We usually think about solar panels when we talk about solar energy. Instead we could use Solar Sterling engine for power generations. Current systems out on the market have an efficiency return of 26% with up 30%+ when temperatures are cold; most solar panels are around 10% to 18%. In addition these systems have three advantages over solar panels. One they are already setup for AC power so adding them to the power grid is easy. Two they are scalable (or plug and play) in a way that doesn’t require taking the whole system down to do maintenance on one dish. Three they don’t upset the land they are on (no more than a tree would.) More information on these types of systems can be found all over the internet, but here are a few sites for more information.
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