Some Interesting Facts About Solar
1. The production and use of solar energy presents very little hazards, if any at all. Risks which are generally associated with other energy sources, like explosion, fire or chemical leaks, are non- existent in this case. Solar energy the safest source for the generation of power.
2. Most TV and communication satellites are powered by solar energy from photovoltaic cells.
3. The earth gets 174 Petawatts of incoming solar radiation in the upper atmosphere. About 30% is reflected back to space and the rest is absorbed by oceans, clouds and land masses.
4. Solar powered hot water systems utilize solar energy to heat water. In certain areas, 60 to 70% of water used domestically for temperatures as high as 60 degree Celsius can be made available by solar heating.
5. The amount of solar energy that hits the earth in one minute meets the world’s energy needs for one year.
6. A household rooftop solar panel system can reduce pollution by 100 tons of CO2 in its lifetime — including the energy it took to manufacture the solar panels. This can improve future air quality for humans as well as the millions of birds, fish, and mammals that are negatively affected by pollution each year.
7. Homeowners have a wide range of financing options for their solar system, including cash purchase, loan, lease, or power purchase agreement.
8. Less Pollution with Solar — Using solar panel powered energy means no air or water pollution and no greenhouse gas emissions.
9. Photovoltaic (PV) cells made from the silicon in 1 ton of sand can produce as much electricity as burning 500,000 tons of coal in a power plant.
10. Solar power is noise pollution free. It has no moving parts, and does not require any additional fuel, other than sunlight, to produce power.