The world we live in relies heavily on fossil fuel to produce energy; the same energy we depend on every single day of our lives so as to be comfortable. Even though the very Earth we stand on is suffering heavily from the carbon and greenhouse gas emissions in burning fossil fuel, most of us do not really care about it, so long as we can turn the heating equipment on during winter, put the AC system on full blast in the summer, enjoy a hot shower in the morning, and drive our cars from home to work all week. Well, there is no way you make any compromises on all those conveniences, right?
But what if there is another source of energy that doesn’t harm the environment? Would you be willing enough to embrace the prospect of using it? In this post, we’ll look at what renewable and reliable energy systems offer, particularly solar and wind energy.
The concept behind renewable and reliable energy systems is that they are clean, affordable to use, and does not run out. But more importantly, both wind and solar energy does not produce emissions, which unlike fossil fuels, promotes a cleaner environment for everyone. Both energy sources are also practical since they not only generate power for everyone to use, they also provide jobs and revenues for the local community. When a solar or wind energy initiative or project is planned for a certain community, the building of farms (sites) contributes to stimulating the local economy.
As an American, you should be proud of the fact that the U.S. is one of the few countries that harness wind resources to create energy. There actually is good reason behind it since we have about ten times the prospect of producing enough energy compared to what the population needs. In other words, if there are enough infrastructures (wind farms) built all over the country, it is possible that there no longer is a need to use other sources, including that of gas, coal, and nuclear power. With the radical improvement of wind turbine technology in the past couple of years, there is a lot of potential for wind becoming the most reliable source for energy production in the immediate future.
Just like wind, solar power is more than capable of meeting the United States’ demand for energy, and we mean all of it. The current setup justifies this since there now are more than 3,100 megawatts of solar installations in the country, which is enough to provide power to more than 600,000 homes. If the government works with communities to build more, there may no longer be a need to use fossil fuels in the future. Adding to that is the fact that the industry employs more than 100,000 Americans and the growth is at an unprecedented rate of 70%. Because of the improvement of the solar industry, the price of solar panels has significantly dropped starting in 2010. Hence, it no longer would be as expensive to install a solar energy system in residential settings.
But with the recent increase in awareness and use of wind and solar energy in the U.S., it still is sad to know that some countries haven’t even started tapping these reliable sources of electricity. Doing so requires spending a lot of money upfront, but the long-term benefits, both for the population and the environment are just way too great to think about the cost. In the U.S., both wind and solar energy are quickly diversifying the country’s energy solutions. It is true that there still is a problem with the lack of transmission lines, but with all other challenges in the past, there has to be a way to overcome it, hopefully in the not-so-distant future.