Millie HennickAugust 21, 2018 909 0
The clean energy revolution is here. It’s not a moment too early since scientists believe we have only another half-century of fossil fuels remaining. But burning the remaining fossil fuels will cause even more pollution than we already are experiencing. But the truth is that solar is booming. Solar power is now less expensive than coal in some parts of the world, and generating power from the sun is likely to be the lowest-cost energy option globally in less than ten years, according to researchers. In many places around the world, solar is already the most efficient option.
It has taken some time, but even the big utilities are moving rapidly toward solar. Large utility companies have made proposals to build large wind and solar power plants in Colorado, and bids are coming in lower than the operating costs for coal plants. West Coast energy provider Pacific Gas & Electric has committed to making renewable energy, including solar, 55 percent of its power portfolio by 2031. Many researchers think that California will hit the 50 percent renewables mark by 2025—maybe even sooner.
Scientists and researchers are exploring new ways to generate solar energy for human needs. Innovative methods of harnessing solar power, like stick-on solar tiles and solar roof shingles, may be coming soon to your neighborhood. Soon there will be solar windows as well.
Sunflare, a Los Angeles-based startup, is looking to become the next solar heavyweight with its lightweight panels. Compared to conventional solar panels, Sunflare’s panel products have the same metallic blue look, but not much else in common. The company’s panels are thin, flexible, and lightweight. Instead of silicon and glass, Sunflare uses a stainless steel substrate with copper, indium, gallium, and selenide to make a semiconductor that’s only a few micrometers thick. Rectangular Sunflare panels come in standard and custom sizes. With super-thin panels come more opportunities. Rather than relying on heavy aluminum frames and skilled installers, Sunflare panels will adhere almost anywhere with a special adhesive, and because they’re flexible, they can follow a curve instead of being limited to flat installations. That kind of flexibility can be very helpful for non-standard solar installations. If a branch shades a solar panel on a home’s roof, it will trigger the shutoff of that panel or a series of panels,
Solar power is here to stay, and the sooner you explore how much you can save, the sooner you can enjoy the benefits of residential solar power. Go to HahaSmart.com and try our price checker tool. It tells you how much solar power you need, and how much you can save.
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