Learn more about the following solar technologies:

Did you know more energy from the sun falls on the earth in one hour than is used by everyone in the world in one year?

 

A variety of technologies convert sunlight to usable energy for buildings. The most commonly used solar technology for homes and businesses is solar photovoltaics for electricity.
 
Businesses and industry also use these technologies to diversify their energy sources, improve efficiency, and save money. Solar photovoltaic and concentrating solar power technologies are also being used by developers and utilities to produce electricity on a massive scale to power cities and small towns.

These technologies convert sunlight directly into electricity to power homes and businesses.

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Solar Photovoltaic Technology

These technologies harness heat from the sun to provide electricity for large power stations.

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Concentrating Solar Power

These technologies use solar energy to heat or cool commercial and industrial buildings.

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Solar Process Heat

From the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy: these technologies harness heat from the sun to warm our homes and businesses in winter.

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Passive Solar Technology

From the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy: these technologies harness heat from the sun to provide hot water for homes and businesses.

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Solar Water Heating

For more information about solar energy, visit the following resources:

Solar Energy Technology Basics

U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

Solar Energy Conversion Data

U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Sunshot Initiative

U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon

Photovoltaic Technology Basics

U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

Concentrating Solar Power

U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

Energy Kids Solar Basics

U.S. Energy Information Administration Energy Kids

Clean Energy Education and Professional Development
 

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