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Solar Facts - Part 1

From Solar Power Authority -- dated 17 August 2016

Basics

Solar power uses the natural energy of the sun to produce electricity. It is sustainable and renewable.
Every square meter of our planet receives around 1,366 watts of direct solar radiation.
Coal plants are the largest producers of carbon emissions, which contributes to global warming. Solar power serves as an alternative to non-renewable resources like coal.
Solar power does not create any noise pollution.
You can use solar power to heat water for your home.
You can use a battery as backup for your solar system, giving you a supply of electricity even on days when your home doesn’t get as much radiation from the sun. However, most modern solar systems use net metering, which is easier than storing excess energy in batteries.
In America, one solar panel system is installed every four minutes.
NASA is currently working on a solar-powered aircraft.