Solar energy is sustainable energy and is inherently more sustainable than fossil fuel energy sources. As a way of converting the sun’s energy into electrical energy, solar panels make use of the single most sustainable resource on the planet – the light of the sun.
Solar energy is considered a renewable resource, as opposed to non-renewable energy sources, such as fossil fuels, which are finite. There is more than enough solar power to provide for all the energy needs of the planet, even if the Earth’s population continues to grow and consume more energy, making it an important component of the effort to combat climate change.
Fossil fuels cause pollution as they are consumed, while solar energy does not, which is another way that it embodies the principles of sustainability. Solar panels sit idly on rooftops or in large solar arrays, creating no waste products, noise or any other outputs – just clean electrical energy.