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Heating houses by sunlight

Solar power in the UK

We use - and take for granted - a huge amount of energy in our everyday lives. Most of this comes from natural gas, crude oil (which is processed to produce fuels like petrol and diesel) and coal. All of these are direct sources of energy in their own right, and are also burned in power stations to generate electricity.


The sun is our most powerful source of energy - every day it provides 10,000 times the total amount of energy we need on Earth. It's free, it's always there and it won't run out. But how can we harness it?

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