Solar Energy Facts

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  • Solar energy was used over 2700 years ago when people made glass lenses to magnify the suns’ rays to make fire.
  • The world’s largest solar power plant covers 1000 acres and is in the Mojave Desert in California.
  • Solar power is a clean renewable energy source.
  • Solar energy is a pollution-free energy source; it produces no air or water pollution.
  • Solar energy is one of the most cost effective renewable energy sources.
  • Solar energy reduces carbon emissions and saves water.
  • Solar energy can be converted directly or indirectly into other energy forms such as wind energy.
  • Unlike almost all other forms of energy, solar energy uses virtually no water.
  • Once the solar panels are installed, the operating costs of a solar power plant are minimal.
  • Solar energy is only a small percentage of global energy market.
  • PV (Solar Power) is the fastest growing power generation technology in the world. Between 2006 and 2009, the installed capacity globally grew on average by 60% per year.

Facts about the sun

  • The sun is the main source of energy for all life forms on our planet.
  • The sun is more than 90 million miles from Earth.
  • Light from the sun takes less than 10 minutes to reach Earth.
Majority shareholder, Globeleq is jointly managing the construction of De Aar Solar Power and will play a key role as the management company during operations.