Solar Energy: The Need of the Hour

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All energy is ultimately derived for the sun and harvesting it directly through solar power seems to be the best way to transition to renewable energy.” – PETER RIVE, ‘SolarCity Unveils World’s Most Efficient Panel’, Time, October 2, 2015

 Traditionally, the sun has provided energy for practically all living creatures on earth, through the process of photosynthesis, in which plants absorb solar radiation and convert it into stored energy for growth and development. Scientists and engineers today seek to utilize solar radiation directly by converting it into useful heat or electricity.

Two main types of solar energy systems are in use today: photovoltaic`s and thermal systems. As we all know that degradation of energy is taking place day by day, thus use of solar energy has become very essential. As said: ” We need to bring sustainable energy to every corner of the globe with technologies like solar energy mini-grids, solar powered lights, and wind turbines.”

Reasons to use Solar Energy are:-

  •  Green – Solar is green. Green is the new black. Enough said. Green energy is totally the new rage, but it is also a way to look out for the future of our planet and reduce our impact.
  •  Renewable – Solar is a renewable energy source.
  • Available Anywhere – No matter what the circumstances are, if there is a sunny spot nearby the solar can be installed to power something remotely installed.
  • Durable – Silicon water is not durable itself, but sticks it behind some glass and you have the making for something that can withstand a lot more of the elements.
  • Eco-Friendly – No harmful gases come from a solar panel.
  • Cost Savings – Cost savings also can be calculated by eliminating the need to trench in grid power, disturbing surrounding landscapes and hard capes, repairing areas, etc.
  •  Easy Installation – Solar power systems can require a bit more for a simple installation; however, the low voltage DC power is much safer to work with than standard electric.

“Another advantage of solar energy is its safety. An enormous amount of time, money, and energy is put into keeping fossil fuel plants and nuclear plants safe. An oil spill can devastate the surrounding environment. Coal mine accidents often cause death or injury. The security companies and police SWAT teams that protect nuclear power plants must be alert to guard against terrorism. By contrast, solar energy is safe from terrorist attacks. There is nothing in a solar plant that could devastate the environment. A breakdown in a solar energy plant might mean a broken mirror. A breakdown in a nuclear plant could mean a major disaster.” – JIM OLLHOFF, Solar Power

The Scope of Solar Energy in India

Generation of solar energy has tremendous scope in India. The geographical location of the country stands to its benefit for generating solar energy. The reason being India is a tropical country and it receives solar radiation almost throughout the year, which amounts to 3,000 hours of sunshine. Since majority of the population live in rural areas, there is much scope for solar energy being promoted in these areas. Thus, India has massive plan for Solar Energy generation that may not only fulfill the deficit of power generation but also contribute largely in Green Energy Production to help to reduce the Climatic Changes globally.

“Clearly, we need more incentives to quickly increase the use of wind and solar power; they will cut costs, increase our energy independence and our national security and reduce the consequences of global warming.”HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

 

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