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 circulate air. - WikipediaSolar Power / Energy Manufacturers & Services
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 Wind
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.
Consumer’s Guide to Renewable Energy in Arkansas
| arkansasenergy.org/media/170965/consumers_guide.pdf | 800-558-2633
| 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 |
This 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
Sponsored by the Australian Government's National Innovation Awareness Strategy.
Home Power Magazine | homepower.com | 800-707-6585
| Ashland, OR
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, and more.
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 | montanagreenpower.com/solar/index.php
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) | repp.org/index.html
| Washington, DC
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 of legislation.
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 | 202-682-0556 | 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
Article by David Meyer, CNET News.com.
Solar Power: FAQs | repp.org/articles/static/1/995469913_2.html
By Peter Hemberger, REPP.
Solar Power Global Maps | solar4power.com/solar-power-global-maps.html
Global Maps of Solar Power - Average Peak Sun Hours, from Advanced Energy Group.
Solarsail Society | solarsail.ch | Switzerland
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 | 936-264-4873
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.