“That free fusion reactor in the sky conveniently converts 4 million tons of mass into energy every second” Elon Musk tweeted in 2020. Solar energy is not only the cleanest source of energy but the cheapest, according to Inside Evs.
The owner of Tesla is excited about the new horizons solar energy can reach. In the past, he floated the idea that a single plant of solar energy in the desert of Arizona or Utah could power the whole country.
Musk argues that from all the solar energy directed to the earth, we humans only need a little part of it. Unlike the complex process of extracting carbides to make gasoline, solar power is an everyday source of energy independent of our efforts.
With the increasing rise of gasoline prices, solar energy presents itself as an alternative that, apart from the first investment, provides economic benefits in the long run, according to Solar Nation.
“People often fear that we will run out of energy and then die, but that’s why we have to move to renewable energies,” he said, and to prevent these serious consequences Elon Musk acquired Solar Energy, a company that was run by his cousins Peter and Lyndon Rive in 2016 for around $2.6 million, according to CNBS News
Since this purchase, he has talked about implementing solar panels in his other companies like Tesla or SpaceX.
“The goal is to make solar roofs that look better than a normal roof, generate electricity, last longer, have better insulation, and have an installed cost that is less than a normal roof plus the cost of electricity. Why would you buy anything else?” Musk said in a conference in L. A. to convince the company to purchase Solar City.
In the first six months of 2021, Tesla installed 92 and 85 megawatts of solar panels to keep running the plan. Although Solar City has not reached the same rhythm it had before Musk’s purchase, and its facing demands from shareholders for the low performance, Musk said in 2021 that the SolarCity deal is essential to achieve Tesla´s vision.
As the costs of solar energy fall, SpaceX, Tesla, and Boring Company will move to other energy sources.