Is solar energy considered renewable?

Q&ACategory: Renewable EnergyIs solar energy considered renewable?
Edward PerlmanEdward Perlman asked 3 years ago
Solar energy is generally thought of as a renewable source of energy. This is because the energy the Earth receives from the Sun is perpetual on a human time scale. Solar energy can be thought of as an constant flux of energy, with an unlimited duration, thus making it renewable.

In comparison, fossil fuels are non-renewable because there is a finite stock of them available. So in simplistic terms, we will eventually run out of fossil fuels because they are a stock, but we will never run out solar energy because it is a flux.

However the manufacturing of technology to harness solar energy is not necessarily renewable, but that is another story.


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