12 Apr '11, 11am

11% of U.S. Energy Production from Renewable Resources in 2010

There are many benefits to solar power which are not easily seen at the start. 1. Solar panels have a life span of 20+ years – that means they produce energy from the sun (no fuel cost) for 20 years or more. This means you can spread out the cost over many years. Coal plants require fuel. 2. Solar panels produce no pollution – this is good for our lungs. 3. Solar panels produce the most electricity in the afternoon, when many people are using air conditioning (e.g., central valley California), and when electricity from conventional plants is most expensive. While homeowners do not pay variable rates, businesses do, which means that they pay more for electricity used in the afternoon, when many of us are at work or when manufacturing plants run. We have special plants call “peakers” which run only in the afternoon – these are expensive to build, require fuel, and they pollu...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/04/12/11-of-u-s-energy-prod...

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