Solar Power is the technology of obtaining energy from the light of the sun. Solar energy has been used in many traditional technologies for centuries, and has come into widespread use by integrating it into grid connections. Solar power is already used widely in European countries such as Germany and Spain.
UK's potential to provide CO2- free solar electricity
The UK has good irradiation values, similar to Germany, therefore it has the same potential to provide CO2- free solar electricity. vogt solar compared the irradiation levels at a number of locations in the south of the UK to similar sites in Germany (where solar farms are operating successfully) and found comparable levels.
|1.||A solar panel does not need bright sunlight in order to operate: it can also generate electricity on cloudy day|
|2.||The fuel is free - The sun is the only resource needed to power solar panels. Also, most photovoltaic cells are made from silicon - the second most abundant material in the earth’s crust|
|3.||It produces very little noise and no harmful emissions - The burning of natural resources for energy can create smoke, pollute water and the air, and produce carbon dioxide. Solar power only needs the power of the sun for fuel. It doesn’t create any harmful by-products|
|4.||PV systems are very safe and highly reliable – Solar panel performance is very high - after 25 years, a panel will still work at 80% of its original capacity; making photovoltaics a very reliable long-term technology|
|5.||The energy pay-back time of a solar panel is constantly decreasing - The time required for a solar panel to produce as much energy as was needed to make it is very short: between 1.5 to 3 years|
|6.||The solar panels and the materials used in the production process (such as silicon, glass and aluminium) can be recycled|
|7.||Solar farms require low maintenance|
|8.||Solar power brings electricity to remote rural areas - In rural areas (especially in developing countries), off-grid solar power system can provide house lighting, hospital refrigeration systems and water pumping. Telecommunication systems in remote areas are also well-known users of PV systems|
|9.||It creates jobs - The solar power sector is growing and is increasingly contributing to the creation of thousands of jobs in Europe and worldwide|
|10.||It contributes to improving the security of Europe’s energy supply - In order to cover 100% of the electricity demand in Europe, only 0.7% of the total land area of Europe would be needed to be covered by PV modules|