Solar power is one of the world’s fastest-growing renewable energy technologies. By 2050, Solar PV is expected to produce around 22% of global electricity: the equivalent of more than 3 Gigatonnes of CO2.

Solar power is a renewable energy derived from the sun. Solar Photovoltaic (PV) cells in a solar panel convert radiant energy from sunlight into direct current (DC) electricity. This electricity then flows into an inverter which converts the DC electricity into alternating current (AC) which is used in our homes.

Solar panels can be used in small-scale rooftop installations that feature just a few panels, right through to large-scale solar parks consisting of thousands of linked PV panels capable of powering thousands of homes and businesses.

Solar energy generation has many benefits: it harnesses proven technology, the panels have no moving parts and they make no noise. Solar power is one of the most favoured renewable technologies with 86% of the British public in support of solar energy development.

Solar PV installations also combine easily with other renewable energy systems. This includes the likes of energy storage, heat pumps, solar thermal systems, and wind turbines. For example, a solar PV system could be used to help power a heat pump.

Learn more about Low Carbon’s solar parks here.