Solar Energy Facts
- Solar energy is more environmentally friendly than the electricity generated by the power companies.
- Solar energy is rapidly becoming more affordable.
- In some areas, it is more reasonable to install solar panels than to run cables from the power company.
- Solar energy is becoming more and more popular for outdoor applications, such as garden lighting, where the electricity can be generated on site rather than running cords.
- Solar energy is likely to become especially popular in the third world as an effective way of providing electricity to places that it is not practical to bring electricity to otherwise.
- In many areas, solar powered homes are still connected to the grid. This allows homeowners to sell their excess electricity and to buy electricity when they need it.
- Alternatively, solar power systems may be connected to a battery in order to provide electricity at night.
- Solar panels generate the most electricity by facing south in the Northern Hemisphere or north in the Southern Hemisphere.
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