Why Are Solar Panels Important in Our Society? A presentation by Total Energy Installations
Solar Power Reduces Air Pollution from Coal Power Plants While coal power plants filter their emissions, trace amounts of toxic particulates penetrate air filtering systems and enter the atmosphere. Mercury is among the pollutants that enter the air from coal power plant emissions, and it can contaminate local ecological systems and harm plants, wildlife and human inhabitants. Because solar power is emissions-free, it is more safe for the environments and communities like Cheshire that neighbor solar panel Cheshire arrays than are coal power pl ants.
Conservation of Resources
Because solar panels convert light from the sun into heat and electricity, they require no other source of fuel. Coal, natural gas, oil and nuclear power systems rely on nonrenewable resources to generate power.
Preservation of Habitats Affected by Mining Coal and uranium mining are often devastating to their local environments. Heavy equipment, waste products and large-scale disruption of local habitats can render the land surrounding a mine barren and unusable after the mine is no longer in use. Coal mining is also dangerous to the workers who operate the mines. The use of solar panels eliminates these dangers to both miners and the environment.
Reducing the Need for Nuclear Power
Because sunlight is available at no cost, solar panels do not require expensive mining and fuel processing. Once a solar panel is built, it operates for free. In some applications, solar panels can be used to supplement existing power sources to reduce the total cost of energy. In power systems where all of the needed electricity is supplied by solar and other renewable energy sources, such as wind or hydroelectric, electricity is generated completely free of cost.
Generating Energy Independence
Nations that need to obtain oil and other fuel sources from other nations are beholden to their suppliers. Such countries may find it necessary to compromise their national safety or principles in order to maintain trade with their suppliers. Communities and nations who adopt solar energy systems reduce or eliminate their dependence on foreign fuel sources.