Solar Energy

1. How is electricity produced from this resource? A solar panelis made of the natural element, silicon, which becomes charged electrically when subjected to sun


a. How does this technology work? The sun that power plant in the sky bathes Earth in ample energy to fulfill all the world's power needs many times over

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=how-does-solar-power-work

b. How is the energy resource gathered and/or created? solar energy is not created on earth but by nuclear fusion in the sun.

2. What is the current US consumption of this energy resource? Today solar energy provides 2/10 of 1% of the total energy consumed in the US.

3. What are the environmental impacts associated with this energy resource? the potential environmental impact associated is land use and habitat loss, water use and the use of hazardous material in manufacturing.

http://www.ucsusa.org/clean_energy/our-energy-choices/renewable-energy/environmental-impacts-solar-power.html

4. What are the costs associated with using this type of energy resource? the cost of installing solar power has fallen 60% since 2011 16% in this past year.