Leading energy suppliers within the UK and the EU have switched entirely to 100% renewable energies in the form of solar farms and wind turbines. The benefits of using sustainable energies have become far more apparent and attainable at lower costs than previously imagined. The expense of manufacturing and installing the solar panels are the only initial costs, which are recovered quickly.
On top of having zero energy-production costs there is also less energy lost during long distance transport. With panels being installed on rooftops and nearby locations will drastically reduce costs to transport the energy. Solar is easy and a great way to create energy independence whilst saving the environment by not leaving behind a footprint.
Most solar panel manufacturers offer a 20 or 25 year guarantee which makes solar a safe investment since the guaranteed performance will mean you can pay back the costs of the solar panels in less than 10 years and studies have proven that in sunny locations like Hawaii you will be able to break even on your cash outlay in less than 5 years which is economically unmatched as both a source of energy and as an investment.
As well as solar being easy and saving the environment, it is also a great way to create energy independence and even surplus energy to trade with neighbouring countries and most importantly to supply energy to the informal settlements and impoverished communities and elevate their quality of life. Currently South Africa relies on fossil fuels and even exports much of its dirtier coal to China leaving in some cases a shortage of energy for the South African energy consumer.
Solar is perfect for economies with plenty natural sunshine as the costs to manufacture and install both commercial solar energy systems as well as off-grid self-sustainable energy systems is 100% feasible and manageable. The amount of job opportunity, which can be created, is paramount to the success of solar energy. The hiring, training and scalability of both projects and employment is in the best interests of governments and citizens alike.
- In 2016 the US wind energy industry alone employed over 100,000 full-time employees in a variety of capacities including manufacturing, construction, installation, operations and management as well as transportation, logistics, financial, legal and consulting services.
- In the US, wind power project installations in 2016 alone represented $13.0 Billion in investments.
- Inexhaustible energy
- Less impact on global warming
- Reliable and resilient
- Stabilizes energy prices
- Improves public health
Please see Hydro electric energy under “Reservoirs” section.