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From: Miller, G. (2005). Essentials of Ecology, Third Edition. Pacific Grove: Brooks/Cole.
What this means is, on average, on a bright sunny day, the sun shines approximately 1,000 watts of energy per square meter of the planet’s surface, if we captured all of this energy into photovoltaic panels, or large modules of panels, we will have enough solar powered energy to easily run our homes.
From (Aldous, 2000)
From (Block and Harrison, 2006)
Arguments against the use of solar energy.
If the state of Florida has $100 million to use to encourage its citizens to switch to solar power, why haven’t we?Florida Power and Light and their influences.
However the United States fails to include environmental costs in the price of fossil fuels. If this were to be done, fossil fuels would no longer appear as cheap.
However this does not apply to the individual consumer. Most residences can be outfitted with small roof-top photovoltaic panels that can generate enough electricity for their needs.
How does FPL explain the successes of solar power in countries like Germany? It does not take a statistician to determine that Florida has more sunny days than Germany!
Despite evidence and logic to the contrary, FPL still maintains that solar power does not provide Florida with an economical and constant enough way to heat and cool residences and buildings as other resources (coal, natural gas, and oil) do.
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Anonymous author. Retrieved on March 14, 2007 from http://seia.org.
Block, D & Harrison, J. (2006). Solar Water Heating a Question and Answer Primer. Retrieved February 6, 2007 from http://www.solarenergy.com/ws400CS.cgi?category=water_heating.html&cart_id=1070211021012930&dci=
Electric power annual. (October 4, 2006). Retrieved on February 3, 2007 from http://www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/electricity/epa/epa_sum.html.
Federal Photovoltaic R & D Budgets, United States, Japan, and Germany, 1981 – 1999. (2003). Retrived on March 14, 2007 from http://www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/solar.renewables/rea_issues/fig8s.html.
Miller, G. (2005). Essentials of Ecology, Third Edition. Pacific Grove: Brooks/Cole.