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Geography solar power

  1. 1. SOLAR POWER!!!!!
  2. 2. HISTORY Since the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century the United States has released harmful greenhouse gases and toxic fuel emissions into the air. Department of Energy created in Carter Administration with a national energy program. National Conservation Policy Act in 1978 set standards and offered financing for conservation in buildings.
  3. 3. WHAT IS IT? Solar power allows us to harnesses the energy from the sun and use it to power and heat homes.
  4. 4.  Three types of solar energy: photovoltaic (PV), concentrating solar power (CSP), thermal power Most of the sun’s energy is gathered during the day Solar energy is most ideal for heating homes and water. Solar energy is clean and renewable
  5. 5. EFFECTS ON THE ENVIRONMENT The burning of fossil fuels from power plants pollutes the air we breathe. Contributes to the growing global warming problem Over half of the fossil fuels are imported in America An avg. American carbon dioxide footprint is around 36,000 pounds per year
  6. 6. http://youtu.be/T1HmY_ImHAg
  7. 7. BENEFITS Sun provides us with enough energy on the earth’s surface to supply us with about 1000 Watts/sq meter. Solar panels easy to install on top of rooftops of homes and buildings, allowing them to function independently. Solar energy can be stored and used on cloudy days. By 2020, if the growth of the PV industry increases, over 150,000 jobs will be created in renewable energy.
  8. 8. COSTS Solar power is being produced during the day when electricity costs are the highest. Start out with a solar power water heater at $2,000 to $3,000 and your overall electric bill will drop by 18% to 30% Government and local tax breaks, subsidies and refunds offer you up to 50% of your initial cost back.
  9. 9. WORKS CITED "Energy." Wests Encyclopedia of American Law. Ed. Shirelle Phelps and Jeffrey Lehman. 2nd ed. Vol. 4. Detroit: Gale, 2005. 143-144. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 30 Apr. 2012. "Growth in Renewable Energy." MCT Photos. McClatchy-Tribune Information Services, 2010. Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 30 Apr. 2012.
  10. 10.  Hamer, Glenn. "Solar Power Can Help Fuel the Future." Energy Alternatives. Ed. Barbara Passero. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2006. Opposing Viewpoints. Rpt. from "Solar Power 2002." World & I 17 (June 2002). Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context. Web. 30 Apr. 2012.

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