Solar energy is light from the sun, in the form of radiant light and heat, that can be harnessed directly or indirectly by a variety of technologies. This form of energy is being increasingly utilized in an attempt to meet society's need for power generation, and discussion of the feasibility of large-scale solar power production is likely to occupy a prominent position in the news media and public discussion for some time, as supplies of fossil fuels such as coal and oil diminish and global climate change (related to fossil fuel consumption) becomes a more apparent reality. It is important to note, however, that even without the use of technologies such as solar photovoltaic cells that “actively” exploit solar energy, solar energy affects us every ...

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