Harnessing Solar Energy Power

It’s time to take renewable energy seriously. By harnessing solar energy power's current technologies and tapping the world’s virtually inexhaustible supply of solar energy, we can begin to build a brighter future.



Biofuels get a lot of good press, but supplies of fuel crops will never be as large as our solar energy resources.
Biofuels get a lot of good press, but supplies of fuel crops will never be as large as our solar energy resources. 
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Harnessing solar energy power. Solar is a promising source of future energy supplies because not only is it clean, it’s remarkably abundant.
Harnessing solar energy power. Solar is a promising source of future energy supplies because not only is it clean, it’s remarkably abundant.
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In the United States, most oil is used for transportation. Dwindling world oil supplies already have many people worried about future prices.
In the United States, most oil is used for transportation. Dwindling world oil supplies already have many people worried about future prices.
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Most of the electricity in the United States comes from coal, but burning coal produces a lot of pollution, including carbon dioxide, mercury and sulfur emissions.
Most of the electricity in the United States comes from coal, but burning coal produces a lot of pollution, including carbon dioxide, mercury and sulfur emissions. 
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Wind power is a clean-burning source of electricity, and has the potential to meet many of our future energy needs.
Wind power is a clean-burning source of electricity, and has the potential to meet many of our future energy needs.
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The popularity of hybrid electric cars is an encouraging sign that there are practical, appealing solutions to the problem of how to use less energy.
The popularity of hybrid electric cars is an encouraging sign that there are practical, appealing solutions to the problem of how to use less energy.
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Left: Annual global renewable energy resources, 725 million terrawatt hours. Right: Total global non-renewable energy resources, 10.8 million terrawatt hours. See the Image Gallery, click on the image for a larger sized version with specific energy resource numbers.
Left: Annual global renewable energy resources, 725 million terrawatt hours. Right: Total global non-renewable energy resources, 10.8 million terrawatt hours. See the Image Gallery, click on the image for a larger sized version with specific energy resource numbers.
Diagram by Matthew T. Stallbaumer
With building-integrated photovoltaics, homes and offices can actually produce more energy than they consume.
With building-integrated photovoltaics, homes and offices can actually produce more energy than they consume.
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World supplies of solar energy are virtually inexhaustible, and can be tapped using current technology. Will solar power lead us to a brighter future?
World supplies of solar energy are virtually inexhaustible, and can be tapped using current technology. Will solar power lead us to a brighter future?
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At current rates of consumption, world oil supplies are only projected to last for another 40 years.
At current rates of consumption, world oil supplies are only projected to last for another 40 years. 
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