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Saved By the Sun

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Sun NOVA explores what it would take for solar energy to become a real player in the energy game.

The program:

  • looks at the use of photovoltaic panels in homes and describes how they work and how some people are benefiting financially by using solar power.

  • notes that increased energy demands, dwindling global fossil fuel resources, and heightened public concern for global warming all contribute to the need for alternative energy sources like solar energy.

  • presents the challenges of maintaining power during the summer in Los Angeles and explains that cities currently rely on fossil fuel power plants to survive.

  • profiles the Kramer Junction Solar Electric Generating System in the Mojave Desert, the largest solar thermal power plant in the world.

  • examines how solar power became a mainstream energy source in Germany.

  • explores innovative business models that are supplying solar energy to companies like Whole Foods.

  • reports on solar research being conducted at the National Research Energy Laboratory in Colorado, including multi-junction solar cells that were used on the Mars rovers.

  • introduces research that draws on nanotechnology to make solar power more affordable.

  • concludes by noting that while most of the promising solar energy options will take years to come to the market, decisions need to be made now regarding future energy options.

Taping Rights: Can be used up to one year after the program is taped off the air.

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