Renewable energy has accounted for a whopping two-thirds of the new power that was added to the world’s grids. And of all of the renewable energy sources, solar energy has shone the brightest of the bunch. In fact, solar power has been the fastest growing source of new energy across the globe in recent years, surpassing every other form of power generation for the first time ever.
The International Energy Agency is predicting that, by 2050, the sun could be our planet’s primary source of energy. With the costs of solar on the decline, the independence it grants people, the sheer necessity of alternative fuel sources and the incredible potential of solar power, it should come as no surprise that solar energy throughout Australia, and the world, will dominate this century. In a mere 35 years, it’s estimated that solar power will overtake non-renewable energy as the earth’s top energy source making our planet a cleaner, safer and greener place to live.
Continue reading below to learn more about why solar energy will be the leading source of energy in Australia in the decades ahead.
Cost of Solar is Dropping
Installing solar has a reputation for being expensive. However, the price of solar modules has fallen 100 times in the last thirty years making it a much more affordable option for homeowners. In just the last five years alone, the average price of a solar installation has been cut in half. With these reductions in cost ‘going solar’ makes more sense than ever before. You can utilise the energy of the sun, decrease your monthly energy bills and make your home more environmentally friendly, all at a fraction of the cost it might have had a few years ago.
Solar energy gives the power back to the people! For a long time, power plants have been huge, centralised sources of energy who can dictate the price of you powering your home. Solar frees us from having to use these centralised sources and instead allows you to harness energy from the sun your self and power your own home.
Much more than just an effort to ‘get off the grid’, having control of your own power source allows you to stay on top of your monthly budget with greater ease. Solar power democratises the delivery of energy to our homes and puts homeowners back in the driving seat.
Solar is Necessary
For too long, we have been dependent on fossil fuels to power our world. Whether through lack of information, lack of education, ignorance or just denial, we have left our planet in need of repair. The world is warming fast due to the greenhouse gas emissions we have pumped into the air over decades and the time to take action to protect the earth for future generations is now.
Solar power is one of the fastest and most effective ways to combat global warming, reduce greenhouse gases and improve the health of our planet.
The Potential of Solar is Huge
When you stop to think about the amount of light and heat that the sun provides our planet on a daily basis, it really is incredible. Take an area used to mine coal or an oil field and think about how much energy it is producing. Then consider the amount of sunlight that hits that same area every single day and how much of the sun’s energy could be harnessed instead.
With advancements in technology and a greater acceptance and understanding of the need for solar, the potential of solar energy for the future of our planet is staggering.
Solar Energy is the Future
Solar energy use is on the rise and will continue to do grow in popularity over the coming decades. With costs declining, more home and business owners can make the shift to solar power, giving them more independence from centralised power.
And with more of the world utilising solar power, we can decrease the amount of harmful greenhouse gases being released into our atmosphere every year allowing us the opportunity to enjoy a healthier, greener planet long into the future.