Solar power is the conversion of sunlight into electricity, either directly using photovoltaics, or indirectly using concentrated solar power.
Concentrated Solar Power systems use lenses or mirrors and tracking systems to focus a large area of sunlight into a small beam.
Photovoltaics convert light into electric current using the photovoltaic effect. Available in Polycrystalline and Monocrystalline.
They are an important and relatively inexpensive source of electrical energy where grid power is inconvenient, unreasonably expensive to connect, or simply unavailable.
However, as the cost of solar electricity is falling, solar power is also increasingly being used even in grid-connected situations as a way to feed low-carbon energy into the grid.
Commercial concentrated solar power plants were first developed in the 1980s.