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Solar Energy News Can Show You the Way of the Future

There has been a lot of solar energy news in recent years due to the huge amounts of time, money, and research that has been invested the in the field of solar energy in the past decade. In fact, it is hard to pick up the paper and not find a solar energy news article at least once a week.

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Some of the recent developments in the field of solar energy have the ability to completely change the way the world produces energy. These solar energy projects may allow humans to finally completely get rid of the need to burn fossil fuels to create energy, which will lead to a huge decrease in the amount of CO2 emissions and environmental pollution that is currently wreaking havoc on our planet. 

We will have a look at some of the most exciting pieces of solar energy news in the recent past and show you how what kind of an impact these solar energy developments can have on your life.

Solar Power Plants and Solar Power Stations

One of the most common pieces of solar energy news in recent times has the rapid boom in the construction of solar power stations that has been occurring around the globe. In the past decade, the amount of energy that is generated annually by solar power stations has risen exponentially as more and larger scale solar power plants have been constructed worldwide. 

Companies in Europe, India, China, and the United States have all built or started construction on some of the most technologically advance, highly efficient solar power stations. The record for the world’s largest photovoltaic solar power station has changed hands numerous times in the past decade as larger and larger plants continue to be built. 

As of the time of writing, the current record for the largest solar power station in the world belongs to the Andasol power station in the Andalusia region of Spain, although this is probably only temporary as there are several power stations either in the planning or construction stages which will dwarf the size on Andasol. This power station is actually a large solar thermal collector which uses thousands of parabolic mirrors to reflect the sun’s energy onto a focal point. 

solar panelsThe energy is then used to heat water to produce steam, which in turn powers a steam turbine to thus create electricity. This system was only recently put into operation: in December 2011. The current record holder for the largest photovoltaic solar power station is known as Perovo and is located in Ukraine. 

The second largest is in Canada, but Europe still is by far the leader in this category with eight of the ten largest PV power stations being located in Europe, mostly in Germany and Spain. 

The most recent solar energy news dealing with power stations is about the absolutely massive scale projects that are being planned in China and India. 

If even only a few of these planned solar power stations are actually built, it will be a massive step towards overcoming these countries reliance on fossil fuels.

Increased Efficiency Solar Cells That Cost Less to Produce and to Purchase

Some recent solar energy developments that have a much more immediate impact on the consumer is the continuing development of higher efficiency solar cells and the development of new technologies that allow for solar panels to be produced much more cheaply as well. 

 
These developments have revolutionized the solar energy world and made the solar panel market much more competitive which has driven the prices of solar panels down even further. What this means for the average consumer, is that you will now have to spend around half of the amount to have a complete solar kit installed than you would have a decade ago. 
 

Solar energy was once thought of as mainly a dream because it was far too expensive to be economically feasible for anything but the largest corporations. This no longer has to be the case, as there are many very cheap forms of solar power available, as well as many do-it-yourself solar plans to make solar energy much more accessible to the common family. 

Nonetheless, this still does not mean that solar energy does not require a large initial investment, usually upwards of $20,000 for a complete solar system capable of generating enough energy to power a smaller home. However, your solar system will pay for itself after just a few years with the amount of money you will be saving on your electricity bill. 

Another great solar energy development is that most electricity companies offer a program known as net metering for people with a solar system that is connected directly to the local utility grid. Net metering allows you to actually earn money for any excess power that you produce. 

Another recent piece of solar energy development that is sure to have a large effect of residential solar systems, is the development of a technology to standardize the way in which photovoltaic solar systems are appraised by realtors. In the past, if you wanted to buy or sell a house with a solar system, then it was up to the individual realtor or appraiser to determine the specific value of your photovoltaic array, and often times they were grossly undervalued or even ignored completely. 

However, this will no longer be the case due to the standard measuring system which has recently been put in place in many places around the United States. Now you have the tools to ensure that your solar unit will be correctly valued, should you decide to sell your home. 

Overall, most news about solar energy is extremely positive and quite interesting. It is going to shape the world in which we live in the future, and should be of interest to any environmentally conscious person. A quick glance at the newspapers can clue you in to some of the most exciting technological developments of our time.

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