How Many Solar Panels Do We Need to Power the Entire World?

Is that even possible?
Derya Ozdemir

As the world strives to discover new sources of energy that can be converted into power as effectively and cleanly as possible, solar power plants, which use various strategies to turn the Sun's power into energy and electricity, are gaining importance quicker than ever. Solar is by far the largest, most reliable source of energy available all around the world, and yet, we aren't taking advantage of it to its full potential. A typical home may need between 20 and 25 solar panels to cover 100 percent of its electricity usage, but how about the world?

In this brilliantly crafted video from the YouTube channel Corridor Crew, you can learn how many solar panels would be needed to power the entire world and how solar power may be our one-way ticket for a carbon-free future. While there are problems surrounding materials, toxicity, and emissions when it comes to the production of solar tech and lithium-ion batteries, these are engineering issues that can be overcome with determination, money, and hard effort. If you're curious to learn more, make sure you watch the video embedded above. 

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