solar panel


Definition of 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.

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There are solar panels, a desalination plant, and a cistern to collect the rainwater that holds half a million gallons. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Inside Tory Burch’s Lovingly Restored Antigua Getaway," 15 Aug. 2018 Australia’s left used to boast that their nation had more solar panels per capita than anywhere else in the world. George Melloan, WSJ, "Pruitt Leaves a Proud Legacy at the EPA," 11 July 2018 These people will suddenly have 7,000 solar panels. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Developer withdraws Yorkville solar farm project, but may redesign it," 29 June 2018 Oakridge also has 752 solar panels atop its buildings, which produce 250 kilowatts per hour. Steve Smith, Courant Community, "Oakridge Dairy A Model Of Efficiency," 8 May 2018 On Wednesday, the California Energy Commission is expected to approve a first-in-the-nation requirement that most new homes have solar panels. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, "Solar panels on homes soon could be required in California," 7 May 2018 In order to have enough solar panels to power its propellers, the plane would have to be massive—but at the same time, extremely light. Maya Wei-haas, Smithsonian, "Inside the First Solar-Powered Flight Around the World," 1 Feb. 2018 The one-megawatt plant will have 3,800 solar panels erected by Solar Chernobyl, a Ukrainian-German company, Futurism added. Fernando Alfonso Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Chernobyl nuclear disaster site is being turned into a solar energy plant," 16 Jan. 2018 That project has 76,000 solar panels and is a 10 megawatt — or 10,000 kilowatt — system. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "This is why someone would install a $70K solar system in Carmel," 3 Jan. 2018

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1961, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of solar panel

: a large, flat piece of equipment that uses the sun's light or heat to create electricity

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