Solar power is a clean, renewable energy source. There are many environmental benefits of solar energy, including:
- Use of solar generation reduces the reliance on traditional power plants.
- Does not emit CO2 and other damaging gases into the environment.
- Solar energy does not consume water during the generation process.
- Sunshine is plentiful and renewable (will not deplete resources or damage the environment).
- The project conducted a comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment, which included public consultation and has received full Environmental Authorisation from the Department of Environmental Affairs.
The project owners are preparing registration of the project as a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project under the Kyoto Protocol.
Annual CO2 emissions avoided | 82 000 Tonnes
Lifetime CO2 emissions avoided | 1 640 800 Tonnes
Water Savings | 100 000 000 Litres per year
In 2011, the International Energy Agency said that “the development of affordable, inexhaustible and clean solar energy technologies will have huge longer-term benefits. It will increase countries’ energy security through reliance on an indigenous, inexhaustible and mostly import-independent resource, enhance sustainability, reduce pollution, lower the costs of mitigating climate change, and keep fossil fuel prices lower than otherwise”.