Solar Academy: What is Solar Energy?

Solar Academy: What is Solar Energy?

What is Solar Energy?

To get a better idea of how solar energy works to power things here on Earth, we’re going to go straight to the source, the sun! The sun is by far the most important source of energy for life on Earth.

The Sun produces energy and lots of it! In one year the Sun will have generated more energy than all the energy ever produced since the beginning of mankind!

Photons, the hot tamales that give us the power

Every second on the sun, there are billions of nuclear reactions occurring. From these reactions, photons, which are tiny packs of energy, are created and travel to Earth at light-speed, this is actually how we got the term “light-speed”. Once the photons arrive on Earth they are absorbed by clouds, oceans, and land. Most of it is reflected by the oceans, which creates the blue color of the sky.

Solar energy was actually first used by Nasa to power space missions. Solar energy was a great source of energy since it was free,¬†and easy to harvest in space. Later on,¬†people started to wonder why solar energy wasn’t being used to power regular homes and commercial spaces, due to the advances in solar technology. This was in part because of how expensive solar equipment was in the past.

History of solar energy

As time has progressed the cost of harnessing solar energy has decreased as more research and progress has been made in capturing the suns energy. Since the 1970’s people have been able to harness the power of solar energy and use it to power their homes and other devices. Because of the advances in solar technology, vast amounts of savings have been passed on to the consumers (homeowners).

Tax incentives for going solar

Some states have even put programs into place which grant incentives to homeowners who have gone solar. For example: If you are living in California, there is a 30% tax incentive you can qualify for which allows you to write off the cost of your system for next years taxes. For more information on how you can save on your next electric bill, fill out our form below.

Now that you have an idea of what solar energy really is, it’s time to learn how we capture that energy and store it. Learn how solar panels work here ==> Solar Panels