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Solar Technologies

Solar Technologies Harness the Power of the Sun

The same fiery ball that arches overhead day after day is also an excellent source of clean, renewable energy that can provide heat, light, hot water and cooling to homes and businesses. A variety of technologies have been developed to take advantage of solar energy.
Passive solar collectors use mirrors and lenses to concentrate the sun's rays on a single point. The heat created is then stored for later use.

Photovoltaic or "PV" cells, which are made of semiconductors, convert sunlight directly into electricity. These are the cells that often power calculators and watches. On a larger scale, they can light houses and add power to the electric grid.

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