Solar power is a clean and abundant resource that can provide our world’s electricity for generations to come. It is hard to grasp just how powerful our sun is and how much of this power we can take advantage of. Let’s take a closer look at the science behind the sun and what this means for the future of solar power!

Here Are The Facts

The amount of sunlight that hits the Earth in one hour provides more power than the entire world consumes in one year [1]. To help us wrap our heads around this concept, here are some facts from the U.S. Department of Energy [2]:

  • Each hour 430 quintillion Joules of energy from the sun hits the earth. 430 quintillion is the number 430 with 18 zeroes!
  • In contrast, all humans combined use 410 quintillion Joules in a year.
  • The average American home used 39 billion Joules of electricity in 2013 [3].

As you can see, the sun produces a LOT of energy! We have this source of unlimited clean energy to use for solar panels. As technology improves, we can capture the sun’s energy and produce efficient power for millions of homes across the nation.

Environmental Benefits of Solar Power

Fossil fuels are finite resources that are expensive and harmful. They will continue to rise in price as our supply of these resources decreases, and they continually emit harmful chemicals into the atmosphere.

Power that is generated from the sun is natural, ample and environmentally friendly. Here are some of the benefits of solar provided by the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy [4] :

Solar Power Helps Curb Pollution: Solar can prevent $167 billion in health and environmental damages just by decreasing air pollution.

Solar Power Helps Mitigate Climate Change: Reducing our carbon footprint could save $259 billion in global climate change damages.

Solar Power Improves Health Outcomes: Reducing carbon emissions and pollutants from power plants can prevent unnecessary health costs and save more than 25,000 lives.

Solar Power Reduces Water Scarcity: By reducing water consumption used in traditional electricity generation, water consumption will drop in 36 states. This is equivalent to hydrating 1.3 million households.

How To Take Advantage of the Sun’s Power

Solar energy is part of an important societal shift to green energy and away from fossil fuels. Green energy can replace fossil fuel in all major areas of power, such as electricity, water, space heating and fuel for motor vehicles. There are so many reasons why people are transitioning from fossil fuels to solar energy –you should consider making the switch too!

Momentum Solar is an owner-operated company committed to delivering a first-class experience to our customers through their journey to cleaner, price-protected electricity generated by the sun. We handle the entire process of solar enrollment through customized design, engineering, permitting, installation and activation of every system to ensure a seamless transition to renewable energy.

Visit our website momentumsolar.com or call 1-888-MOMENTUM for a free quote!

[1] https://www.businessinsider.com/this-is-the-potential-of-solar-power-2015-9

[2] https://www.energy.gov/science/office-science

[3] https://www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.php?id=97&t=3

[4] https://www.energy.gov/eere/solar/downloads/environmental-and-public-health-benefits-achieving-high-penetration-solar

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