The importance of solar power right now is almost impossible to overstate. Most people are unaware that there was more money invested by private and government research programs last year for solar power than in the five previous years combined. The largest and most powerful energy companies in the nation, those which have previously been invested in fossil fuels, are now dedicating their development dollars to solar energy. A study released by,, has estimated that solar power research has now grown so large that it now surpasses even most medical research programs. The question as to why there is so much money and time being put into solar energy will be the object of this article.

The reason which is most obvious for the importance of solar energy and how it might change this world is that solar energy unchains modern man from his reliance on outside power companies. It is almost unbelievable how dependent the average person has become on a power company for their energy supply today. Electric companies provide people with light for their homes, power for their hospitals and energy for the companies where they work. Energy companies are not extremely popular these days as the frequency of rolling blackouts and the augmentation of power bill are often spoken of in the news. There seems to be little responsibility when it comes to power companies, something which is not surprising when you look at how much people rely on them, and how few options the public has had up till now. The solar panel system being made today could quickly eliminate the need people have for big power companies. Some people have even suggested that within a decade large electric companies might start to close, faced with fewer and fewer clients, they might cease to exist altogether. Solar power would eliminate a power system which makes tens of millions of people dependent on a few large companies. Not only would a switch from large power companies, to private homes powered by solar panels be important for communities; the planet would benefit from huge reductions in power plant pollution.

While the elimination of the need for power plants is exciting, another possibility could be even more amazing. The total departure for reliance on oil would change how the world operates in every way imaginable. Electric cars went from science fiction novels into the real world during the last twenty years, and while that has been impressive, scientists today are now saying that the electric car is only the beginning of the revolution. Solar electric aircrafts, trains and even ships are already being manufactured in Japan and South Korea, and there is little doubt that the solar power innovators will soon be able to produce solar power systems that will eliminate the need for oil. A world in which oil is no longer needed is a world which has a brighter future for all people. The planet would be healthier, countries in areas of conflict over oil would be more peaceful and the overall quality of life for people on earth would be improved.