Solar Energy Is Not “Just A Trend”
The quest for alternative, affordable, clean energy is one that was started decades ago, and in fact, characterised at least one era of human history. As one of the biggest industrial trends to hit the 1940’s through the 1960’s, nuclear power was the first real alternative energy to be explored as an option instead of coal. Back in the day, it was considered to be “the wave of the future,” the new way that humanity would get its energy. The common man believed that anything could be achieved with nuclear energy, often asserting that radiation really wasn’t that deadly at all.
Of course, now that decades have passed and people became more aware of the problems with nuclear energy, it is now regarded as just a trend that really marked classic ignorant 1950’s attitudes towards science and energy. Nuclear power plants around the world are now being questioned in terms of safety, often getting shut down for good. Countries are even passing legislation banning the construction of new nuclear power plants. For many regions around the world, nuclear energy, it seems, is now a thing of the past.
For the average environmentalist, hearing people call solar energy “just a trend,” as if it posed the same risks as nuclear energy, is quite disheartening. This is because anyone who keeps abreast of developments in alternative energy research can tell you that solar energy is not just a trend – it is here to stay. All you have to do is look at what solar panels offer versus other forms of energy creation to realise how amazingly different solar power truly is.
The difference between the staying power of solar energy when compared to past energy trends is staggering. Unlike nuclear energy, solar energy does not produce toxic waste, nor does it have the potential of a deadly meltdown. It’s so safe, you can install solar panels on your home without worrying about a single health issue arising. Other forms of energy that have been trends are not only unsustainable in the long run, but also highly toxic when run in large quantities. A good example of this can be seen with the current air pollution in China, most of which was caused by a mixture of industrial waste and coal burning energy plants. Moreover, solar panels are the only alternative energy source that continues to get cheaper as it becomes more efficient.
Sure, trendy restaurants and companies may add solar panels to their roofs in order to show how environmentally conscious they are, but there is so much more to the public’s love of solar energy than just that. In order for something to go beyond being just a trend, it has to make sense for the long term. Solar power does make sense for both the long and short term. As one of the safest, most affordable, and most sustainable energy forms out there, it’s clear to anyone that solar panels are going to stay relevant in society for a very long time.