Solar can reduce your Carbon Footprint

Solar is commonly labeled as green tech. But what does that mean? In layman’s terms any technology that is does not harm the environment is called green. Some people also go so much to say that green tech also reverses the harmful effect of existing technologies.

So, is Solar really green? Definitely! Solar is a sustainable technology. It is practically non-polluting and creates many environmental benefits. For scope of this article, let us focus on reduction of carbon footprint.

Now, what is this Carbon Footprint?

It is the total amount of green-house gases, especially carbon dioxide that are produced due to human activities like, burning fuel, industries, electricity, etc.

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This affects the temperature of earth’s atmosphere. If the amount of green house gases like carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, methane, etc. increases, the average temperature of Earth would rise, thus posing serious threat of melting of glaciers and polar ice-caps. The temperature also plays important role in weather pattern, and rising temperatures may cause it to change. For comparison, we may look at a planet like Venus, where atmosphere consists predominantly of Carbon Di Oxide (96.5%), with average surface temperature of almost 467 degrees Celsius.

The rising carbon dioxide concentrations are already causing the Earth to heat up. The average global temperature has risen 0.8 degrees Celsius since 18801).

How Does Solar affect your Carbon Footprint?

According to report published by Central Electricity Authority (CEA), per capita electricity generation in India for FY 2014-15 was 1,010 kWh (units)2). This electricity is primarily generated using Thermal Power plants. It is estimated that for each unit of electricity generated by typical coal fired power plant, approximately 1 kg of CO2 is emitted in to the atmosphere.3)

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This means that for an average household with 4 members emits ~4000 kg of CO2 in to the atmosphere every year. Or in other words a family of four has a carbon footprint of 4 metric tonnes just due to electricity consumption.

Compare that to electricity generated by Solar PV system. Each unit of electricity made from solar energy emits only 50 g of CO2 in to atmosphere.3) This means a whopping 95% reduction in greenhouse emissions per unit of electricity. If an average household adopts Solar as per their current needs it will prevent 3,838 kg of CO2 to be released in to the earth’s atmosphere.

Still not convinced? Let me put things in to perspective. According to study by NCSU; a a tree can absorbs up to 22-Kilograms of carbon dioxide per year 4). This implies that switching to solar is equivalent to planting ~175 trees every year (at present levels of consumption).GreenEarth1

India is poised for economic growth in the coming years. This means urbanization and increase in standards of lifestyle. The requirement for electricity is set to increase and we need to take measures that our economic development does not lead us to environmental peril.

Using solar power is one such alternative where you are not only saving money through reduced electricity bills, but you are also contributing towards helping the environment. Another advantage is that Solar systems have a long life. Once installed,you will reap the benefits along with doing your bit for the environment for the more than 20 years.

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References:

  1. according to analysis by scientists at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS)
  2. http://www.indiaenvironmentportal.org.in/files/file/growth_2015.pdf
  3. http://shrinkthatfootprint.com/electricity-emissions-around-the-world
  4. https://www.ncsu.edu/project/treesofstrength/treefact.htm

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  1. Dr P joshi July 6, 2016
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    Excellent idea.A good step towards pollution free India.

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