Solar Energy Advantages And Disadvantages

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Energy has become a cornerstone of modern society. It powers our cars, warms and cools our houses and runs the lights in our cities. Since the dawn of the industrial revolution, the advent of fossil fuels has helped drive many of these technologies. And while these advancements have come with many advantages, as more and more information becomes available, it is imperative that we consider the costs of using fossil fuels to propel us forward. Fossil fuels are one of the most efficient and portable sources of energy found on the planet, but they are not a renewable resource. In fact; oil and natural gas may already be exhausting. Expert data analysis suggests “oil resources are running down, and the supply is inelastic” (Grant, 2005). This scarcity, along with other shortcomings of hydrocarbon based power, has forced many scientists to seek out other forms of cleaner and more renewable energy. One of the main alternatives that is becoming increasingly popular is solar energy.

What is Solar Power?
The sun provides our planet with two major forms of solar energy; heat and light. Some solar powered systems use the heat energy; while others transform the light into useable electricity. There are generally three ways to convert the sun’s energy for use in our world: solar cells, solar water heating, and solar furnaces. Solar cells are the most popular and convert light energy directly into electricity and is considered “one of the most promising renewable energy
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