Solar energy has come a long way from the early days and now it is considered to be a key renewable energy source. Not only is it a mainstream idea, but many individuals, businesses and governments are making use solar energy or putting plans in place to put solar energy into practice. Australia is a good example of individual solar uptake, with over 29% of households having rooftop solar! It is very clear that, now more than ever, solar energy has played a positive role in generating electricity in homes within cities, suburbs and rural areas. As solar becomes cheaper and is more widely adopted the reliance on fossil fuels decreases, having a net benefit on society.
The importance of solar energy
Renewable energy is now relatively well understood in the mainstream, even if it still causes some debate. We all know that CO2 and methane, as well as toxic gases generated by burning fossil fuels, have a negative impact on the environment. Climate change is an issue that will effect everyone on the planet and renewable energy is one way we can reduce the impact of climate change. Solar energy is not only more affordable than ever, but the capture and storage of solar energy is beginning to become a feasible option as well. This energy storage will be a game changer because it allows renewable energy to be used at any time of the day or night. With the installation and greater use of solar energy as well as storage for this energy we can exponentially reduce the burning of fossil fuels. Not only will this slow climate change, but it also means that we will improve air quality as well. It also has financial advantages as well, which also need to be considered into the equation – the old argument that solar is too expensive is no longer valid!
What is the global outlook regarding solar energy and solar plants?
We all know how rooftop solar has taken off in Australia, one drive through the suburbs and you’ll understand just how popular it is. However, its worth asking the question: what is the global outlook? The truth is that the global photovoltaic market remains in rapid expansion, which has been maintained with some ups and downs for a decade.
Due to the booming and competitive market, many countries have opted to generate a global production of solar energy, not only for their inhabitants, but also as “extra” capital. In the last ten years, the efficiency of commercial silicon modules, which is the technology on which this energy is based, has increased from 12% to 17%.
This represents very promising figures, and we can see how there are continents or countries that maintain an almost constant installation. In Europe we have 28% of installations worldwide in just 2018, while China has installed 32% of this technology globally.
This number is growing at a rapid pace and solar is set to take over from traditional energy sources in many countries. With battery technology becoming viable, solar energy stands at the forefront in the transition from traditional forms of energy production.
Mark Winberg is an expert on solar energy production you can find out more about him at Solar energy in Lthuania Solet Technics.