The total eclipse of the sun on July 22 lasted a whopping 6 minutes and 39 seconds — a duration that won’t be repeated again until 2132. Millions of people around the world lucky enough to be in the eclipse’s narrow band caught a majestic glimpse of history — including GE’s Bipin Saxena, who took these three photos from his apartment terrace in India.
With sunshine (or a brief lack of it) in mind, we thought it would be a good time to reflect on just what solar power can do. For example, a typical 75,000-square-foot “Big Box” retail store in the mid-Pacific U.S., covered with GE’s 200-watt solar electric modules, would have the capacity to generate more than 1,100,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity annually. That could power approximately 100 U.S. homes for a year and could avoid the emissions of over 670 metric tons of CO2 — which is equivalent to the annual CO2 emissions of approximately 130 cars on U.S. roads.
As GE’s founder Thomas Edison famously said: “We should be using nature’s inexhaustible sources of energy — sun, wind and tide. … I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy. What a source of power! I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.”
* Visit NASA’s eclipse site
* Watch amateur and news videos of the eclipse
* Learn more about GE’s solar technologies
* Learn about the benefits of solar on our ecomagination site
* Read GE Reports’ coverage of a recent solar conference