Essay On Solar Energy In The Philippines

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The Philippines being named as the 12th most populated country in the world, garnering an estimated number of 98 million people, produces and consumes an increasing measure of energy. (World Population Review, 2013) Figure 1. Philippines Total Primary Energy Production and Consumption by Year As seen in Figure 1, the Philippines’ Total Primary Energy Production and Consumption by Year, which is energy in the form that it is first accounted for in a statistical energy balance before any transformation to secondary or tertiary forms of energy, the production of energy is lower in measure compared to the country’s consumption (United States Energy Information Administration, 2010). The country’s main sources of energy involve coal, petroleum, and natural gas (Department of Energy, n.d.). The major environmental impact of these energy sources involve large emissions of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) which then serves as the cause of the Greenhouse Effect. If illustrated for example, 11 million tons of Carbon Dioxide is produced after a large coal-burning plant annually burns 3 million tons of coal (Environmental problems with coal, oil, and gas, n.d.). In regard to the current energy profile of the country and the harmful effects of the mentioned main sources of energy, the Philippine government should invest in the renewable energy, solar energy, because of several factors such as its continuous decrease in cost, versatility, low measure in its environmental impact, and its infinite source of sunlight as its main source of energy production. II. Body According to environmental group, Natural Resources Defence Council (NRDC) (2012), In the last few decades, technological leaps and the scaled-up production of solar panels have made sol... ... middle of paper ... ...uture for America. With this much energy coming from the sun, and if it’s harnessed for practical purposes such as heating homes, lighting bulbs and running automobiles and even airplanes (Why is solar the best energy solution, 2008). The sun will always be there; therefore solar energy’s main source will always be at large. Unlike nuclear energy which requires the process of fission for uranium which isn’t as easily accessible or the production of geothermal energy would require it to be mostly from volcanic areas, geysers, and/or hot springs, solar energy is in closer reach for consumers. III. Conclusion As the increase in the consumption of energy gradually increases per year, the government needs to take measures in opting to renewable energy sources, preferably solar energy because of its decreasing price, versatility, and its abundant main source of energy.
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