Ways Solar Panels Save Water
With people being environmentally cautious and looking for new ways to save energy,solar is becoming very popular, for many reasons.
Not only, does it save you money on electricity, but it’s more efficient and earth friendly. Along with money, solar energy also saves water, which is used abundantly from coal to nuclear.
One way that solar energy saves water is through water reservation. Unlike processes such as coal mining and fracking, drilling into the Earth to release gas, solar energy doesn’t require as much water. Compare solar energy, which uses 0 gallons of water to fracking, which uses approximately 3-6 million gallons per well and coal, which uses 100-1,000 gallons of water. That is a lot of water used on energy. Solar panels do not require water in order to generate energy. Floating solar panels is another form of water reservation. The floating panels increase clean power as well as reduces the evaporation process.
Solar panels, unlike other energy sources, are easy to maintain. Once installed no water is needed to maintain and keep it in use. Solar panels are in use for up to 35 years, without you have to do anything, or investing more money. Because they do not require water to obtain energy, solar panels are a long-term water saving solution. Panels do not require any water for cooling down, unlike power plants, which use 600-800 gallons. Since solar panels use sunlight to generate energy, no extra equipment is needed to keep them running.
For companies that deal with treating drinking water, solar panels can be useful by creating a bigger budget. With the increase in energy prices, water districts end up spending a big chunk of their budget on energy. When energy costs are reduced, because solar paneled facilities use less energy, companies have more money to spend on other things, like better water efficient equipment and technology they may need.