What is solar power?

Today we’re able to harness sunshine using technologies that either heat water or generate electricity. Solar thermal technology uses the sun’s energy to warm water through a variety of uniquely-designed solar panels. Solar electric technology uses photovoltaic panels to directly convert the sun’s light into electricity.

What is solar electricity (also called photovoltaic energy)?

Photovoltaic (PV) systems – also known as solar electric systems — convert sunlight directly into electricity that can be used to power your home, office or factory. Today’s solar electric technology can be harnessed to either augment power supplied by your utility company or to take you completely off-grid from the utility. Off-grid systems use battery back-up systems to store power that’s needed at night or on cloudy days. Missouri Solar Solutions can customize your solar electric system to supply as much solar energy you want or can afford.

What is a solar panel?

Solar water heating and solar electric (photovoltaic) systems receive solar energy in rectangular-shaped panels – also known as “collectors”. These solar collector panels are mounted on a building’s roof or ground-mounted in special situations. In solar water heating panels, water is heated by sun energy as it circulates through. Solar electric panels contain the materials that convert sunlight directly into electricity. Solar panels are engineered to operate in very high winds and withstand environmental damages.