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Environmental and Health Benefits of Solar Panels

Posted: October 24, 2019
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If you are a residential home owner in Mandurah or surrounding areas, solar power is a clean, affordable, and sustainable way to generate electricity. Most people installing solar panels do so mainly for the financial rewards such as reducing their electricity bills. As we move towards a greener planet, the environmental benefits are becoming equally, if not more important. Here are some interesting environmental benefits to consider when installing solar panels in Mandurah



1. Solar reduces air pollution and can improve health
Our traditional energy source contains carbon dioxide and methane emissions from fossil fuels which are harmful to the environment. These emissions are leading contributors to global warming and poorer air quality. Did you know that generating electricity through solar panels emits zero greenhouse gases? Australia now has over 10.1 GW of solar installed, capable of delivering 14.6 TWhrs and meeting more than 5.5 per cent of Australia’s energy demand.



This is offsetting a huge amount of carbon dioxide a year and is a massive step towards reducing the human impact of climate change.



Another huge benefit of solar panels reducing air pollutants is the direct link to our very own health. In a number of studies including by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), they found that widespread solar installation would significantly reduce nitrous oxides, sulfur dioxide, and particulate matter emissions, all of which can cause health problems. Reports found that, among other health benefits, solar power results in fewer cases of chronic bronchitis, respiratory and cardiovascular problems, and lost workdays related to health issues.



2. Solar reduces water pollution
Almost all manufacturing processes require some water to generate electricity however solar panels don't need water to generate electricity. While this is one huge benefit it is also the least talked about environmental benefits of solar power. Natural gas and coal-fired facilities, require huge amounts of water to facilitate their important cooling demands. With solar panels there is no pollution of local water supplies, plus of course, their operation puts no strain local supplies, drinking water, and other vital water requirements.



3. Solar reduces the need for finite resources
Solar power is a renewable resource. The sun is the world's most abundant energy source, every second the sun produces enough energy to run the entire planet 10,000 times over! It can be also used over and over again (renewable). In comparison, fossil fuels are non-renewable and while they may seem in abundance now, there will come a time when the planet will run out. By that time, the damage to our financial infrastructure and environment may actually be irreparable. Switching to solar panels today is the best way for residential clients to push back against the reality of finite fuel resources.



4. Reducing your household’s carbon footprint
Solar power is one of the cleanest sources of energy, and it’s a great way for your household to become more efficient and sustainable now and into the future. As mentioned above, solar panels don’t use any water to generate power, they don’t release harmful gases into the environment, and the source of their energy is abundant and, best of all, free. Using solar power instead of the grid connected electricity also means you reduce the need for carbon dioxide emitting energy to be produced for the grid on your behalf. For the majority of electricity users in Australia, you could offset anywhere between a half and one tonne of carbon dioxide for every megawatt hour of solar electricity you use. With even a small system installed on your home, you can help reduce your household’s carbon footprint and contribute personally to the Australian Renewable Energy Target.



If you are interested in getting solar panels installed in Mandurah and surrounding areas contact iBreeze for a competitive quote and obligation free honest advice!


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