Non-renewable energy sources such as oil, gas, and coal are being used up at a dangerous pace. This has made it imperative that renewable energy sources be made priorities in order to meet the daily energy demand. Some countries have already begun to explore renewable options like solar, wind and geothermal energy. Highlighted below are some facts to help show you how solar energy can meet the global energy requirements.
What is Solar Energy?
Solar energy is one of the cleanest forms of renewable energy, often referred to as the energy of the sun. The sun has been a major source of energy for all living creature for more than a billion years.
Solar energy, unlike non-renewable sources like fossil fuel never produces any pollutant, requires low maintenance and are easy to install. It is used to light and heat up homes and supply electricity that is used to boil water as demonstrated in the reviews for the solar tank-less water heater. The major disadvantage of solar energy is the fact it relies on sunlight which is not available at night, or under certain weather condition, location and some seasons within a year.
Facts on Solar Energy
- It is the largest free source of energy and more amazing is the fact that the sun is located at a distance of 90 million miles from the earth, it’s rays reaches the earth in 10 minutes.
- Solar energy use dates back to over 2700 year ago and in 700 BC, it was recorded that magnifying glass lenses were used to create fire when faced to the sun.
- Setting up a solar energy plant is very expensive and that is why they are not commonly used.
- Solar energy can help you save on energy bills due to the tax incentives and rebate programmes designed to help promote its usage.
- There is little to no running cost after the installation of solar panels as the batteries do not any extra services and can be sustained for many years leaving you with no maintenance cost.
- The long-term benefits of solar energy could make it the primary source of renewable energy in coming years.
- There have been cases of some countries powering spaceships with solar energy.
- In the absence of sunlight, backup batteries can be used for your solar panels. Again, Net metering (a system that helps measure the difference between the energy you supply to the grid and what you get back) can help regulate your energy deficits and it is cheaper and comfortable for the purpose of energy storage as opposed to batteries.
- Solar panels do not need direct contact with sunlight to produce electric even though a direct approach will yield the most energy.
- Environmentally, carbon dioxide pollution is reduced by over 100 ton by a single household rooftop solar panel used in a lifetime. This goes a long way to improving the quality of life on earth enjoys by all living things which have come under threat in recent years.
- You can also make a profit while saving cost on your solar panels since some state permit you to sell the excess energy you produce.
- Exxon Mobile was the first company to seek out ways to reduce the cost of solar cells as it used solar panels to power the warning lights on oil rigs.
- Solar panels often come with a 25-year warranty and should you rent or lease from a company, you also get free maintenance.
- Brackish or saline water can be made with solar energy rather than the conventional electricity or chemicals used to treat wastewater. The making of sea salts is one of the oldest uses of solar energy.
The sun is able to provide the world with enough energy annually to maintain the energy requirement needed for that year. Solar energy technology allows us to convert it to other forms of energy such as electrical energy which is commonly used all over the world. At the moment, solar energy is able to generate just a tenth of the global energy demand. However, it is looking increasingly likely that solar energy will be commonly adopted in the future.