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In addition to powerful new solar cells and panels, there are many new advancements in solar energy technology such as solar shingles and transparent solar sky lights. Picture: Sacramento Metropolitan Utility District (SMUD) solar home.
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93 million miles away there is a power source 5 billion years old that can supply all of Earth's power needs and costs not one cent, until the utilities find a way to charge us for the sun's energy. The Sun has a total power output of 28,100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 kilowatts per hour.
Solar PV cells are now more powerful and reliable than ever. Many common things, and uncommon things are powered by the energy of the sun. PV cells power some calculators and watches. Other uses include highway call boxes, communication systems, power for homes in remote areas, billboards, sprinkler systems, etc. In addition, developing countries are big users of PV systems for water pumping.
Remote homes, cabins, and RVs use solar power. Increasingly homes on the energy grid are also using solar power to generate their own virtually free energy and even selling some back to the utility company. Many of these people are solar pioneers in the president's 1 Million Solar Roofs campaign.
US. Dept. of Energy Photovoltaics home page has info about becoming an energy pioneer.
Sacramento Area residents
can become solar energy pioneers with SMUD.
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District has two different solar pioneer
programs, one where they use your roof, but you do not own the system.
In their second program, you own the system and the energy. You can even
sell energy back to the utility with net metering.
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The S.O.S. Emergency 4-in-1 Hammer can save the life of someone trapped in a wrecked vehicle. Find out more.
Solar Cells Work
Very basically, PV cells absorb energy from the sun and convert it into electricity.
For technical information see this Environmental Physics Link.
If you're interested in overview
that starts basic and then gets very, very, very technical. This
paper from Physics Today, 1993 explains how PVs work.
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