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Handbook of Green Building Design and Construction, 2nd Edition by Sam Kubba

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9.6. Solar Energy Systems

Solar is one of the fastest growing energy sources in the United States. Solar power which at its simplest is the raw energy created by the sun’s rays, and can be either active or passive. Solar technologies use the sun’s energy and light to provide heat, light, hot water, electricity, and even cooling, for homes, businesses, and industry. In fact, many believe that passive and active solar energy is the energy source of the future, for nowhere on the planet can we find any other energy source as powerful and without sacrificing our natural resources and environment.

9.6.1. Solar Options

There are many solar options today that can replace much of today’s regular energy needs, saving money, and benefiting the environment ...

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