Solar energy creates clean, renewable power from the sun and its benefits to our environment is numerous. Solar is known to have it’s favorable impact on our environment,health and mental wellbeing as a whole .
Most of the electricity generated in Nigeria comes from fossil fuels like coal and natural gas,extracting and using fossil fuels is expensive and harmful to the environment.Contrarily, solar energy is free and readily abundant .
By investing in solar energy, you can help reduce our reliance on fossil fuels in favor of one of the most abundant, consistent sources of energy we have available: our sun.
Here are four of the environmental benefits of solar energy.
1. Reduces Air Pollution
The air we breathe can help or hinder our health and wellbeing. Electricity generation from fossil fuels can generate harmful carbon dioxide gases that lower the quality of the air we breathe. Breathing poor quality air on a daily basis can have dire consequences for our health. Air pollution has been linked to asthma and allergies, bronchitis, pneumonia, headaches, anxiety, heart attacks and even some cancers. Using the sun to generate more and more of our power means less and less harmful emissions from burning fossil fuels. Generating electricity from solar panels produce no harmful emissions, and the more homes and businesses that rely on solar power means less toxic emissions from fossil fuels into our air.
2. Uses Less Water
Water is one of our most precious natural resources. Traditional electricity production can use thousands of litres of water each year. Water is used for cooling generators, processing and refining fuel and transporting fuel through pipes. Generating power through solar panels, however, uses no water whatsoever. The operation of solar photovoltaic cells doesn’t require water at all to generate power. The only water needed is rainwater to naturally clean the panels when they get dirty.
3.Reducing our reliance on fossil fuels
The sunshine used in solar energy production is free, and there’s lots of it. On the other hand, fossil fuels are running out, and fast. Reducing our reliance on these finite resources and taking advantage of an abundant, free source of energy, such as sunlight, could mean lower energy prices, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and a stronger, more stable energy future.
4. Reducing your household’s carbon footprint
Solar energy is one of the cleanest sources of energy.Solar panels don’t release harmful gases into the environment, and the source of their energy is abundant and best of all,free. Using solar energy instead of the grid also means you reduce the need for carbon dioxide emitting energy to be produced for the grid on your behalf – With even a small system installed on your home, you can help reduce your household’s carbon footprint.
Going solar is like saving the planet and keeping the change. In fact, it’s pretty much the only home improvement investment that will have an immediate and measurable impact on the environment while putting money back into your pocket from the moment it’s activated.