While Alabama lags far behind much of the nation in terms of solar energy policies and usage – a situation we examined in the first two parts of this series – there are a few state residents determined to let the sun shine in to their homes.
The largest power source in this neck of the universe is still 93 million miles away from Earth. But its energy-producing potential for our planet is closer than ever to truly being realized.
Solar power has been touted for decades as being the ultimate answer to our energy needs. According to researchers at MIT, the amount of sunlight striking the earth’s surface is more than 10,000 times greater than the world’s total energy usage. Or as solar advocates like to put it, one hour of sunshine can create one year’s worth of energy.
This week, UAB announced that it is home to the largest solar energy system in the city of Birmingham. The solar panels are on top of it’s Campus Recreation Center which can be seen from Red Mountain and surrounding buildings.
Eagle Solar & Light, based in Birmingham, installed and donated ActiveLED solar lights and controls which brighten the 80 foot Kaul Adventure Tower when activity is present and dim when it is not. This will enable nighttime activities to rappel, zip line or climb.