Busting solar myths

Wind turbine syndrome, vibro-acoustic disorder, and now solar blindness…Fact or fiction? The myth busters may have to work on these ones but for now, other myths in the solar energy area are being dispelled by the company Sunrise Solar.

Myth 1: Solar electricity cannot provide a significant part of America’s electricity needs.

Fact: The solar energy resource in a 100 square mile area of Nevada could supply ALL of the electricity needs of the United States, even while using today’s modestly efficient solar cell technology. Solar systems covering America’s 5 million acres of abandoned industrial sites alone could produce 90% of our power needs.

Myth 2: Solar energy can solve our problems right now!

Fact: The solar industry does not currently have the capacity to meet all current demands. High demand is expected to continue for many years to come, which will provide strong growth prospects for solar companies.

Myth 3: Solar is a cottage industry appealing only to smaller markets.

Fact: Over the past several years the solar industry has achieved 30% annual growth. It is a multi-billion dollar industry that is growing rapidly and could reach $15 billion annually within the next 5 years. Current projections suggest that within the next 20 years more than 300,000 Americans will have solar related jobs.

Myth 4: Solar is too expensive to compete with the “big boys” of power generation.

Fact: The cost of making a solar cell capable of producing one watt of electricity has fallen from approximately $50 twenty years ago, to under $3 today. In some markets the cost of solar power is now under $0.11 per kwh, which is competitive with traditional power generations methods. It is expected that the return on investment for new solar modules will be less than 24 months, resulting in 20 or more years of clean, near-zero cost energy.

Solar critics are also saying that photovoltaic manufacture is too toxic. So among the world’s energy sources available right now, which one do you want in your backyard? Wind, solar, nuclear, fossil, geothermal or coal?


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