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  • Book Title: Solar Power
  • ISBN 13: 9780836892635
  • ISBN 10: 0836892631
  • Author: Tea Benduhn
  • Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Category (general): Other
  • Publisher: Gareth Stevens
  • Format & Number of pages: 24 pages, book
  • Synopsis: Introduces methods of obtaining energy from the sun, places solar energy in context with other power resources, explains how it works, and considers the advantages and disadvantages of its possible future use.

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ISBN: 0470175699 - Solar Power Your Home For Dummies - OPENISBN Project: Download Book Data

Solar Power Your Home For Dummies

Want to take advantage of solar power in your home? Whether you’re looking to save on your energy costs by adding a few solar components or you want to build a solar-powered house from the ground up, Solar Power For Dummies takes the mystery out of this energy source and shows you how to put it to work for you!

This friendly, hands-on guide is packed with tips for making your home more energy-efficient though solar power—and helping the planet at the same time. You’ll see how to survey your home to determine your current household energy efficiency and use, and evaluate where solar power would best benefit you. You’ll also calculate what the return on your investment will be before you make any decisions. Once you’ve decided on a project, you’ll see whether it’s best to hire a contractor or do it yourself. We leave no stone unturned—you’ll also discover how to:
  • Choose and install your best solar system
  • Handle small to large solar projects
  • Heat and cool your house with solar energy
  • Install exterior solar lighting
  • Handle swimming pool, water heater, or ventilation solar projects
  • Create greenhouses or solar rooms
  • Build, buy, or sell a solar home
  • Finance your solar investments
  • Take advantage of tax rebates and incentives associated with solar power
  • Avoid the worst solar mistakes

Featuring ten of the easiest and cheapest do-it-yourself solar projects, Solar Power For Dummies is the fun and easy way to meet your energy needs with this clean power source!

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Fraas L.M. Low-Cost Solar Electric Power

Springer Cham Heidelberg New York Dordrecht London, 2014. XV, 181 p. 155 illus. 95 illus. in color. - ISBN 978-3-319-07529-7, ISBN 978-3-319-07530-3 (eBook).

Provides a highly-accessible guide to modern, low-cost, solar electric power, with a systems and applications perspective on solar photovoltaics
Addresses three key areas for typical criticism of solar energy: cost, availability, and solar in the evening
Discusses solar cells, modules and systems, including newest, 40% efficient solar cells
Includes coverage of infrared photovoltaic cells for combined heat and power with natural gas systems, operating at night and in cold climates
This book describes recent breakthroughs that promise major cost reductions in solar energy production in a clear and highly accessible manner. The author addresses the three key areas that have commonly resulted in criticism of solar energy in the past: cost, availability, and variability. Coverage includes cutting-edge information on recently developed 40% efficient solar cells, which can produce double the power of currently available commercial cells. The discussion also highlights the potentially transformative emergence of opportunities for integration of solar energy storage and natural gas combined heat and power systems. Solar energy production in the evening hours is also given fresh consideration via the convergence of low cost access to space and the growing number of large terrestrial solar electric power fields around the world.
Dr. Fraas has been active in the development of Solar Cells and Solar Electric Power Systems for space and terrestrial applications since 1975. His research team at Boeing demonstrated the first GaAs/GaSb tandem concentrator solar cell in 1989 with a world record energy conversion efficiency of 35%, garnering awards from Boeing and NASA. He has over 30 years of experience at Hughes Research Labs, Chevron Research Co, and the Boeing High Technology Center working with advanced semiconductor devices. In a pioneering paper, he proposed the InGaP/GaInAs/Ge triple junction solar cell predicting a cell terrestrial conversion efficiency of 40% at 300 suns concentration. Having become today’s predominant cell for space satellites, that cell is now entering high volume production for terrestrial Concentrated Photovoltaic (CPV) systems. Since joining JX Crystals, Dr. Fraas has pioneered the development of various thermophotovoltaic (TPV) systems based on the new GaSb infrared sensitive PV cell. Dr. Fraas holds degrees from Caltech (B.Sc. Physics), Harvard (M. A. Applied Physics), and USC (Ph.D. EE).
Content Level » Professional/practitioner
Keywords » Low cost solar electric power - Renewable solar energy - Single Crystal Semiconductors - Solar Cell Efficiencies - Terrestrial Solar Electric Power from Space -ThermoPhotoVoltaic (TPV) Furnace-Generator
Related subjects » Circuits & Systems - Renewable and Green Energy - Systems, Storage and Harvesting



Solar Power

Solar Power Your Garden Dome

How to harness the power of the sun - Use the suns radiant solar energy to heat your dome

    As with all greenhouses, dome greenhouses make excellent solar collectors. One reason why a dome can make more efficient use of solar energy is due to the round shape; one or more dome triangles is always on a nearly straight direct path to the sun overhead. There is a more consistent, even warming effect through out the day. Inside the dome air circulates more freely bottom to top for more ventilation and healthy plant life. For best ventilation use a cupola top with windows and exhaust fans or one or more fans attached to the dome frame. Use thermostat controlled fans, heaters and cooling system. A computer with special software can regulate the temperature and operate and monitor irrigation, humidity and other factors. Thermal actuators such as the Uni-vent can automatically operate windows.
Passive Solar Collectors
    I use 55 gallon drums filled with water for my solar collectors. The are flat black plastic, previously used for detergent for car washes. The flat black absorbs more of the suns light energy, don't use a shiny black as it reflects the light. I have 9 of them in my 15 ft. Garden Dome 2 with the Base Option, and more would do well in climates further north. The top of the drum gets the hottest. When the temperature warms up I put plants and shelves on the tops of the drums. Also the water can be easily poured or siphoned out, and the drums taken out too. I live in north Texas so the freezes aren't that regular, and I need only a small electric heater with thermostat control to keep the dome temperature around 55-60 degrees F when it is around 32 outside. Any dark colored jugs filled with water will absorb heat during sunny days and dissipate heat at night inside the dome.

    Another solar collector is rock. I've noticed rocks inside my dome get hot on sunny days. If they are dark colored they will get even hotter. This method of passive solar collection is a valid option to water containers. One way to do this is to make a cage of fence material to stack your rocks in, located in a position to receive maximum sunlight. A fan on the rocks will circulate the heat given off at night.

    Rigid foam insulation inserted into the north triangular faces of the dome will help retain heat during winter. The silver lined type will reflect light back into the dome. Press to fit panels are easily installed and removed. For cutting them out, try making a triangle template with large cardbourd or plastic film, and marking the outline on the foam board.

    I have a ceiling fan to circulate air and blow warm air down as the dome height is about 10 feet. The fan is attached on a pentagon shaped piece of 1/2" plywood, that is screwed onto the five top struts of the dome. For greatest floor area and least height, the Garden Dome 3 is best.

    Winter observations from my own Garden Dome 2 that I use as a workable demonstration dome.Inside the dome there's no wind, circulation must be created when the windows are closed. I use the ceiling fan and an excersize bike that has a fan incorporated. I have only ornamental plants of many types, but the carbon dioxide I put out is important to them. It can be very windy outside but calm inside the dome. There's no wind chill factor. If it is 30 and windy outside and snow on the ground, it's 50 inside the dome on a cloudy morning and that's without using the small electric heater. I'm not using the foam insulation, only super poly and my dome is 98% sealed from outside air flow. We had a "mild" winter.
      Summer observations. The dome was getting too hot inside (110+ degrees F) so we added some misters, window, shade cloth and an extra fan. Some of the plants were baking while others (succulents) have adapted quite well to the heat. I constructed a hinged triangle frame window/vent and placed it on a top triangle. Then spray atomizer misters ( Misty Mate brand) were attached to upper dome struts, and a Y connector for a water hose in the dome (misters are plugged right into a garden hose). Next a square piece of shade cloth was stapled inside the dome to reduce afternoon heat on the herb growing area; an an extra fan to supplement the ceiling fan. We've had a period of unusually record breaking hot days and little to no cloud cover or rain for 3 weeks. June '98

    Some pre-engineering of you dome foundation can bring more passive solar heat by using the ground as the solar collector. Here are some ideas of how to do this:

    1. Where your dome floor will be dig down about 2 feet. Here you will insulate from the ground up. Put in hard foam board insulation right on the dirt.

    2. Tubes below your dome floor will bring the heat collected in the soil into the dome with a circulation fan. Array these tubes strategically spaced on top of the foam insulation. Connected pvc tubes will work well and support the weight of the dirt on them. A blower will circulate the warm air from the conducting tubes into the dome. Your insulated dirt floor makes an excellent solar collector. And you can still grow plants right in the soil without interference. Plants will do well with a warmer ground temperature. Your growing medium/soil can be replaced conveniently as necessary.

    Below your dome frame base perimeter, a cinderblock retainer wall can be placed in the ground when you are excavating for placement of the foam insulation and tubes. This will also allow you to insulate the below ground block wall with foam board insulation.

    3. Fill the hole back up with the excavated soil. This is your solar collector so you might plan on where no shadows are likely to be.

    Some more ideas about using your Garden Dome for growing

    1. Retain heat in winter with insulating techniques and solar collectors
    2. Ventilate in summer with windows and fans.
    3. Use thermometer to regulate temperatures Shade Thermometers, place away from direct sunlight for most accurate readings
    4. Store water for heat collectors in black containers; flat black paint may be used
    5. Clear jugs may be used; add black paint to the water to make it opaque.
    6. Situate water heat collectors next to north side foam board insulation panels to avoid blocking light on plants
    7. Use weather stripping at doors and windows and rubber sealant to minimize air infiltration
    8. Grow plants/vegetables suitable for the season and temperature
    9. Wind, clouds, sun, growing zone and other factors determine growing invironment-dome air and soil temperature
    10. In winter heat the water in the drums (or one that is centrally located) with a submersable heater 800 - 1000 watt; or space heater near the drums
    11. Use shade cloth during summer to reduce heat; it works best installed on the outside
    12. Use windows with screens, for cross ventilation
    13. Use an exhaust fan
    14. Monitor temperatures more closely in Spring and Autumn when temperature variations may be greater
    15. A thermal actuated automatic window opener works well
    16. Clean the covering once a year. Use biodegradable detergent
    17. Use double layers of film, and silver backed foam board for insulation.
    18. Make removeable triangle panels that are covered with the horticultural film such as our Super Poly. These can be installed in winter for heat retension and removed in summer. Or attach shade cloth to reduce heat in summer. 1" x 2" wood will make a good frame for the removeable triangles.
    1. Sunset- Garden and Patio Building Book (by Sunset Books and Magazine Copyright 1969). Old but usefull, lots of good illustrations.
    2. Growing Solar Food In Greenhouses (by Delores Wolfe, Copyright 1981, Doubleday & Company, Inc. ISBN 0-385-17603-1) "A month-by-month guide to raising vegetables, fruits, and herbs under glass" 1st Edition, 192 pages.
    3. How to Build and Use Greenhouses (by Ortho Books, Copyright 1978, ISBN 0-917102-74-6) Lots of nice color photos, charts and drawings; 95 pages.
    4. The Complete Greenhouse Book (by Peter Clegg & Derry Watkins, Copyright 1978, Garden Way Publishing, ISBN0-88266-142-6) "Building and Using Greenhouses from Coldframes to Solar Structures" More thorough and technical, 280 pages.
    5. The Big Book of Gardening Skills (Copyright 1993, by the editors of Garden Way Publishing, Storey Communications Inc. ISBN 0-8826-796-3) Good book about gardeing in general with one chapter dedicated to greenhouses. 346 pages
    6. Add-On Greenhouses and Sunspaces (by Andew M. Shapiro, Copyright 1985, Rodale Press, ISBN 0-87857-507-3) "Planning, Design, Construction" Very thorough, 355 pages. Mostly pertains to adding to an existing structure.
    7. Greenhouses, Cloches and Frames (by Peter McHoy, Copyright 1984 Blandford Press UK, ISBN 0-7137-1244-9) All aspects of flower and vegetable greenhouse gardening 128 pages w/ color photos
    8. Building a Solar Heated Pit Greenhouse (by Greg Stone, Garden Way Publishing Bulletin A-37, Copyright 1980) 28 page booklet with plans to build a partially sunken greenhouse that uses the earth and sun for heating.
    9. Building and Using a Solar Heated Geodesic Greenhouse (John Fontanella and Alvis Heller, Garden Way Publishing, 1979) Very informative but the dome building technique is difficult and primitive.
    On the World Wide Web:

    Research in Environmental Architecture (good article on solar greenhouse by architect Raold Gunderson)



Solar Power Generation, 1st Edition

Solar Power Generation, 1st Edition Key Features
  • Focuses on the evolution and developments in solar energy generation
  • Evaluates the economic and environmental viability of the systems with concise diagrams and accessible explanations
  • Demystifies the relevant solar energy technology functions in practice
  • Explores economic and environmental risk factors

Solar Power Generation is a concise, up-to-date, and readable guide providing an introduction to the leading renewable power generation technology. It includes detailed descriptions of solar photovoltaic and solar thermal generation systems, and demystifies the relevant solar energy technology functions in practice while also exploring economic and environmental risk factors. Engineers, managers, policymakers, and those involved in planning and delivering energy resources will find this reference a valuable guide to help establish a reliable power supply to address social and economic objectives.

Power generation planners, electrical engineers, students and lecturers of Electrical Engineering and Energy, researchers, academics and the technical community involved in the development and implementation of power generation technologies, and power related engineering disciplines.

Paul Breeze

Paul Breeze is a journalist and freelance Science and Technology writer and consultant in the UK who has specialized in power generation technology for the past 30 years. In addition to writing Power Generation Technologies, Second Edition, he has contributed to journals and newspapers such as The Financial Times and The Economist and has written a range of technical management reports covering all aspects of power generation, transmission, and distribution.

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A wide variety of detail regarding genuine and proprietary research from distinguished authors is presented, ranging from new means of evaluation of the local solar irradiance to the manufacturing technology of photovoltaic cells. Also included is the topic of biotechnology based on solar energy and electricity generation onboard space vehicles in an optimised manner with possible transfer to the Earth. The graphical material supports the presentation, transforming the reading into a pleasant and instructive labor for any interested specialist or student.

  • Chapter 1 Prediction of Solar Radiation Intensity for Cost-Effective PV Sizing and Intelligent Energy Buildings by Eleni Kaplani and Socrates Kaplanis
  • Chapter 2 Solar Energy Resources Used in Building in Chongqing, China by Ding Yong, Li Bai-Zhan, Yao Run-Ming, Lian Da-Qi and Dai Hui-Zi
  • Chapter 3 Evaluation of Solar Spectra and Their Effects on Radiative Transfer and Climate Simulation by Zhian Sun, Jiangnan Li and Jingmiao Liu
  • Chapter 4 Modified Degree-Hour Calculation Method by C. Coskun, D. Demiral, M. Ertürk, Z. Oktay
  • Chapter 5 Concentration of Solar Energy Using Optical Systems Designed from a Set of Conical Rings by Jorge González-García, Sergio Vázquez-Montiel, Agustin Santiago-Alvarado and Graciela Castro-González
  • Chapter 6 Solar Mirrors by Rafael Almanza and Iván Martínez
  • Chapter 7 Application of Solar Energy in the Processes of Gas, Water and Soil Treatment by Joanna Pawłat and Henryka D. Stryczewska
  • Chapter 8 The Behaviour of Low-Cost Passive Solar Energy Efficient House, South Africa by Golden Makaka, Edson L. Meyer, Sampson Mamphweli and Michael Simon
  • Chapter 9 Nanogold Loaded, Nitrogen Doped TiO2 Photocatalysts for the Degradation of Aquatic Pollutants Under Sun Light by Zahira Yaakob, Anila Gopalakrishnan, Silija Padikkaparambil, Binitha N. Narayanan and Resmi M. Ramakrishnan
  • Chapter 10 Estimation of Solar Energy Influx to the Sea in the Light of Fast Satellite Technique Development by Adam Krężel and Katarzyna Bradtke
  • Chapter 11 Mems-Concept Using Micro Turbines for Satellite Power Supply by Daniel Schubert
  • Chapter 12 Performance Analysis of Low Concentrating PV-CPC Systems with Structured Reflectors by Sylvester Hatwaambo
  • Chapter 13 Contribution of Spectrally Selective Reflector Surface to Heat Reduction in Silicon Concentrator Solar Cells by Christopher M. Maghanga and Mghendi M. Mwamburi
  • Chapter 14 Issues on Interfacing Problematics in PV Generator and MPP-Tracking Converters by Teuvo Suntio
  • Chapter 15 Research and Application of Solar Energy Photovoltaic-Thermal Technology by Jiang Wu and Jianxing Ren
  • Chapter 16 High Temperature Annealing of Dislocations in Multicrystalline Silicon for Solar Cells by Gaute Stokkan, Christoffer Rosario, Marianne Berg and Otto Lohne
  • Chapter 17 Photobiological Solar Energy Harvest by Ashley L. Powell and Halil Berberoglu
  • Chapter 18 Effect of Solar Concentrator System on Disinfection of Soil-Borne Pathogens and Tomato Seedling Growth by Sirichai Thepa, Jirasak Kongkiattikajorn and Roongrojana Songprakorp
  • Chapter 19 Employing Cyanobacteria for Biofuel Synthesis and CCS by Christer Jansson
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Solar Power - ISBN:9780836892635

Solar power Solar power Solar power

Which form of energy is free during the day, produces no dangerous waste products and will be available for the next 4 billion years? Solar power, of course.

Here are just some of the things you can do with it, with a bit of simple technology


Get a metal box and put some mirrors and a pot inside. Hey presto, you’ve got an oven! The mirrors focus the sunlight onto the pot to cook the food. The temperature can go to at least 200ºC. Somebody first invented a solar oven in Europe a few centuries ago. They are very useful these days in places where there is lots of sunlight, like Africa. The alternative is to cut down more and more trees to make fires.

Heating water

This is the most common use of solar energy at the moment. It works like this. A system of tubes heats up in contact with sunlight. The tubes go into a tank with water in it. A few hours sunshine will give most houses enough hot water for a whole day. Swimming pools can be heated this way, too.


Many shops now sell small lights which collect the sun’s energy during the day using a small solar panel. At night they can illuminate your garden. The lights on a mobile phone work on a similar principle. Recently, a university student used this idea in a common women’s accessory- she invented the solar-powered handbag. When you open it, a light comes on. Now it is much easier to look for your door key when you get home at night.

Operating small devices

If you put a small photovoltaic cell on top of a parking meter, an emergency telephone or a calculator, there is no need to be near an electricity supply. Photovoltaic cells are also used to operate satellites in space. There is a problem- they are expensive because they are made from silicon.

Keeping things cool

Solar-powered refrigerators are now available on the market. They are useful in places where there is no conventional electricity supply. In the mountains of Kashmir, the survivors of a recent earthquake got safe supplies of blood, vaccines and other drugs because of these refrigerators.


Every two years, teams of car designers try to cross Australia. They drive from north to south, coast to coast, in the best time possible and they can only use the sun to power their vehicles. The winners usually do the 3,000 km in under a week, going at about 100km/h. Major multinational companies, including car makers, sponsor the event. They are hoping a solar car will become a reality one day. Then nobody needs to be dependent on oil.

Recharging your batteries

If you’ve got a laptop computer, a mobile phone or a portable music player and you can’t find an electric socket, don’t worry. There are now solar panels that fold up and go in a small bag so that you can carry them around with you. They only weigh 250 grams.

Making buildings self-sufficient

Large solar panels are becoming common on the sides or tops of buildings to provide electricity for the people working inside. In Britain, there’s an office block in Manchester which is covered in them. In Greece, twenty per cent of houses have them.

Providing electricity to the masses

In the middle of Australia they have nearly finished the construction of a huge chimney. It will make enormous amounts of electricity. It’s called a solar tower, it’s about 1,000m tall, and it works by sucking hot air upwards. The air has enough force to drive 32 large turbines. This will create power for about 200,000 homes.

Building your house the right way round

The easiest way of using the sun’s energy is to make your house face south. Then you make sure that the rooms on that side are the ones where you spend the most time, like the kitchen or living room. It also helps to put lots of windows on this side of the building. In the winter they will catch the maximum amount of sunlight.



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Solar Power Pros And Cons: Is Solar Power Worth It?


Published on June 27th, 2015 | by Zachary Shahan

Solar Power Pros And Cons: Is Solar Power Worth It?

Solar power is growing like warts on a troll these days. If it were a disease, we’d have a full-blown epidemic. From $0-down leases to $0-down solar loans. there are easy ways to go solar these days. Even your grandmother can do it. But what are the actual pros and cons of solar power these days? Do the pros outweigh the cons? Is solar power worth it?

The simple answer is that it depends on many unique details regarding your home or business, your electricity usage, your utility’s and state’s programs and policies, and the solar resources available to you. Without the benefit of having that info for each of you, though, it may still be useful for me to run down the various generic advantages and disadvantages of solar power. so that’s what I’ll do here. Trying to be as comprehensive as possible, below are just about all of the solar power pros and cons I can think of.

Solar Power Pros

$ savings. As I said above, whether or not solar power will save you money, and how much it will save you, depends on a lot of factors specific to your situation. That said, if you have an unshaded roof that can host solar panels, there’s a high likelihood that solar power will save you tens of thousands of dollars over their lifetime .

Some might not care whether an investment saves them tens of thousands of dollars over two or three decades, but may care more about how fast the investment offers a return, what the ROI is. In many places, solar offers a very attractive ROI. but perhaps more importantly, you can often go solar through a lease, power purchase agreement, or loan these days, meaning that you can be saving money from the first month, but simply not saving as much over the long run. So, whether you are looking to maximize your return or simply start saving as soon as possible, solar power very likely offers exactly what you want.

On a broader, society level, solar power is a commonsense financial decision these days. The public health. climate. and environmental savings from using solar instead of fossil fuels are huge. and even if you didn’t include those, solar is now cheaper than fossil fuels in a number of places anyway.

If you just care about money, or assume that this is the ultimate bottom line, then this solar power pro should have you sold already, so you can stop reading now. 😀

Protects our climate, air, and water. In the end, it really doesn’t matter how much money you have if you don’t have a livable climate, clean air, or clean water. And the scientific consensus is very clear by now: we need to cut carbon emissions drastically in order to protect our climate and this society. and solar power is a key way to do so. Similarly, solar power and wind power offer the most logical and cost-effective ways to cut pollution from electricity generation and also preserve our limited freshwater resources .

Boosts grid security. Again, on a broader level, a solar power pro is that it improves grid security. Whether through a terrorist attack or extreme weather, if a large power plant or a couple are knocked out in a grid without much distributed generation or energy storage, the whole grid can be compromised and have a blackout. The more distributed, small-scale solar power is on the grid, the more balance and resiliency the grid has.

Provides energy reliability. Similarly but also a bit different, solar offers energy reliability. We know the sun will rise tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day, etc. Nothing compares to solar when talking about energy potential. In the chart below, note that the renewable energy circles are representing annual energy potential, while the fossil fuel and nuclear energy circles are representing total known reserves.

Provides energy independence. Relying on other countries or regions for your energy resources comes with risk, and also sometimes absurd cost. One big solar power pro is that solar resources are local. Once you have the solar panels, you don’t have to worry about much for decades. This energy independence is a big pro that it seems “conservatives” especially should get behind, but really, it’s something we should all value a great deal — on the societal and the personal level.

Solar = jobs. If solar and coal were absolutely equal on costs (all externalities included), solar would still be a better economic choice for society. Why? With coal (or natural gas or nuclear), much of the cost comes from the fuel, with the financial boon of selling that fuel largely going to the heads of large corporations. With solar, much more of the cost comes from the labor (used to produce the panels and install them), so more of the money spent on solar goes to a broad network of middle-class workers. By just about all standards, this results in a healthier economy and society.

Putting it in other words, $1,000 invested in solar power results in twice as many jobs as $1,000 invested in coal power, and nearly 3 times more jobs as $1,000 invested in natural gas. If you want jobs in your society, you should support solar power (and wind power, biomass, energy efficiency, mass transit, and bicycling).

Solar Power Cons

On to solar power cons…. Actually, it’s really hard to think of legitimate solar power cons. Though, there might be a few.

One is that wind power is often a cheaper option for electricity generation than solar power, so rather than blindly supporting or installing solar power over wind power, one should examine both options. Of course, no grid should rely 100% on one energy source, and wind and solar are actually very complementary. So, more than competing, solar and wind are most logically partners that should jointly be used to move into a clean energy future.

Another potential solar power con is that the sun doesn’t shine 24/7. If it did, yeah, we could just rely on solar power for all of our electricity needs in many places. Since it doesn’t, again, we need a mix of clean energy solutions, and even energy storage to a small extent. But limited solar resources don’t mean solar isn’t the best option for many people, businesses, organizations, and governments. And, remember, solar energy resources dwarf all other energy resources on the planet.

The biggest challenge with the timing of solar energy potential is that a lot of electricity is needed (or wanted) in the evening and early night, when solar resources dwindle away. This makes the importance of a mixed energy pie that much more important.

About the Author

Zachary Shahan is the director of CleanTechnica. the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave. a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy since 2009. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the founder and director of Solar Love. EV Obsession. and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.

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On “Con” side you can’t ignore the issue of recycling/disposal of photoelectric panels and backup batteries, and the sustainability of battery maunfacture. Assuming that these technologies continue exponential growth, this will be a very big problem.

Concentrated solar is more viable with regard to sustainability, but not so readily distributed.




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