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  • Writer's pictureTiana Starks

The Pros and Cons of Using Solar Energy

Updated: Jun 22, 2020

Amidst all the discussions about using renewable sources of energy such as wind or solar power to save the environment, there is also a school of thought that highlights the drawbacks of using solar energy.

Although the overall consumption of solar energy for electricity is 2.8% currently, the international organizations and even the Conference of the Paris 24 or COP 24 are continually pushing towards increasing it. The current target is to increase this consumption to 32% worldwide by the year 2030.

It cannot be denied that the sun offers one of the most abundant sources of energy. Estimates show that our earth receives around 120,000 Terawatts of solar irradiation, which is 20,000 times more power than what our world actually needs.

If we manage to use this energy efficiently, we might not have to worry about the depleting oil, coal, and natural gas reserves to satisfy our energy needs. There are many ways in which solar energy is captured and used as a renewable source to make energy usage cleaner and transition to a low-carbon economy.

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