A Short History of Solar Power

| March 7, 2019

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Solar panels are growing in popularity, for plenty of reasons. But what started it all? Here are some fun facts to share at your next solar power party: It all started just over 4 billion years ago, when a cheeky little ball of space gas decided to spark up. Our sun produces unfathomable amounts of energy. Even the small portion we receive here on Earth (one-billionth of its total output) is in the quadrillions of watts.

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What It Really Means When Google and Apple Say They Run on 100% Renewable Energy

Article | March 11, 2020

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Article | March 11, 2020

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