Solar Energy; Photovoltaics; Heating; Solar Thermal; Alternative Fuels
To understand Florida's position in the development of solar technologies it's necessary to visualize a bigger picture. Currently, the United States spends over $38 billion per year for crude oil and petroleum product imports, whereas appropriations for research and development on solar energy technology total less than $120 million per year.
Not only do we operate within a global economy, we also operate within a global environment. If the greenhouse effect and global climate change force nations to drastically reduce carbon dioxide emissions, there are very few alternatives to fossil fuels for power production. In a world of dwindling energy resources, solar technologies are a bright if lonely beacon.
Alternative Fuels; Heating; Photovoltaics; Solar Energy; Solar Thermal
Florida Solar Energy Center and Burns, Carolyn King, "Solar Energy In Florida" (1989). FSEC Energy Research Center®. 872.