Interesting Solar Facts

Increased value in your home

Increased value in your home. Installing solar panels for homes increases it’s market value. Not only are you saving money on your electrical bills, but you are adding value to the equity you have in your home.

Increasing the size of solar power systems

Scaling and increasing the size of solar power systems is simple and easy. Call us now to find out more.

Offset their own production

Solar panels offset their own production footprint. Solar power cells can produce more power in a 5 year span that the power that was consumed in its production.

Solar power is non-polluting

Solar power is non-polluting. There is no noise given off and no by-products produced that are harmful to the environment.

Solar panels are low maintenance

Solar panels are low maintenance. Because there are no moving parts, there’s nothing to wear out that will need replacing in the future. The average solar panel produced today has a life expectancy of 30 or more years.

Solar energy can be used to heat hot water

Solar energy can be used to heat hot water, thus reducing the amount of energy we consume to heat hot water with other electrical power sources.

Energy from the sun is free

Although the initial investment of solar panels is high, energy from the sun is free. The payback period may take a few years, but money will be saved in the long term.

PV cells do not need direct sunlight to work

PV cells do not need direct sunlight to work – you can still generate some electricity on a cloudy day. – See more at: http://8factss.blogspot.com/2013/09/top-10-fun-facts-about-solar-power.html#sthash.odNNsMw8.dpuf

Solar energy is renewable and free

Solar energy is renewable and free. By harnessing the sun’s power we are not reducing the amount of energy that is available – the sun will shine every day – and there is no cost to you for using the sunlight.

Solar energy can be used as either a small scale solution

Solar energy can be used as either a small scale solution, such as a solar powered calculator, or on a large scale, like a photovoltaic power plant that provides energy to thousands of homes.

If it could be properly harnessed

If it could be properly harnessed, there’s enough sunlight that falls on the earth in just one hour to meet the world energy demands for a whole year! Our whole energy problem would be solved if we could somehow find a way to harness solar energy more efficiently.

Solar energy has been used for over 2700 years

Solar energy has been used for over 2700 years; in 700 BC, glass lenses were used to make fire by magnifying the sun’s rays.

The sun is over 90 million miles from the Earth

Although the sun is over 90 million miles from the Earth, it takes less than 10 minutes for light to speed across that distance.

If you covered 10,000 square miles of land

If you covered 10,000 square miles of land in the American Southwest, it would generate enough power to meet the energy needs of the entire United States.  Although this seems like a lot of land, the US has strip-mined an equivalent amount for coal.

Albert Einstein earned a Nobel Prize in physics

Albert Einstein earned a Nobel Prize in physics for explaining photovoltaic effect (creation of electricity from the sun’s rays).

The Earth receives 174 petawatts of energy from the sun

At any given time, the Earth receives 174 petawatts of energy from the sun.  This is equivalent to 174 Trillion kilowatts and is 6,000 times our worldwide energy usage.

1 kilowatt of solar energy is equivalent to ...

Production of 1 kilowatt of solar energy is equivalent to burning 170 pounds of coal which releases 300 pounds of carbon dioxide.  This is comparable to preventing 15 gallons of gas from ever being used.

The fossil fuels used by humans is equivalent to ...

The total amount of fossil fuels used by humans since the beginning of civilization is equivalent to less than 30 days of sunshine.

To generate electricity must be daylight

For solar energy to generate electricity, it must be daylight. During night hours, stored solar energy or an alternative energy source must be used.

Photovoltaic Panels

Photovoltaic Panels (solar panels) are mainly composed of silicon.

Home solar energy systems are low maintainence

Today’s home solar energy systems are low maintainence and will last for decades.

Renewable energy investments are cost effective

Renewable energy investments are cost effective. The International Renewable Energy Agency released a new policy brief showing that renewable energy has become the most cost-effective way to generate electricity for hundreds of millions of people worldwide who are not on the grid.

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