NCEW Fun Facts: Solar

Today is all about solar energy!

  1. In just 8 minutes and 19 seconds, solar energy travels 93,000,000 miles between the sun and the earth.

  2. Each hour, enough solar energy hits the earth to provide a year's worth of energy to the entire planet’s population.

  3. Just 1.2% of the Sahara desert’s land area receives enough sunlight to meet the world’s energy needs.

  4. In places where energy costs are high, US homeowners have broken even on their solar systems in as little as 3-4 years. The average break-even period is between 5-8 years, and afterwards, homeowners save upwards of $20,000 over 20 years.

  5. 32 states reward homeowners for investing in green energy by offering some form of property tax exemption for solar panels.

  6. Solar panels can increase the value of your home more than an entire kitchen remodel.

  7. One solar installation took place every 84 seconds in 2016.

  8. The solar industry accounted for 260,000+ jobs in 2016, a 25% increase from 2015.

  9. Wind is a form of solar energy, caused by uneven heating of the air.

Danielle Butcher