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Solar Today and Tomorrow: Why Our Future will be Solar Powered

 

While a very small percentage of homeowners actually have solar photovoltaic systems on their roof, chances are they have already been exposed to solar energy. Examples include the simple solar-powered pocket calculator or the solar streetlight on the walk up to our homes or apartment buildings. Indeed, we see solar power on construction sites and other road signs, creating electricity at public parking lots or in electric vehicle charging stations, or helping to compact garbage in municipal waste bins (see the examples here and here).

And, as solar technology and materials increase in efficiency and decrease in cost—driven in part by greater adoption and increased use in centralized electricity generation—the uses are multiplying.

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