Why Renewable Energy?
Have you been wondering what is Renewable Energy and its impact? Then, this blog is for you.
In any discussion about Climate Change, renewable energy usually tops the list of changes the world can implement and must implement quickly to slow the impacts of Global Warming. This is because renewables – also known as Clean Energy – are in simple words “Energy that is obtained from sources that are for all practical purposes inexhaustible (…). Contrast this with energy from sources such as fossil fuels, of which there is a finite supply which is exhaustible. ” – Oxford Dictionary.
Therefore, such sources don’t emit carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases that have proven to be a significant contributor to air pollution.
Clean energy is also beneficial for the countries’ economy as it fosters job creation and expands energy access in developing countries. Moreover, in terms of costs, it lowers your electricity bills by cutting down power waste.
Carbon Dioxide and its effects on the environment.
The critical threat from increased CO2 is the greenhouse effect. Greenhouse gases trap heat in the atmosphere that would otherwise escape into space, causing average temperatures on the surface to rise. Global warming is one of the main symptoms of Climate Change.
Australia’s Nationally Determined Contribution Communication 2021
There are good news out there though. Australia’s goal is to limit global warming to below 2 degrees, but preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels. By scaling up the usage of renewable resources, countries can sharply reduce their CO2 emissions.
Renewable Energy Sources
Wind: By harnessing the wind through turbines usually located on hilltops or near the ocean, where this resource is abundant, the wind spins an electric generator which produces energy.
Solar: Solar energy is produced from solar PV (photovoltaic) panels. The combination of heat and light from the sun creates electricity. In addition to Solar Panels (light) and Solar Thermal (heat), concentrating solar power (CSP) plants use mirrors to concentrate the sun’s heat, creating thermal energy.
Combining solar energy generation and battery storage is a great solution to store your clean, green, renewable energy 24 hours a day. Is excellent for the environment and even better for your pocket.
Hydropower: This renewable energy source generates power by altering the natural flow of a river or body of water. The force of the water turns the turbines and this generates electricity, which is then fed into the electrical grid to power homes and businesses.
Every new sustainable initiative is one step closer to get your community closer to achieving a zero-carbon future.