The 50-megawatt (MW) Tarlac solar
facility owned by PetroSolar Corp.
According to satellite data, total solar
irradiance--the amount of the sun's radiation reaching the top of Earth's atmosphere--dropped as much as 0.
General Motor's Ovonics unit donated 28 solar
modules this past May to the tiny hamlets of El Sabino, El Naranjo and Sicuandi, which are tucked away in the Sierra Sur mountains in the southern state of Oaxaca, but the local government still had to spend $300,000 on installation and related expenses.
storms most often affect businesses, as they can cause fluctuations in power supply or blackouts if a utility company's high-voltage transformer overheats or burns out.
shingles will not become as common as cellular phones overnight.
At the start of the cycle--for instance, during solar
minimum in 1995--the magnetic field resembled something like a bar magnet (see miniposter, p.
Instead of riding the solar
wind on an outbound trajectory, these particles were moving perpendicular to that direction.
, the maintenance is very low and you're saving money on the utility bill.
Small bundles of pure sunlight, called photons, penetrate the solar
cells and knock electrons off some of the silicon atoms.
An especially powerful type of solar
eruption, known as a coronal mass ejection, can inject protons directly into Earth's atmosphere.