Photovoltaic and solar thermal energy

(as usedat electric utilities)
  Energy radiated by the sun as electromagnetic waves (electromagnetic radiation) that is converted at electric utilities into electricity by means of solar (photovoltaic) cells or concentrating (focusing) collectors.
  U.S. Dept. of Energy, Energy Information Administration's Energy Glossary

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