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January 19, 2016 AT 4:00 am

Why Aren’t We Only Using Solar Power? #SolarPower

TED-Ed explains why we aren’t using solar power for all our energy needs.

Solar power is cheaper and more sustainable than our current coal-fueled power plants, so why haven’t we made the switch? The real culprits here are the clouds, which make solar power difficult to control. Alexandros George Charalambides explains how solar towers and panels create electricity and how scientists are trying to create a system that can function even under cloud cover.

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