INTRODUCING SOLAR SUNDAY
Wow – this photograph from our front deck does well to introduce this new series, Solar Sunday – even considering the cloudy weather.
Here is a fact you may not know: every hour the sun beams onto Earth more than enough energy to satisfy global energy needs for an entire year. (source – National Geographic)
So, on the occasional Sunday as Sol Power moves me, I will feature numerous examples of how sunlight is utilized to provide home power needs.
THE SOLAR AGE IS DAWNING
I have utilized solar energy for more than 30 years. Back in early 2010, when my wife and I upgraded our home power system, we stored in our bedroom (with great passion) 4 new photo-voltaic modules. They were later installed by Sun Water Power Systems which is owned by my friend Peter Talbot (seen in the photo below). Also note the solar water heater under the deck railing.
Since 2010, solar electric panels have dropped in price by 46%, and costs continue to fall. Many people don’t have any idea that solar modules continue to produce electricity even on cloudy days, usually around 10-20% of the amount produced on sunny days.
(source– Solar Energy USA)
Even though it’s rainy and stormy here today, the computer and satellite dish that I’ll use to upload this post are both powered in part with stored solar energy.
An upcoming feature will illustrate another one of our major energy sources – liquid sunshine or falling water via our hydro powered turbine.
You also may enjoy my previous series called WOW – Watts of Wind (on Wednesday).
Here’s hoping for a future of many happy solar powered Sunday’s.
Cheers ~ Bruce