Interesting Information About Solar Power

As the world moves towards renewable/sustainable energy sources, solar power has been one area that has been front and center for use. Popularity has continued to increase as the size of the voltaic cells have been reduced along with the cost. Residential and commercial solar is being accessed for everything from main power to accents and décor.

  • Each square meter of the earth receives approximately 1,366 watts of radiation directly from the sun.
  • Unlike many of the other methods of power, solar doesn’t create any noise pollution.
  • Solar also doesn’t have any negative carbon emission contributions like oil, coal and gas.
  • Solar power is available to heat your home water as well as through the use of a backup battery that offers the option of electricity even when there is low sunshine radiation.
  • In the U.S., there is one solar installation every four minutes.
  • NASA has been working on aircraft that is solar-powered. This is based on the ‘light sail’ concept originally created by Dr. Carl Sagan.
  • China has become the largest producer of solar products with plans to triple their capacity by the year 2020. This was an absolute requirement due to the high levels of pollution in their major cities that are causing extreme health problems.
  • A typical solar panel system used on a rooftop can have a lifetime reduction of pollution by one hundred tons of carbon dioxide. This statistic includes the energy required to manufacture the solar panels themselves.
  • Since 2008, the price of solar panels has been reduced by 80% and with the increased supply and demand, it is anticipated that it will continue to drop.
  • The maintenance on PV panels that are installed on a home is very minimal and a majority of the solar panels themselves have a twenty five year warranty.
  • Many states have the ability to sell any of your excess solar energy ‘back to the grid’. This means that you can pay for the cost of the solar panels and potentially earn a long run profit.
  • As the popularity and installation of solar increases, many states have adopted incentive programs to encourage solar use. If you are looking into solar installation, investigate what incentives your state may offer.
  • An average homeowner that doesn’t live in a ‘sun state’ or have state incentive programs or grid sell-back programs, can take from seven to fifteen years to pay for their solar panels.  Sun state residents as well as those with the added programs can take as few as two years.
  • Many states have exempted solar panels from property taxes. The investment of solar panels can also increase the value of a property. For a residential home it can equate to a kitchen remodel.
  • The largest solar power plant in the world is located in the Mojave Desert of California. It covers one thousand acres. The state is also known to dominate the market for solar power. In 2015, it had 44% of the market.
  • The top three U.S. states that use solar power are California, Arizona and North Carolina.
  • Progressive states know and understand the value of solar power. In the U.S. there are nine states that have focused on 100% of energy for new electricity is from solar power.
  • As one of the hot ‘green energy’ industries, solar power generates jobs as well. There are over 200,000 American jobs working within the solar power industry and that is expected to increase to over 420,000 by the year 2020.

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