Solar technology today is quite impressive. The amount of energy that we are able to generate using the radiation given off by the sun has grown exponentially. A solar energy system installed on a house will produce more power than it can use. It is conceivable that soon we will see entire neighborhoods, possibly whole cities, completely dependent upon solar energy.
Many people think of solar as a relatively new technology. The fact is, we learned that the sun provided us with a powerful source of energy thousands of years ago. Even in the 7th Century B.C., we used it to light fires and cook food. Our knowledge has grown exponentially since then. Over time, we were able to use it as a very reliable way to warm ourselves. And to heat things like water. The first water heater powered by solar energy was patented in 1891.
In 1954, Bell Telephone Laboratories built the first solar cell that generated enough electricity to power household objects. Once that discovery was made, every inventor tried to improve upon it. The first major milestone was when Vanguard 1, a space satellite, was equipped with a small solar array that could produce one single watt, enough to power the radios on board. Since then, the space program has adopted solar as the primary source of power in satellites. By the way, Vanguard 1 is still in orbit above the Earth.
Since then, there has been a flood of firsts to come in our quest to leverage clean, reliable, renewable solar power. Volkswagen installed solar arrays on some vehicles to power the ignition system. Office buildings nationwide depended less on traditional energy sources and embraced solar. And the first home to install a system large enough to handle all of its energy needs was completed in 2000 in Colorado.
The future of solar power is just as impressive as its past. It’s possible that soon every new building will have solar capabilities built into it. All buildings will have the ability to achieve “net-zero”, and inevitably they will put as much power back on the grid as is taken from it. Given the savings available over time, and its potential benefits to the environment, most people will choose it for their families. Imagine living in the United States and seeing it be entirely energy self-sufficient — permanently!
But for you, the future can start today. We are converting homes to solar right now, in your community, and we’ve been doing it for years! If you’d like to hear from some of the customers that we’ve helped in the past you will find them on our Facebook page. When you’re ready to take that first step toward your energy independence just give us a call. We’re ready to send one of our friendly and knowledgeable solar consultants to your home to design the perfect system for you and your needs.
It has taken centuries for solar power to have the presence that it has today. And here at Aurora Energy, we’re prepared to help you take part in its future.