solar panel

noun

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The instruments run on batteries, which are charged by solar panels. Katherine Kornei, Science | AAAS, "What’s it like to install a weather station at the top of the world?," 18 Dec. 2019 Other big tech players, like Google and Microsoft, have made similar pledges to run on renewables during the past two decades and achieved them, often by building or co-investing in brand new energy generation: Wind farms, fields of solar panels. Cassie Werber, Quartz at Work, "Can Apple keep growing without extracting anything more from the earth?," 12 Dec. 2019 Meanwhile, China is expected to overtake the European Union as early as 2021 as the world leader in use of solar panels. Ben Westcott, CNN, "Russia switches on gas mega-pipeline to China as Putin touts closer ties," 3 Dec. 2019 Two energy companies over the next year will build in Highland County a massive array of solar panels: 310,000 over 1,000 acres. Scott Wartman, Cincinnati.com, "Here's how a soybean field 40 miles east will power the City of Cincinnati," 21 Nov. 2019 Well, cats kill birds and windmills kill birds and fields of solar panels kill birds, and sometimes birds just live out their lives and keel over and even a bird whisperer like me cannot bring them back. Joe Soucheray, Twin Cities, "Soucheray: For that kind of money, you might expect more bird deaths," 16 Nov. 2019 In other words, SolarCity was nearly insolvent when Tesla shareholders voted to pay $2.6 billion for the solar panel maker and take on its debts, rescuing it from probable bankruptcy. Russ Mitchell, SFChronicle.com, "Suit: Musk knew SolarCity was going broke before merger with Tesla," 24 Sep. 2019 In other words, SolarCity was nearly insolvent when Tesla shareholders voted to pay $2.6 billion for the solar panel maker and take on its debts, rescuing it from probable bankruptcy. Russ Mitchellstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Elon Musk knew SolarCity was going broke before merger with Tesla, lawsuit alleges," 23 Sep. 2019 With solar panel makers perceived as national champions and the cost premium for new projects over coal withering, how much are Wintime’s assets really worth? Washington Post, "Goodwill Hunting Is a Disaster Movie in China," 20 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of solar panel

1961, in the meaning defined above

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22 Jan 2020

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“Solar panel.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/solar%20panel. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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solar panel

noun

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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