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Is Solar Energy Becoming Mainstream?

Posted on Saturday, October 8th, 2011 at 1:11 pm by Solar Energy USA

Is solar energy becoming mainstream? It seems that more and more we see examples of solar panels in our daily lives.

They power signs along the street:


They power advertisements:


They even power our vehicles:



We’ve seen new smart phones with solar battery chargers on their cases shown in Sprint advertisements. New electric vehicles (EVs) like the Nissan Leaf and the Toyota Plug-In Prius are being made with small solar panels incorporated into the bodies of them to provide extra power to the vehicles.

Big box retailers like Lowes, Home Depot, and Walmart now sell outdoor lights powered by tiny photovoltaic (PV) solar cells:


Does this:


look familiar?

It’s a backpack with a solar panel sewn in which can be used to charge small devices like a cell phone or tablet computer which is very popular with outdoorsy people as a means of solar energy on the go.

And what about solar thermal? It has become prevalent with restaurants because of its intelligent and innovative design with the introduction of evacuated tube solar thermal systems:


The picture above shows a series of solar thermal tubes seen at a burger joint in Boston. The solar thermal process warms water in a tank with fluid warmed by the sun from a solar collector installed on a roof (or even in a yard).

Of course, we cant forget the prevalence of solar energy systems that power businesses and homes:

Georgia residential solar panel install

All of these examples show solar energy technology being adopted more and more to provide power for a variety of things that we use in our daily lives. We think yes, solar energy is becoming mainstream.