Solar Panels are panels that convert the sun's energy to electricity. This energy is sustainable and does not create waste. Places such as Australia, which has a lot of sunlight, are excellent choices for solar panels, as they can generate the highest amount of energy.
- It would take only around 0.3 per cent of the world's land area to supply all of our electricity needs via solar power.
- The Earth receives more energy from the sun in an hour than is used in the entire world in one year.
- The first solar cell was constructed by Charles Fritts in the 1880s.
- The solar industry creates 200 to 400 jobs in research, development, manufacturing and installation for every 10 megawatts of solar power generated annually.
- Wind is a form of solar power, created by the uneven heating of the Earth's surface.
- The area of roof space available in Australia is enough to provide all of the nation's electricity, using solar panels.
- On an average, per square metre solar radiation availability in Australia is the highest in the world.
The benefits of using solar energy are as follows:
- It is a clean source of energy and is becoming more affordable.
- Solar energy avoids depletion of natural resources.
- Poisonous gas emissions are greatly reduced when solar energy is used.
- Solar energy usage reduces import of fossil fuels.
- It also reduces dependence on nuclear energy.
- Water consumption is greatly reduced by changing over to solar energy.
- There is no waste generation when solar power is used.
- It does not cause any noise pollution.
- As no pollutants are generated, costs involved in complying with environmental regulations can be avoided.
- Solar energy helps to improve the rural economy.