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?Solar Power Energy: Where Is It Used?

Posted by on Oct 6th, 2008
Oct 6

Solar power energy is powerful. It provides people with large amounts of energy to accomplish virtually any goal they have. In the right amount, solar energy can do anything that oil, natural gas or coal can do for you. Yet, it has many more benefits. For example, it is used as a clean form of energy with no pollution into the air or water. It also is readily available and free to anyone, meaning that you don’t have to worry about a supply that’s going to run out. But, with solar power energy, you do have to find the right application. You need to find the right system to make it work.

Solar power energy is an important renewable fuel. It takes up less space than other forms of natural resources, for example. The Hoover Dam runs an excess of 250 square miles. In order to generate as much power as the Hoover Dam, you would need an area of ten to twenty square miles for a concentrating solar power system. By contrast, that is relatively small. Consider also coal, which is what so many power plants are currently running on. When you consider how much space is needed for mining and then coal fired plant operation, you again find that solar power energy needs a smaller amount of room.

Another consideration of solar power energy is why it has not taken over the world as the best power source. While this type of energy is capable of accomplishing these goals, there are some problems that are in the way. For example, most of today’s power plants are run by coal. Coal is very inexpensive currently. Companies are unwilling to invest in a new technology when they are currently doing well. On top of that, most utility companies are looking at new natural gas power plants. The benefit here is that the initial cost is much lower. Unfortunately, in the near future, the costs of both of these options will rise significantly as there is more risk to these fossil fuels being used up.

Solar power energy can be used in many ways for many needs. As you consider how you can apply this type of energy to your home, realize that many people are already doing so. In some areas, solar power energy is used to heat homes, to heat water, and to provide light to homes through electricity. In other areas, solar power energy is being used to give cars the fuel they need. There is a lot of research and work to be done, but this type of energy is one that is likely to do big things in the future.

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