Solar Energy Archive

Solar Power Adelaide

Australia is one of the world’s best locations for using solar panels to generate electricity – utilizing high sun exposure much of the year. This article looks at the use of solar power in Adelaide, South Australia. View Larger Map Adelaide is an …

DIY Solar Power

By Jenny Griffin Energy from the sun is free, and can be used to heat water or to power electrical appliances in domestic residences. Below we’ll walk through the two diy solar power methods – solar hot water and solar photovoltaics (electricity). DIY …

Concentrated Solar Power

by Clint Ouma Concentrating solar power is fundamentally different from the solar photovoltaic (PV) power in that it uses the sun’s heat to generate electricity whereas concentrated solar generally uses a solar-thermal method. Solar PV cells rely on the sunlight being converted directly …

Best Angle For Solar Panels

What is the Best Angle For Solar Panels? Producing electricity with photovoltaics is most efficient when panels are directly facing the sun, however there is no single, global best angle for solar panels to be installed. Calculating the optimal angle depends on the …

History of Solar Energy

1767, First Solar Collector In the year 1767 a Swiss scientist named Horace-Benedict de Saussure created the first solar collector – an insulated box covered with three layers of glass to absorb heat energy. Saussure’s box became widely known as the first solar …

Solar Tracker

Solar trackers change the tilt of solar panels as the sun moves across the sky. A solar tracker is a system whereby solar photovoltaic panels are tilted throughout the day to follow the sun – retaining the best angle for maximum radiation exposure. …

Solar Roof Tiles

Solar Roof Tiles – Bringing Photovoltaic Technology into Roof Shingles by Jenny Griffin Solar energy is typically harnessed through the use of photovoltaic solar panels made of crystalline silicon, which are attached to a roof or other structure. These panels are positioned facing …