Solar Power Facts

Here are some interesting solar power facts.

  • The sun is 93 Million miles from Earth and has a surface temperature of 5,600 °C.
  • Is renewable energy and is free you only need to invest the money to purchase the equipment.
  • You can use solar power to run small gadgets to lighting, complete houses and even power stations
  • Solar energy is measured in kilowatts or Megawatts for larger plants
  • The Largest solar photovoltaic park was completed in 2008 in Spain. It uses 62,000 PV modules to produce 60megawatts at peak times and can power more than 40,000 homes.
  • The largest solar energy generating systems consists of nine solar power plants, covers 1,600 acres and produces 354 megawatts of electricity.
  • It is possible to be paid for the solar power produced by doing a tie in to the national grid and being paid on a feed in tariff.
  • There is a biannual solar powered car race in Australia where teams have to cover 3,021 kilometers. In 2007 the average speed was 90.87 kilometres per hour (46.46mph)
  • The world uses 16,830,000,000 Megawatts of electricity per year of which the UK uses 348,700,000 Megawatts
  • In countries where there is no fuel solar cookers can be used.
  • The first solar cell was constructed by Charles Fitts in the 1880's. Find out more about solar panels history
  • The sun is 93 Million miles from Earth and has a surface temperature of 5,600 °C.

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