Solar energy has increased both in popularity and in its usage over the last eight years especially. In the last eight years it is being used 23 times as much as it ever has been. Some things you may not know about solar energy is it has been around for decades. It may seem new to some, but it has been used since the fifties, and it was even used to give power to space craft. The largest solar power plant is in the Mojave desert in California, if the usage increases you will start seeing plants of this size all over.
- The sun produces a huge amount of solar energy, more than 10,000 times the amount used by the earth.
- Demand for solar energy is at an all-time high, as prices decrease.
- The space industry began to adapt and use solar power as early as the 1950’s.
“Solar energy is the most abundant energy resource on earth — 173,000 terawatts of solar energy strikes the Earth continuously.”