20 Worthy Solar Energy Information You Might Not Know

October 7, 2019by absrenewpower

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With growing awareness of the depleting non-renewable sources of energy, people have started adopting solar energy as an alternative. The majority of countries have taken the initiative to save the environment by promoting solar projects. We have collated a list of interesting solar energy information which can encourage people to go solar and understand the scope of it.


  1. The potential of solar energy was first discovered by Alexandre Edmond Becquerel in 1939. In 1954, the first commercial solar cell was made of silicon and was built by Bell Laboratories.


  1. Solar PV cells are made of semiconductor materials. The electrons lose from their atoms when the sunlight hits the cell. As the electrons flow through the cell, they generate solar electricity.


  1. Water can be heated up to 60 degrees Celsius with Solar PV systems.


  1. In the event of natural disaster services like electricity are disrupted. In such cases, solar is the fastest energy source that authorities can build, repair, or deploy.


  1. The sun produces more than 8000 times the energy than the consumption of the world making solar energy the cheapest and most abundantly available source of energy.


  1. It takes 8 minutes for the sunlight to hit the earth’s surface from the sun.


  1. China and India are the leading solar generators in Asia with the majority of the large-scale solar power plants set up.


  1. Solar electricity is effective even in running heavy electrical utilities like air conditioners and common spaces like elevators.


  1. The ISS (International Space Station) use solar energy coming from the sun to power various purposes. Every ISS solar array wing uses approximately 33,000 solar cells to power their satellite.


  1. The use of solar energy helps combat the greenhouse effect that is a major cause of climate change and an increase in the average temperature of the earth.


  1. Solar cookers can cook food like pulses, rice, etc. It is one of the best alternatives to reduce the consumption of LPG gas.


  1. Advanced solar technologies now have the potential to power airplanes to fly around the world while running on solar energy. This technology has been tested on an airplane called “solar impulse”.


  1. Solar panel costs have fallen 99% since 1977 and 80% since 2008. It is expected to fall even further.


  1. The earth receives about 1.36 kW of direct solar radiation per square meter.


  1.  According to solar calculators, a 10kW rooftop solar system can reduce approximately 9720 kg of carbon emission every year


  1. Rooftop solar power plants provide heat insulation on metal roofs.


  1. You can avail of 20+ years of free electricity. The average payback period of small and medium scale solar power plants is 4-7 years including maintenance costs.


  1. Solar panels are capable of generating 10-25% electricity of their total capacity even during cloudy or foggy days.


  1. Solar electricity is 2 to 5 times cheaper than grid electricity.


  1. Solar PV systems are the second least water-consuming energy system after wind turbines. The water consumed is mainly used for maintenance purposes, like cleaning solar panels.


We hope you learned 20 new things about solar and understood the scope of energy. We aim to reach as many people and encourage them to go solar. Visit us next time for more interesting solar energy information.