10 Insane solar energy facts you probably never knew

10 Insane Solar Energy Stats You Probably Never Knew

  1. A solar PV system is now installed every four minutes
  2. The space industry was an early adopter of solar technology. In the 1960s the space industry began to use solar technology to provide power aboard spacecrafts. The Vanguard 1 — the first artificial earth satellite powered by solar cells — remains the oldest manmade satellite in orbit – logging more than 6 billion miles.
  3. The price of a solar panel in 1975 was ~227 times higher than it is today $101.5/watt versus $0.447/watt.
  4. 99% of new electricity generation capacity added in the US in Q1 2016 came from renewable energy sources, 64% from solar.
  5. The country leading annual solar power installations is now China, with the US at #3.
  6. US solar energy industry added more jobs in 2015 than the US oil & gas extraction & pipeline industries added combined, and grew 12x faster than the US economy as a whole.
  7. PV solar energy is the only form of electricity that doesn’t require any moving parts.
  8. Visible from Earth, there are 4 sets of solar arrays located on the International Space Station.
  9. It takes less than 9 minutes for the sun to reach the earth, even though we’re 90 million miles away.
  10. One kW of power generated from solar panels prevents: 150 lbs of coal from being mined, 300 lbs of CO2 from being emitted and 105 gallons of water from being consumed.