Solar power is complicated to produce, but easy to use. The latitude, season and time of day determine the amount of energy an installation can capture and generate. Clouds and solar-cell efficiency also influence productivity. Forecasts indicate that technology development will bring the cost of solar power generation further down.
Photovoltaics (PV) convert light directly into electricity. PV is a technology that has achieved grid parity in a number of markets, meaning the cost is the same as residential electricity.
Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) uses lenses or mirrors and tracking systems to focus a large area of sunlight into a small beam, which is then converted into electricity.