Ten Surprising Fact about Solar Energy | Simply Solar

At Simply Solar, our mission is to build a cleaner, greener, and more sustainable world by offering professional solar power installations to homeowners and businesses within the San Francisco Bay Area. Solar energy is a constantly developing field, and with solar panel and battery technology getting better all the time, there’s always more to learn. So to help you stay abreast of the latest in the solar energy industry, we’ve pulled together ten surprising facts about the current state of solar energy. 

Simple isometric house with solar roof panels, isolated white background10 Things You Didn’t Know About Solar Energy


Curious to learn more about how solar energy can help you create a more sustainable footprint and achieve energy independence? Check out these 10 little-known facts about solar energy to learn more: 


  1. Solar panels now run at 20% efficiency, a massive improvement over years past. 
  2. The cost-per-watt of installing a solar system dropped over 50% in the past decade.
  3. Over 2 million solar systems have been installed in the US, and new installations are growing at a faster rate than ever. 
  4. NASA has successfully built and piloted autonomous, all-solar-powered aircraft.
  5. Solar panel costs have fallen by 99% since 1977.
  6. At 4.3 cents per kilowatt hour without subsidies, solar energy is the cheapest form available – even cheaper than fossil fuels.
  7. Solar made up 36% of new electrical capacity installed in 2016.
  8. Installing solar energy is faster than deploying any other energy system. 
  9. Solar power plants can last up to 40 years and are easy to upgrade with new components.
  10. If we covered half of the Mojave Desert in solar panels, it would generate enough energy for the entire US each year. 


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Solar power is quickly becoming an attractive option for homeowners and business owners looking to save money, increase their sustainability, and create a better future for all of us, and Simply Solar makes it easy. We offer convenient, fast solar systems installations of all sizes, and our solar engineers work hard to design a system that maximizes your return on investment. Take the first step to building a better energy future for you and your community: get a free solar installation quote today