Today’s total eclipse of the sun 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 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