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Solar’s 20 Most Overlooked Benefits for Global Sustainability

Long too long ago a new study was released with a complete list of the most overlooked benefits of renewable energy. This study shows how solar projects provide benefits to the ecosystem and biodiversity conservation.

The study was conducted by UC Davis, the Center for Biological Diversity and 11 other organizations. They have made a list of all the advantages of solar PV projects to understand all the benefits better.

Nature Sustainability was in charge of publishing the study, in which they recognized 20 missed advantages of solar energy.

The research found out that when solar power systems use the principles of TESs (Techno-ecological synergies), they have the potential to improve air, water and soil resources, plus they provide clean energy.

20 Overlooked Benefits of Solar Energy

  1. Air pollution reduction
  2. Animal welfare
  3. Biological control
  4. Carbon sequestration and storage
  5. Climate regulation
  6. Energy equity and/or security
  7. Erosion prevention and maintenance of soil fertility
  8. Fuel diversity
  9. Food system resilience
  10. Grid reliability and/or resilience
  11. Habitat for species
  12. Heating and cooling efficiency
  13. Human health and well-being
  14. Land sparing
  15. Maintenance of genetic diversity
  16. Pollination
  17. PV module efficiency
  18. Urban heat island reduction
  19. Water-use efficiency
  20. Water quality

Noor Complex Solar Power Plant, Morocco

Solar Power Energy Future

The study also mentions the partnership between the Center for Biological Diversity and UC Davis. This partnership will highlight the future of the solar industry to the well-being of the entire planet.

Renewable energy is the best way to create an energy system that provides benefits for humans, wildlife and savage habitats.

Solar energy has more advantages than people might think. Besides the ones mentioned by the study, solar power systems can reduce energy bills, have low maintenance costs and can produce electricity in areas without access to the energy grid.

Solar energy is the fastest-growing source of power worldwide. In Malaysia, the government has set a goal of renewables accounting for national power generation capacity by 2030.

In 2018, the government established a 500-megawatt net energy metering scheme to give a boost at solar and renewable energy generation in the commercial and industrial sectors.

If all the roofs in Peninsular Malaysia have solar panels, Malaysia would be able to generate 1.4 times more electricity, compared with the conventional method of fossil fuel.

With all the new studies about the advantages and benefits of solar energy, the government should commit the use of 100 percent renewable energy. By using solar energy, we will protect our climate, air quality, water, land and wildlife.

Conclusion

The study about the solar energy industry conducted by UC Davis, the Center for Biological Diversity and 11 other organizations recommended a model for engineering that makes it possible for solar energy systems to maximize both technological and ecological benefits.

These 20 overlooked benefits of the solar industry go from carbon sequestration to improvements and pollinator habitats.

Solar panel systems can be installed in different places, including rooftop solar, solar on contaminated land, and water solar farms.

Solar energy is the best solution to bring electricity in areas where there is no access to the energy grid. It should not create unnecessary negative impacts, especially when technology is maximizing the positive effects of this type of energy.

Right now Malaysia is only generating 2 percent of electricity by renewable energy sources, which make it highly dependent on limited fossil fuel resources such as oil, coal or natural gas.

That’s why the government is increasing this renewable energy mix from 2% to 20% by 2030. To achieve this the Ministry is selecting commercial and industrial buildings to go solar and be the first ones to adopt the revised Net Energy Metering (NEM) scheme.

Finally, the solar power industry technology is advancing and it has made huge improvements. We can only expect that quantum physics and nanotechnology can likely increase the effectiveness of solar panels and the solar industry in general.

Sources: PV Magazine

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