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There are many things that people don’t know about solar energy. For example, there is more solar energy hitting the Earth each hour to power all of humanity for an entire year. Solar panels have also gotten much cheaper and since 1977 have decreased 99%, to just 21 cents per watt now. Solar power is also the easiest energy to re-build and repair since it comes directly from the sun. Finally, China produces and uses the most solar energy in the world and in 2017 installed enough solar energy to power over 8 million U.S. homes.

Key Takeaways:

  • Solar power is actually the most available energy on earth. One hours worth of solar energy could replace every ounce of oil and every lump of coal.
  • The cost of solar panels have decreased by 99% since 1977 and now only cost 21 cents per watt.
  • Solar energy is the fastest energy source one can supply, as it is extremely easy to build and replace since it comes from the sun.

“Depending on where you’re looking at producing solar energy, it’s probably already cheaper than coal, diesel, nuclear, and in most cases, natural gas, particularly in the Southern U.S. If the pattern of cost reductions is any indication, it won’t be long before solar blows away every form of fossil fuel on a cost basis.”

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