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About Solar Horizon and Solar Energy.

Welcome to Solar Horizon, the future of energy. Solar provides a clean and sustainable source of electrical power. And although we have a long way to go, this earth-friendly alternative to fuel is more common than you think. We’re here to tell you about solar energy and keep you up-to-date and informed on the latest news, gadgets, and innovations.

Solar power has created energy for thousands of years. For example, the ancient Egyptians, Pueblo Indians, and others used the sun to heat their homes. They smartly built their dwellings to soak up the sun’s heat during the day and release it at night. Meanwhile, in the third century BCE, the Greeks may have used solar energy as a weapon. Stories claim Archimedes helped fend off the Roman navy’s attack on Syracuse. How? From atop their citadel, they pointed their gleaming shields at the ships so the intense beams of sunlight would set them on fire.

But our team at Solar Horizon found the history of solar energy in the modern sense began in 1876. That’s when William Grylls Adams and his student, Richard Day, noticed that selenium produced electricity when exposed to sunlight. In 1953, Calvin Fuller, Gerald Pearson, and Daryl Chapin invented the first solar cell. While solar-powered satellites in the late 1850s and 1960s, conditions on earth made adoption more gradual.

How Solar Energy Works

So how does solar energy work? Let’s take a house for example. Photovoltaic panels capture energy from the sun and convert it into electricity. It then flows to a control device that converts the electricity into a form your electric panel can handle. It then goes through your breaker box to all the electrical outlets. Here’s an infographic that gives an overview of how solar energy works.

Visit Solar Horizonharnessing solar energy for fascinating info on and the impact it has made on the world.

Products and Services

When our Solar Horizon team began researching, we were amazed by the range of products and services available via solar power. While rooftop solar panels aren’t doable for many of us, we can still be part of this exciting new revolution. In fact, you may be already using solar energy without knowing it. When your utility company buys energy, it often comes from solar sources.

42 states allow net metering which allows people with solar panels to sell their excess energy back to the grid. California produced so much solar power in January and February of 2017, they couldn’t use it all. They wound up giving it to Arizona for free, saving residents millions on their electric bills. Here’s an infographic with the basics of how net metering works.

But that’s not all. We’re also seeing all kinds of ingenious gadgets so we can use solar power on a smaller scale. Thanks to major gains in photovoltaic and battery technology, we’re seeing solar everywhere. Take landscape lighting for example. For just $15 and up, you can light your walkway or patio with no wiring required.

Meanwhile, solar-powered chargers help us enjoy more time outside while keeping our cell phones charged. These are also great for flashlights and music speakers. We’re also seeing more and more solar-powered household appliances. These include thermostats, air conditioning, dryers, freezers, and mini-fridges. You don’t need to be an environmentalist to welcome the convenience and savings solar brings.

And don’t forget about all those kickbacks, rebates, and tax incentives. Bookmark Solar Horizon for the latest updates.

The Future of Solar Tech

Another landmark for the Indian Railways : First solar-powered train launched in India.

Posted by BJP Odisha on Saturday, July 22, 2017

Despite setbacks starting in 2017, the future of solar tech has never looked brighter. Panels and batteries are coming down in cost, so more of us are buying in. And despite what you may have heard, solar panels do work in cloudy weather. Even when it’s cold and foggy, they generate about one-third of their sunny day output.

Back in the day, people barely even thought the sun could power a lightbulb. Now we’re seeing solar cars, planes, and even trains. Check back here, at Solar Horizon for the latest and most exciting news, trends, and developments.

Featured image: CC 2.0 James Rickwood via Flickr.

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