The Importance Of Solar Energy

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The sun has produced energy for billions of years. Its emits about 3.86 x 1026 watts of energy; 1.74 x 1017 watts of it strikes the earth. Solar energy is the sun 's rays that reach the earth. This energy can be converted into heat and electricity. Solar panels are large flat panels and made with lots of individual solar cells. They can be used to heat water for use in homes, buildings, and swimming pools or to produce electricity. In the US, solar power has increased by 41% in the past few years. It has become the second-largest energy resource in the country after natural gas. By 2013, there are 445 megawatts at 950 facilities in America. In 2013, there were enough solar panels to power over 3.5 million homes in the US. In 2011, solar installation were only valued at $8.6 billion. Compare to $13.7 billion in 2013. It has increased $5.1 billion. Now, we are in the beginning of 2015, imagine how many more solar panels there are right now compared to 2013. The country is becoming greener and greener. Although solar energy is not always available and needs a lot of space, more and more countries could be like the United States and rapidly increase their use of solar energy to produce electricity because the Sun’s energy is free and there is no pollution by greenhouse gases. ( energy saving trust and next city) Solar panels capture sunlight and convert it to DC electricity and your solar system converts that energy to an AC current that can power your home to

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