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Something interesting to consider is that is it probably easier for people in a less developed country to live off of solar energy than it is for us. With less restrictions and regulations, fewer electrical devices, and already living with limited comforts it is easier to beginhaving a completely solar-run home in less developed areas of the world like Democratic Republic of the Congo (U.S. Agency for International Development, 2017). With this in mind it is important not only for us to change the way that we live and convert to solar, but it is probablyeven more important to get the developing world to start out by using solar power, thus making itso that they do not have to convert to a renewable power source later.Global Impact
COMPLETELY CONVERTING TO SOLAR POWER20While the benefits of solar systems are numerous for people and the environment alike, the production of these systems does not come without some side effects. There is pollution during the extracting of key materials, the manufacturing process, and in the transportation of theequipment. Yet if we look at the overall carbon dioxide that is expected to be released from the use of solar energy, it is estimated to be around 0.08 to 0.2 lbs. of CO2E/kWh. Now if we compare that with a natural gas power plant, at 0.6-2 lbs. of CO2E/kWh, or a coal fired power plant, at 1.4-3.6 lbs. of CO2E/kWh, you can see that the pollution that is released into the atmosphere is far less using solar power (Union of Concerned Scientists, n.d.). That pollution is not only affecting our atmosphere but it is affecting us directly. Air pollution, like what is released from fossil fuel fired power plants, has been linked to heart disease (Schwartz, 1999). A study that was done also showed that when the number of small particles in the air are higher, the daily mortality rate will also increase. (Seaton & MacNee, 1995). This shows that air pollution is not something that we should only be thinking about in regard to our children or grandchildren, but as something that is and will continue to affect us as well.This pollution does not just cost us our health, which is more significant, but it also costs us money. According to a report released by the World Bank, air pollution costs the global economy $5 trillion each year (Worland, 2016). This is in the form of cleanup projects and medical issues as well as other complications that are caused by air pollution every day. It has been estimated that particulate matter in the atmosphere, from sources such as power plants, causes over 16,000 premature births a year and resulted in over $4 billion lost due to reduced economic productivity and another $760 million lost due to direct medical costs (Trasande, Malecha, & Attina, 2016). This means that air pollution costs the country almost $5 billion just
COMPLETELY CONVERTING TO SOLAR POWER21due to premature births and nothing else. If you consider the overall cost of air pollution on the United States the annual impact is estimated to be around $131 billion every year (Harvey, 2016).

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