The Solar Potential

There is more than enough solar irradiation available to satisfy the world’s energy demands. On average, each square metre of land on Earth is exposed to enough sunlight to generate 1,700 kWh of energy every year using currently available technology. The total solar energy that reaches the Earth’s surface could meet existing global energy needs 10,000 times over.


A large amount of statistical data on solar energy availability is collected globally. Where there is more Sun, more power can begenerated. The sub-tropical areas of the world offer some of the best locations for solar power generation. The average energy received in Europe is about 1,200 kWh/m2 per year. This compares with 1,800 to 2,300 kWh/m2 per year in the Middle East. Turkey has an average of 1400 kWh/m2 per year.


Why Solar Energy ?

1-      Free energy direct the Sun

2-      No noise, harmful emissions or gases are produced

3-      Safety and reliability are proven

4-      Each module lasts around at least 25 years

5-      Systems can be recycled at the end of their life and the materials re-used

6-      PV is easy to install and has very low maintenance requirements

7-      Power can be generated in remote areas that are not connected to the grid

8-      Solar panels can be incorporated into the architecture of a building

9-      The energy used to a PV system can be recouped quickly (between six months and three years) and that timeframe is constantly decreasing as technology improves

10-   Solar power can thousands of jobs

11-   Solar contribute to the security of energy supply in every country...


Güneş Dergisi Eylül 2012 Türkçe
Solarex Magazine September 2012 English