What is solar energy?
Electricity is generated by converting the sun’s rays through cells in solar PV or photovoliac panels into energy which is then used to power home appliances, lights and electricals.
Contrary to what many people may think, solar panels do not require the sun to be shining directly on them to generate electricity. Although that is when they reach their optimum electricity generation, solar panels produce electricity all through daylight hours, whether is it cloudy or not.
A pioneering new concentrated solar technology is being tested in Lincolnshire which will determine how much the sun’s rays can be magnified to produce the maximum energy generation.
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