Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Solar Energy (But Were Too Afraid to Ask)

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With the unexpectedly sweltering heat we’ve been experiencing the last week, you might be wondering what on earth that fiery ball in sky is and where has it been since you last saw it in 1996?

The sun offers much more than just an excuse for ice cream and a chilled beer; it’s a virtually infinite source of energy. Also our continuously improving proficiency at harnessing the sun’s excess power could be one of the key ways to meet the planet’s ever increasing energy demands and wean ourselves off dirty, old carbon fuels. So just in time for the summer holiday, here’s five facts about solar energy.

 

1. For every kilowatt of energy a solar panel can produce, 170 pounds of coal would need to be burnt.

2. The sun continually blasting 173,000 terawatts of energy at the earth every single moment. More solar energy strikes the…

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