Environmental Impact

The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun.

-Ralph Nader

Environmental Impact

Solar energy is extremely attractive as an alternative energy source—most notably because of its positive impact on the environment when compared to more traditional types of energy. Consider these reasons why solar energy is superior:

  • Solar energy is clean and does not create pollution.
  • Solar energy is a renewable resource.
  • Increasing reliance on solar energy reduces the consumption of fossil fuels, decreasing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Solar energy creates no carbon dioxide emissions.

These benefits sound good, but only when you understand how dangerous greenhouse gases, and carbon dioxide (CO2) specifically, are will you fully appreciate the beauty of solar energy. Carbon dioxide has a significant impact on global warming. Carbon dioxide produced as a byproduct of energy use remains in the earth’s atmosphere for 50 – 100 years, according to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates. This chart, also published by the EPA, shows what a large impact energy use has on carbon dioxide production.

GHG Emissions CO2 Gases

However, there is an alternative. Solar Energy produces energy that contains ZERO carbon dioxide emissions which results in cleaner energy, helps the fight in global warming and reduces our dependency on foreign fossil fuels. Every solar electric system makes a strong positive impact on our environment.