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About Solar Energy

Benefits of Solar Energy

Much like the sun, the benefits of solar energy are vast and powerful! Solar energy is clean, renewable, and plentiful. Energy generated from the sun has boundless potential. In fact, the total possible amount of solar energy that can be harvested from the sun is greatly in excess of the world’s current and anticipated energy requirements. The sun delivers more energy to earth in one hour that the entire planet consumes all year. If suitably captured, solar power has the ability to satisfy 100% of Earth’s future energy needs. Talk about powerful!

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Benefits of Solar Energy to the Environment

Solar energy is widely understood to have beneficial impact on the environment. As a clean and sustainable alternative to fossil fuels, solar energy decreases our carbon footprint, thereby reducing greenhouse gases around the globe. Solar energy means cleaner air, less water usage, and decreased dependence on Earth’s finite resources, such as coal and natural gas. In short, solar energy can go a long way in the fight against climate change. Additionally, solar electricity can be produced on a smaller scale than fossil fuel power plants. By adding solar panels to homes and buildings where the electricity will be consumed, there is less need for high voltage, long distance transmission and this distributed production is more resilient.

Health Benefits of Solar Energy

Solar energy is clean. That means, as an alternative to burning fossil fuels, there are no fumes, no smoke, and no respiratory and cardio health threats. In fact, one of the biggest benefits of solar energy is that it results in very few air pollutants. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) conducted an extensive study and found that widespread solar adoption would significantly reduce nitrous oxides, sulfur dioxide, and particulate matter emissions, all of which can cause health problems. Solar energy is good for us and good for the planet.

Why is Solar Energy Good

Harnessing the power of the sun to create energy makes sense in a multitude of ways. Solar energy is both renewable — meaning we have potential to access inexhaustible supplies of it — and clean — meaning its nonpolluting character, in stark contrast to the finite fossil fuels such as coal, petroleum, and natural gas, will tremendously help our planet by fighting climate change. Solar energy is healthier for us and our pets too, as cleaner air means healthier inhabitants all across the globe.

Why is Solar Energy Good for the Environment

Solar energy is the healthiest choice for our environment in terms of generating energy. It is sustainable, meaning we won’t run out of it. Solar energy production is superior to burning fossil fuels since it does not generate any emissions during its use. Solar energy reduces our collective dependence on finite resources such as coal and natural gas, and it does not disrupt natural environments like hydro-electric plants. Solar energy is the smart energy source.

 A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held June 27, 2019 at Hill Air Force Base announcing the completion of the new ground-mounted solar array.The array was installed through an Energy Savings Performance Contract, which means there is no upfront costs to the government. (U.S. Air Force photo by Cynthia Griggs)

Positive Environmental Impact of Solar Energy

Generating electricity through solar power instead of fossil fuels can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, in particular, CO2 (carbon dioxide). Greenhouse gases are produced when coal, petroleum, and natural gases are burned, which lead to rising global temperatures and climate change. Climate change is already contributing to troublesome environmental and public health issues, which is why we are challenged with an increase in extreme weather events, ecosystem changes, and rising sea levels. Going solar is a big step towards combatting these challenges.

What is a Solar Power Bank

A power bank is a term applied to stand alone batteries that help us recharge our portable devices. A solar power bank is just like any other power bank, except with the added benefit of being a healthier and more environmentally friendly option. A solar power bank means energy on demand, generated from the sun, and stored on your personal and portable device. It works via the solar panel, which is the same solar technology found on spacecraft, rooftops, and handheld calculators. The solar panel cells are made of semiconductor materials like those found in computer chips. When sunlight hits the cells, it knocks electrons loose from their atoms. As the electrons flow through the cell, they generate electricity, and voilà, you have a clean and reusable source of power, at your fingertips and ready for use. HELIO, made by Makers4Good, is one of only a few devices that incorporate a built-in solar panel to a multi-function device and power bank. It is common for solar power banks to be measured by the amount of electricity they can store in milliampere hours, mAH.

Advantages of a Solar Battery

A portable solar battery is not only useful and convenient for your everyday use, no matter your ability to “plug in” or not, but by choosing to go solar, you personally, can reduce demand for fossil fuels, limit greenhouse gas emissions, and shrink your carbon footprint. A solar battery helps keeps the air clean, uses less water, and reduces climate change, all which will help keep you, your loved ones, and the planet healthier! Additionally, a battery with an integrated solar panel is a great way to teach about photovoltaic technology. A typical household solar power system is comprised of photovoltaic (PV) panels, a battery and an inverter to convert the Direct Current (DC) electricity to Alternating Current (AC). However, many of portable devices, smartphones, tablets, laptops and more, require DC electricity which is why many USB charging cables have a block or other brick-like component. Therefore, solar batteries like HELIO keep the electricity in DC form and can recharge your devices more efficiently.