10 Fun Facts about Solar Energy

a guest post by Bob Haughton, Vice President of Business Development at ONTILITY

Interesting Fun Facts about Solar

When we all talk about solar energy as a solid renewable energy solution, we quote a lot of figures, a lot of specifications and a ton of data. Here’s some non- technical interesting and fun facts about solar energy that aren’t necessarily common knowledge.

  1. The Nobel Prize in Physics 1921 was awarded to Albert Einstein "for his services to Theoretical Physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect".
  2. Although the sun is over 90 million miles from the Earth, it takes less than 10 minutes for light to speed across that distance.
  3. Only 0.01% of the energy produced by nuclear fusion in the sun PER SECOND would be needed to satisfy the entire population of the earth’s energy requirements.
  4. Space missions have been using solar energy to power spaceships since 1958.
  5. The sun is in the top 5% of stars in the Milky Way in terms of brightness and size.
  6. The Greeks and Romans were the first to use passive solar designs. Buildings with south facing windows allowed the sun to heat and light indoor spaces.
  7. Solar panels first appeared on the market in 1956.
  8. In 1883, American inventor Charles Fritz turned the sun's rays into electricity with the first solar cell.
  9. In 1956, Commercial solar cells went on the market at a hefty price of $300 per watt.
  10. In 1953, Pacific Gas and Electric installs the first photovoltaic grid system in Kerman, California.


Bob Haughton Bob is responsible for multiple disciplines relating to overall company growth but focuses on leading the large scale national distributor accounts marketing effort as well as leveraging installation/distribution marketing and procurement of large scale projects nationwide. Prior to Ontility, Bob was President of Renewable Energy Resource Associates as well as Regional General Manager over the South Texas/State of Louisiana region for Standard Renewable Energy/Gridpoint. Bob received a BA in Architecture from the University of Houston and is a State of Texas and Nationally certified Registered Building Designer.

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