According to International Energy Agency, solar energy is the only energy sector that showed growth last year, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
Why its best to rely on solar energy amidst the COVID-19 pandemic
COVID-19 pandemic crippled a lot of the industries we rely on. The global pandemic also exposed us to multiple vulnerabilities and fluctuations in costs of industry staples, such as energy needs. Solar power could be the solution we need during these times. This is because decreases our reliance on mainstream sources. Renewable energy is still growing, despite the contrast with the keen declines caused by the pandemic.
One of the various revelations during the pandemic is that the solar energy value chain in Asia and the Pacific have some weaknesses such as the delays of import by solar photovoltaic (PV) modules and other supplies caused by the transport restrictions imposed by different countries. Thus, this proves that the room for the growth of solar technology remains promising.
Instable energy sector?
On the other hand, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) argues the stability of solar during the pandemic. Their prediction details that the solar division has the possibility of losing up to 120,000 of its already 250,000 jobs, affecting almost half of its workforce population.
It is common knowledge that the solar sector requires a lot of manpower and in-person contact for the sector to deliver its products and fulfil its services. This includes installation as well as door-to-door education. According to E&E News, the solar industry “could be among the world’s most deeply affected by the new coronavirus outbreak.”
With vaccines being rolled out and the increase in solar power users, we only take steps closer to giving solutions to these problems. It is not only up to the citizens, but also the government, to make facilities and resources like this available to many. We need to be able to focus our time and energy on a future of clean energy and fighting against climate action by investing more in renewable energy and taking care of our workers.
These disruptions are only said to be short-term and that the long-term perspective of it is quite promising with the cost of electricity for solar PV has declined by 75.7% in the past decade. They are then expecting that the cost of production of electricity by solar facilities will drop further in the future.
Defying all problems
Despite all odds, renewable power defies the problems being caused by the global pandemic and is still showing robust growth while other fuels struggle. He adds that its resilience and positive prospects only give us hope for a future that is brighter with new solar capacity additions that are expected to set records in the upcoming years.
With solar power becoming increasingly ambitious, the world’s solar capacity will only continue to grow at a rate unimaginably fast. Evergreen Solar continues to strive in overcoming these crises – taking much-needed precautions and advocating for the use of solar energy in line with, cleaner, safer, and more sustainable future.