Green energy has never been more important due to the increasing impact of climate change on the planet, but so few people know very much about it that we thought we’d take a look at some of the lesser-known aspects of sustainable energy to put you in the picture – it’s actually pretty interesting.
1. Solar energy travels a huge distance
In fact, this mainstay of green energy travels as much as 140 million kilometers from the sun to energize our solar panels and provide us with a cleaner power source. It takes approximately 8 minutes and 20 seconds for it to wing its way to us, and that’s despite the fact that it’s traveling at a staggering 300,000 km per second!
2. Community solar farms are a thing
Despite the fact they are becoming more popular, many people are still not aware of the existence of solar gardens, farms, and shared solar power sources in the USA, but companies like choosesolar.com are looking to change that, and when they do, not only will solar power be more accessible than ever before, but it will help to revolutionize the way we all power our homes and businesses too.
3. There’s a whole island powered by green energy
Did you know that Tesla power an entire island using nothing more than solar power? That’s pretty impressive, right? The island is Ta’u; it’s located in American Samoa and it’s home to no less than 5,328 individual solar powers that combine to create a 1.4-megawatt grid. It goes to show just what can be achieved with green energy when you have the will, the money, and the conditions to make it happen.
4. India is home to the World’s largest solar power plant
It might surprise you, then again it might not what with India being so hot, that the world’s largest solar power plant is located in the country. Based at Kamuthi, the unique power plant is home to a whole 10 square kilometers of solar power cells. That’s enough, when they are working to full capacity, to provide energy to an amazing 150,000 homes.
5. Solar energy leads to big savings
Although at the moment, it can be pretty expensive to install solar panels on your property as an individual, it might be worth doing so, because one study conducted by Energy Sage, found that over a period of twenty years, solar panels could save you as much as $43,000! That means, they are able to break even in as few as seven years which means they really do represent a good investment for the average homeowner.
6. Hawaii is big on green energy
Hawaii has pledged to use 100 percent renewable energy by 2045, which is the most ambitious green energy pledge of anywhere in the United States, and due to their tropical climate, there is a very good chance they will be able to meet their goal and serves as an example to us all.
So there you have it, green energy is way more interesting than you might have thought!
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