Energy

Solar power is energy from the sun that is converted into thermal or electrical energy.

Energy

Solar energy is the cleanest and most abundant renewable energy source available, and the U.S. has some of the richest solar resources in the world. Solar technologies can harness this energy for a variety of uses, including generating electricity, providing light or a comfortable interior environment, and heating water for domestic, commercial, or industrial use.

There are three main ways to harness solar energy: photovoltaics, solar heating & cooling, and concentrating solar power. Photovoltaics generate electricity directly from sunlight via an electronic process and can be used to power anything from small electronics such as calculators and road signs up to homes and large commercial businesses.

The solar market today

Ranging from small home rooftop systems to large utility-scale systems that add hundreds of megawatts of clean electricity to the power grid.

Want to go solar?

If you're looking to install solar on your home or business, SEIA has a variety of resources to guide you through the process.

How solar is used

Solar energy is a very flexible energy technology: it can be built as distributed generation or as a central-station, utility-scale solar power plant.
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