Essay on The Future Of Solar Power

1301 Words Dec 7th, 2015 6 Pages
According to the U.S. Dept. of Energy, ‘solar’ is a Latin word which means ‘sun,’ and energy produced from the sun can be used to heat, air condition, and illuminate people’s homes and businesses (“2015 Learning”). One of the first people to see the potential in solar power was John Herschel, a British astronomer, who used a solar thermal collector box to heat his meals in Africa, in the 1830s (U.S. Energy Info. Adm.). Over a century later, in 1954, Bell Laboratories created the first solar cell, the genesis of everything powered by the solar energy. During the 1960s, the space industry went a step further and become one of the first industries to truly adopt solar power to use with their space crafts (U.S. Dept. of Energy, “2012 Top 6”). In fact, having logged more than 6 billion miles, the Vanguard 1 --- the first solar powered, artificial earth satellite --- is still the oldest manmade satellite in orbit. Today, the most plentiful energy on earth is solar energy, producing more than 10,000 times the energy the world needs. The Earth is constantly being hit with173,000 terawatts of solar energy (U.S. Dept. of Energy, “2012 Top 6”). With advances in solar technologies and government energy credits, a solar power circuit can be a clean and economical source of energy. There are many factors that have an effect on how efficiently a solar power circuit operates. Sunlight impacts different parts of the Earth differently. Sunlight is also affected by climate and weather…

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