Solar Power : Advantages And Challenges Of Solar Energy

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Jordan Hunt
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Solar Energy
Solar energy is energy that is collected from the sun that is then turned into electricity. The most common medium for using solar power is the use of solar panels. Through the use of solar panels people can use that harnessed electricity to power their houses, household appliances, their cars, even their towns and cities.
Before the use of solar power people were using other sources of energy such as wind, and hydroelectric energy. The use of wind is a nice concept, except the fact that it had more disadvantages then advantages. One disadvantage of using wind would be that if there is not any wind blowing there is no energy. “Good wind sites are often located in remote locations, far from cities
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Building the plants for hydroelectric energy is also very costly.
Solar energy has its ups and downs with advantages and disadvantages. A few advantages of using solar energy are that it is a renewable energy source, the development of technological advances, different applications for its uses, and a reduction on the electric bill. The idea of using solar power began around the 1960s and hasn’t stopped growing since. It is such a good idea that the president of the United States of America had solar panels installed at the White House. “On June 20, 1979, the Carter administration installed 32 panels designed to harvest the sun’s rays and use them to heat water” (Biello, David). Although the panels did not get a chance to stay in the White House for very long, they served their purpose very well. “By 1986, the Reagan administration had gutted the research and development budget for renewable energy at the then-fledgling U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) and eliminated tax breaks for the deployment of wind turbines and solar technologies—recommitting the nation on reliance on cheap but polluting fossil fuels, often from foreign suppliers” (Biello, David).
Everyday scientists are working to advance energy development to make life easier for mankind. The steps to get energy from the sun are very complex and the process is quite interesting. According to chemist Paul Alivisatos, “In a crystal, the bonds [between silicon
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