How Does Solar Energy Create Electricity?

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Solar energy produces electricity by generating copious amounts of heat, which is channeled through electrical conductors and transformed into electrical power. Solar heat collectors, cooling towers and photovoltaic panels are all types of energy systems that use solar energy. Heat collectors and panels sit on building roofs and over parking lots, and they are strategically placed facing south, where the sun shines with the most power.

The sun produces quite a bit of heat throughout the year as its rays shine on the Earth’s surface. As the sun tracks across the sky, its light varies in duration and intensity, but the heat it produces is sufficient to transform into electricity that can power homes, offices and industrial complexes.