What Makes up Solar Power in the U.S.?
Solar power technology here in the United States is made up of and derived from utility-scale solar power plants, where large scale, concentrated solar power energy is designed, as well as local distributed generation devices, systems, methods, and facilities that distribute through small scale energy and power sources, which, of these mostly come from rooftop Photovoltaics. Photovoltaics is a method of generating electrical power through the conversion of solar radiation into direct current electricity through the use of semiconductors that incorporate the Photovoltaic effect – the creation of voltage, or from an electric current within a material once that material becomes exposed to a light source. During the previous year, the United States passed ten giga-watts of installed photovoltaic capacity, with an additional half of one giga-watt of concentrated solar power. In a twelve month testing cycle that ended in February of 2014, utility scale solar power generated just over ten million megawatt hours, which equals to a quarter of a percent of total electricity output in the Unites States.
A lot of research was conducted by the United States regarding both photovoltaics and concentrated solar power. The United States is among the top countries in the world in electricity generated by the Sun, and many of the world’s largest utility-scale installations are located in the Southwest Unites States, where facilities and devices have been developed in this vast desert region. The United States can boast having the oldest solar power plant in the world, which is the 354 MW SEGS thermal power plant, located in California. Several Solar Power Plants have developed and are operating on the west coast of the United States, including the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System – a solar thermal power project in the Mojave Desert of California; the 280 MW Solana Generating Station – a solar power plant close to Gila Bend, in Arizona (near Phoenix), which was recently completed just last year. When finally commissioned for full operational duties, the Solana Generating System became the largest parabolic trough plant in the world, as well as the very first solar plant in the United States with molten salt thermal energy storage capacity.
Because of the extreme importance of optimizing our country’s ability to utilize solar energy – inexpensive source of energy, unlimited provisions from the Sun, environmentally safe –there are plans to build several more large solar plants in the United States. Many states have set individual renewable energy goals, with the inclusion of solar power in various proportions playing a prominent role.
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