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Running Head: Solar Power and the Benefits1Solar Power and The BenefitsJenna RichterGENS 320 Physical Geography 8/04/2019
Running Head: Solar Power and the Benefits2In this paper, the main topic discussed will be solar power. We will discuss what solar energy is and how it works, then we will dive into the efficiency of this type of clean energy. We will interpret and analyze the cost of solar energy and the benefits it presents. Solar power is “works by capturing the sun’s energy and turning it into electricity.” ("What is Solar Energy and How Do Solar Panels Work?", 2019). Since our sun is a natural source of energy, it releases that energy through photons. They travel all the way to Earth which is about 93 million miles; this takes about 8.5 minutes. “Every hour, enough photons impact our planet to generate enough solar energy to theoretically satisfy global energy needs for an entire year. Currently photovoltaic power accounts for only five-tenths of one percent of the energy consumed in the United States. But solar technology is improving and the cost of going solar is dropping rapidly, so our ability to harness the sun’s abundance of energy is on the rise. A 2017 report from the International Energy Agency shows that solar has become the world’s fastest-growing source of power – marking the first time that solar energy’s growth has surpassed that ofall other fuels. In the coming years, we will all be enjoying the benefits of solar-generated electricity in one way or another.” ("What is Solar Energy and How Do Solar Panels Work?", 2019).In order to use solar energy, you must use solar panels to capture that energy. These solar panels work in a way where they can generate electricity. This happens when the protons hit a solar cell, they will then knock electrons loose from their atoms. They connect a conductor whichis attached to the negative and positive sides of a cell which forms an electrical circuit. When thiscircuit has a flow of electrons flowing through it; it generates electricity. There are several cells that compromise an entire solar panel; each panel are wired together which they call modules in
Running Head: Solar Power and the Benefits3a solar array. The greater number of panels, the more energy that there is a potential to generate

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