- Renewable & Alternative Energy
5 Interesting Facts About Solar Power
1. Solar Power Has Been Around a Lot Longer than You Think
Many people think solar power is a fairly modern invention. In fact, solar power cells were first invented way back in 1876 by William Adams. That predates the patent that Karl Benz obtained for the first gasoline powered automobile by 9 years. It is very sad to think about how different things could be if solar power had been invested in as much as automobiles have been since then.
2. Switching over to Solar Power Can Potentially Save You a Lot of Money
First, in some states there is the $2000 tax credit for switching your power supply over to solar. This is not a deduction, it is a credit. That means that if you owed $4000 in taxes at the end of the year, you could cut that bill in half if you installed solar power. In addition, many states allow customers to sell their excess solar power back to the power company.
3. The United States Needs to Kick our Solar Power Drive into Gear
Unfortunately, the United States leads the world in energy consumption by a large margin. We consume more than 25% of the world’s energy supply. With that amount of energy consumption, it would seem to make sense to also lead the world in installation of solar panels. Sadly, this is not the case. Germany leads the world in the installation of solar panels, Japan is number two, and the United States is third. Many people here are starting to build solar panels at home, so perhaps the USA will soon move up the solar league tanle :)
4. Installing Solar Is Often Maintenance Free
Once solar power is installed in your home or log cabin, it will not be a headache for most owners. Most quality solar power systems can run for 30 to 40 years without any problems and without maintenance. They are so durable that most solar power systems come with 30 year warranties.
5. Many Believe Solar Power Has the Capability to Provide All of the World’s Energy Needs
As hard as it may be to believe, there is more than enough sunlight to provide for all of the energy used every year. All that is necessary is to install the needed number of panels. The bigger problem is the conversion of the world’s transportation into electric or solar powered models.