Solar Energy in America Term Paper by Nicky

A look at the problems in developing solar energy in the United States.
# 146027 | 926 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 14, 2010 in Environmental Studies (Design) , Physics (Matter and Energy) , Hot Topics (General)

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The paper discusses how solar energy is expensive, takes up a lot of space, and is inefficient on cloudy days. The paper suggests solutions to develop systems that are more efficient, take up less space, and are affordable even for the average homeowner. The paper believes that if these problems can be solved, solar energy could become a much more viable alternative for industry, homeowners, utility companies and governments.

From the Paper:

"There are several problems with solar energy that must be addressed before its use becomes more widespread. The major problem associated with solar energy are the high costs to build and maintain a solar system, whether it is residential or commercial. It is more expensive to create solar energy than it is to create the same amount of fossil fuel energy in almost every case, and this means that development of solar energy plants lags far behind what could be developed."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Editors. "Solar Energy Basics." National Renewable Energy Laboratory. 2009. 27 Feb. 2009.<>
  • Resch, Rhone, and Noah Kaye. "The Promise of Solar Energy: A Low-Carbon Energy Strategy for the 21st Century." UN Chronicle June 2007: 63+.
  • Stein, Steve. "Energy Independence Isn't Very Green." Policy Review (2008): 3+.
  • Woloski, Andrea. "Fuel of the Future: A Global Push toward New Energy." Harvard International Review 27.4 (2006): 40+.

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