RESEARCH ESSAYSolar Power as anEfficient Source of Alternative Energy in Canada Most people fundamentally understandthat our current energy system is ultimately unsustainable and that renewableenergy, including solar energy, will be an inevitable part of our commonfuture. Solar power has become anefficient alternative energy source that results in a cleaner environment, astronger economy and great freedom in the world, due to energyindependence. Solar energy hasmultitudes of applications, such as powering homes, buildings, and cars thatgive people different cheaper cost-effective options and solutions.
Entire cities could be using solar energy,with no emissions, at reasonable prices, using an absolutely free resource thatis accessible without bias nearly anywhere in the world. I will be focusing on the increased use ofsolar power as an efficient alternative energy resource in variousneighborhoods across Canada and also the world. Energy is key to Canadian economy, and even those who are unwilling toreduce the grip that fossil fuels have on our energy needs acknowledge thatrenewables will play an increasingly vital role. Moreover, I will offer information on theinstallation cost of a home solar systems and how they work in homes inOntario. New energy sources and new waysof using energy have had transformative effects on society. The existing technical solutions to thepresent energy system and the potential for energy efficiency in powerproduction will be further explained. Ingeneral, many Canadian cities have a solar potential that is comparableinternationally with that of many major cities. There are various impacts associated with the use of solar energy.
The social, environmental, and economicimpacts of solar energy use are the most important. Sun’s energy or solar power is becoming moreand more affordable and therefore should be used by many people. The social effect of solar power useis crucial because it is about everyday peoples’ and communities’ experienceswith alternative energy resources, such as energy from the sun.
Expertsforecast that the worldwide demand for alternative energy will grow 40% overthe next two decades. With more thanseven billion people living on the planet, the necessity for effective,dependable and reasonably priced energy – distributed with slightest impact onthe environment – proves to be a very significant matter. So as we move into an era of energy shortage,we are moving into an age that demands alter as well. Canada is one of the major energy consumersin the world due to its climate and size (long-distance transport is a big factor).Of course, we have an plenty of oil, but only oil will not be sufficient enough.
As oil prices increase (as mostindividuals are certain they will), alternative forms of energy will berequired to meet rising needs – renewables like wind, solar and geothermal, forinstance. WilliamSmith, senior vice-president (energy sector) at Siemens Canada, certainlytrusts that we are getting wiser about preserving our energy resources.”Demand will not likely increase at the same levels as it has in the pastbecause we’re getting smarter. But we need to invest $10 today in order to save$10 in the future. We need to take a longer-term view.” I certainly agree with William Smith’s stanceon this important topic and I truly believe that the only solution in theworld’s energy crisis is to find alternative energy resources, such as solarenergy, which is one of the most efficient and environment-friendly. The technological innovation of solar energyallows solar panels to capture the heat of the sun and exploit that energy toproduce power and electricity for homes, buildings and cities.
Solar panels help make best use of the earth’sresources and most importantly conserve energy. Even so, numerous social benefits can resultfrom the use of solar energy in Canada and the world, overall. One of key advantages is the jobcreation.
When municipalities orbusinesses choose to build and operate solar energy facilities, such plansfrequently assist in creating many jobs. For instance, workers are needed in order toplan the project, grow and implement the project, build the solar energy plant,and control the equipment as well as manage the facility. Therefore, plentiful new jobs can besatisfied by employees as a consequence of a city or province using solarenergy facilities to generate electricity for the region, and such action wouldin turn help to reduce the unemployment rate of that given region or province. In summary, solar energy use has the followingimpacts on humans: It is one of the cleanest sources of renewable energy. Does not release any gas and does not pollute the air that we breathe. Once the solar system is installed, it provides free energy and can last for over 25-50 years.
In the long-run, solar system will save its consumers some serious cash. There is no maintenance required and you can always add new solar panels to your solar system if you require more energy. Solar energy is renewable and widely available. You can sell the excess energy your solar panels harvest back to the national grid and this action will lower your electricity bill. You don’t have to be connected to the national grid to get electricity, therefore you can use solar systems in isolate locations without having to have long wires connecting to the national grid. The main impact is more money into the user wallet because you will get free electricity for a very long time and it will pay itself many times over.
Having solar panels implemented in your home will increase your house’s market value. Can be used to warm water on hot water heaters and cook food with solar ovens.Another positive impact of solar energy use is thepositive environmental effect.
Generatingenergy from solar panels releases very little pollution into the air, andconsequently solar energy is a much cleaner alternative energy resource thanthe burning of fossil fuels. Cities andother regions that adopt solar energy technology to power the buildings wouldin turn benefit from a cleaner quality of air in the region, which in resultcan prevent its residents from diseases that are associated with a polluted anddirty environment. Moreover, studies showthat burning fossil fuels causes rise in the temperatures, thus resulting in a globalwarming.
Conversely, due to solar panelsreleasing a low amount of dangerous pollution into the air, solar energy doesnot harm the atmosphere or cause global warming. As a result, if cities and its residents wantto use solar energy to produce electricity, such alteration will help to lessenthe consequences of global warming, such as the sea levels rising and storms intensifying. Furthermore, materials that are used to produce solar panels are recyclable and atthe end of solar panel lifespan, a person can recycle the portions, which inturn provides very little pollution to impact the environment. The only pollution from solar energy is themanufacturing of solar panels and its transporting, but the pollution is very slight,compared to other alternative energy sources, like coal or nuclear. The total ecological effectof solar energy is based on the scale of the solar project andwhat the energy is ultimately implemented for. Obviously, large scale solar energy projects will have a greater effecton the environment, both positively and negatively.
At last, the economical effect of solar energy useshould not be underestimated, as there are much more advantages thandisadvantages that solar power implementation brings to the nations’economies. Solarenergy has a positive impact not only in the provinces’ economy, but in thenational economy as well. The first andmost noticeable example is the reduction in usage of foreign imported oil as anenergy source keeping that money in the country. A perfect example of one of the world’s mainsolar energy users would be Canada’s next door neighbor, the UnitedStates. According to S.
U.N. Report (https://www.
solarenergyworld.com/2011/12/09/how-solar-energy-impacts-the-economy/),by the end of 2016, the U.S. will be producing sufficient amounts of cleansolar energy to power 8 million homes, helping to offset 45 million metrictons of damaging carbon emissions – the equivalent of removing 10 million carsoff our roads and highways.
S.U.N.report also informs that “the solar industry added 35,000 jobs in 2015, up 20%from the previous year, according to the Solar Foundation, a nonprofit inWashington D.C., not funded by solar companies.
In contrast, oil and gas firmsslashed nearly 17,000 extraction jobs in 2015 as energy prices continue toplummet. Oil prices were down a stunning 70% in the last 18 months and hoveringjust over $30 a barrel, a 12-year low. There are about 209,000 solar energyemployees in the U.S. They include solar panel installers, designers,engineers, sales folks and managers.
” Inaddition, a decisionto introduce solar energy is usually motivated with an expected increase in thebuilding’s or home’s economical, ecological or functional value. Solar energy system installation andimplementation will greatly increase the future financial worth of a house,building, meaning that homeowners will not only benefit from cleaner and moreefficient solar energy, but could sell their homes for a higher price justbecause of installing solar panels. Thereare several more ways that solar energy benefits the economy, directly andindirectly. By decreasing your home’suse of traditional energy sources, you help preserve natural ecosystems, thusreducing taxpayer funded clean ups and potentially devastating oil spills andnatural gas leaks. If your photovoltaicsolar panels make more energy than your home requires, you can sell energy backto your local utility company, leaving more money in your pocket to use atrestaurants, movie theaters, or for financial investments.
Across Canada, home owners are adding solarpanels to their rooftops in order to save electricity and to shrink their powerbills considerably. They are picking touse their own solar energy first, and many houses meet 20-50% of their yearlypower necessities from their rooftop system. They are selecting to use green energy over nuclear and coal.
Since fees for solar power in Canada have droppeddramatically over the past 5 years, solar power systems are now fairlyinexpensive. These Canadian solar energyplans and initiatives definitely simplify the ways that Canadians canincorporate solar power systems into their homes. Solar power systems last for decades, so homeownerswill continue to save money on their power bills for long period of time. An investment in solar energy is a solid investmentin your family’s environmental and financial future. Finally, the government has a variety of subsidies,tax rebates, and other incentives for the citizens to implement solar energysystems in their homes. Canada has alarge solar energy organization, which is a major player on a national andglobal scale. The Solar Energy Society of Canada Inc.
(SESCI) is anational charitable, non-profit organization, established in 1974 in Winnipeg,which set up its national office in Ottawa in 1982. SESCI has the comprehensive social objectiveof endorsing the growth and use of all forms of solar energy. The Society has over 500 members from allProvinces and Territories, with affiliates in the Maritimes, Quebec, Ontario,Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia and a slight worldwide memberrepresentation. SESCI’s membership isopen to all with an awareness in solar energy and currently SESCI comprises ofuniversity research and development specialists, solar equipment manufacturersand retailers, federal and provincial government professionals, builders,architects, engineers, students and members of the general public. SESCI is also the Canadian representative ofthe International Solar Energy Society (ISES), which has more than 5,000members in 108 countries and over 50 national sections.
SESCI, with over 20years of history, has the creditability of being the ongoing voice of energyconservation and the use of solar energy in Canada.In conclusion, the knowledge of the importance and necessity ofalternative energy sources, such as solar power, is critical because theworld’s energy is limited and will definitely run out soon enough. Solar power is an immense source of directly useable energy andeventually produces further energy resources, such as biomass, wind, hydropowerand wave energy. Most importantly, solarenergy is available anywhere on Earth and can be collected easily with portabledevices, which makes it even more accessible. There is absolutely no doubt that alternative energy resources andspecifically solar energy has a bright and prosperous future.