10 Solar Energy Facts

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1. Solar power is the most abundant energy source on earth.

There's more than enough solar energy hitting the Earth every hour to meet all of humanity's power needs for an entire year. Solar power produces no pollution, has no environmental effects and is a completely free source of energy. Solar energy is one of the most widely used renewable sources of energy. 

2. Solar is the fastest energy source to deploy.

 When disaster strikes, no electricity source can be built or repaired as quickly as solar. The addition of batteries and a backup inverter can provide seamless, uninterrupted power for your household during an outage. And when the power is back on, your solar will be energizing your home and offsetting your power bill.

3. Solar energy is cheaper then fossil fuels.

Solar is now the cheapest energy source in the world. Solar panel costs have fallen 99% since 1977. The cheapest fossil fuel option is natural gas, which costs between 4.2 and 7.8 cents per kWh. Solar is even cheaper outside of the US, costs are dropping faster in India, China, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Australia, and elsewhere.

4. California is the U.S star in solar.

California has nearly half of the nation's solar electricity generating capacity. California is #1 in solar installations, leading the Nation with 744,759 solar projects and 6,022 megawatts installed. Solar power in California has been growing rapidly and has driven the solar industry forward in the U.S. 

5. Solar is the future of alternative energy.

It is non polluting and helps combat the Greenhouse effect on global climate created by use of fossils fuels. Solar power will continue to be a very reliable energy source. Our ability to harvest solar power is solely dependent on technology, location, cost, and legislation. Solar energy technology is extremely versatile. Solar panels can be used to generate power for a range of devices, including calculators, buildings and even satellites in orbit.

6. Over a million solar systems have been installed in the U.S alone.

Solar energy technologies continue to advance at a record pace. In 2016, there was one new solar panel installation every 84 seconds. 

7. Solar energy can provide power 24/7.

Solar power has no moving parts, and does not require any additional fuel, other than sunlight, to produce power. A home solar panel system consists of several solar panels, an inverter, a battery, a charge regulator, wiring, and support materials. Sunlight is absorbed by the solar panels and is converted to electricity by the installed system. The battery stores electricity that can be used at a later time, like cloudy days or during the evening. By relying on battery backup, solar energy can provide electricity 24/7, even on cloudy days and at night.

8. Expanding solar power is essential to meet climate goals.

Solar energy emits much fewer greenhouse gas emissions than fossil fuels. Using solar energy produces no air, water or noise pollution. Solar power is one of the cleanest, most sustainable, and most renewable resources in the world. 

9. Solar energy is a reliable source of energy.

Solar energy has been used for over 2700 years. Solar energy could prove to be the major source of renewable energy because of its massive potential and long-term advantages. Solar energy is used in many applications including electricity, evaporation, biomass, heating water and buildings and even for transport. A household rooftop solar panel system can reduce pollution by 100 tons of CO2 carbon dioxide in its lifetime.

10. The demand for solar is high.

The U.S. is adding about 125 solar panels every minute. The U.S. is currently the second-largest solar market in the world. Solar panel efficiency levels have been increasing as quickly as solar costs are declining. The fastest growing market for solar energy is in Third World Countries that have an abundance of sunlight and a population without electricity.


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JANNELL GARCIA

Jannell is the Social Media Manager for Solteris Energy dedicated to sharing valuable content to help the community make more educated decisions. With interests spanning from renewable energy to health and wellness, Jannell spreads the word about solar, maintains her own food blog, and is active in the medical cannabis community. Follow her @jannellgarcia.