Powering a Sustainable Millennium
Every day, tons of toxic gases and harmful by-products are released into the environment. The most mounting problem in the current milieu is the impending climate change and its associated detrimental impact on the entire ecosystem, challenging the very existence of life on earth. With the fast growing population, the rate of energy consumed daily is unimaginably high, further heating up the planet beyond limits. It is time we adopt more sustainable ways of living. Solar Power in this context is definitely a significant source of alternative energy for our needs.
The incredible Sun radiates energy that provides us both heat and light by fusing hydrogen into helium at its core. Only about half of this solar radiation makes it to the Earth’s surface. The rest is either absorbed or reflected by clouds and the atmosphere. Still, we receive enough power from the sun to meet the power demands of all mankind — millions of times over. Solar energy is inexhaustible, eco friendly and clean resource.
Solar energy can be used directly for heating and lighting homes and businesses, for generating electricity, and for hot water heating, solar cooling, and a variety of other commercial and industrial uses. Most critical, given the growing concern over climate change, is the fact that solar electricity generation represents a clean alternative to electricity from fossil fuels, with no air and water pollution, no global warming pollution, no risks of electricity price spikes, and no threats to our public health.
According to the US Department of Energy, the amount of sunlight that strikes the earth’s surface in an hour and a half is enough to handle the entire world’s energy consumption for a full year. Just imagine! 18 days of sunshine on Earth produces the same amount of energy as is stored in all of the planet’s reserves of coal, oil, and natural gas.