The best form of renewable energy

What is renewable energy?

Renewable energy is the energy which is attained from natural resources such as wind, sunlight, tides, rain and geo thermal heat. All of these sources are renewable, what this means is that, all of these sources are naturally replenished. Out of the total energy consumption of the earth, about sixteen percent of global final energy consumption comes from renewable sources, with ten percent coming from the traditional biomass energy which is mostly utilized for heating purposes, and 3.4% comes from hydro electricity. Other forms of renewable energy such as solar energy, bio mass energy, wind energy, bio fuels and geothermal energy are still being highly researched on how to best utilize them for the production of electricity and other forms of energy that we utilize. Hydro electricity provides us with sixteen percent of global electricity, and wind power is also on the rise. In Europe, Asia, and the United States of America, wind power is getting more and more popular and photovoltaic panels are on the rise. Solar thermal power stations are fully operational in the USA and Spain, and the biggest of these is the 354 mega watt power plant located in the Mojave Desert.

Where can renewable energy help the most?

In rural and remote areas, energy is most crucial for human development. Small solar Photo Voltaic systems are able to provide electricity to a few million homes, and can also be micro-hydro configured into mini-grid stations. In this way many more households can be served.  Solar panels are able to convert solar energy into electrical energy, and simply need the light of the sun to operate.

Why are renewable energy sources becoming necessary?

Renewable energy sources are becoming more and more necessary in order to generate electricity to power homes and other buildings. Climate change concerns, along with the high oil prices, and depleting fossil fuel reserves are instigating more and more government support. These in turn are increasing renewable energy incentives, legislation, and also its commercialization. The imminent threat of global warming is also making more and more environmentally conscious, and many people are opting to go for renewable energy sources for power generation as compared to fossil fuels. Solar energy is in the fore front in energy generation from renewable sources. Solar energy is the radiant energy that is obtained from the sun, and it is no doubt, one of the most cost effective means to generate electricity on both small and large scales.

What is solar energy?

Solar energy is a form of alternative energy, or renewable energy that can provide electricity through PV panels to power small appliances and even homes. Solar energy is environmentally friendly and comes from a renewable source, the sun. PV panels containing photo voltaic cells can be used to generate current electricity with the help of solar energy. Solar energy is the ideal form of alternative energy that we can utilize to reduce our carbon footprint. With the help of PV panels, solar energy can provide emission free electricity to our homes. Solar energy is also free of cost, and only a one time investment in installing PV panels can save you tremendously in electricity bills.

Solar energy is the best renewable energy source:

Not only is solar energy free of cost, but it does not require expensive equipment to generate electricity either. Unlike geothermal energy, wind power, wave power and tidal energy, solar energy simply requires PV panels in order to generate electricity. PV panels can be installed in homes are pretty much maintenance free as well. One does not even require specialist knowledge in order to maintain PV panels. Solar energy is by far the best form of alternative energy that we can utilize in order to save tremendously on electricity bills, and power our homes in an environmentally friendly way.

Various uses of Solar Energy

Solar energy can be reflected stored and deflected in various forms and it can also be used in many ways as well. It can be used to produce electricity for lighting, industrial purposes, space heating and for space cooling as well. It can be used to heat water and purify sewage water as well.  It can cook food, supply power to homes and cars too. If ample amount of solar energy is harnessed, for example with the help of PV panels, it can be used as a secondary form of power generation which can help us save huge amounts of money on electricity bills.

Providing electricity to rural villages:

In the developing world, electricity generating grid stations are usually many miles away from villages and because of this reason many villages in developing countries have no electricity at all. In these villages, PV panels are being set up to provide an alternate means of energy generation to the buildings, schools and even homes in the villages. These photovoltaic panels have been set up as a complete source of alternative energy to provide electricity to homes and other buildings in the villages. They are also being used to power street lamps and even Television sets in villages.