What is Solar Energy Used For?

The sun radiates an abundant supply of energy that can be harnessed and utilized in a variety of ways to meet your growing energy needs. A.M. Sun Solar & Roofing is your local expert on all things solar, our cleanest and most plentiful energy source. 

The most common uses of solar energy for homes and business: solar photovoltaics (PV) for electricity, passive solar design for space heating and cooling, and solar water heating.  

Solar Photovoltaics

Solar PV systems are the most widely recognized use of solar energy. These systems convert sunlight directly into electricity using solar cells, typically made of semiconductor materials like silicon. Solar panels can be installed on home and office building rooftops, in solar farms, or integrated into building materials. 

The electricity generated can power homes, businesses, even entire communities, reducing dependence on fossil fuels and lowering greenhouse gas emissions. A home solar energy system can reduce your reliance on the grid, help you save on your utility bills, and increase your home’s value. 

Solar Heating and Cooling

Solar energy can also heat water for residential and commercial use. Solar water heating systems capture sunlight and convert it into thermal energy, which is then used to heat water for domestic purposes such as bathing and cleaning. 


Solar energy is also making strides in the transportation sector, offering cleaner alternatives to traditional fossil fuels. Solar-powered electric vehicles (EVs) are equipped with solar panels on their roofs, allowing them to generate electricity from sunlight and extend their driving range. Additionally, solar charging stations are being developed to power electric vehicles using renewable energy, reducing carbon emissions from the transportation sector.


Another increasingly popular application for solar is solar-powered electronics. From solar-powered calculators to solar-charged smartphones and wearables, harnessing sunlight to power small electronic devices reduces the demand for disposable batteries and contributes to a more sustainable and eco-friendly tech ecosystem.

Solar energy has the potential to revolutionize the way we produce and consume power!  As technology continues to advance, the efficiency and affordability of solar solutions will improve, making renewable energy an even more attractive option. 

Want to go solar?

You likely have lots of questions about solar energy. Well, you’ve come to the right place. We have the answers and local experts who have decades of experience. Click here for answers to our Most Frequently Asked solar questions. 

More About A.M. Sun Solar & Roofing

A.M. Sun Solar & Roofing is the local leader in custom solar solutions and installations on the Central Coast. For over two decades, A.M. Sun Solar & Roofing has provided high quality, cost efficient solar energy to residences and small businesses in San Luis Obispo, Monterey, Kern, Fresno, and Santa Barbara counties. With a wide variety of financing solutions available, affordable pricing, custom solutions and complete installations from permit to interconnection, A.M. Sun Solar & Roofing is the go-to local solar company on the Central Coast.

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