Solar Power: Green, Renewable, and Eco-Friendly

The whole world is now beginning to understand the importance of our environment and what we have done to compromise the balance of nature.  The beauty is that we are intelligent beings and can change how we do things and in the process nurture the environment we co-habitat with. Being responsible for our actions concerning the environment has now become a necessity for our future in many ways, but in particular with the energy consumption that we have become so accustomed to.

Whether you believe in global warming or not, it just does not make sense to continue to use a resource that is non-renewable and will run out. When it is gone, it’s gone! Solar power solves this issue 100% on both counts:  renewable and non-toxic to us and the environment. It really is a no-brainer.

A 1-kilowatt solar power system eliminates the burning of about 170 pounds of coal, 300 pounds of carbon dioxide from being released into the air, and saves up to 105 gallons of water supply consumption monthly. Take for example fossil-fuel burning plants: Coal accounts for over half the nation’s electricity output. To produce coal into energy, approximately 65% is wasted, which means only 35% of the energy produced makes it to the power grid. By harnessing the power of the sun, no resources are burned or broken down that would generate unsafe gases that would ultimately harm nature. The simple fact that it doesn’t harm the environment in any way is reason enough for some to go solar.

We can take the power of the sun and use it for many different functions such as powering our homes or heating our pools. This diagram shows the percentages of some of the other uses of solar energy:

uses of solar energyThe FPL group outside of West Palm Beach, Florida, has recently erected a  500 acre solar hybrid plant. It is an experiment designed to see  whether conventional power generation can be married with renewable power in a way that lowers costs and spares the environment.  It estimates it will cut its natural gas use by 1.3 billion cubic feet each year, the consumption of 18,000 American homes. It will also cut carbon emissions by 2.75 million tons over 30 years, the equivalent of taking 19,000 cars off the road.  This is on a much broader scale of course then in residential use, but you get the picture of what a relief it will on the environment even applying solar power to your home.