Point to Ponder Why arent solar power plants more popular in sunny deserted areas

One of the major advantages of solar power plants is that the energy is free. There are, however, several issues to consider that impact cost and social acceptability. The free energy from the Sun has to be collected and transformed into commercially useful energy. Solar power plants to date cover the area of several football fields and produce approximately 1 % of the power associated with a fossil fuel fired power plant. This means that solar power plants will cover relatively large areas and may be considered eyesores by some people. In addition, the technology of maintaining the collectors, and collecting, transforming, and transmitting solar energy is still relatively expensive. [Fanchi, 2004, Exercises 7-11 and 7-12]

Solar Electric Technology

Solar electric technologies are designed to convert light from the Sun directly into electrical energy. Some of the most important solar electric processes are the photoelectric effect and photovoltaics. We shall briefly discuss these topics below.

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