Enough sunlight falls on the Earth’s surface every hour to meet the entire world’s energy needs for one year. While this abundant source of energy seems like a solution to our energy woes, it all comes down to the ability to convert solar energy into electricity.
Far gone are the days when the solar technology meant concentrating the suns rays to make fire or burn ants. This year, an airplane powered only by sunlight made it across the Atlantic, more and more Americans are powering their homes with solar, and businesses are capitalizing on its rapid rate of return. The technology to utilize the sun’s rays for lighting, heating, cooling, and charging has arrived.
Still, solar has to be able to compete with other energy sources on the market. While solar power may not be able to rival the price of natural gas, it is well on it’s way to becoming a strong contributor to the United States energy make-up.