Wednesday, October 3, 2012

100 things to know about solar energy

Solar energy is renewable source of energy.

Solar energy is clean source of energy.

Solar energy doesn't emit harmful greenhouse gases in our atmosphere.

Solar energy doesn't contribute to global warming and climate change.

Solar energy doesn't contribute to air pollution.

Solar panels operate very silently.

Solar panels still cost lot of money but their prices are constantly dropping.

Solar energy isn’t 100% reliable because Sun doesn't shine all day long.

Solar energy needs backup source of energy to provide power all day long.

Solar panels increase the value of your property.

Solar energy is available as long as our Sun continues to exist.

Solar energy is the most abundant form of energy available on our planet.

Solar panels need to improve their efficiency (15-18%)

Germany is the country that leads the world in installed solar power capacity followed by United States.

Using more solar energy is ideal for countries with plenty of sunshine throughout the year.

California leads the way in installed solar power capacity in United States.

Many countries offer incentives and other benefits for new solar energy projects.

Solar power plants require large areas to be built on because of their relatively low efficiency.

Solar power plants have significant water requirements.

Saudi Arabia, world's largest oil producer, plans using lot more solar energy in years to come.

Solar energy is the most popular renewable energy source in the world.

Solar energy has enormous potential and could easily satisfy global demand for energy.

Solar energy should lead transition to clean, renewable energy sources.

Using more solar energy could improve our energy security.

Using more solar energy could improve our energy independence.

Using more solar energy could decrease our need for foreign fuel import.

Solar energy technologies still need to mature and become more efficient.

Solar energy is still more expensive than fossil fuels.

Solar energy is more expensive that wind energy.

Solar cells convert sunlight into electricity using the photoelectric effect.

The first solar cell was constructed by Charles Fritts in the 1880s.

Silicon is the main ingredient of solar panels.

Solar energy is not only used to create electricity but also for heating purposes.

Solar energy still accounts for less than 0.03% of the world's total energy supply.

Solar energy needs strong and continuous political support.

Solar energy research needs larger funds.

Solar energy needs to overcome powerful fossil fuel lobbies.

Solar energy technologies are constantly developing and improving.

Solar panel is a device assembled of many photovoltaic cells.

Solar panels last for 20+ years.

Solar panel needs to be faced directly to sunlight to harness as much solar energy as possible.

Solar panels need to be equipped with adequate overheating protection.

Solar panels require almost no maintenance.

The average home solar system should be able to eliminate 18 tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year.

Solar energy is free source of energy because nobody owns the Sun.

Solar power plants have high upfront costs.

It is expected that global solar power capacity will grow between 200% and 400% by 2016.

In 2011, global solar power capacity was 69.7 GW.

Solar energy can be also used to power our vehicles.

The current solar cars are still not commercial and are primarily built to compete in solar car races.

Solar car named Holland's Nuna 2 was able to reach the respectable speed of 105 MPH.

In United States, solar power still accounts for just around 1 percent of the nation's energy supply.

Solar energy industry is nonetheless the fastest growing industry in the nation.

United States is the home of the largest solar power plant in the world (California 354 MW).

China is the world's largest solar panel producer.

U.S. solar panel manufacturing is way behind China because China has cheap labor force.

The much spoken Desertec project has the main intention of turning Sahara's vast sunlight into electricity.

Solar hot water systems use solar energy to heat water.

Solar hot water systems are the cheapest in China.

In 2009 California had close to 50,000 solar panel installations, despite the financial crisis.

Nanoshells have excellent potential to make solar panels more efficient.

Solar power is excellent clean energy option for many rural areas in Africa.

Solar power plants are built large because it takes approximately one square kilometer for every 30-60 megawatts of generated solar energy.

Solar panels are relatively easy to install.

Solar panels do not lose much efficiency over the years.

Solar panels can be recycled.

In US, the average salary of solar power installer is around $45,000.

Solar power engineer can earn close to $100,000 per year.

Even the cold Russia has good solar energy potential. Approximately 30 percent of the Russian territory can be effectively used for solar power generation.

Solar energy is excellent option to diversify our energy portfolio.

EU still leads the global solar energy market.

Solar energy needs adequate storage solution to be reliable. One of the most talked about solar energy storage solutions is using molten salts.

Since 2009 solar panel prices have decreased by more than 70%.

New Jersey is nation's second ranked state in installed solar power capacity, behind the leader California.

The unexpected bankruptcy of large U.S. solar company Solyndra surprised many in 2011.

The solar energy industry in Ohio currently employs more than 1,500 people.

It is estimated that by 2015 solar energy industry will employ more than 500,000 Americans.

The state of Texas has the richest solar resources in the nation.

Solar cells were used was as a back-up power source to the Vanguard I satellite in 1958.

Solar energy is the best renewable energy option for Australia because Australia has excellent insolation values and plenty of sunshine throughout the year. Still, at the end of 2009, Australia had only 150 MW of totally installed solar power capacity.

Australia has the highest average solar radiation of any continent.

Buying used solar panels can be a good deal because solar panels lose very little of their efficiency throughout their lifetime.

Solar energy is the most popular renewable energy source in United States. According to a 2011 study 89% of Americans want Government to continue to "develop and use" solar energy.

The utility-scale solar energy projects should dominate US solar energy sector at least until 2015.

Competition is constantly growing in global solar energy market, especially as solar panel prices continue to decline.

At the end of 2011 there were more than 5,000 companies in the U.S. solar energy market.

Many energy analysts expect that U.S. will overtake Germany within the next five years to become world's largest solar energy market.

If U.S. were to pass federal renewable energy standard this would give strong boost to U.S. solar energy sector as it would likely attract plenty of new investors.

India should soon become one of world's top five solar energy markets. India's solar energy potential is estimated to be at around 500GW.

Canada's province Ontario has potential to produce approximately 100 gigawatts of solar power.
EU currently has around 70% of the global cumulative PV installed capacity.

The U.S. state of Arizona should soon become a home to world's largest solar power plant with a capacity of 290 MW.

The global investment in solar power technologies is expected to reach more than $100 billion in 2015.

The scientists have calculated that covering only 4% of the world's deserts with solar panels would be enough to satisfy all of the world's electricity demand.

Solar power is still approximately three times more expensive than coal and natural gas.

Global solar energy production has been growing by more than 20 percent each year since 2002.

Solar cells were first used to power spacecrafts and orbiting satellites.

The state of Tennessee is one of the nation's largest solar equipment manufacturers.

2001 Pike research study concluded that 79% of Americans have favorable view towards solar energy.

Terms „solar energy“ and „solar power“ aren't synonyms because solar power refers to conversion of solar energy is form of sunlight into electricity (in most cases by using photovoltaics).