One buzzword that seems to be on everybody’s lips this year, even the past decade, is energy. Energy is an infinite, indestructible, and not completely understood entity that humans have harnessed for millennia. Burning fuel for fire is a way ancient way of producing energy that still goes on today for billions of people across the globe. As we’ve advanced as a species, we’ve used coal, gas, oil and even radioactive substances to not only heat our homes and cook our food but to transport us to places and keep us in contact with one another. With supplies of these energy resources dwindling globally, we’re looking to a completely new type of energy to power our lives this century: renewable energy. Solar energy, through the use of solar panels, is widely recognised as one of the best solutions to the energy crisis hitting everywhere from Sydney to St. Tropez.
Renewable Energy: An offer we can’t refuse
Many businesses, individuals and politicians prefer renewable energy for one simple reason: it’s renewable. Renewable energy will continue to be available long after humans have stopped living on Earth, and this solves one of the biggest problems humankind is facing today. All of our biggest stocks and sources of energy are running low, so prices are skyrocketing and people are looking to alternatives. A few methods of capturing renewable energy exist at the moment, with varying success. Geothermal energy is captured in countries such as Iceland where magma is close enough to the surface to retrieve energy from. Wind power is popular in locations such as the UK, where windy coastline is abundant enough for turbine to be deployed for energy generation. One question however, has remained. What can be done to generate renewable energy in places without the very specific conditions needed for wind, wave or even geothermal energy?
Solar panels are more straightforward than they seem
Solar power is one renewable resource which can be implemented pretty much anywhere with reasonable success. Solar panels are placed outside, in view of the sky, and absorb daylight in order to generate electricity. Just like how plants have chlorophyll in order to absorb sunlight, solar panels, like those manufactured by AVIC, have tiny photovoltaic cells which generate an electric current when in daylight. Solar panels are seeing rapid adoption across the globe because of their high reliability, low maintenance and ease of deployment. The technology is quite straightforward but advances are being made every couple of months in the solar panel industry: increases in efficiency as well as reductions in size and cost have all left solar panels the most viable source of renewable energy for a great deal of people.
Solar Panels are scalable
Energy infrastructure across the world is aging, and most energy networks in countries work on an energy grid. Users of energy, such as households, factories and offices, as well as hospitals and schools, all tend to get energy generated far off-site in gigantic power stations, sometimes nuclear, sometimes coal or something completely else entirely. Solar energy is so attractive, and will continue to be so attractive, because it can be generated on a small scale as well as a large one. This means that people don’t have to rely so heavily on paying for energy coming from a big, environmentally damaging power station, and can generate a bit of electricity for their own needs by themselves.
Google famously cover their building in solar panels in order to generate a little bit of electricity to reduce their carbon footprint (as well as to save money in the process). Solar panels can be placed on large complexes owned by a company, or they can be placed on the roof of an existing house to bring bills down.
Solar Panels are better for the environment
Renewable energy isn’t just something which would be convenient to invest in and early adopt. A large-scale shift towards renewable energy needs to take place in the next twenty years if carbon emissions are going to be significantly reduced, and the individual and commercial installation of solar panels is the best way to do this. Environmentally, solar panels have a minimal adverse impact on the biosphere they’re placed in. In Australia, where biodiversity is extremely high even in its cities compared to other locations in the world, solar energy is ideal. Unlike noisy, enormous wind turbines, solar panels are silent and small so they can be put in bustling places like Sydney without harming or confusing wildlife or costing a fortune in land.
Solar save you money
Ultimately, solar panels aren’t just a good solution because of their environmental benefit: they save people money. Solar panel prices are decreasing every year, and by installing a set of panels it’s easy to make an investment that will continue to save money on energy bills for years and years. For most households, energy is one of the greatest drains on income. By installing solar panel infrastructure on your home, the money you save will soon pay for the cost of installation – it’s even possible to earn money using solar panels if you use less electricity than you generate and sell some back to the national grid in your country. Not all countries support this scheme, but ‘micro-generation’ is growing in popularity and is seen by some as the only real option we have to tackle an energy crisis – and what better way to do that than with solar panels?
This article was written by Max Johnson on behalf of AVIC Solar. AVIC Solar is a leading supplier in wholesale solar panels Sydney and ranks 250th in the Global Top 500 largest corporations in 2012. Max is a keen blogger on technology and green issues and is always looking for ways to help maintain the planet and reduce such carbon footprint.