We know now that the inception of modern solar power dates back to 1839 from our last blog about the mind-blowing history of solar energy. But there is so much more to the power of the sun that can amaze us. Here are 6 facts that you should know about the renewable energy.
- Solar Power is the Largest & Cheapest Energy Resource
Solar is the most abundant source of energy with 430 quintillion Joules of energy from the sun striking the Earth every hour. That is equivalent to almost a year’s consumption of energy by all humans. What’s more? Solar power is extremely lucrative too. According to a report by CSIRO and AEMO, solar and wind technologies are the lowest-cost methods of electricity generation in Australia.
- Solar Panels can Work Without Direct Sunlight
Natural daylight is powerful enough to produce electricity which is why solar panels do not require direct sunlight. Even in cloudy weather, solar panels can produce power as a result of the Concentrator Photovoltaics present in the panels that use mirrors and lenses for reflection and refraction of light onto the collectors.
- Solar Energy Battles Climate Change
Solar power is a sustainable and clean energy resource that has remarkably low carbon footprints. It emits greenhouse gases and toxic pollution, unlike burning fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas that releases massive amounts of carbon-dioxide into the atmosphere leading to global warming.
- Over 2.4 Million Australian Residences have Solar Rooftops
The total number of Australian households with solar panels on their rooftops has crossed 2.4 million, according to the recent Quarterly Carbon Market Report released by Clean Energy Regulator. The report also revealed that solar installations increased by 41% in the second quarter of 2020 in comparison with the same quarter last year. This is a striking fact considering COVID-19 had taken the country by storm.
- Solar Energy Fuels Cars, Trains and even Airplanes
Solar has not only spanned across household roofs but is also making its way into the transport industry. Electric vehicles are frequently seen on the roads worldwide and now the renewable energy has powered trains and aircrafts. The world’s first solar train by Byron Bay Railroad Company runs in New South Wales and earlier this year, the solar-powered plane Persistent High Altitude Solar Aircraft (PHASA-35) completed its first test flight in Adelaide.
- Solar Panels have a Lifespan of 25-30 Years
Solar panels are not only light on your pockets but also an enduring energy source with its longevity of almost three decades. However, it is not that the solar panels will be of no use after 30 years. The panels will still generate electricity, although the performance will slow down.
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