Back to the [Solar-powered] Future?
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Every hour, the sun supplies to the surface of the Earth as much energy as humanity consumes in an entire year. Put another way, if we were to cover a single 100x100 square mile area in the desert with solar collectors they would generate more electricity than the United States currently consumes. Is this the future of electricity? Or is it back to the future?
It was 1979 when President Jimmy Carter first set the goal of 20% solar by the year 2000. 30 years later and solar power accounts for less than 1% of the United States’ energy supply. So what happened to our green intentions? And whatever happened to those White House solar panels? To find out, join BTLS host David Biello as he uncovers the past, present and potential future of solar power.