Fun Facts About Solar Energy

Published: 27th October 2009
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Here are some interesting and fun facts about solar energy, Solar energy supports all life on Earth and is the basis for almost every form of energy we use.

By photosynthesis green plants convert solar energy into chemical energy, which produces food, wood and the biomass from which fossil fuels are derived.

The use of evaporation ponds to obtain salt from sea water is one of the oldest applications of solar energy.

Solar Energy is a form of electromagnetic radiation emitted from the sun that is converted into electrical energy on Earth.

The sun causes water to evaporates and fall back down to the earth and rushes down rivers spinning hydroelectric turbines that light up towns and cities as it passes on its way to the sea.

The magic of solar energy was first discovered in 1839 by a French scientist named Edmund Becquerel.

In the 1950s, Bell scientists produced photovoltaic (PV) cells, solar cells that could convert four percent of the energy in sunlight directly to electricity.

Germany presently employs more solar energy than any other country in the world.

Solar cells are powering everything from household appliances to cars.

In the US 93.9% of the energy that is consumed is NOT from renewable sources

U.S. Energy Consumption By Source:

Non-Renewable Renewable

Petroleum 38.1% Bio-Mass 2.9%

Coal 23.2 Hydro Power 2.7%

Natural Gas 22.9% Geothermal 0.3%

Uranium 8.1% Wind 0.1%

Propane 1.7% Solar&other 0.1%

The best fun facts about solar energy is the technology has changed rapidly in recent years, from large bulky residential solar panels that cost thousands of dollars, and had to be professionally installed to smaller lighter cheaper units that cost less than two hundred dollars and can easily be installed by the average homeowner in one or two days. So if you ever thought about adding solar power to cut your electricity cost, but were afraid that the process might be too difficult you need not worry the process is fairly simple.


Floyd Duckett is a RealEstate Investor who is interested in solar and renewable energies. For more information on the benefits

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