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Solar energy means energy from sunlight, in any form.

Some forms of solar energy include

Some forms of solar energy such as heating are well-adapted to low-technology appropriate construction, while others such as photovoltaic cells for the production of electricity are typically mass-produced in high-tech capital-intensive factories.

The relatively mild heating of a flat plate collector can be used for:

Optimum orientation of solar energy harvesters
Optimum tilt of windows by latitude

According to Village Earth, water heated in a normal flat plate collector does not boil.[1]

So to Pasteurize water and to cook at high temperature cannot use flat plate collectors, but must use more complicated concentrating collectors that require frequent adjustment to keep them pointed at the sun, such as:

The solar energy benefits are multiple:

  • Solar energy is one of the primary renewable energy sources
  • A solar system can substantially reduce electricity bills. The amount that can be reduced from your bills depends on the size of the solar system and the household energy usage.
  • Solar energy can be used for different purposes, such as electricity (photovoltaics) and heat (solar thermal).
  • Solar energy systems generally require low maintenance costs. Cleaning companies ask on average for £25-£35 per cleaning, and manufacturers offer 20-25 years warranty.
  • The technological developments taking place within the solar panel industry assure that solar panels will continue being one of the most effective sustainable energy sources on the planet.

For more specific articles on solar energy, see Category:Solar.

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  1. Solar Energy from Village Earth