Before you can understand why solar energy is important you should have a good idea of what solar energy is. Solar energy is produced by the sun. It can be harnessed like any other type of energy and used to create electricity to run homes and businesses. Buildings can also be heated by the thermal energy produced by the sun. Best of all, solar energy is free and does not compromise the environment.
Solar panel basics
The Sun – that massive nuclear power plant in the sky – bathes Earth in enough energy to fulfill all the world’s power needs many times over. All life on earth gets its energy from the Sun; even the coal and oil burned today produces power by releasing the stored solar energy from hundreds of millions of years ago, thus the name “fossil fuels.”