Here are 10 interesting facts about the world of solar that’ll get you in the loop and ready to invest in solar power for your home energy needs.
1. THE FIRST SOLAR PANEL CELL WAS INVENTED IN 1941
The effect of photovoltaic energy was discovered by Alexandre Edmond Becquerel in 1839 when he found that you could create electric current from the sun. Not long after, Russell Ohl took that science and created the world’s very first solar cell in 1941. Bell Laboratories came along in 1954 and took this science to a commercial level which paved the way for solar panels as we know it today. Green Day Power Continues to install industry leading solar panels every day.
2. ONE HOUR OF SUNLIGHT EQUALS ONE YEAR’S WORTH OF ENERGY FOR THE ENTIRE EARTH
Solar power or solar energy means you are getting energy from the sun, that energy is stored in solar panels. Those panels transform the energy into power and moves it in two ways – Photovoltaic power which is used for electricity and the other one is solar thermal power, which used for heating. Every second, our sun produces enough energy to sustain Earth’s needs for 5,000,000 years. That vast amount of clean energy simply needs to be harnessed. All you need to harness this energy, is to install solar panels on your roof and they will do all the work for you! Free energy at your fingertips.
3. CALIFORNIA IS THE BIGGEST PROPONENT OF SOLAR ENERGY IN THE UNITED STATES
The state of California ranked number one in solar power usage as of 2017, logging in 20,163 megawatts of solar energy. It has more than enough solar systems installed that can power 3.7 million homes. North Carolina follows California in the list of producing solar energy followed by Arizona, Nevada, and New Jersey. Expecting more states to get on the list as solar has now entered the mainstream, everyday homeowners are starting to wonder how much solar could save them and how simple making the switch really could be.
4. SOLAR PANELS CAN PRODUCE POWER WITHOUT DIRECT SUNLIGHT
The sun is indeed the only source of energy absorbed by solar panels to convert it into power, but if the sun’s not directly beaming on the solar panels, whether it’s a cloudy day or for any other reason, Solar panels will capture most of the sun’s light spectrum, even hues reflected from the sky are captured to produce power for our home.
5. A SOLAR-POWERED HOME CAN REDUCE CO2 EMISSIONS BY 100 TONS WITHIN 30 YEARS
Solar power is a renewable energy source that helps reduce the carbon footprint, benefiting our planet. It does not emit any pollution like most of the other energy resources do. An average U.S household using a solar system will be reducing emissions up to eight pounds of sulfur dioxide, five pounds of nitrogen oxide, and probably more than 1,400 pounds of carbon dioxide each month. These harmful gases not only increase respiratory health risks but also contribute to climate change. That is why when you install a solar panel, you decrease air pollution.
6. INVESTING IN SOLAR ENERGY CAN PAY FOR ITSELF
The energy from the sun is free. By using the sun’s power, enough energy can be produced so you can have better control of energy usage. You don’t have to worry about your heating and electric bills anymore consequently saving a lot of money. The average Green Day Power customer saves thousands of dollars by going solar in 2020. The overall amount you save in investing in solar power is where the value lies. Anyone who pays for solar panel installation in 2020 on a home or business they own can claim the 26% solar tax credit if they have a tax liability in the year of installation. What this means is, you must owe taxes during the same year as the installation to qualify for the solar tax credit. Additionally, you can sell your excess solar energy and although it is at a lower rate, it’s far better than owing the utility company when you can put the money back into your own pocket.
7. SOLAR POWER CAN FUEL AIRPLANES
Thanks to advances in solar technologies, Solar energy is not only used for home electricity purposes. Cars and trains can be found having solar panels on their tops. Even airplanes are using solar energy nowadays too. We can say that solar power is the future’s energy and the beginning of brighter days.
8. INSTALLING SOLAR CAN BE A COMMUNITY EFFORT
Surprisingly, you can switch to solar without even installing solar panels on your property!!
Community solar systems – the idea of installing a massive solar farm – that hundreds or even thousands of people can source their electricity is expanding. That concept is already very well known in multiple states: California, Colorado, Minnesota, and Massachusetts, Nevada and more. Don’t you think it’s time you took a look at solar for your home and see what savings you can put back into your pockets?
9. SOLAR PANELS ENERGY PRODUCTION
Solar panels are best known by the power they products in the form of wattage. When testing for it’s energy capabilities, a panels peak wattage refers to the amount of DC power it produces.
Solar panels are made by joining a number of solar cells together in a series. In 2020, residential solar panels will typically fall between the range of 260 to 330 watts and contain about 60 solar cells, or between the range of 360 and 400 watts comprised of 72 cells.
It’s apparent when you understand how the panels are put together that the higher the wattage the more electricity it will produce. Finding the balance of the right size panel to fit into your budget is where the expert advice comes in to play with an in-home energy evaluation. These evaluations will not only consider the energy you use, but also your plans for future use, whether or not you have an electric vehicle and the size of your home and roof. Setting up an evaluation with Green Day Power is as easy as a phone call!
10. THE NUMBER OF U.S. SOLAR POWER INSTALLATIONS IS 23 TIMES HIGHER THAN EIGHT YEARS AGO
The good news is that solar has become more attractive since the cost of solar has plummeted while the cost of grid electricity has continued to gradually rise. Solar energy has been an escape for many Americans across the country.
Solar power continues to grow in popularity in the United States, which is currently the third-largest solar market in the world. With the price of solar energy systems decreasing, it’s becoming an extremely appealing energy choice for Americans.
So don’t delay and find out if your home is prime for solar today. With the tax credit going away in the next year and a half, you want to take advantage of all the discounts you can get. In addition, Green Day Power offers several promotions to help you save even more money so be sure to ask about our latest ones.
Written by: Laila El Azhary