The sun’s rays are turned into thermal or electrical energy through the use of solar power. The United States possesses some of the world’s richest solar resources, making it the cleanest and most abundant renewable energy source. Solar energy can be used for a variety of purposes, including generating electricity, providing light or a pleasant indoor environment, and heating water for home, commercial, or industrial purposes.

Using the Sun’s Energy

Photovoltaics, solar heating and cooling, and concentrating solar power are all ways to use solar energy. Small electronic devices like calculators and road signs, as well as houses and large commercial enterprises, can be powered by photovoltaics, which use an electronic process to generate electricity directly from sunlight. Solar heating and cooling (SHC) and concentrating solar power (CSP) systems use the sun’s heat to heat water or space, respectively, while CSP power plants use the heat to power traditional electricity generation turbines.

Using cutting-edge solar + storage technologies, both of these techniques may also store the energy they produce for distribution when the sun goes down US electricity grids are complicated and interconnected; solar power is a part of this system, along with wind power and other renewable energy sources like hydropower.

Supportive policy frameworks are needed at the municipal, state, and federal levels in order to enable fair access to renewable energy technologies like solar for both consumers and enterprises.

Realize how policy in the United States is propelling solar growth.

Tell the legislators: savor it while it lasts
There’s no denying it: renewable energy policy must be included in whatever legislation Congress passes to invest in the nation’s infrastructure and economic future. Immediately send a letter to your elected officials urging them to pass comprehensive clean energy legislation that would both spur economic growth and combat global warming.