General Facts on Solar Energy
What is solar energy used for?
There are numerous uses for solar energy, including heating water for domestic use, space heating of buildings, drying agricultural products and generating electrical energy.
What are some advantages of solar energy?
Solar energy is a clean, emissions-free source of renewable energy, which helps protect our environment. Solar facilities are not affected by the supply and demand of fuel and subject to price volatility, and solar energy can help reduce our dependence on foreign sources of energy.
Why can’t solar energy be used to supply all our energy needs?
Energy from the sun is intermittent and varies from region to region. Solar energy also requires quite a large area of land for installation to achieve a good level of efficiency. This would not be practical in providing for the energy needs of large numbers of consumers. Finally, solar energy cannot be produced at night, so we also need efficient baseload generation like natural gas or nuclear plants that provide clean energy around the clock.
How many solar energy plants are being used by NextEra to generate electricity in the U.S. and where are they located?
FPL’s parent company, NextEra Energy, Inc., operates the world’s largest solar thermal facility with a generating capacity of 310 megawatts in California’s Mojave Desert. FPL operates three utility-scale solar projects in the Sunshine State in Brevard County, Desoto County and Martin County.
Will the solar panels give off reflections or glare?
The reflection or glare from solar panels is similar to that of a field of planted crops, such as corn.