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Renewable Energy May Have Saved Over 12,000 Lives

By Brian Spaen

When it comes to renewable energy, the benefits extend beyond just literally helping the environment. For example, over the span of increased installations of wind and solar power since 2007, it’s improved air quality everywhere. Based on an analysis report by Nature Energy, those advantages could have saved up to 12,700 lives in the United States.

A number of researchers evaluated the climate and benefits of wind and solar generation in a period between 2007 and 2015. Over that time, generation has grown from 35,000 gigawatt-hours to an enormous 227,000 gigawatt-hours, over a 73 percent increase in eight years. California used to be a renewable generation powerhouse, but especially in the solar industry their share has dropped compared to other regions from 87 percent to 63 percent.

Not only did emissions saved from sustainable energy generation produce up to $107.9 billion in the study period, but up to 12,200 people avoided an early death from wind generation itself. Anywhere from 100 to 500 people were saved thanks to solar energy. At the very least, the study suggests that over 3,000 people benefitted from better air quality.