Fun Facts About Solar
Fun Solar Power Data. People want serious Solar Power informatiom, but sometimes even the serious can be expressed in fun details.
Fun statistics on solar power include stuff like the fact that enough sunlight hits the Earth’s surface in a single hour to fulfill the energy needs of the entire planet for a full year. Just imagine! That information is from the American Society for Solar Energy.
Here are a few more interesting facts about solar power.
12 Interesting Solar Power Facts
*As early as 1921, the Nobel Peace Prize for Solar and Photovoltaic experiments was awarded. Albert Einstein was awarded this prize.
*When silicon is taken from a mere one ton of sand and used in solar photovoltaic panels, the silicon will generate as much electricity as 500,000 tons of coal.
*There are over 10,000 homes in the U.S. that get their electricity absolutely from solar power.
*A British astronomer by the name of John Herschel cooked solar-powered food on a journey to Africa almost 200 years ago.
*In 1982 California opened the first major solar power plant.
*In a home where a solar model replaces an electric water heater, solar power will slash water bills by more than 50 per cent per year.
*According to the Department of Energy, the price of photovoltaic ( PV) solar panels has dropped by 200 per cent in the last 30 years. Owners now pay about 10 to 40 cents per kilowatt-hour.
*One U.S. study The Department of Energy (USDOE) reported that on June 14, 2000 solar power conditions in San Francisco were nearly ideal (99 per cent). In that area 100,000 customers lost power that day. Solar power could have provided all that they wanted.
*Another USDOE analysis found that the roofs of California’s municipal and county buildings could produce 200 megawatts of renewable electricity, if covered with solar panels! If you cover school roofs in California with solar power panels, you would add 1,500 megawatts more to the peak power supply in the state.
*In California, covering every commercial and industrial roof available with solar panels could produce all the electricity required in that state during the day.
*Germany makes the best possible use of solar resources, even though its climate has many rainy days.
*Solar energy passes from the sun to the earth in just about 8 minutes.