The Positive Impact of Solar Energy on the Environment.
Solar energy systems/power plants do not produce air pollution, water pollution, or greenhouse gases. Using solar energy can have a positive, indirect effect on the environment when solar energy replaces or reduces the use of other energy sources that have larger effects on the environment.
Switching to solar energy on a large scale would have a profound positive environmental impact. Usually, the word environmental is used to refer to our natural environment. It calls up images of blue skies, majestic mountains, vast oceans, trees, lakes, and streams. However, as social beings, our environment also includes towns and cities and the communities of people that live in them. Environmental quality includes all of these elements, and solar energy isn’t just good for the natural environment, but the social environment as well. Installing even one solar energy system can make a measurable improvement on every aspect of our environment.
Solar energy causes up to 97% less acid rain than coal and oil, and up to 98% less marine eutrophication, which depletes water of oxygen. Solar electricity also uses 80% less land. Of course, all forms of energy production have some impact on the natural environment. However, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists, the environmental impact of solar energy is minimal compared to that of fossil fuel energy.