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Sifting through all this information can be daunting, so we compiled a list of some interesting and fun facts you may not have known about solar power. Read on!

  • Half of the solar panels produced worldwide are consumed by Japan in their residential sector.
  • Solar power is one of very few sources of energy that are completely free.
  • It takes only about 8 minutes for solar energy to travel from the sun to the earth.
    Solar panels do not produce any carbon dioxide emissions when converting solar power into electricity.

    Solar panels do not produce any carbon dioxide emissions when converting solar power into electricity.

  • Solar lights work even after cloudy days.
  • At any given time, the Earth receives 174 petawatts of energy from the sun.  This is 6,000 times our worldwide energy usage.
  • The largest solar power plant in the world is located in the Mojave Desert in California, covering 1000 acres.
  • Space missions have been using solar energy to power spaceships since 1958.
  • Solar energy could generate 2.5 percent of the world’s electricity by 2025.
  • Solar cells are less efficient in cloudy counties such as the UK.
  • Solar lights are immune to black outs.
  • For solar energy to generate electricity, it must be daylight. During night hours, stored solar energy or an alternative energy source must be used.
  • Solar panels are mainly composed of silicon.
  • In 1975 the first solar boat was constructed in England.
  • Solar lights produce no pollution and cause no harmful environmental effects.
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