Monday, May 13, 2013

Amazing Facts about Solar Energy

Here are some of the most interesting facts about Solar Energy.  You can read some interesting facts about solar energy and sun related information.

  • Solar Energy is very good for environment than the traditional forms of energy
  • There are many uses of solar energy like producing electricity and heating water
  • Solar energy can be used for heating swimming pools, powering cars and also for calculators.  
  • It is possible to cook food with solar energy
  • Solar energy is measured in Kilowatt-hours.   
  • 1 Kilo watt hour = the amount of energy required to burn a 100 watt light bulb for 10 hours
  • According to the US Department of Energy, an average American household used approximately 866-kilowatt hours per month in 1999 costing them $70.68.
  • About 30% of the total energy consumption by us is used for heating water 
  • A solar system for homes typically contains solar panels on roof top, a charge controller unit, an inverter, wiring and support structure
  • It takes about 2 days to install a 1 Kilowatt home solar system and costs around Rs.5,00,000 ( US $10,000) and it can vary greatly
  • A 1 KW home solar system contains about 10 solar panels of 100 Watts each  and may need a space of 100 square feet for installation  
  • A 1 KW home solar power system generates nearly 1,600 Kilowatt hours per year in a sunny climate ( receiving 5 hours of sun shine per day) and nearly 750 Kilowatt hours in a cloudy climate ( 2.5 hours of sun shine per day) 
  • You can prevent nearly 77 Kgs. of coal from burning, 135 Kg of CO2 being released into atmosphere and 105 gallons of water from consumed each month by using a 1 KW home solar system
  • Around 40 solar cells are usually combined into a single solar panel and 10 to 12 panels are mounted in an array facing due north for receiving maximum sun shine.
  • Solar panels come in various colors
  • Solar energy can be collected and stored in batteries, which can provide electricity 24x7 even on cloudy days and at night
  • The amount of sun light that falls on earth in one hour is more than what is being used by entire world population in one year.
  • In the year 1990, a solar powered air craft flew 4060 Kms. across USA using no fuel.  This was the world record.
  • About 2 billion people in the world are without electricity at present.
  • The third world countries with abundant quantity of sun light and most population are currently without electricity represent the fastest growing market for solar energy. 
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