Solar Panels, Powering the New Decade

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Fossil fuels will become… well, fossils.

If you could fast forward 10 years into the future, what would our world look like? Technology is invading every area of our lives and it can be hard to keep up with all the changes. Autonomous vehicles, genetic modifications, and nanotechnology just to name a few. One area that may not be your primary focus is the energy industry, but it too has big changes ahead.

All of this new technology needs to be powered somehow and with such a big push to take better care of our planet, solar power seems likely to be crowned the next energy king. The past decade alone reveals just how much solar power has grown. If it continues, it could very well become our primary power source. But why? What exactly is making them such a popular alternative?

How Solar Panels Work and Changes to Come

First, let’s look at the technology. Solar panels work through the process of conduction. Materials like silicon capture heat from the sun and convert it into energy. In addition, they last for a very long time and don’t put out any pollution. Because they are so efficient and good for the environment, they have a massive appeal. Solar also came about at just the right time, and the more popular they have become, prices become more affordable.

While there are many benefits, there are still some flaws that have yet to be worked out. For example, some think that solar won’t last because they are limited to sunny days and have no way of storing energy to be used for later. That’s where they’re wrong. Tesla has already developed a solar battery to store some of your sunshine for a rainy day, and other companies are quickly catching up. 

Not only is the technology advancing, but state government and other powerful organizations are voicing their support for solar. Some states have even begun passing legislation to make solar panels a required feature on new homes. Your state could be next and that means big changes in your home.

What does this mean for home and Tech?

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This could mean big shifts in how we build new homes and the way we interact and live in those spaces. If solar panels become part of an original build or that could increase mortgage prices significantly. On the flip side, especially for renters, solar could eliminate utility bills and save lots of money for big city populations.

But aside from prices and economics, how does this change the way we live in our homes? Not having to rely on big power companies could mean self-sufficient homes in new parts of the world. Or with energy stored year-round, we might have the freedom to power a lot more devices and accessories like more personalized smart homes or upcoming mobile bots that help with daily up-keep. This could be the beginning of a whole new lifestyle in the chapters of human history.

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