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What is the Future of Solar Power? by Andrea C. Nakaya

By Andrea C. Nakaya

Solar energy at the moment offers lower than 1 percentage of electrical energy iteration within the usa, but the solar is a gigantic resource of strength with the aptitude to provide quite a lot of the worlds power. via a narrative-driven pro/con formatsupported by way of appropriate proof, prices, anecdotes, and full-color illustrationsthis name examines the way forward for solar energy. themes comprise: Is solar energy reasonable? How Does solar energy impression the surroundings? Can solar energy Ever change Fossil Fuels? and may govt Play a job in constructing solar energy?

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78 63 In a 2012 interview, German politician Michael Fuchs argued that in Germany, government subsidies for solar power have cost consumers too much. While subsidies have helped the solar industry grow there, they have been expensive for consumers, he said. In fact, Fuchs insisted, “We have to limit expansion in solar electricity. . ”79 Solyndra The story of California solar power company Solyndra illustrates the harms of government involvement in the industry. Solyndra manufactured cylindrical solar panels—a new type of technology for the solar industry—and received $527 million in federal loans.

Solar panel factory JinkoSolar, in Zhejiang Province, was shut down for almost a month by the government after a four-day protest by several hundred villagers who charged that the company was releasing toxins into the river. According to the villagers, the toxins 36 killed large numbers of fish in late August of that year and threatened their own health. Says one villager, Ren Suifen, “Since they set up their operations here, there has definitely been an impact on the villagers here. We do not know how our health will be in the future.

In the words of the Solar Energy Industries Association, “No scientific breakthroughs are required for solar energy to power America. ” —Eric McLamb, founder of the Ecology Global Network, an organization that works to educate people about preserving the environment. Eric McLamb, “Fossils Fuels vs. Renewable Energy Resources,” Ecology Global Network, September 6, 2011. com. Fossil fuels provide a steady, reliable source of energy that is available day and night, through all seasons, and in most all inhabited corners of the earth.

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