THE FUTURE IS NOW
CLEAN SOLAR TECHNOLOGY IS HERE TO STAY
Solar energy systems don’t produce air pollutants or carbon dioxide, and the systems like the ones installed on our campus have minimal effects on the environment.
WHY CHOOSE SOLAR?
The sun has produced energy for billions of years and is the ultimate source for all of the energy sources and fuels that we use today. People have used the sun’s rays (solar radiation) for thousands of years for warmth and to dry meat, fruit, and grains. Over time, people developed devices (technologies) to collect solar energy for heat and to convert it into electricity.
A WORLD WITH SOLAR IS A WORLD FULL OF CAREER OPPORTUNITY and CLEAN, RENEWABLE ENERGY
The Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) is an office of the United States Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). SETO supports the early-stage research and development of photovoltaic (PV) technologies that improve efficiency and reliability, lower manufacturing costs, and drive down the cost of solar electricity. The program funds innovative concepts and experimental designs across a range of materials that have the potential to make solar energy among the least expensive forms of energy available by reaching a levelized cost of energy of $0.03 per kilowatt-hour.
Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) is supporting this growing solar workforce with training programs, professional development and career building.
STATE-OF-THE-ART AMAZING SOLAR ENERGY TECHNOLOGY POWERS SPACECRAFT TOO!
The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), is a project of international cooperation between
the European Space Agency (ESA) and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to study the Sun, from its deep core to the outer corona, and the solar wind.
SOHO is operated from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) near Washington. There an
integrated team of scientists and engineers from NASA, partner industries, research laboratories
and universities works under the overall responsibility of ESA. Ground control is provided via
NASA’s Deep Space Network antennae, located at Goldstone (California), Canberra (Australia), and
Solar Technology in Space
SOHO was launched by NASA on an Atlas II-AS rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air
Station (Florida, United States) on 2 December 1995.
SOHO moves around the Sun in step with the Earth.
SOHO weighed 4079 pounds (1850 kilograms) at launch.
SOHO is a three-axis stabilized spacecraft that constantly faces the Sun. Its design is based on a
modular concept with two main elements: the payload module, housing the 12 instrument
packages, and the service module, providing essentials such as thrusters, power and