Share this Image On Your Site
Please include attribution to CustomSolarAndLeisure.com with this graphic.
It would most likely not come as a shock that Arizona has one of the largest solar industries in the country. The state is host to more than two hundred and fifty solar companies and has invested nearly six hundred million dollars in solar industries. It might be surprising, though, that some of the fastest-growing areas of the solar industry, both in Arizona and around the world, don’t have much to do with business or residential photovoltaic panels but rather with transportation.
Although solar cars aren’t efficient or cost-effective enough for popular use, many have been developed for racing. The technology is there, and as the interest grows, a solar car could enter the market in less than a decade. Solar powered buses, however are already in use, and are extremely effective alternatives to petroleum-fueled public transportation. In fact, they have the potential to prevent more than one hundred and fifty thousand pounds of carbon dioxide from being released into the environment every year.
And the growth isn’t limited to land transportation; solar boats are becoming popular as well. Like the land vehicles, they have been designed more for large-scale use than individual transit. The boats feature an expansive array of photovoltaic panels across the top to soak up power, with enough room belowdecks to hold a crew of sixty.
With solar planes, however, the smaller the better. A single-occupant solar plane has been piloted in a cross-country trip of the continental United States. Because the plane has batteries for storage, it can fly 24 hours a day.
The market for sustainable transportation alternatives is growing very quickly, and as technology develops a large number of additional vehicles will likely make their way into the public market.