“Harness the power of the sun to preserve the planet and power the world.”
Solar power is, perhaps, the most abundant resource on the planet. Every day the sun comes up, pouring huge amounts of light onto the surface of the planet, which can be converted into electricity. Because solar power is literally as dependable as the sunrise, it's been one of the most heavily pursued forms of alternative energy in the struggle to fight global warming and turn off the fossil fuel tap.
A heliostat, derived from the two Greek words “helio” for sun and “stat” for stationary, is a device that uses a mirror that tracks the sun as it crosses the sky during the day. The mirror focuses the light with a series of additional mirrors on one stationary point. The mirrors are all controlled by computers to track the sun exactly to catch its sunlight throughout the day. In the solar energy industry, that stationary point is a solar power tower that has a steam engine on top.
Once your company has decided to go solar, it's time to think about how you are going to manage the installation and upkeep of your solar power system. Since solar isn't your main business but rather a way to cut costs and help the environment, you shouldn't be expected to handle all the details surrounding your solar installation. Too often companies try to keep their solar asset management in-house, and wind up spending more money than is necessary for the installation and management of their solar power.
For companies concerned with going green, solar energy isn't just the latest watchword. It's a long-term investment strategy that has the potential to revolutionize not only the way the company gets its energy, but also the way it views future projects and needs. Solar energy has a number of benefits, not all of which are immediately obvious.
It's a long-term investment.