how much power does solar energy use?

if you also give me a website it would be a big help thx.

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  • 10 years ago
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    Solar energy, radiant light and heat from the sun, has been harnessed by humans since ancient times using a range of ever-evolving technologies. Solar radiation, along with secondary solar-powered resources such as wind and wave power, hydroelectricity and biomass, account for most of the available renewable energy on earth. Only a minuscule fraction of the available solar energy is used.

    Solar powered electrical generation relies on heat engines and photovoltaics. Solar energy's uses are limited only by human ingenuity. A partial list of solar applications includes space heating and cooling through solar architecture, potable water via distillation and disinfection, daylighting, solar hot water, solar cooking, and high temperature process heat for industrial purposes.To harvest the solar energy, the most common way is to use solar panels.

    Solar technologies are broadly characterized as either passive solar or active solar depending on the way they capture, convert and distribute solar energy. Active solar techniques include the use of photovoltaic panels and solar thermal collectors to harness the energy. Passive solar techniques include orienting a building to the Sun, selecting materials with favorable thermal mass or light dispersing properties, and designing spaces that naturally circulate air.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_energy

    http://www.freesolaronline.com/

    http://www.solar-energy-at-home.com/why-use-solar-...

    http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/environment-lp/?rf=g...

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  • 10 years ago

    Building the solar cells and solar panels would require energy and natural resources.

    But after that, the energy they produce for the next 20 years or more is all free...from the sun.

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  • Ned
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    10 years ago

    You may be able to find the answer you need among these articles

    http://renewableenergyarticles.blogspot.com/2009/1...

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  • 3 years ago

    Solar Power Design Manual - http://SolarPower.duebq.com/?VZQ

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