Solar energy as a renewable power source entered with a bang, but seems to have taken a long time to really progress. This is probably based on a number of factors, but the high price and lowered residential and commercial tax incentives are the main reasons. Another factor is that the concept of solar thermal energy demonstrates the most success in limited areas: the parts of the world that receive the highest solar exposure.
As prices for solar equipment continue to slide, more affordable solar energy is now a reality. With that reality comes the exploitation of using this energy on a large scale to power entire communities and even cities. As technology continues to evolve, there are continued plans for a major solar thermal power plant to be built in southern California. California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger initially instituted the concept that he wanted to see utility companies provide one-third of their output via solar power by 2020. This may be good news for people investing in solar energy stocks, but is the hefty goal safe for the environment?
There are around 354 megawatt solar energy plants all around the world. The most progressive country appears to be Spain, with the U.S. coming in second. Both Arizona and California, two of the biggest sun states, have numerous solar energy power plants.
Some believe that the politicians pushing these solar power agendas are being short sighted and not looking at the big picture. Affordable solar energy for the masses to enjoy is the goal, but only time will tell if it is at the expense of the environment.
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