The sun delivers more energy to earth in an hour than is used worldwide in a year. We can harness this energy by using solar technologies and thoughtful building design.

Electricity from solar photovoltaic panels

Solar panels that produce electricity are known as solar photovoltaic (PV) modules. These panels generate DC electricity when exposed to light.

If you want to generate electricity from light using solar technology there are a number of factors to consider. This page focuses on those technologies that generate electricity from light. Learn about these and why solar PV technologies are best suited for use in Ireland.

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Hot water from solar thermal collectors

Solar panels that produce hot water are known as solar thermal collectors or solar hot water collectors. There are a range of technologies which transform the energy from the sun into hot water.

Typical well-installed systems will provide up to 60% of your annual hot water demand.


 

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Ireland's role in the global solar photovoltaic sector

Learn about the role of Irish researchers and industry in the global solar sector in this report.