Solar Energy Benefits
How does solar energy help the environment? Although not visible to the naked eye, renewable energy’s advantages and positive impact are endless.
Solar energy systems/power plants do not produce air pollution or greenhouse gases according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Using solar energy can indirectly affect the environment, particularly when solar energy replaces or reduces the use of other energy sources that have larger effects on the environment. This includes fossil fuels, which historically add pollutants to the air, contributing to global warming, as well as childhood asthma and other health problems among the public.
How Does Solar Energy Slow Climate Change
How can solar panel energy reduce climate change? produce far lower lifecycle levels of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and harmful pollutants including fine particular matter (PM2.5), sulfur dioxide (SO2), and nitrogen oxides (NOx). Similarly, realizing these levels of solar deployment could reduce cumulative power-sector emissions of PM2.5 by 8%, SO2 by 9%, and NOx by 11% between 2015 and 2050. This could produce $167 billion in savings from lower future health and environmental damages, or 1.4¢/kWh-solar—while also preventing 25,000–59,000 premature deaths (Solar Energy Technologies Office).
Environmental and health benefits include:
- Reduce water scarcity - water consumption will drop in 36 states, enough to hydrate 1.3 million households.
- Curb pollution - by decreasing air pollution, solar can prevent $167 million in heath and environmental damages.
- Mitigate climate change - reducing our carbon footprint could save $259 billion in global climate change damages.
- Better health outcomes - reducing pollutants can prevent unnecessary health care costs and save more than 25,000 lives.
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