The energy from the sun is so powerful, only a fraction of what hits the Earth on a single day could power all of humanity.
Solar technology is discovering more ways to efficiently and inexpensively tap into solar energy. Along the way, many uses of solar power have been discovered.
For thousands of years, people have used the radiant heat and light from the sun to cook their food and regulate the temperatures of shelters. Today, solar cookers still are used to prepare a meal without the use of electricity. Likewise, passive solar techniques can help you warm or cool your home through strategic placement of windows and landscaping.
Solar renewable energy is on a recent upswing, as we may finally be realizing that fossil fuels are finite, and also contribute to global climate change.
There are two primary types of solar panels: photovoltaic (PV) panels generate clean electricity, and solar thermal panels heat water for household and commercial uses, without electricity or natural gas. Solar water heaters are perhaps the most affordable and practical use of solar power.
You might have seen solar panels on rooftops around town, but did you know that they are a great alternative to gas-powered generators for boats, recreational vehicles, construction sites and even military operations?
When you consider the wide variety of uses of solar power, you may be asking why are we not tapping into this renewable resource more often?