Solar Energy: The Key to our Future?

Solar energy has been found to be a great alternative and clean form of energy but has become the center of many issues around the world today by presenting many possibilities and problems alike. Despite this, solar energy has so much potential to become the primary power source of humanity. Today, I will discuss the pros and cons of having solar energy as our primary power source, how this could realistically be implemented, and what can be done towards the goal of solar energy.

A solar farm outside of the city of Les Mees in France (JEAN-PAUL PELISSIER / REUTERS)

Solar energy isn’t relatively new technology. According to the website experience.com, in the 1870s, it was first discovered by William Grylls Adams, along with his student Richard Day, that sunlight can be converted to electricity, but later in the 1950s, implemented to run small electronic devices and power satellites by scientists such as Daryl Chapin. Because of the convenience of solar panels being able to recharge on its own and not being required to refuel, solar energy was set as the standard for powering devices bound for space such as probes and satellites. Eventually, this technology was developed to be adapted to power our homes, cars and even our mobile devices, so why isn’t there more of a widespread use of this technology? Well, in fact, there is.

In the world of today, the use of solar energy contributed to the reduction of greenhouse-gas emissions and became more affordable to produce than fossil fuels. It has become a much cleaner solution to its counterpart, fossil fuels, by causing less damage to fragile areas of our planet such as the coral reefs of our oceans. According to ideas.ted.com, because of the oil drillings of our oceans, there has been a sharp increase in dead zones, areas of the ocean deprived of life.

Although it is true that because there is a loss of life in the oceans because of the drilling of fossil fuels, greenhouse-gas emissions are slowly declining because of solar power. Removing fossil fuels as one of our primary sources of energy would be drastic. Fossil fuels have been proven as reliable sources of energy, but unlike them, solar energy still needs to be improved. According to conserve-energy-future.com, solar energy was proven not to be 100% reliable, meaning that when there is harsh weather such as rain, or even just a cloudy day, solar energy cannot be produced.

Because solar energy has been making great strides in becoming a much cleaner solution than fossil fuels but can be an unreliable source of energy at times, I will propose a compromise. Solar energy and fossil fuels can coexist in this world, but I believe solar energy can play as a larger percentage of the energy consumed.

The reasons why there should be a compromise between solar energy and fossil fuels are because there would not be that much of a demand for fossil fuel energy because of the more widespread use of solar energy, there would be less harm caused to ecosystems, and it will start the decline of global issues like global warming, leaving a greener impact on the world.

Although this may seem possible, This topic is very controversial in my opinion, but I believe that it should be considered very seriously. Although we are not advanced enough to completely stop the use of fossil fuels, we are causing the destruction of various ecosystems throughout the world and our
progress through clean energy can make a difference in this. We must implement more use of solar energy, and find a balance for both solar energy and fossil fuels to keep our world in a healthy state.