Since the inception of solar power, many people outside of the industry viewed it as something only the rich and affluent can afford. Even though the solar project initiatives were driven by a concern for the sustenance of our environment, the costs involved in installation and maintenance has always played a key role.
However, times are changing, and solar energy is gaining more momentum thanks to dropping costs and government-funded incentives. This has also led to a tremendously positive impact on our economy in many different ways. So, let’s take a look.
How does solar energy benefit the economy?
- Creation of jobs: Solar energy is a billion-dollar industry that has created many thousands of jobs around the planet. Every project requires human resources for installation of solar panels to setting up solar power plants and various other tasks.
Even car manufacturing companies are pushing their technology forward in order to reduce dependence on fossil fuels that have a long-term negative impact on our environment.
- Greater international export: As the demand for solar energy increases around the globe, so do the chances of export of related materials from one country to another. Many countries do not have PV test kits, solar panels, and other specific items needed for producing solar energy, and rely on imports.
Increased exports from companies involved in manufacturing solar energy equipment should lead to increase in the country’s currency value and stock.
- Lesser international import: Increased exports of solar power equipment will inevitably lead to decrease in the import of nonrenewable fossil fuels like coal, gas, and oil. When a country increases its reliance on renewable energy like solar power, it replaces the need of exporting expensive fossil fuels to meet the demands.
Fewer imports lead to less money spent on the cost of shipping, which equates to more money being pumped back into the country’s own economy rather than spending it on another nation. This is another economic benefit that we simply cannot ignore.
- Governments spend less: Since environmental conservation is in dire need of the hour, most governments have now set targets regarding reduced carbon emissions. Not only is solar energy helping the governments to achieve these results, but is also subsequently cutting down on government spending that would have otherwise gone towards procuring combustible fossil fuels.
The future of solar energy
From where we stand today, the future seems promising in regards to socio-economic benefits of solar energy. The increase of government funded initiatives and incentives will also continue to play their roles in the development of this industry.