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Solar Power

Solar power captures renewable energy from sunlight. Technology such as photovoltaics and solar concentrators convert the sun's energy into electricity.

Options for Solar Power at Home
A brief overview of ways you can use solar power at home.

Solar Collectors for Residential Hot Water
Solar Collectors for Residential Hot Water

Solar Water Heating Systems for Homes
An introduction to solar water heating systems for residential (domestic) use.

Pros and Cons of Solar Power for Home Use
Pros and cons of photovoltaics and solar power for home use

U.S. Military Relies on Solar Power
US Department of Defense Relies on Solar Power

Photovoltaics 101
Photovoltaics 101 - Solar cells convert sunlight into electricity

Maps of Solar Radiation in U.S.
This searchable website has maps that helps you locate where and when solar radiation is strongest in the U.S.

Basic Science of Solar Radiation
This webpage from the U.S. Department of Energy introduces the basic science of solar radiation, including how the earth's orbit affects the sun's rays, types of solar radiation, and how it's measured.

Solar SMARTS Helps Researchers Model Sunshine
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) created the software program called SMARTS(The Simple Model of the Atmospheric Radiative Transfer of Sunshine) for modeling solar resources. Researchers, engineers, and other technical professionals can register to download it from this Web page.

Solar Photovoltaic Technologies Commercialization Portal - EERE
This website portal maintained by Department of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) offers marketing summaries of innovative solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies that are available for commercial licensing. Included are: PV devices and components, systems, and manufacturing.

Solar Heating and Concentration Technologies Commercialization Portal - EERE
This website portal maintained by Department of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) offers marketing summaries of innovative solar heating (solar thermal) and concentrating solar power technologies that are available for commercial licensing. Included are: thermal storage, linear concentrating, dish/engine, power tower, heating water, and ventilation systems.

Solar Maps - NREL
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has compiled maps that show the location and intensity of solar radiation across the country.

History of Photovoltaics - A Timeline
The history of photovoltaics dates back to 1839.

Photovoltaic Cells (PV Cells) - A Brief Introduction
Photovoltaic (PV) cells and systems capture the energy in light.

Photovoltaic Cells - How Do They Work?
An explanation of how photovoltaic (PV) cells work, typically with silicon as a semi-conductor material.

Borrower's Guide to Financing Solar Energy Systems - DOE
Borrower's Guide to Financing Solar Energy Systems - DOE

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