☀In my last posts I talked a lot about real estate and the possibilities of mobilizing building surfaces by turning them into renewable energy producing assets. Today I would like to emphasize the environment-friendly aspects of solar energy beyond the replacement of fossil fuels. Using solar energy by running PV-installations has even more positive impact on the eco-system. Not only during the production-process, but also when it can help nature to heal when installed in open spaces.
💡Did you know that it takes a solar panel only a year to reproduce the energy that was necessary to produce it? Also, the associated carbon-dioxide emissions of solar energy are very low: Frauenhofer ISE very recently calculated it at 20 grams of CO2 per kWh, while our current energy mix emits about 400 grams of CO2 per kWh. New production processes, e.g. not using aluminum frames, promise to reduce the emissions even further.
🌿Another great benefit of solar energy is its effect on biodiversity. Solar parks can add ecological value to areas with a low species count like agricultural land. They protect floor-breeding birds and endangered reptiles and stop the use of fertilizers and pesticides. Underneath the solar panels, nature can reclaim the soil that was intensively used by us before.
✔Did you know all this? Or do you know even more than I do?