Know Your Solar Facts

May 7, 2018

How much do you know about solar energy? Many homeowners want to know that their utility bill will be substantially lowered or even eliminated, while others want to know more about the way solar works and or how it can benefit the environment. Well, for those of you who love to gather fun facts and learn more about solar energy here are some morsels of solar facts that you may not know about the power of the sun.


  • Solar power is one of the cleanest, most sustainable, and most renewable resources in the world.
  • Solar power is measured like all electricity—in watts (kilowatts, megawatts, gigawatts, and terawatts). One thousand watts equal one kilowatt, 1,000 kilowatts equal one megawatt, 1,000 megawatts equal one gigawatt, and 1,000 gigawatts equal one terawatt.
  • The sun’s rays or photons take about eight and a half minutes to reach the Earth!
  • Solar panels don’t need direct sunlight to produce electricity. However, direct sunlight produces the most energy. Ask for a consultation to see if the direction of your home’s roof makes it a good candidate for “going solar.”
  • Solar energy does not cause any noise pollution as there are no moving parts to the solar energy system.
  • Burlington, Vermont, was the first city in America to achieve 100% sustainable energy production for its people.
  • As of 2015 the solar industry is growing faster and adding more jobs than US oil & gas extraction & pipeline industries combined.
  • Which U.S. state generates the most utility-scale solar power? California became the first state to generate more than 5 percent of its annual utility-scale electricity from solar power, according to the Energy Information Administration.
  • Space missions by various countries use solar energy to power spacecraft and have been doing so for decades.
  • Solar energy produces no pollutants and is one of the cleanest sources of energy.
  • How much energy is delivered depends on the amount of sunlight received, based on location, time of day, time of year, and weather conditions.

Interested in solar energy ? Stay tuned to our blog for more interesting solar facts and benefits of solar energy systems. Call SunPower at BlueSel 781-281-8130 to set up an appointment to see if your home is a good candidate for solar panelling.