Water is a precious resource without which life on this planet would cease to exist. 71% of the Earth’s surface consists of water and our bodies comprise of 60%. In addition, water is found in the air, in soil and in every living creature. Yet we face severe scarcity of clean drinking water in many regions of the world.
Fresh water is a precious resource that is used for absolutely everything. From human and animal consumption, to irrigation and agriculture, to the generation of electricity from fossil fuels, we are utilizing clean water at breakneck speed. Humans use 40% of fresh water for our daily activities.
Energy generated using fossil fuels requires the utilization of anywhere between 94 to 227 liters of fresh water to produce just one single kWh of electricity. Massive quantities of water are also required for the extraction of fossil fuels. The water that is returned to nature is not only undrinkable but is also toxic for the soil, plants, animals, human beings and for our planet as a whole. The excessive utilization of water has caused plenty of droughts throughout the world, including in countries such as India and the USA. This failed system has been taking a toll on human beings and other life forms. The best solution for this is the generation and utilization of Solar Energy.
Statistics point out that 70% of India’s electricity is generated through fossil fuels. It is a fact that with the growing demands for energy and electricity throughout the country, it is not possible to curb the usage of electricity. India also happens to face severe water shortage in many of its regions. By switching to solar energy based electricity generation, we would be able to save a lot of water. There are plenty of rural villages in India that face power shortages. In fact, there are many villages that do not have any electricity at all. Installing power grids and transformers to lay out connections is not just a tough task in some parts of the country, but is virtually impossible.
Huge amounts of electricity is wasted due to conversion and transportation of electricity at every step of the way. This means that more water is being wasted for nothing.
The Solar Solution
With the advancement of solar technology, the need to rely on fossil fuels such as coal, petroleum, diesel, kerosene and so on is no longer a necessity. When burned, fossil fuels release harmful gases such as carbon dioxide, sulphur dioxide and carbon monoxide, among others into the atmosphere. Burning fossil fuels causes problems for the entire world such as, wide-spread pollution, respiratory diseases and global warming. Utilization of solar energy can drastically reduce our carbon footprint and help in the conservation of water.
Solar energy generation is practically pollution-free. In addition, the energy generated by the sun can be converted into electricity without the need to utilize or waste any water. The only time that water would be required is once every few months when the solar panels need to be cleaned. However, the amount of water used to clean solar panels is negligible when compared to the amount of water used to extract, produce and transport fossil fuels. To add to this, one does not need to wash solar panels during rains since nature would do it for you instead.
The Intelizon Advantage
Intelizon, a pioneering solar energy company in India has been creating waves around the globe. With the use of advanced technology, the company has proven that it is entirely possible to generate clean electricity without the usage of water. Apart from saving water and energy, the company utilizes LED Lights that consume less energy and produce brighter output while being eco-friendly. The lithium ion batteries attached to the lights are way more efficient than regular lead batteries.
India now has the opportunity to lead from the front and show the world that it is possible to generate solar energy absolutely anywhere. If India, a country with diverse climatic conditions and terrains, can produce free solar electricity, the rest of the world can do so too. The amount of water saved can be used for much better purposes including human consumption, agriculture and cattle feed. The more water we save and the more we can afford to give back, the more self-sufficient we as a planet would become.