Earth Day: How solar energy can help the planet

Millions of campaigners globally will hold events to mark the 53rd annual Earth Day this weekend.

After UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s recent calls to “rapidly accelerate climate efforts”, the annual celebration for environmental protection takes on a more important role in influencing key policy decisions this year.

To raise greater awareness of the plight Earth is already facing, volunteers are expected to plant trees, take part in litter-picking initiatives and urge governments to take action to slow the effects of climate change.

A recent report revealed that installing solar panels will greatly assist this critical objective as more investment in renewables and less in fossil fuels is required.

The International Energy Agency believes solar and wind usage needs to rise from 12% this year to 41% during the next decade to achieve a milestone of zero emissions by 2040.

Earth Day is an excellent time to refocus efforts on increasing the scale of solar panel and battery storage systems.

For homeowners, small changes can make a notable difference.

Installing pv solar panels, for example, can reduce the carbon emissions of a property by around 1.3-1.6 tonnes every year.

In addition to reducing carbon footprints and helping the planet, solar installations also deliver excellent financial benefits in the form of lower energy bills. 

Earth Day was first held on April 2022 in 1970.

It will take place again on Saturday, but it’s important that governments and businesses consider the broader implications of climate change for more than a single day to restore Earth to its natural equilibrium. 

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