5 Interesting Facts About Solar Energy

5 Interesting Facts About Solar Energy

1. Solar energy can provide power 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Technological advances in solar storage space has made 24/7 storage possible.

2. Homeowners in the U.S. have achieved break even point with solar in as short as 3 years

The cost of solar has plummeted while the cost of grid electricity has continued to gradually rise, and the concept of the solar “break-even point” with solar has become more and more attractive. Some homeowners are seeing break-even points as low as three to four years in states where utility prices are high.

3. Solar energy is a completely free source of energy

Solar is found in abundance. Though the sun is 90 million miles from the earth, it takes less than 10 minutes for light to travel from that much of distance.

4. First silicon cell was built in 1954

The first silicon solar cell, the precursor of all solar-powered devices, was built by Bell Laboratories in 1954. On the first page of its April 26, 1954 issueThe New York Times proclaimed the milestone, “the beginning of a new era, leading eventually to the realization of one of mankind’s most cherished dreams — the harnessing of the almost limitless energy of the sun for the uses of civilization.”

5. Solar Power reduces electricity bills

Solar power can significantly reduce the electricity bills. Moreover, there are many tax incentives and rebate programs designed to spur the use of solar, and save home owners money at the same time.

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