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MIT Researchers Find That Solar Panels Can Power the World

 

 

 

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently released a report stating that the solar panels used today have the ability to supply the world with power, with the capacity to produce terawatts of energy by 2050. One terawatt of energy is equal to one million megawatts, and the world population currently consumes 15 terawatts of energy.

Battery technology is seen as key to assisting in the switch to solar energy, because of the ability for a battery to store electricity during peak production and then dispense it when there is little or no sunlight.

Germany is seen as a successful example of solar energy use. In 1991, a Feed-in Tariff rebate plan was created to encourage production of solar panels and other low carbon energy sources. In 2013, Germany was producing 27 percent of the world’s solar energy.

With scientists already capable of harnessing the sun’s energy, the writers of the study believe investment will be the biggest setback in transferring to solar power. The United States uses 26 percent of the world’s power, but there is very little federal support for solar energy which will not likely change until carbon dioxide emissions become too costly. The study emphasizes a need for this support, as well as more research.

Solar Solutions Inc. has helped countless customers power their home or business with solar panels, providing them with an avenue to reduce their energy bills and their environmental footprint.

For more information about the numerous benefits of solar energy, please contact us today.

Myths Surrounding Solar Energy

MythsThe sun is nature’s way of giving life to the planet. And, in recent years, the sun’s light has been harnessed to provide power for many people the world over. Solar energy is becoming increasingly popular, yet there are plenty of myths associated with it.

For instance, some people think that solar panels require a tracking system to follow the angle of the sun. For residential purposes, moving parts aren’t needed. They’ll work just fine staying stationary. Interestingly, since solar panels have no moving parts, they don’t require maintenance. As for cleaning, the rain will clean them off so you don’t have to!

Then there’s the myth that solar panels are ugly. It turns out that they’re quite sleek and are seen as a way to enhance the look of a place these days.

Is it just “too expensive” to have solar panels? Actually, most customers notice they save money using solar energy compared to the traditional way of powering their home. Thanks to modern financing options, solar panels are being installed on homes with little-to-no money down.

What about foggy or cloudy days? People often wonder if their solar panels still work when it’s cool, cloudy and/or foggy outside. The good news is this: they work fine in ambient light. They’re nearly as efficient on cooler days.

Finally, people often think, “Well, solar power will get more efficient so I should wait before I buy.” This might surprise you– the same solar technology from the 1960s is being used today! Unlike cell phones and computers, solar power doesn’t experience dramatic improvements in short periods of time. As solar panels become more efficient, it’ll just mean you won’t need as many as before.

GR Solar Solutions of Texas provides solar pool heating systems, solar domestic hot water heaters, and photovoltaic solar systems, with locations in El Paso, Texas, and Las Cruces, New Mexico. Please call 915-581-0461 (Texas) with any questions you have about solar energy.

The Benefits of Solar Pool Heating

pool flatOne of the nicest things to own and use is a pool with warm water. If the water’s too cold, it’s just not that nice. What about using solar pool heating to keep the water nice and warm?

The nice thing about solar pool heating is that it helps stretch the length of your swimming season, keeping your pool warmer for a longer period of time than if you didn’t have it. As an environmentally-friendly way to heat pool water, solar energy from the sun helps keep your pool comfortable without requiring costly electricity or a refrigerant system with a noisy motor and compressor which eventually wears out or breaks down.

Most solar pool heating systems are fully automated whereas you set the desired temperature and barely ever think about it again for the rest of the swimming season. It’s one of those systems that eventually pays for itself, and then the rest is essentially “free heat” for years to come. Many people like utilizing solar pool heating because it’s not only good for the environment but ultimately saves them money in the long run.

So how does a solar heater work? A solar collector has small passages through which water flows and is warmed by the sun. The collector is able to monitor the pool water temperature so that when the set temperature is reached, water then bypasses the solar collector because the pool water is as warm as the owner wants it to be. Since energy from the sun is free, it’s quite cost-efficient!

Solar Solutions of Texas has installed many solar pool heating systems over the years. Utilizing Heliocol solar panels, Solar Solutions is able to help heat swimming pools in a wide variety of climatic conditions– from the arid desert to cold mountain areas. Since 2006, Solar Solutions has installed more than 400 residential systems throughout Texas, New Mexico, and surrounding states.

If you want to keep your pool warm using energy from the sun, call Solar Solutions today at 915-581-0461.