For much of human history, energy needed for work and production came from human beings and animals, such as blacksmiths or oxen and horses drawing plows or wagons. In the 1800s, during the Industrial Revolution, steam power was harnessed and could drive turbines to create vast amounts of power. Trains and ships in particular made use of this technology for some time, and in the late 1800s, electricity was harnessed and many more inventions followed. Later, throughout the 20th and early 21st century, fossil fuel power plants started to come under scrutiny due to their constant air pollution, and new, clean energy sources such as solar panels, wind turbines, geothermal energy plants, and more were developed as an alternative. The worldwide “go green” initiative calls for a sharp reduction in pollution, and solar panel installation is a popular means of meeting that goal. Solar companies may be hired for solar panel installation on a homeowner’s roof, and solar panel installation is also possible on the roofs commercial buildings, and out in the wilderness, solar panel installation can create entire arrays.
Using Solar Power
It is easy to see that the modern world, in the United States and elsewhere, has a vast need for energy. For decades, this power need was met with fossil fuel power plants and nuclear plants, and now, those facilities are starting to be shut down and replaced with cleaner energy sources. Americans cannot simply go without power, however, so solar panels must be able to pick up the slack. General trends show that solar power is up for the job. Solar panel technology was pioneered in the 1970s, and ever since then, these panels have become much more efficient and powerful and their costs have dropped significantly. They used to be an expensive novelty, more of a proof of concept than a commercial product. By now, in the early 21st century, they are competing strongly with fossil fuel power plants, and the advantages do not stop there. Not only does solar panel installation mean less pollution (solar panels produce no byproducts whatsoever), but this field has encouraged many technological innovations and created many new jobs around the world.
Better yet, solar power is categorized among several renewable and sustainable power sources simply because modern human civilization cannot exhaust it. A coal seam or an oil patch may run dry after some time and cannot be replenished, but the sun produces power on an astronomical scale, and it never stops shining. Every day, far more solar power flows across the Earth than the sum of industrialized humanity uses, meaning that this power source is effectively infinite. Coal and oil cannot say the same. Instead, solar panel installation allows homeowners and public power grids to generate power without limit.
What is more, solar panel installation can be accomplished both on a large and a small scale, depending on the user. On the smallest scale, a homeowner may choose to have solar panels installed on their roof to supply their home’s power needs, and they will contact solar panel crews to install all of the hardware. Once city and power plant officials inspect everything and approve it, the home will be removed from the electric grid and instead use its solar panels for all energy needs.
Office buildings may do much the same, and may have a few dozen solar panels on their roofs to meet their larger energy needs. Meanwhile, entire arrays of solar panels may be built in the wilderness, typically in arid and cloud-free areas, to generate power on an industrial scale. Such arrays may have hundreds of even thousands of panels in them, constantly collecting power from sunlight and using it to power entire neighborhoods or even city blocks at a time. Today in the United States, there is not a federal initiative for solar panels but many cities and states have handled this on their own. Texas and California, large states with a lot of sun exposure, have installed countless solar panels on building roofs and as arrays in dry areas. Texas in particular is arid, and many remote areas get constant sunlight with very little cloud cover. This is ideal for solar arrays to be installed and power nearby communities.