In the past 5 years, solar panel prices have plummeted by more than 80%. And over that same time period, efficiencies have skyrocketed, allowing homeowners to generate more clean power per square meter than ever before.
Given the speed of these improvements, many people understandably still have outdated concepts of what solar can and can’t do.
At Sunline Energy, we often run into well-intentioned skeptics who have a hard time believing a standard San Diego solar installation can reduce their electricity bills – sometimes to $0 a month.
They still picture solar panels as “calculator” or “highway sign” technology – powerful enough only for minor applications.
It’s a bit funny actually. You’d think that the sheer number of new solar installations that go up every year would be enough to convince fence sitters. In 2012 alone, more than 83,000 homeowners across the country went solar.
That’s 83,000 new families with lower monthly bills and smaller carbon footprints.
But even these statistics are not enough to convince everyone out there how freakishly awesome solar truly is.
So today, we wanted to provide yet another example of solar’s incredible power.
Solar Is Strong Enough to Fuel Trans-Atlantic Crossings
We recently read about the Turanor PlanetSolar catamaran – a 102-foot-long solar-powered vessel that just completed a trans-Atlantic voyage from Miami to Paris.
Just stop and think about that for a second.
Solar isn’t just for handheld calculators any more. The technology has now become advanced enough to pilot 31-meter-long sea vessels across the 2nd largest ocean in the world.
And this isn’t even the Turanor PlanetSolar’s maiden voyage. Last year, it became the first solar-powered boat to completely circumnavigate the globe.
So if solar is strong enough to sail the 7 Seas, it’s certainly powerful enough to cover some or all of your energy needs in a sunny region like San Diego.
But lower monthly electricity bills is only the beginning. Read these 2 articles for a more comprehensive look at all the financial and environmental benefits that a San Diego solar installation offers (here and here).