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By now you have probably heard of solar power and know that it’s a cleaner alternative to power your home. However, there’s s much to know about the sun’s power! Here are some of our favorite fun facts about the sun and solar energy.

Solar power is the most abundant energy source on Earth.

Our sun is extremely powerful. In fact, there’s enough solar energy hitting the Earth every hour to meet all of the planet’s energy needs per year [1]. If we utilize this tremendous resource, we can leave fossil fuels in the past and move towards a cleaner future.

California is the leader in solar energy in the United States.

According to the SEIA, California gets 19.5% of its electricity from solar, which is a greater percentage than any other state [2]. This is largely thanks to great state incentives and government assistance. Beginning in 2020, all new homes built in California must have solar energy.

Light travels fast.

The sun is 90 million miles from the earth, yet it takes less than 10 minutes for light to travel that distance [3].

Solar began a new era.

The first silicon solar cell was built by Bell Laboratories in 1954. The New York Times proclaimed the event “the beginning of a new era, leading eventually to the realization of one of mankind’s most cherished dreams – the harnessing of the almost limitless energy of the sun for the uses of civilization” [4].

NASA was an early solar adopter.

The space industry adopted solar energy early on. In the 1950s, solar technology began to provide power aboard spacecrafts. The Vanguard 1 was the first artificial earth satellite powered by solar cells and remains the oldest manmade satellite still in orbit [5].

The demand for solar energy is on the rise.

In the United States, the demand for solar is at an all-time high. By the end of 2015 an estimated 27.4 GW of solar was installed, increasing more than 23 times from 2008 [6]. That amount of energy is enough to power about 5.5 million average American homes.

Solar is more affordable than ever.

Homeowners that switch to solar energy can benefit from state, county and utility rebates. The Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) [7] has an interactive map that displays solar incentives by state.

The federal solar tax credit, also known as the investment tax credit (ITC), allows solar energy owners to deduct 26% of the cost of installing the solar system from their federal taxes. It is one of the most critical incentives for home solar power in the United States implemented by the federal government today.

You can also speak to a dedicated solar energy specialist at Momentum Solar to find out what incentives you may qualify for. We will happily provide you with all available rebates and incentives in your area!

Call 1-800-MOMENTUM or visit momentumsolar.com for a free quote today!

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

[2] https://www.seia.org/state-solar-policy/california-solar

[3] https://phys.org/news/2013-04-sunlight-earth.html

[4] https://www.energy.gov/articles/top-6-things-you-didnt-know-about-solar-energy

[5] https://nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov/nmc/spacecraft/display.action?id=1958-002B

[6] https://www.seia.org/us-solar-market-insight

[7] https://www.dsireusa.org/

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