Solar Energy Resources and Technologies

Photo of a square, tracking, standalone photovoltaic array stands in front of a tree and body of water.

The Environmental Protection Agency uses this photovoltaic array as part of its Manchester Laboratory Solar Project.

Solar energy provides electricity, heating, and cooling for Federal facilities through four primary technology types. The four technologies are broken into two categories; technologies for electricity production and thermal energy technologies.

The following pages provide a brief overview of each solar energy technology supplemented by specific information to apply solar energy within the Federal sector.

Technologies for electricity production include:

Thermal energy technologies include:

Visit the Department of Energy's (DOE) Solar Technologies Program for in-depth information about solar energy basics and technologies.