The sun provides more energy in one hour than all humanity uses, in all forms, in a single year. Sunlight can provide us with its own resolution to our energy problems. In fact, the total amount of solar electricity that hits Earth in just two hours is more than enough to meet current global electricity consumption for an entire year. In fact, the world currently consumes 20 trillion kWh of electricity annually, enough electricity to power a single family home for 1.8 billion years or supply electricity to a nuclear power plant for the next 2300 years!
Renewable electricity is growing stronger by the day, as new gigantic wind or solar farms are continuously popping-up at more and more locations and solar is becoming increasingly popular, affordable, and even fashionable.
Colin Brown, director of engineering at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers said it could help the government reduce emissions at time when it was facing being fined by Europe for breaching air pollution levels. "Without storage you've always got to have huge capacity just in case one of the peaks come through at a particular time - a very hot day when you need a lot of cooling, and so a lot of demand.” he said. "With storage, you don't have to have all of that massive production of electricity."
Solar battery storage systems will soon be as common at home as a dishwasher to take advantage of the smart tariffs and also to protect homes against power blackouts. By buying electricity off-peak, smart tariffs enable consumers to buy electricity at cheap prices during times of low demand which means that solar battery storage systems will automatically charge up with when power is cheap and store it for use at peak times.
Slash your power bill as well as helping the national grid to store and use more of the solar or wind energy that it generates.
Furthermore, a solar battery storage system is compatible and easy to retrofit to any solar PV system and can be installed by an electrician within a few hours. Once we’re able to rely on renewable electricity sources for our power consumption, the top 50% of the dirtiest power generation resources could retire early. This means that we would have a cleaner, smaller, and more resilient electricity grid for future generations.
BIG ENERGY IS DYING.
Anyone can see it. For instance the BBC recently reported that the largest coal mining firm in the US is considering filing for bankruptcy. There’s only so long the world can put up with dirty, dangerous fossil fuels. They ruin the planet. They cause wars. And even when the prices crash, they are still expensive for the consumer.
The era of Smart Energy has arrived and we all need energy.
The existing dominant players – big gas and oil companies – are old, lumbering and have crippling overheads that make their business unfeasible when commodity prices slump. And, of course, eventually, all that oil will simply run out. The new wave of smart energy companies do not have this problem. They are drawing upon limitless, renewable energy sources. Breakthrough tech means they are finally able to store and distribute solar power cheaply and effectively.
Meeting the world’s ever-growing electricity demands in an environmentally responsible and sustainable manner is one of the most pressing issues facing us. Solar electricity is an abundant, clean, safe and free resource, providing approximately 1,000 watts of power per square meter to Earth’s surface on a sunny day.