S – Solar Dictionary
Shading – when all or part of your solar panels are covered by a shadow. Shade reduces the energy a solar panel can collect.
Solar Array – see Array
Solar battery – a battery that stores excess solar energy. If your panels collect more energy than you use, that energy either gets wasted, or sent to the grid if your power company allows it. A solar battery makes it possible to use all your solar energy, even at night, and store it up for darker winter months.
Learn more about solar storage batteries
Solar Cell – see Cell
Solar energy – Any energy collected from the sun. Even plants use solar energy. The solar energy industry is humanity’s attempt to do the same thing – collect and use energy from the sun to provide for our power and electricity needs.
Solar farm – A large-scale collection of solar panels. These are usually on the ground and use lots of acreage. They are usually owned by regional power companies, or very large private companies with massive power needs.
Solar panel – the commonly seen rectangular flat sheets that connect together and collect energy.
Soiling – the collection of dust and debris on your solar panels, which prevents the sunlight from impacting those sections of the panel. You can prevent solar efficiency losses from soiling by regular cleaning and solar maintenance.
System losses – Any losses of energy from what was originally collected from the sun by your solar panels. Losses can happen in all sorts of ways, many of them unpreventable. But some can be reduced, such as shading.