10 Unbelievable Facts about Solar Energy
The world has become much more “solar savvy” in the past several years, but amazing new facts and figures about the potential of solar power are being released every day. Solar energy is truly a powerful entity with the ability to revolutionize how our world runs. After all, it is generated by the sun.
Take a look at these incredible solar facts for a closer look at how influential and strong solar energy has the power to become.
Putting solar on 4% of the world’s desert area could provide electricity for the entire world.
- The world’s largest solar power plant covers 1000 acres and is located in the Mojave Desert in California.
- Just 20 days of energy produced by the sun is equal to all the earth’s reserves of coal, oil, and natural gas combined. However, only 1% of available solar energy is used to generate power.
- One of the earliest identified uses of solar power dates back to 700 BC, when glass lenses were used to create fire by magnifying the sun’s rays. This means solar energy is at least 2700 years old!
- Solar panels still work in cloudy or overcast areas.
- Food can be cooked or pasteurized used solar energy.
- The average residential electricity bill in the U.S. in 2012 was $107.28.
- By using solar, the average U.S. household can save $84 a month on utility bills. However, this number varies by state. For instance, you can save $87/month in Texas, Nevada residents can save $145/month, and Hawaiian households can save a whopping $270 each month.
- What would you do with an extra $20,000? By installing solar, Texans can save about $20,960 after 20 years.
- It’s a myth that large-scale solar energy would require vast amounts of land. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that 90% of U.S. power could be supplied using abandoned industrial sites. For instance, a 100 by 100-mile area of Nevada’s desert could supply the U.S. with all its electricity.