Solar energy provides environmental benefits by reducing carbon emissions. Most households, companies and non-profits go solar as they concentrate on mitigating environmental problems such as climate change and health concerns related to carbon emissions. The average household in Australia emits nearly 20 metric tonnes of carbon emissions per year. Through installing a solar power system, a typical two-person household lowers its carbon emissions to only three to four tonnes per year.
Buildings account for 39% of all carbon emissions in the Australia. Going solar helps to reduce these effects. While every home, business or non-profit that adopts solar power is making a dent in our pollution levels, the cumulative effect of landowners adopting solar power across the country is what really has a lasting impact.
How, exactly, does solar energy reduce greenhouse gas emissions? The electricity produced by solar panels is completely free of emissions. If you use renewable energy to fulfil your energy needs, you the the need for electricity from your utility. As a result, your utility plant emits less carbon when it produces the power needed to meet customer demand. Depending on the resources your utility uses to produce energy — many of them still rely on fossil fuels such as coal — the impact of your decision to go solar could be very significant.