While solar energy is far from a new invention, modern discoveries about this powerful renewable resource are found almost every day. From new uses for solar to cost and efficiency revelations, the information is endless. Read on for our top 5 things you should know about solar energy!
Solar power is the most abundant energy source on the planet.
The amount of potential solar energy that touches the Earth’s surface in just one hour is equivalent to the total annual energy consumption of everyone on the planet. Almost sounds impossible, right? 20 days of natural sunshine can create the same amount of energy as all the Earth’s coal, oil, and natural gas combined.
Solar electricity has been around since 1839.
We weren’t kidding when we said solar energy was no new discovery! In 1839, Alexandre Edmond Becquerel discovered the photovoltaic effect—the ability to create an electric current from the sun’s rays. Then, Russell Ohl invented the first solar panel cell in 1941 and the first commercial panel was put out by Bell Laboratories in 1954. We’ve been harnessing the power of solar for centuries!
Solar panels can create solar energy even without direct sunlight.
One of the top questions people have is if their panels will work when it’s cloudy, raining, or in the winter. The answer is a confident yes! While photovoltaic panels are most efficient in direct sunlight, they still work wonderfully using reflected sunlight from the clouds. Plus, rain actually benefits your solar energy system by washing away dust and dirt that may sit on your panels.
A solar energy system is capable of powering an entire home.
Today’s solar panels are specifically designed to match the standard energy consumption of your home–yes, even air conditioning, large appliances, your Netflix-binge habits, and more. You can also add an energy storage battery to your system and have your own personal backup supply of solar energy.
Most homeowners hit their solar investment break-even point in under a decade.
Imagine being able to cancel out the cost of your traditional electricity in less than 10 years. The investment you make on installing a solar energy system breaks even compared to your energy savings in under a decade!
The reasons to make the switch to solar energy and take ownership of your power are endless. If you’re still curious about solar, let’s chat!