Fascinating Solar Energy Facts

Capture the Captivating Power of Solar Energy

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Solar, the most abundant energy resource, faces its unique challenges which are unlike other usable energy sources. Despite the unique challenges, solar energy capturing has grown in stride throughout the years as a dependable energy resource. To help us understand solar energy, lets look into the history based on facts.

Fact 1: Solar energy is the most abundant energy resource on earth – 173,000 terawatts of solar energy strikes the Earth continuously. That’s more than 10,000 times the world’s total energy use.

Fact 2: The first silicon solar cell, the precursor of all solar-powered devices, was built by Bell Laboratories in 1954. On page one of its April 26, 1954 issue, The New York Times proclaimed the milestone, “the beginning of a new era, leading eventually to the realization of one of mankind’s most cherished dreams – the harnessing of the almost limitless energy of the sun for the uses of civilization.”

Fact 3: The space industry was an early adopter of solar technology. In the 1960s, the space industry began to use solar technology to provide power aboard spacecrafts. The Vanguard 1 – the first artificial earth satellite powered by solar cells – remains the oldest manmade satellite in orbit – logging more than 6 billion miles.

Fact 4: The U.S. installed 7,260 megawatts (MW) of solar in 2015 to reach 27.4 gigawatts (GW) of total installed capacity, enough to power 5.4 million American homes. Thanks to a booming residential PV market and continued realization of the utility sector’s double-digit gigawatt project pipeline, 2015 was the biggest year yet in solar history. Despite this remarkable growth, the industry is set to double more than the amount of installed capacity in 2016.

Responding to the desire to harness this  abundant energy source, TRA Snow and Sun has created the perfect  mounting solution for capturing solar energy from any rooftop.  TRA has mounting solutions for metal panels, asphalt & cedar shingles, corrugated metal, flat granule metal, simulated slate, single ply, slate, tile & wood shake.

TRA Snow & Sun Solar Products address solar energy needs as an integral part of a well-designed solar system. Our Solar Mount Systems are tested & engineered from the fail point of the entire system, not just our products.


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