Solar Energy Facts

These solar energy facts will help you become knowledgeable about solar energy. It's always best to have facts instead of hearsay when discussing solar energy! They are not all there is to know but there are enough to get you started and I will add to them as I find more interesting solar energy facts:

  • The sun puts out enough energy to provide all the power we could possibly use, cleanly and cheaply.
  • There is enough solar supply for about 5 to 6 billion years!
  • No country can boycott solar energy like they have done with oil!
  • We don't need to transport it!
  • It won't pollute our oceans, our beaches, our air or our water!
  • It won't cause global warming!
  • We don't need to drill for it, or dig it up!
  • You can cook with it!
  • You can distill water with it! (So many people are without clean drinkable water)
  • Solar energy systems for the home consist of 6 parts-a battery, a charge controller, an inverter, solar panels, a support structure, and wiring.
  • 99.9% of solar energy radiating from the sun is wasted!
  • Solar energy has reached parity with coal power with electricity prices rising at the rate of 6% per year!
  • Installation of a solar power system is the only home improvement that pays for itself!
  • Photovoltaic solar cells turn sunlight into electricity!
  • The solar energy industry is expected to grow by 20% to 40% within the next 10 years!
  • Solar energy can be collected and used even on cloudy days!
  • Solar panels can last up to 20 or 30 years or more!
  • There are many solar panels working that were installed in the early 70's.
  • The world's oldest solar panel was created in 1950 and still works! That means it has been working for over 60 years!
  • A new technology called Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) builds solar cells into the construction of a building.They look just like a regular roof, window, awning, and even concrete.
  • Solar energy can charge your electric car for free!
  • Solar energy can heat water for your bath, your shower, your laundry, your dishes, your hot tub, your pool and anything else you need hot water for.
  • Solar energy can heat air to warm your home, your business, your car, your dog house, your garage, your greenhouse, your patio and anything else you can use warm air for.
  • Solar energy can light up your home, garage, school, office, sidewalk and landscaping.
  • Solar energy can produce electricity to power your appliances, computers, stereos, televisions, and lights.
  • Solar energy can even cool your home!

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