solar panel


: a battery of solar cells (as on a rooftop)

Examples of solar panel in a Sentence

All of the house's electricity is produced by solar panels on the roof.
Recent Examples on the Web To charge batteries, satellites often have large arrays of solar panels that spread out like wings. William J. Broad, New York Times, 16 Feb. 2024 The screws were soon followed by solar panel cables, a gaming console and an attractive digital picture frame. Lisa M. Krieger, The Mercury News, 15 Feb. 2024 Without solar panels on-site, Allegiant Stadium is pulling electricity from the larger power grid — which in Nevada includes a lot of solar power but also even more natural gas, a major contributor to climate change. Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 13 Feb. 2024 The dire straits of the European solar industry is an illustrative example: while the EU achieved record solar installations last year, its own solar panel manufacturers risk going out of business as cheap Chinese solar imports flood in. Mary Hui, Quartz, 13 Feb. 2024 One study focused on the effects of U.S. tariffs imposed between 2018 and 2019 on a narrow range of products (solar panels, aluminum, steel, and washing machines). Robert Goulder, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 Given that today’s export rates — the compensation to solar panel owners for the excess electricity their panels export to the grid — are 75 percent lower under the new rules, the math on new installations has changed. Roxana Popescu, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Feb. 2024 The agency shut off the lunar explorer to conserve its battery, saying it would automatically be restarted if its solar panel began generating power as the angle of the moon changed. Hanako Montgomery, CNN, 29 Jan. 2024 With that in mind, the company has doubled the percentage of recycled content in its packaging since 2020, installed solar panels at manufacturing plants, and launched a program to help its suppliers cut their own emissions. Justin Worland, TIME, 9 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1961, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of solar panel was in 1961

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“Solar panel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

solar panel

: a group of solar cells forming a flat surface (as on a spacecraft)
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