What are the benefits of green energy?

Windmills in a Green Field

When you hear the term “renewable energy,” what comes to mind? Perhaps you immediately think of solar panels or wind turbines. While you are probably aware that renewable energy can positively impact the environment and the planet, there are a host of other important benefits, too. Read on for our list of the advantages of renewable energy you may not have even considered.

1. Reliability

Renewable energy sources like wind and solar can actually help to build a more reliable and resilient power mix. Additionally, renewable energy systems tend to be less likely to experience large-scale failure because they are distributed (spread out over a large geographical area) and modular (made up of multiple units of equipment). That means problems in one geographical area, like severe weather, or problems with one piece of equipment may not have as much of an impact when it comes to disrupting service to an entire region.

2. Job Creation

The growing interest in alternative energy has contributed to job growth in the renewable energy industry. According to a report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), 500,000 new renewable energy jobs were added in 2017, a steady increase from the previous year.

3. Improvements in Public Health

Air and water pollution can affect overall air quality. Replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy sources helps reduce harmful emissions to improve air and water quality, which can improve public health and lower overall healthcare costs.

4. Economic Benefits

Some local governments collect taxes from renewable energy projects, which can be used to improve public services. New jobs directly created in the renewable energy industry create a ripple effect that benefits other related industries and even entire communities.

5. Energy Independence

Because most renewable energy sources (like wind, sunlight, and water) don’t need to be imported, using green energy helps reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign imports, like oil.  

6. Abundant Supply

Renewable energy is replenished naturally and relatively quickly. Alternative energy sources such as wind, water, sunlight, and geothermal heat could potentially supply the entire country’s energy needs with surplus. And unlike our finite supply of fossil fuels, renewable energy sources are nearly inexhaustible.

IGS believes in the promise and value of renewable energy to protect the sustainability of our world. After all, we only have one planet, so it’s our job to help protect it. Making more responsible energy choices is a great place to start.

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