Advantages of solar energy

It’s probably the most important source of power in the known universe. Certainly it’s the most visible.

On a bright day, the sun supplies about 1,000 watts of energy per square metre of the Earth’s surface. An incredible amount of solar energy, which nature harnesses – without it we simply wouldn’t have life on our planet.

The sun won’t stop burning, so if we can harness this renewable energy ourselves, the benefits of solar energy would be endless.

In terms of pros and cons, well there aren’t really any cons. The challenge is one of technology.

Solar power started, funnily enough, with the space race. NASA developed the technology to power their remote equipment, satellites and so on.  Back in the day, the technology was very expensive and inefficient – only people like NASA could afford it. But in recent years, this technology has become both cheaper and more efficient, to the extent that making green electricity from the sun has become quite commonplace, certainly in all sorts of small applications – think solar powered calculators and torches.   

For Britain’s energy independence, the advantages of solar power are obvious. We can harness the wind, the sun and the sea in combination – meaning we can be entirely energy independent. We’ll no longer need to buy expensive fossil fuels from abroad. 

These energy sources are entirely renewable – they will never run out. That means we won’t be subject to energy price fluctuations due to interrupted supply chains. And working together with battery storage technology, we’ll have a balanced and endless supply of green energy! 

The importance of solar power can’t be underestimated for Britain’s energy independence and for our environment – and we’ve got big plans to make the best use of Britain’s sunshine.

We already have one sun park and we’ve got five more in planning. 

What we have in mind are quite simply fields of solar panels, all making electricity from the sun, which we’ll put into the local grid and from there on to our customers – just as we do with our windmills. In fact, it’s all so similar that we’re calling our solar panels Sunmills and the fields of them sun parks.

There’s a big need for more solar energy in Britain – to find out more about what we’re building, have a look at our  sun parks gallery

 

Our first Sunmill next to our Windmill at the Ecotech Centre. Artist's impression of our proposed Sun Park at Fen Farm.


Thomas Edison, 1931

I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.

Thomas Edison, 1931