advantage from one. Also, fuel needs to be transported very carefully. We will save a significant resource and transportation cost through solar energy.
Renewable Energy Source
The solar energy from the sun can be converted easily into electricity using solar panels. the sun is a steady source of energy which can be used again and again as long as the sun is present. Solar energy will reduce the dependence of importing coal from other countries on producing electricity. Moreover, solar energy can be used to produce electricity even in remote areas where it is difficult to harness the energy through limited sources of fossil fuels.
Solar panels don’t need any complicated processes to be maintained. The initial investment in solar panels can be high but there are no recurring costs for a long time after installation. You can also easily add more solar panels with time.
Easy to Install
Solar Panels can be easily fixed on the roof. A large area is required for other energy sources like wind and geothermal power stations. Solar panels can be easily fitted into an existing location.
Like the energy from the sun, fossil fuels are also a natural resource. However, unlike the sun, they are limited and need huge investments to be converted into usable forms of energy. It is a time that we start producing energy smartly.