The term “Solar energy” describes the radiant light and heat from the sun. This radiant energy of the sun can be harnessed and used for heating and electricity production purposes.
The conversion of solar energy into heat or electricity is totally free of any pollutants. The main advantage of electricity and heat produced from solar energy is that it can be generated and used locally (decentralized) and thus provide relief to power grids and makes consumers independent from fossil fuels.
And it is abundant: the amount of solar energy absorbed by the earth in one hour is equivalent to the energy consumed by the world’s population in one year !
The radiant heat from the sun can be used for water and space heating purposes.
Solar thermal energy is widely applied in Cyprus: approximately 92% of all the households and 53% of the hotels are equipped with solar water heating systems, which cover a total area of some 1 million m2 of solar collectors!
Solar Electricity Production
Also known as Solar Power, electricity can be produced by either direct conversion, i.e. Photovoltaics (PV) or indirect conversion of sunlight through Concentrated Solar Power (CSP).
PV systems have become increasingly popular and more affordable. By the end of 2013 the total installed PV capacity in Cyprus reached more than 30 MW.