Solar Power / Energy Resources
Solar energy is the
radiant light and heat from the Sun that has been harnessed by humans since ancient times using a range of
ever-evolving technologies. Solar radiation along with secondary solar 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 power technologies provide electrical generation by
means of heat engines or photovoltaics. Once converted its uses are only limited by human ingenuity. A partial
list of solar applications includes space heating and cooling through solar architecture, potable water via
distillation and disinfection, daylighting, hot water, thermal energy for cooking, and high temperature process
heat for industrial purposes.
Solar technologies are broadly characterized as either passive solar or
active solar depending on the way they capture, convert and distribute sunlight. Active solar techniques include
the use of photovoltaic panels, solar thermal collectors, with electrical or mechanical equipment, to convert
sunlight into useful outputs. 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
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|American Solar Energy Society (ASES) | ases.org
303-443-3130 | Boulder, CO
Strives to accelerate the development and use of solar and other renewable
energy resources through advocacy, education, research and collaboration among professionals,
policy-makers and the public.
Arizona Solar Energy
Association (ASEA) | azsolarcenter.com/solarorg/asea1.html
ASEA's mission is to educate the people of Arizona about solar energy, its
applications, and the benefits of utilizing solar technologies.
Building-integral On-site Solar and
Power Systems | home.earthlink.net/~fradella/green.htm
This brief tutorial explains how to estimate power and energy yields, of building-integral on-site solar
and wind power conversion, storage, and management installations; analyzes past and new systems; and
compares their cost.
Citizens for Solar | citizensforsolar.org
Our mission is to educate the general public about the benefits of solar power by demonstrating solar
technology and helping people become part of the solar culture.
Colorado Renewable Energy Society (CRES) | cres-energy.org/index.html
A nonprofit membership organization that works for the sensible adoption of cost-effective energy
efficiency and renewable energy technologies by Colorado businesses and consumers.
Guide to Renewable Energy in Arkansas | arkansasenergy.org/media/170965/consumers_guide.pdf
| Little Rock, AR
Prepared by the National
Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) for the Arkansas Energy Office.
Easy Solar Power | motherearthnews.com/Renewable-Energy/2006-10-01/Easy-Solar-Power.aspx
Article by Cheryl Long, Mother Earth News.
El Paso Solar Energy Association | epsea.org
Provides practical information on solar energy and energy efficiency.
flasolar.com | flasolar.com
407-786-5552 | Longwood, FL
site is dedicated to the use and development of solar energy for your home or business.
Florida Solar Energy Industries Association (FlaSEIA) |
A nonprofit professional association of
companies involved in the solar energy industry.
Harnessing Direct Solar Energy –
a Progress Report | science.org.au/nova/005/005key.htm
Sponsored by the Australian Government's National Innovation Awareness Strategy.
Home Power Magazine | homepower.com
800-707-6585 | Ashland,
Magazine covering solar, wind, and microhydro electricity, home energy efficiency, solar hot water
systems, space heating and cooling, green building materials and home design, efficient transportation,
How Solar Cells Work | howstuffworks.com/solar-cell.htm
By by Scott Aldous, HowStuffWorks, Inc.
International Solar Energy Society | ises.org
+49 - 761 - 45906-0 | Germany
A UN-accredited NGO present in more than 50 countries, the Society
supports its members in the advancement of renewable energy technology, implementation and education all
over the world.
Keeping Track of Sun's Power | news.zdnet.com/2100-1040_22-6125783.html
Article by Michael Kanellos, CNET News.com, published on ZDNet News.
Louisiana Solar Energy Society | lses.org
A nonprofit organization based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, dedicated to promoting and educating people
about solar energy.
Montana Green Power |
Solar energy information and links.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) | nrel.gov/solar
303-275-3000 | Golden, CO
A leader in the U.S. Department of Energy's effort to secure an energy future
for the nation that is environmentally and economically sustainable.
Renewable Energy Policy Project (REPP)
Supports the advancement of renewable
energy technology through policy research and seeks to define growth strategies for renewables that
respond to competitive energy markets and environmental needs.
Renewable Energy: White Paper
Laying Down a Community Strategy and Action Plan | europa.eu/scadplus/leg/en/lvb/l27023.htm
From Activities of the European Union, Summaries
Solarbuzz, LLC | solarbuzz.com
Connect to solar energy companies
worldwide, follow solar energy developments. or access our solarbuzz research and consultancy services.
Solar Electric Power Association | solarelectricpower.org
202-857-0898 | Washington, DC
A nonprofit organization with 125 utility, electric service provider,
manufacturer, installer, government, and research members. SEPA’s mission is to facilitate the use and
integration of solar electric power by utilities, electric service providers, and their customers.
Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) | seia.org
| Washington, DC
SEIA works to expand
the use of solar technologies, strengthen research and development, remove market barriers, and improve
education and outreach for solar.
Solar Energy International (SEI) | solarenergy.org
970-963-8855 | Carbondale, CO
Offers hands-on workshops in solar, wind and water power and natural
building technologies. Sign up to receive SEI's monthly e-newsletter to keep you up to date on solar
happenings around the world.
Solar Energy Technologies Program | eere.energy.gov/solar/index.html
Leads the effort to research, develop, and deploy cost-effective technologies toward growing the use of
solar energy throughout our nation and the world., from the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy
Efficiency and Renewable Energy.
Solar-powered Mesh Project Helps find New Frog | news.com.com/Solar-powered+mesh+project+helps+find+new+frog/2100-7351_3-6123426.html
Article by David Meyer, CNET News.com.
Solar Power: FAQs |
By Peter Hemberger, REPP.
Solar Power Global Maps |
Global Maps of Solar Power - Average Peak Sun Hours, from Advanced Energy Group.
Solarsail Society | solarsail.ch
The purpose of the Society is to make renewable energy, especially solar energy, known to the public. To
reach this aim, the Society built and runs the Solarsail photovoltaic power plant in Münsingen, which
converts environment-friendly solar energy into electricity.
The Basics of Solar Power for
Producing Electricity | .solar4power.com/solar-power-basics.html
Information from Advanced Energy Group.
URSI White Paper on Solar Power Satellite
Based on detailed reports on
SPS prepared by the URSI Inter- Commission Working Group on SPS (SPSICWG)
Wikipedia | en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_power
Solar power definition, information and links.