Solar power is perhaps the most well-known form of renewable energy and the simplest to conceptualize. Since its discovery in the mid 17th century, solar panels have become far more complex and efficient but essentially operate in the same manner. Sunlight strikes a compound which produces electrons and another part of the panel accepts those electrons causing them to flow through a conductor which leads to a storage mechanism like a battery (Energy Matters).
“I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.”Thomas Edison, 1931
“When there’s a huge solar energy spill, it’s just called a ‘nice day’ ”Vote Solar billboard, 2012
The upfront cost of solar appears daunting but can be quickly regained. How much could it save you?
Drawdown solutions is a website that outlines the cost and details to the top 100 solutions to combating climate change. https://www.drawdown.org/solutions
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If you have time the Drawdown Ted Talk is well worth your time.
Mountain Top Removal in the Midwest
Below is a Petition to Stop Mountain Top Removal that you can sign!
Solar Panels have dramatically decreased in price as you saw above but that is due to intense competition among companies as well as nations. Competition is great for the consumers, in an economic sense, sa price is decreased. However, when countries become involved things become complicated. Economically, free trade is ideal and that is certainly not the case with solar power. A good example of this is the tariff the US has placed on Chinese solar panels.
China choose incentivize the development of solar and as a result has reaped the rewards and now produces solar panels at the lowest cost while the US has struggled to lower cost. This, at least in part, is due to the US’ decision to not originally invest in solar and rather choosing to continue to prop up fossil fuels. The existing tariff is working; US solar production is up, but it costs more. This increased cost could have been avoided in the first place had the US invested in the development of solar as the Chinese did.
Below is a Case Sunvia, Inc brought to the US Trade Commission supporting a tariff that the industry opposes.
Future Of Solar
Marjan van Aubel details the future of solar panels beyond traditional designs.
https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/solar-farms-space-could-be-renewable-energy-s-next-frontier-ncna967451 Here is another example of a , literally far out, solar farm.
https://www.qualcomm.com/news/releases/2017/05/18/qualcomm-demonstrates-dynamic-electric-vehicle-charging This article is an interesting facet of the above article