Help Stall Climate Change Using Solar Power

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At the Climate Summit in Paris last year, the primary focus was energy. There isn’t a more pressing matter considering the fact that over 70 percent of the greenhouse emissions in the world come from heating, electricity production and transportation. It is our responsibility to help stall climate change.

Among the most effective strategies to combat climate change, low carbon footprint energy sources such as solar and wind energy are indispensable. Generating electricity with the help of solar panels means that the level of pollution will be 92 percent less than the CO2 emissions from the use of natural gas and 96 percent less than coal.

Switching to solar is the biggest step that a home or an organization can take to reduce their carbon footprint and stall climate change. It is already much cheaper for energy consumers to buy solar power instead of buying their power from the local grid. However, for solar energy to be an effective tool against climate change, and it needs to be adopted on a larger scale – the accelerated growth of solar adoption over the last five years is a clear-cut indication of what is possible. The most important question is – can solar power panels installed in places like commercial buildings, residential rooftops and community solar arrays add up to a meaningful reduction in the level of CO2?

CUT DOWN CO2 POLLUTION AT SCALE BY USING SOLAR POWER

Analysts predict that solar power will be integral to a healthy planet in the near future. Photovoltaic technology could end up generating up to 16 percent of electricity across the world by 2050. Research scientists at the Stanford University put the number at an even more optimistic 50 percent. It is basic math – solar power would cut down the problem of CO2 pollution, which is currently the leading cause of global warming. In countries like the United States and China, 40 percent of the CO2 emissions come from the energy sector. Even if one fourth of the country were to shift to solar power, it would cut down the CO2 pollution only by 10 percent. If we combine that with large scale climate solutions, we might begin to see a significant drop in global warming.

Solar power is obviously the most useful tool if we want to decarbonize the electricity supply and steer away from natural gas and coal. But the convergence of electric vehicles and solar power can significantly tip the balance to the right side by reducing dependency on oil of the transportation sector.

DISTRIBUTED SOLAR ENERGY GENERATION

In most of the countries, distributed solar energy generation accounts for at least half of the photovoltaic capacity. According to market research, there will be more distributed solar photovoltaic systems than utility scale photovoltaic systems in the next decade. In the United States, distributed solar power accounts for at least half of the total solar capacity. In Japan and Germany, the number is even higher. India is another country that aspires to double its solar capacity by the year 2022. With every single solar rooftop system, we will move much closer to solving the climate change problem.

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