Solar Power - The Way Of The Future!
Solar power has become a hot topic in recent years as the world looks for ways to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels and combat climate change. The use of solar energy has been on the rise, and it's not hard to see why…
100% renewable & environmentally friendly
Solar power is a clean, green and renewable source of energy, meaning it doesn’t run out or produce any harmful emissions or pollutants. Unlike fossil fuels, which are a finite resource and contribute to air pollution and global warming. After construction emissions have been accounted for, solar only emits 33g of CO2 for every kWh of energy produced, far less than Geothermal (90g), Gas (422g) or Coal (1072g). See image below.
Data Source: Energy Link NZ 12 months emissions 2023
Solar power has become increasingly affordable in recent years, with the cost of solar panels and installation dropping significantly. This makes it an attractive option for homeowners, businesses, and governments looking to reduce their energy costs. Excess energy generated from solar panels can also be sold back to the grid. Check out our solar installer directory for a solar installer near you or find out how much value you could get out of solar here.
The solar industry has been growing rapidly, creating thousands of new jobs around the world. This has been a major economic driver in many regions and has helped to reduce unemployment rates.
Solar power provides a level of energy independence that is not possible with fossil fuels. By generating their own electricity, individuals and businesses can reduce their reliance on the grid and become more self-sufficient. This also means less pressure on the national energy grid, especially when a solar system is paired with a battery. During peaks times energy prices are higher and the national grid will pull energy from fossil fuel generators to compensate for the extra load. A solar user can choose to use their own power during peak times, avoiding higher energy costs and reducing the need to burn fossil fuels.
Solar power can be scaled up or down depending on the needs of the user. Small solar panels can be used to power individual homes, while larger solar arrays can be used to power entire communities.
Solar power is a reliable source of energy that can be used even in remote areas where traditional power sources are not available. Solar panels are also durable and require little maintenance. Did you know that solar panels still work when the weather is bad, they don’t gather as much energy, but they still do their job.
Image: Infinite Energy
Here at Ecotricity over 50% of our residential and small commercial customers have solar panels on their rooftops. Any exported solar power from these customers goes into the national grid to supply our other Ecotricity customers. Solar power is inherently free of emissions, and we proudly certify this electricity through Toitū as climate positive. We employ precise calculations to determine any potential lifecycle emissions associated with the solar panels and effectively offset them at 125%.
As the world looks to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels and combat climate change, solar power is sure to play an increasingly important role in meeting our energy needs. If you are interested in installing solar at your home or business check out our solar page or solar directory to find a solar installer near you.