How Does It Work?
Solar technology allows us to capture the sun's energy in two principal ways. First, solar PV (photovoltaic) panels, which frequently sit atop buildings, convert sunlight directly into electricity. These solar panels are made of cutting-edge materials, often silicon, similar to computer chips. As light passes through the panels, it creates a current that generates electricity. This process of converting light (photons) to electricity (voltage) - hence the word “photovoltaic.”
Second, local solar thermal systems can use the sun's heat to warm water for our businesses and homes. Large-scale concentrated solar power (CSP) systems produce energy at a central power plant using mirrors and receivers to convert solar energy into heat. This heat can then be used to produce electricity via a steam turbine driving a generator.
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