The Future of Solar Energy
As we wrap up the decade, let’s reflect on how much solar energy systems improved and why solar is they way of the future.
Is Sunlight Enough?
The amount of sunlight that hits the Earth in one hour provides more power than the entire world consumes in one year . To help us wrap our heads around this concept, here are some facts from the U.S. Department of Energy :
- Each hour 430 quintillion Joules of energy from the sun hits the earth. 430 quintillion is the number 430 with 18 zeroes!
- In contrast, all humans combined use 410 quintillion Joules in a year.
- The average American home used 39 billion Joules of electricity in 2013 .
As you can see, the sun produces a LOT of energy! We have this source of unlimited clean energy to use for solar panels. As technology improves, we can capture the sun’s energy and produce efficient power for millions of homes across the nation.
Is the Technology Realistic?
Solar photovoltaic (PV) cells, also referred to as solar cells, are responsible for converting sunlight into electricity. These solar cells are made up of several parts, but the most important element used in the cells is silicon. Silicon is a conductive element – when light hits a silicon cell, the electrons are set into motion and thus generate electricity. This process is called the photovoltaic effect.
Silicon is responsible for generating the electricity, and the cost of these silicon-based cells continues to decrease. Silicon will remain the most popular option over the next few years, which helps make solar power affordable for the general public.
As we enter into 2020, it is critical to consider ways we can reduce our carbon footprint. Solar power has the highest environmental benefit of all the energy sources because it reduces carbon emissions and greenhouse gasses, which ultimately improves air pollution. This energy is produced with virtually no environmental impact, unlike fossil fuels.
Sunlight is available nearly everywhere, and we should utilize its natural abundance! Green energy can be collected locally in the United States, liberating the country from its dependence on other nations for obtaining fossil fuels.
2 million homes in the Unites States have already switched to solar power . Technology is only improving, making it easier than ever to switch to solar energy.
How Can I Get Solar Power?
We understand that it can be overwhelming when trying to find the best solar company for your energy needs – we want you to find a quality installer at an affordable price!
Momentum Solar is an owner-operated company committed to delivering a first-class experience to our customers through their journey to cleaner, price-protected electricity generated by the sun. We handle the entire process of solar enrollment through customized design, engineering, permitting, installation and activation of every system to ensure a seamless transition to renewable energy.
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