Renewable energy sources are rapidly becoming some of the most popular methods for generating electricity. This is because they’re better for the environment, cheaper than fossil fuels, and sustainable over long periods of time. In order for us to continue using these benefits in our everyday lives, and avoid a climate catastrophe, we need everyone to invest in renewable energy technologies so we can move away from traditional, and damaging, methods of generating power.
Renewable sources of energy include wind, solar, hydroelectric and geothermal, but new technologies are being developed frequently, including green hydrogen and green ammonia.
The benefits of green energy
Renewable energy sources offer many benefits that make them preferable to non-renewable power, such as coal and natural gas. These green energy sources can help save money on electricity bills while also helping the environment by reducing pollution from fossil fuels and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. And since there are so many reasons to use renewable energy, it’s no surprise that more people are turning to solar panels and wind turbines as a way to power their homes.
Renewable energy is a better choice for our planet because it doesn’t burn fossil fuels that release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere when burned, which makes up most of what we call ‘greenhouse gases’. Greenhouse gases are responsible for trapping heat inside our atmosphere which causes climate change.
Renewable technologies can also offer cost savings over time by making use of existing infrastructure. For example, solar panels can be installed on rooftops or in fields where there is already an electrical grid. This means that you don’t need to build new power plants and transmission lines, which saves money and reduces your carbon footprint at the same time.
The greenhouse gases generated by fossil fuels are making our planet warmer than usual and that’s already causing problems like drought and extreme weather events, such as hurricanes, tornados, floods and wildfires. Mitigating climate change is vital for the future of our planet. Renewable energy is a necessity.
What is preventing the adoption of green energy?
While there are many benefits to using renewable energy, there are also some challenges. For example, it can be expensive to install and maintain renewable energy systems. This can make it difficult for people who don’t have enough money or resources to install these types of systems in their homes or businesses. Fortunately, many governments are amending their energy guidelines to support the large-scale adoption of green energy. As laws are amended to support the green transition, private and public developers will find it easier to construct the renewable energy sources that are much needed across the globe.
In addition, while solar panels produce electricity from sunlight during the day (which is when most people want power), they don’t work at night unless they’re hooked up with batteries that store excess energy produced during daylight hours and release it later. Like with many newer technologies, battery energy storage systems (BESS) are now being widely adopted by developers to ensure solar farms offer all the power needed, resolving this ongoing criticism of PV energy.