Solar power is on the rise in America and the International Energy Agency predicts that solar power will make 16% of the world’s electricity by 2050.
That’s quite a lot of energy and it got us thinking, what would it actually take to make 100% of the world’s electricity via solar power? Could America actually power the world with solar panels? And what could each state power if we filled them with solar panels? We crunched the numbers and came up with some interesting results.
No surprises but the largest states of Alaska, Texas, and California can house the most solar panels and also produce the most power with Alaska being able to generate a whopping 1 trillion kilowatts of energy, Texas 450 billion kilowatts, and California 274 billion kilowatts from just 4 hours of sunlight in a day.
Feeling neighborly? From Argentina to the United Arab Emirates, each individual state can meet a wide range of countries energy needs for an entire year from just four hours of sunlight! Alaska can power Russia for an entire year, Texas could power France, New York Rwanda, and California Saudi Arabia to name but a few.
When it comes to powering the world, if America was one giant solar panel it would take just 16 hours of sunlight to power the entire world for 1 year. In 1 year it could power 105 years of energy use in the world.
And just for fun, from time travel to powering televisions showing the super bowl, here’s some fun things states can power:
So there you have it, America could power the world for a whopping 105 years, Texas can happily watch the Dallas Cowboys till the end of time, and if California can reach 88 mph, they can time travel over 200,000 times all thanks to solar energy.
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Placed along the sides of a driveway, walkway or a path, exterior solar pathway lighting provides light after dark, helps keep an area or a property safe and secure, and enables considerable energy savings.
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There are numerous reasons why businesses decide to go green and install solar outdoor lighting for various applications. Many business or commercial property owners have invested in commercial solar lights parking lots to make sure that their business environment is well-lit and welcoming. Apart from ensuring safety, security and easier navigation, a brightly-lit lot enhances customer interaction and trust toward a business.
If you are among these green business owners or you are planning to become one, check out these important lighting characteristics. Read on for some tips on assessing commercial solar lights parking lots!
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Climate change and pollution have instigated the implementation of renewable energy. Nowadays, solar energy is not only a promising source of energy but has become the fastest-growing power source in the world. It is the way of the future.
Many local utilities, homeowners, and businesses have realized the vast potential of solar energy and installed solar-powered systems to enjoy the benefits of commercial solar lights. Effective and reliable, solar outdoor lights are a great long-term investment.
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Street lighting is, without a doubt, beneficial to all of us. It keeps us safe and comfortable during the dark hours of the day. However, street lighting systems can put serious issues in front of a society, considering a number of aspects such as energy consumption and maintenance. With commercial solar street lights, itÔÇÖs possible to overcome these obstacles.
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Solar lighting has become available to everyone. Homeowners and businesses interested in reducing their energy consumption, maintenance costs and energy bills are going solar because they see it as a sound investment. Also, the initial costs can be reduced by looking for high-quality solar powered street lights for sale.
There are, however, several things to watch out for in order to make the most out of solar outdoor lighting. Here are a few guidelines on how to safeguard your off-grid solar outdoor lighting against failure.
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Solar photovoltaics have long proven a smart choice for parking facilities for a myriad of reasons. Eco-friendly and pocket-friendly, efficient and resistant to extreme weather conditions, solar lights are now being implemented on both small and large scales.
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HereÔÇÖs why they are considered such a good investment.
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Business across the U.S. continue to adopt solar solutions at a rapid pace. By making the switch, they can meet corporate sustainability goals and protect the environment. Industrial solar street lights are just one way of using renewable energy, while saving money and contributing to safety and security.
There are many┬áreasons why solar and business go well together┬á.Some companies have been very creative and particularly enthusiastic about implementing solar energy. But which ones can benefit the most from going green?
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