Since the beginning of time, people have been fascinated by the sun. Ancient civilizations personified the sun, worshipping it as a God or Goddess. Throughout history, farming and agriculture efforts have trusted upon the sun’s rays to maintain populations. The technologies have promising effects for the future of renewable energy and sustainability. Below, we’ve given a guideline on solar power and how it works.

What is Solar Power?
Solar power is a form of energy used from the power and heat of the sun’s emissions. It is renewable, and therefore a “green” source of energy.

How Does it Work?
The most common way of using energy from the sun is through photovoltaic (PV) large panels. These panels operate as conductors, taking in the sun’s rays, heating up, and creating energy (and electricity).

How is Solar Power a “Greener” Option?
Solar power is a unlimited and limitless resource (unlike power produced from expendable fossil fuels). As technologies improve and the materials used in PV panels become “greener,” the carbon footprint of solar power becomes smaller and smaller and the technique becomes more accessible to the masses.

Did You Know?

  • Every hour, the sun beats down with enough power to provide global energy for an entire year.
  • It takes an average of eight minutes for energy to travel from the sun to the Earth.
  • Scientists have used solar energy to power spaceships since 1958.
  • Most solar panels used today have an average life expectancy of between 20-40 years.

Let the sunshine in! Interested in solar power for your home?

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