Are solar energy farms the answer to renewable energy?

11th January 2019 | Commercial Energy

Energy experts at Mypower explain how “generating your own energy is the future. By 2025 the Government are planning to close all coal power stations”. It is, therefore, time to enter a new era of renewable energy and solar energy farms could be the answer. Humans consume 221 tonnes of coal, 1,066 barrels of oil, and 93,000 metric cubes of natural gas every second. The greenhouse gas emissions release through the burning of these fossil fuels is having a disastrous effect on our plant. Scientists warn that we will face catastrophic and irreversible environmental consequences if we don’t take steps now to stop global warming.

Renewables are now the second biggest source of electricity in the UK, and provide about a third of the country’s power at certain times of the day. According to The International Energy Agency, solar power was the fastest-growing source of new energy worldwide last year, overtaking the growth in all other forms of power generation for the first time.

Solar Energy Farms

Solar energy can be simply defined as energy sourced from the sun. The sun radiated incredible amounts of energy and thanks to technology, we can capture this abundant source of energy and utilise it to power our homes, businesses, vehicles and much more. Experts believe that new solar technology has the potential to meet global demand and replace conventional fossil fuels. This is due to the immense amount of energy potential that the sun can provide versus any other renewable resource such as wind or geothermal. The solar industry has seen rapid growth over the past decade, and a major contributing factor has been the surge in solar farms being developed all across the globe.

Solar energy farms are large-scale commercial power plants that use photovoltaic solar panels to convert sunlight into clean energy, providing a source of safe, locally produced renewable energy for many years after construction. Large solar farms can be built in just a few months- compared to years for a coal plant and even longer for a nuclear plant – without generating potentially massive environmental and health issues. The land used for solar farms creates a place where nature and wildlife can flourish, as the ground below the solar panels can be used to graze animals or grow crops.

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