Here are 10 Interesting Solar Facts
- SOLAR IS CHEAPER THAN FOSSIL FUELS
In 2021, IRENA reported that two-thirds of newly installed renewable power in G20 countries had lower costs than the cheapest fossil fuel-fired option – and they’re only set to get more affordable.
- SOLAR IS THE MOST ABUNDANT ENERGY SOURCE ON EARTH
Solar energy is the most abundant energy resource on Earth. 173,000 terawatts of solar energy strikes the Earth continuously. That’s more than 10,000 times the world’s total energy use.
- SOLAR ENERGY HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE 1839.
In 1839, scientist Edmond Becquerel discovered the photovoltaic effect by experimenting with electrolytic cells: during the process, he realised that more electricity was produced if the cells were exposed to sunlight.
- SOLAR PANELS CAN PRODUCE ENERGY WITHOUT DIRECT SUNLIGHT
Solar panels can process around 15-22 % of solar energy into usable energy, with factors such as weather conditions and placement playing a part. While solar panels will still function without direct sunlight or on a cloudy day, your solar panels will be most efficient in full, direct sunlight.
- YOU DON’T HAVE TO BUY SOLAR PANELS OUTRIGHT
Flowing Energy Solutions offer low-rate finance options on solar panels, battery storage and electric vehicle charging points.
- SOLAR PANELS CAN POWER AIRLINES
If you still think solar energy is just a fad, think again. Some of the world’s largest companies are putting big money into creating 100% solar-powered airplanes. One man in Switzerland even became internet famous by being the first person to jump out of a solar-powered airplane.
- SOLAR ENERGY TRAVELS 8 MINUTES TO REACH THE EARTH
Light travels at a speed of 300,000 kms−1. The distance between Earth and the sun is 150 million km. Therefore, it takes nearly 8 minutes for light from the sun to reach Earth.
- YOU CAN MAKE MONEY FROM SOLAR
One of the great things about solar energy is that it can help you save money on your energy bills. But did you know that you can also make money from solar?
That’s because you can sell unused solar energy to the grid. Solar panels generate electricity for your home, any excess energy is stored via a battery (if you have one) or sent back to the grid. If you send your unused energy back to the grid you will receive credit, which can be used to offset your energy bills in the future.
- PANELS LAST FOR 25 YEARS+
Solar panels have a life expectancy of 25 years plus. This means that you can enjoy the benefits of solar energy for many years without having to worry about replacement costs. Their extended lift expectancy is because solar panels don’t have moving parts and require little maintenance.
- YOU CAN HARNESS SOLAR PANELS WITHOUT TECHNOLOGY
Although solar panels are the most popular way to harness solar energy, there are other ways to do it.
For hundreds of years, people have been making solar ovens. These are boxes lined with mirrors, foil, or something that is reflective. When placed in the sun’s light, they focus the light to heat whatever’s in the box: food, water, or anything else you might want to heat. Although these might not sound that useful for every day use, they’re great for camping, especially if you’re somewhere sunny!