Solar Energy

Solar energy is the light and heat that comes from the sun.

The major ways that we can harness the sun’s energy are:

Photovoltaic cells which convert sunlight into electricity.  Solar panels are made out of groups of photovoltaic cells.

Solar thermal technology, which makes hot water or steam from the sun.

Passive solar heating where buildings are designed or remodeled to take advantage of the sun’s heat in the winter.