Solar energy is harnessed from the light of the sun and can be converted into heat and electricity. Sunlight is captured using either concentrating photovoltaic (PV) collectors or flat plate PV collectors. For flat plate collectors, Nebraska has good, useful resources throughout the state. For concentrated collectors Nebraska has useful resources, especially in the western part of the state.
PV systems are reliable, portable,
easily expanded, and have low environmental impact.
These systems are available in either grid-connect or
off-grid configurations. Challenges in harnessing
solar energy include the intermittent and variable
manner in which sunlight arrives at the earth's surface
and the large area required to collect it.
To learn more about solar energy, visit the solar multimedia page.
Explore the links on this page to
learn how photovoltaic collectors function. The
U.S. Department of Energy and National Renewable Energy
Lab (NREL) provide access to a wealth of technical
information and solar resource maps. Explore the
links to associations and publications which provide
technical information and promote the use of solar
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