The Creation Of A Sustainable Earth

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The Creation of a Sustainable Earth
The quest for lifelong power is what everyone seeks. I am not talking about power as strength, but power as energy. Currently, the world is running off many forms of power; however, the world seems to limit itself to three of the main forms: coal, oil, and natural gas (Jurich, 2015, pg. 32). Ever since the creation of mankind, the world has pushed to becoming more technologically advanced. This drive for success has caused for multiple increases in energy strategies including hydro, solar, geothermal, wind and multiple others (Kaya, Aksoy, Kose, 2017, pg. 65). The thing that makes these new sources so desirable is that they are renewable, environmental friendly alternatives (Kaya, Aksoy, Kose, 2017, pg.
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1). So, why is solar energy not being used? Currently, solar energy accounts for 8 TWh, terawatt-hour, of the more than 10,000 TWh of electricity produced by the countries in the OECD, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (Resch and Kaye, 2007, pg. 63). When comparing these two, energy produced by solar energy is less than one percent of their total energy use. Solar energy is a fantastic resource that is not being taken advantage of all around the world. Resch and Kaye (2007) state that “... these low- carbon technologies could provide more than 30 percent of the world’s energy supply in aggregate by 2040” (pg. 63). In addition, if the world switches to solar energy completely and only are able to harvest 10% of the energy actually emitted by the sun, that 10% of energy would equate to 200 times more than the energy obtained from fossil and hydroelectricity (Emetere, Akinyemi, Edeghe, 2016, pg. 2). Solar energy not only has the ability to produce very large amounts of energy and is more environmentally friendly, it is becoming more and more cost effective. The cost for solar energy is currently decreasing 10% every year (Jurich, 2015, pg. 32). Currently, single solar modules are 3-5 dollars per watt; however, if this technology gets more support and funding, it would be cost-competitive with the current energy cost for the United States (Resch and Kaye, 2007, pg. 63-64). Solar
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