Fun Facts About Solar Energy

It’s big, it’s bright, it’s warm, it’s everywhere. It’s one of the cleanest and most powerful natural resources to reach the Earth. But how much of it is really used and how much do we really know about it? Come catch up on your general knowledge with us.

One hour of sunlight can power up the ENTIRE Earth for A YEAR

Sixty minutes of sunlight equals 430 quintillion joules of energy (430,000,000,000,000,000,000 Joules). That means every day, the sun provides the Earth with 10,320 quintillion Joules of energy and 3,766,800 quintillion Joules per year! This much energy can power almost every building in the world! Humans use up only 410 quintillion joules of energy yearly (Robertson, 2022). That’s only 57 minutes of sunlight per year to power our homes, electronic appliances, and in other electrical ways. This leaves 3,766,390 quintillion joules left. Where did that all go? And that’s a lot wasted!

Solar energy can substitute any non-renewable resource that we are using like fossil fuels. So why are we still using fossil fuels and other non-renewable energy sources when solar (and maybe a few other types of renewable energy) can help us clean up the Earth and save the economy? Visit to see which of our solar solutions suit your needs!

Some Planes and Spacecrafts can run on solar energy and ONLY solar energy

In 1990, a plane flew across the United States (in stages) successfully using no fuel at all. In 2015, Solar Impulse 2, the first solar-powered airplane, took a world tour and landed safely in Abu Dhabi (Rinkesh, 2022). Meanwhile in space, NASA’s spacecraft “Juno” took off in 2011 and made a round around Jupiter, the red planet. The solar panels on Juno were designed to generate power as efficiently as possible because Jupiter is very far away from the sun (like 740.94 million km), and thus receives much less sunlight than the Earth (NASA, 2016).

If solar energy can help spacecrafts get around far, cold planets like Jupiter, imagine that power it packs on Planet Sweet Planet (“Home Sweet Home” – Earth, that is). Aren’t you glad you live on the same planet as Sunview? We are, too!

A Panda-shaped Solar Farm exists in China

Now isn’t that adorable? It measures 248 acres and was constructed in Datong, China, and is called the Panda Power Plant. It was built using black and white solar panels to fill in the black and white parts of the panda image. The farm is said to reduce carbon emissions by 2.74 million tons, according to China Merchants New Energy Group (Garfield, 2017). By using solar energy, we are helping to keep endangered species from extinction by reducing greenhouse gas and waste produced. Now that’s goals!

The Panda-shaped Solar Farm in China (Garfield, 2017).

There are a lot MORE solar facts that we can enlighten you with. But it’s best if you put solar into practice instead of theory. Our Sunview solar panels and products are for YOUR use – it’ll make you look and feel good. So why not give them a try?