10 Amazing Facts About Solar Energy
1. THE WORLD'S MOST ABUNDANT ENERGY IS SOLAR POWER
More solar energy hits the earth in one hour than all of humanity needs for an entire year. Solar panels use this clean energy source by using solar photovoltaic (PV) cells.
2. SOLAR ENERGY IS FREE
Solar energy is found in abundance, is accessible and completely free. Light travels 90 million miles from the sun to the earth in less than 10 minutes, and it happens every day, nonstop.
3. ELECTRIC BILLS CAN BE REDUCED BY GOING SOLAR
You may be able to take advantage of net metering and sell back any excess energy that you produce. There is a possibility your monthly loan payment will be less than your average electric bill, even if you decide to finance.
4. NO POLLUTION IS PRODUCED BY SOLAR POWER
The only pollution is produced during the solar panel manufacturing process, apart from this solar power is one of the most sustainable and cleanest energy sources in the world.
5. WORLD HEALTH IS IMPROVED BY SOLAR POWER
Toxic pollution is created by burning fossil fuels and has a negative impact on global health. Pollution affects as many people as malaria or HIV, and has dangerous consequences for animals, plants, older adults, children and all living things.
The amount of fossil fuels used for power generation is drastically reduces by solar power leading to less pollution going into the air and our lungs.
6. THE FIRST TIME SOLAR ENERGY WAS USED WAS IN THE 7TH CENTURY B.C.
In this century, humans started to use sunlight to make fires with magnifying glasses. Then Romans and Greeks of the 3rd century B.C. started using solar power with mirrors to light their torches for religious purposes. Chinese civilization documented the use of mirrors to light their torches later on in 20 A.D.
7. SILICON SOLAR CELLS WERE CREATED IN 1954
Modern silicon photovoltaic cells were created in 1954 by Bell Labs. The efficiency of these cells has increased more than four times since then, and the price has significantly decreased.
8. THE WORLD’S MOST POPULAR FORM OF NEW ELECTRICITY GENERATION IS SOLAR
Solar power has become the favorite form of new electricity because of the decreased cost and increased efficiency of solar panels. Solar power will account for almost half of the United State's new electricity generation this year.
9. YOUR HOME'S VALUE CAN BE INCREASED WITH SOLAR PANELS
Studies show that your home's resale value can be increased with solar panel installations by up to $6,000 per kilowatt (KW) of solar panels installed (or around 4.1% of your home’s value).
10. SOLAR SYSTEMS COME WITH A WARRANTY
Most solar systems come with a warranty that normally ranges between 25 and 30 years, basically the lifespan of solar panels. Installers usually include a performance warranty that ensures a system's highest power production, a product warranty guaranteeing the quality of the system, and a workmanship warranty to repair or replace defective panels.