Solar Power From Space

by Alex Elder

Although solar power is currently a popular source of renewable energy in the United States, it has several drawbacks. The biggest problem with relying on sunlight for energy is the disruption of solar absorption when there is a lack of sunlight. Thus, in areas of the country that often experience cloudy or overcast weather, solar power is not a reliable source of energy. Furthermore, solar power is not typically available at night without a sophisticated energy storage system. One solution to this problem is to establish solar farms in space. Although it may sound like science fiction, colonies of solar panel satellites in space would circumvent the major disadvantages associated with using solar panels on Earth. Additionally, sunlight in space is about ten times more powerful than what we experience on Earth, making this system more efficient in both its reliability and its strength. Continue reading