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Solar Energy Topics Solar technologies use the sun's energy and light to provide heat, light, hot water, electricity, and even cooling, for homes, businesses, and industry.
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Solar Technologies

Photovoltaics (PV)
Photovoltaic solar cells, which directly convert sunlight into electricity, are made of semiconducting materials. The simplest cells power watches and calculators and the like, while more complex systems can light houses and provide power to the electric grid.

Passive Solar Heating, Cooling and Daylighting
Buildings designed for passive solar and daylighting incorporate design features such as large south-facing windows and building materials that absorb and slowly release the sun's heat. No mechanical means are employed in passive solar heating. Incorporating passive solar designs can reduce heating bills as much as 50 percent. Passive solar designs can also include natural ventilation for cooling.

Concentrating Solar Power
Concentrating solar power technologies use reflective materials such as mirrors to concentrate the sun's energy. Using mirrors to concentrate the sunshine on the panels can greatly increase there output.

Solar Hot Water and Space Heating and Cooling
Solar hot water heaters use the sun to heat either water or a heat-transfer fluid in collectors. A typical system will reduce the need for conventional water heating by about two-thirds. High-temperature solar water heaters can provide energy-efficient hot water and hot water heat for large commercial and industrial facilities.

Solar Access
The availability or access to unobstructed sunlight for use both in passive solar designs and active systems is protected by zoning laws and ordinances in many communities.

Shade Tolerent Panels
Does your panel totally stop working on cloudy days? Does a small bit of shade keep your whole panel from working? If so, your panel's are shade-intolerant. You should be using soft panels. They have no glass glazing, are flexible, unbreakable, and lightweight. They have bypass diodes between every cell, which makes them the only commercial module that is shade tolerant. Nor do they whimp out at high temperatures. There's a company called Uni-Solar that makes them. These panels are great if you have a problem with partial shade.