quotations about solar power
Every 24 hours, enough sunlight touches the Earth to provide the energy for the entire planet for 24 years.
MARTHA MAEDA, How to Solar Power Your Home: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply
The use of solar energy has not been opened up because the oil industry does not own the sun.
RALPH NADER, Loose Talk
Clearly, we need more incentives to quickly increase the use of wind and solar power; they will cut costs, increase our energy independence and our national security and reduce the consequences of global warming.
HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON, speech at Cleantech Venture Forum VIII, October 25, 2005
The use of solar energy offers huge potential for natural resource and climate protection, and for the expansion of renewable energies on the road to a future-oriented energy supply.
MARGARETA WOLF, speech, June 20, 2004
There has been a systematic repression of solar energy. It seems pretty funny to me that the government, if it is completely neutral--why wouldn't they pursue this far safer alternative of solar energy with the same intent that they pursue nuclear energy? Solar power is the last energy resource that isn't owned yet--nobody taxes the sun yet.
BONNIE RAITT, "Bonnie Raitt's No-Nuke Blues", The Harvard Crimson, May 19, 1978
We are like tenant farmers chopping down the fence around our house for fuel when we should be using Nature's inexhaustible sources of energy -- sun, wind and tide.... I'd put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don't have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.
THOMAS EDISON, attributed, Uncommon Friends: Life with Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, Alexis Carrel & Charles Lindbergh
As the technology for solar cells gets better and better, this form of clean, renewable energy will find more applications that take up less space and produce more electricity, to meet the energy needs of our homes, schools and businesses.
SAMUEL BODMAN, speech, July 14, 2005
All energy is ultimately derived for the sun and harvesting it directly through solar power seems to be the best way to transition to renewable energy.
PETER RIVE, "SolarCity Unveils World's Most Efficient Panel", Time, October 2, 2015
Solar power is no longer the "pipe dream of environmentalists," as much as the utility companies would like to have us believe it. While there are still two billion people in the world without access to electricity (and another billion who have it less than 10 hours per day), there are now 500,000 homes worldwide (mostly in Third World villages) powered by photovoltaics. They know something the utilities don't--that power from the sun is the best power you can get.
JOHN SCHAEFFER, foreword, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Solar Power for Your Home
Because we are now running out of gas and oil, we must prepare quickly for a third change, to strict conservation and to the use of coal and permanent renewable energy sources, like solar power.
JIMMY CARTER, televised speech, April 18, 1977
We need to drive the cost of solar energy down to where it's competitive for bulk power generation.
JIM DIPESO, speech, September 13, 2003
Scientists will eventually stop flailing around with solar power and focus their efforts on harnessing the only truly unlimited source of energy on the planet: stupidity. I predict that in the future, scientists will learn how to convert stupidity into clean fuel.
SCOTT ADAMS, "An Interview with Scott Adams", Moneywatch, October 4, 2008
Another big advantage of solar power is that the power source is free. While oil must be drilled, and coal and uranium must be mined, the source for solar power is simply sunlight. And unlike fossil fuels, the costs of solar energy never rise.
JIM OLLHOFF, Solar Power
Needless to say, the implications of cheap solar power would be truly staggering, revolutionizing virtually every aspect of life and geopolitics. Potentially dangerous nuclear power would become obsolete; dirty energy sources like coal and oil would be a thing of the past; and the world would no longer have to kowtow to corrupt governments that just happen to be resource-rich.
MAX MILLER, "Ray Kurzweil: Solar Will Power the World in 16 Years", Big Think
Another advantage of solar energy is its safety. An enormous amount of time, money, and energy is put into keeping fossil fuel plants and nuclear plants safe. An oil spill can devastate the surrounding environment. Coal mine accidents often cause death or injury. The security companies and police SWAT teams that protect nuclear power plants must be alert to guard against terrorism. By contrast, solar energy is safe from terrorist attacks. There is nothing in a solar plant that could devastate the environment. A breakdown in a solar energy plant might mean a broken mirror. A breakdown in a nuclear plant could mean a major disaster.
JIM OLLHOFF, Solar Power
The sun--that power plant in the sky--bathes Earth in ample energy to fulfill all the world's power needs many times over. It doesn't give off carbon dioxide emissions. It won't run out. And it's free.
SUSANNAH LOCKE, "How does solar power work?", Scientific American, October 20, 2008
The beauty of solar power is that it has very few running costs: once the capital investment has been made the energy is effectively free, while fossil fuels must be purchased continuously and all indications are that prices will continue to rise.
GEOFF STAPLETON & SUSAN NEILL, Grid-connected Solar Electric Systems: The Earthscan Expert Handbook for Planning, Design and Installation
On the Earth's surface, solar power is also handicapped because it is intermittent. A 1000-megawatt coal, gas, or nuclear power station needs only a few acres (or hectares) of land and operates day and night. A 1000-megawatt solar power station occupies square miles (or square kilometers) and works only in the daytime. Even so, the dream of producing electric power from sunlight on a massive scale won't die. Solar cells have been used to power satellites and space probes for decades. Someday, they may help to power a moon base. Unlike the situation on Earth, sunlight shines constantly in space, and the idea of deploying enormous solar cell arrays in near-Earth orbit and sending the electric power they generate to Earth using microwave transmitters was suggested more than 40 years ago by the Czech-American scientist and engineer Peter Glaser.
FRANKLIN HADLEY COCKS, Energy Demand and Climate Change: Issues and Resolutions
I think we need to take positive steps toward space solar-power systems. We need to move in a step-by-step manner. It's a real possibility to have a great new energy source for mankind.
DANA ROHRABACHER, Space.com, March 5, 2001
Solar power is a big idea, whose time has come. And, like the space program, solar is an idea that can shape our nation in significant and positive ways. In the coming months, in the coming years, we will face critical decisions on how to address climate change, reduce our dependence on foreign energy, and boost our economic competitiveness. The beauty of solar power is that it offers an elegant solution to all three of these challenges. Imagine what it would be like if every time that it rained it rained oil, big black drops falling from the sky. Don't you think that we would find some way to run around with a big bucket and collect all of that energy that was falling from the sky? I know this sounds like an absurd picture, but the reality is that what we have outside today is something very comparable to that. Literally, we have useful energy pouring out of the sky, and nowhere does it rain sunshine with greater intensity and consistency than in the American southwest.
GABRIELLE GIFFORDS, opening statement at meeting of Subcommittee on Energy and Environment, March 17, 2008