What is Solar?
The sun is a direct source of energy. Using renewable energy technologies, we can convert that solar energy into electricity. Solar lights produce no pollution and cause no harmful environmental effects. Solar energy could generate 2.5 percent of the world’s electricity by 2025. The energy we get from all of the world’s reserves of coal, oil and natural gas can be matched by just 20 days’ supply of sunshine. Solar energy could improve environmental quality that is damaged by current dominant fossil fuels use. Solar energy is clean. No fossil fuels are used to produce heat or electricity with solar energy. The energy output of a 1 KW solar energy unit is roughly equivalent to the burning of 170 pounds of coal and 300 pounds of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere
Facts about Solar
Solar power is energy generated from the heat or light from the sun. Solar power, also called solar energy can be used to produce heat, light, hot water, electricity, and even cooling.
Did You Know?
Californians have installed 69% of all of the grid-tied PV capacity in the U.S., which is 280 MW cumulative to date through 2007. Californians have installed about 33,000 out of the nation’s 48,000 solar systems. The state with the second-most is New Jersey, with 9% of total installed capacity. Solar power technologies are used in a wide variety of applications including grid- tied and off-grid cabins and homes, commercial businesses, and industries such as oil and gas, telecommunications, remote traffic control equipment, remote sensing, and remote lighting. Americans account for only 5% of the world population, but consume 26% of the world’s non-renewable energy – LA Times, 2007 Shell Oil predicts that 50% of the world’s energy will come from renewable sources, such as solar energy, by 2040. – Forbes Magazine, 2009 The amount of Solar Energy that hits the surface of the Earth every hour is greater than the total amount of energy that the world’s human population consumes in a year. – Home Power Magazine, 2008
How Does Solar Work?