The practice of generating energy from the sun has been around since the late 1800s. The evolution from possibility to novelty to mainstream power source has taken more than 100 years, but today the technology has never been more prominent.
In fact, while 2016 is not yet over, we can already call this the “Year of Solar” since all of these amazing projects are going on right now:
India: The World Bank has approved $1 billion in loans for utility-scale and grid-connected solar power. This nation of 1.3 billion people plans to raise its current clean energy tally of 43 gigawatts (one gigawatt = 1 billion watts) to 175 gigawatts by 2022.
China: Twenty gigawatts of new solar power have been added in 2016, with plans to add 20 more every year through 2020.
Nevada, USA: The Crescent Dunes solar power plant now generates electricity 24/7, thanks to a unique molten salt battery. The facility generates enough power for 75,000 homes.
California, USA: Closer to home, the largest solar power grid in the state, ISO, generated enough electricity on one mid-July day to power 2 million homes – that is 15% of the total number of homes in California.
And high above all of these breakthrough projects, a plane recently flew around the world using only solar power.
Of course, these are all large-scale endeavors that will add significantly to the world’s reliance on clean energy. But there has been a similar increase in families looking to add residential solar panels to their homes.
Is 2016 going to be your year of solar as well? There has never been a better time to take advantage of rebates and tax incentives that will lower the cost of your solar panel purchase. And once your home becomes a solar home, you may never receive a power bill again.
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