About Solar Energy

January 11th, 2007

Solar power is the process of using the light from sun and turning it into an energy source. It has become a reliable alternative to regular power sources in remote areas. It has even been used in outer space. Solar power is used in homes, lighting, architectural projects, and cooking. It has become even more popular as the cost of fossil fuel continues to rise. Solar panels are designed to collect the power from the sun.

Once solar energy is collected by the solar panels it has to be converted into energy. This can be done by a process called solar thermal application. It involves using the energy from the sun to directly heat air or liquids. The process of photoelectric application involves the use of photovoltaic cells to change the energy into electricity.

Solar power poses no harm to the environment. However, other threats to the environment may affect the ability to use solar power in the future. Global dimming is the result of pollution. It allows less sunlight to reach the surface of the Earth. A recent concern is global dimming, an effect of pollution that is allowing less sunlight to reach the Earth’s surface. Global dimming is caused by pollution particles and global warming.

The Solar Electric Power Association is an organization of electric utility companies and the solar industry. They joined together to find solutions to meet our energy needs. SEPA is a network of more than one hundred companies. Fifty are utility companies, twenty five are solar companies, and the rest are various types of businesses. They share experiences, knowledge, and information about solar programs, They also discuss policies and technology relating to their field.

Is solar energy right for you? There are advantages to using this as a safe alternative to fossil fuel. Solar energy is free. It can be used in areas where electricity can’t be set up easily. The sun is not a resource that is going to be depleted. Disadvantages are that it doesn’t work at night. The cost of creating solar power stations to store such energy is very expensive. In some area of the world, solar energy just isn’t an option because the climate does not receive enough sun light.

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Xcel Energy Going Solar?

September 25th, 2006

Xcel Energy announced that solar energy developer SunEdison LLC will build an 8-megawatt solar power plant in Colorado and sell electricity to Xcel Energy

Utilizing two types of solar technologies (photovoltaic and advanced flat plate) solar panel units - Xcel is hoping to have the plant up and running by 2007.

Colorado will be the home of the plant and, will be able to power about 8,000 homes when the solar panels are generating electricity.

Let the Sun Work For You

August 25th, 2006

Yet another reason to love the sun: it’ll keep your car’s battery charged. Just plug this helpful 15-watt solar charger into your vehicle’s 12V lighter socket and position the panel to pick up the most daylight possible. The powerful 15 watts means you can use it for boats or larger vehicles too. You can also charge batteries to run lights, TVs, VCRs or other small appliances. Blue LED light shows it’s working. Works on cloudy days too.

Solar Plane Video

July 12th, 2006

This is cool. It’s a short video of a solar powered plane