How does the environment benefit from solar energy technology?

When you install solar panels on your home, you help to combat greenhouse gas emissions and global warming and reduce dependence on fossil fuel.


As a homeowner or a business owner, when you install solar panels on your property or place of business, you help combat greenhouse gas emissions which are a primary cause of global warming, and you contribute to reducing our collective dependence on fossil fuels.

Producing electricity from solar panels rather than burning fossil fuels offers significant public health benefits.

Coal and natural gas plants cause air and water pollution which has been directly linked to breathing problems, neurological damage, heart attacks, and cancer, just to name a few.

Efficiency or the environment? Choose both. Go green.
Efficiency or the environment? Choose both. Go green.

Research in the United States has proven that replacing fossil fuels with renewable sources of producing energy like solar power has reduced premature mortality and overall healthcare costs in many states.

To review this in a better perspective, the negative economic impact caused by using fossil fuels to produce energy is estimated at between $361.7 and $886.5 billion, or between 2.5 percent and 6 percent of gross domestic product (GDP); according to a publication titled Economic value of U.S. fossil fuel electricity health impacts.

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Producing energy using solar panels have no direct association with air pollution emissions.

Some might even go further to state that solar energy requires essentially no water to operate and does not pollute water resources or strain supply by competing with agriculture, drinking water systems, or other essential water needs.

Fossil fuels mining practices, however, can have significant negative impacts on water resources due to environmentally destructive mining processes that cause deforestation, excavated mountains and pollute water resources.

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  1. Interesting and highly relevant study, but why does the PVBuzz|Media article not give the full citation so that interested readers can examine the original publication, or at least look at the abstract? It should also have been pointed out that the study was actually done in 2012 and published in early 2013. Of course, the main results remain totally valid, and the situation is unlikely to have improved in the last four years.
    Economic value of U.S. fossil fuel electricity health impacts
    B Machol and S Rizk, Environ Int. 2013 Feb;52:75-80. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2012.03.003
    Although the full paper is behind a paywall, one can always contact the authors via email and request a free pdf.

    1. @Tom Mommsen: Thanks for the added information and for the article reference.

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