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Solar Energy Facts for Kids

This web page contains solar energy facts for kids and is an excellent resource for anyone of any age looking to learn about this sustainable energy source. Our goal is to provide you with accurate, up to date facts about solar energy. In addition to facts about solar energy, we provide addition resources to help you with your research on solar energy.

The solar energy facts below will help you learn about solar energy, if solar energy is sustainable, how much solar energy is available, what solar energy can be used for and other solar energy related facts. We hope these solar energy facts are interesting and help you learn more about this clean, sustainable energy resource.

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15 Solar Energy Facts for Kids

  1. Solar energy is obtained from the radiant light and heat from the Sun.
  2. Solar energy can be used to generate electricity (solar power), heat water and buildings (solar heating), treat water (solar distillation), cooking and many other things.
  3. Solar energy is a sustainable energy resource.
  4. Solar energy is a safe, clean energy resource and emits fewer greenhouse gases than fossil fuels.
  5. Solar energy is the cheapest source of energy on our planet.
  6. Solar energy is the largest source of energy on our planet.
  7. The amount of energy that the Earth absorbs from the Sun annually is 3.85 million exajoules. This means the entire energy usage worldwide in 2002 could have been captured in just one hour from the Sun.
  8. We only need to capture 0.02% of the Sun’s energy to meet the current energy needs of the entire planet.
  9. With all the potential in solar energy only 1.3% of the power generated in 2016 was from solar energy.
  10. As of 2019, the largest solar power station in the world was Pavagada Solar Park in India.
  11. French physicist Edmond Becquerel invented the first photovoltaic cell (solar cell) in 1839.
  12. French inventor Augustin Mouchot invented the first solar-powered engine in 1878.
  13. American inventor Charles Fritts invented the first solid state photovoltaic cell (solar cell) in 1883.
  14. Bell Laboratories created the first practical photovoltaic cell (solar cell) in 1954.
  15. The NASA satellite Vanguard 1 became the first spacecraft to use solar cells to generate power in 1958.

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