Solar Powered Future Begins Here!
Your Future Include Solar Power?
been around for a long time. When the technology first became available
solar cells where heralded to be the end of the oil crisis and the
energy crisis. We suddenly had
plentiful free energy, all of it coming
from the sun. Within ten years solar power systems were
heat and power our homes and businesses. Some people even thought we
be driving solar-powered cars soon, with long, sleek shapes
covered with solar panels.
didn't quite match up with the dream. Solar
panels were expensive to
manufacture, and unless you had a lot of
panels exposed to a lot of sunlight, solar power systems
very much power.
However, now that we're seeing more refinement in solar power
technology, we may be witnessing a rebirth in solar power systems, at
least in certain environments.
energy when it's cloudy outside, they absorb much more energy
therefore produce more power if they're exposed to direct sunlight.
therefore much more effective in Tucson, AZ,
then they are in Seattle, WA.
Also, solar power systems produce more power during longer days, so
short Alaskan winter days
aren't very good
for solar systems. The ideal environment is in the desert, with long
days and little
effective, solar power
systems don't need to power an entire business community or even
provide all of the power for a private residence. Solar power systems
are much more efficient at
heating water than they are at producing
heaters can consume over a third of a
house's energy, replacing a gas-
powered hot water heater with a solar
powered heater can reduce a home's energy bill considerably,
as well as making the owners eligible for a tax cut in select states.
systems are also very useful for providing power in locations
which are hard to reach
with standard power lines.
used for cell phone towers and other reflective antenna arrays located
mountaintops and other hard to reach places. Since these installations
don't require a great deal
of power or maintenance to run, solar panels
can provide plenty of power without needing to be
quite a ways from a completely
solar-powered society, we'll likely see
many more solar powered devices as solar technology becomes
and more efficient.