• A row of solar panels making up a solar farm

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Solar Panels

Most of the UK’s electricity is made by fossil fuels, which, when burnt, produce carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases. Solar panels use energy from the sun to create electricity, rather than burning fuels. This makes solar panels a brilliant way of making electricity as they do not give off greenhouse gases and therefore they do not make climate change worse. Solar panels are usually found on the roof of buildings, but in sunnier countries, such as Spain, solar farms exist. A solar farm is a field full of solar panels which usually tilt to follow the sun. They are called solar farms because we are farming the sunlight to make electricity, much like a farmer would farm the fields to make food.

Most people can put solar panels on the roof of their own home. Although it costs money to put up, that house will then get free electricity whenever the sun is shining.

See below to see how much of the UK’s energy is coming from solar power at the moment. The percentage number at the end is the percentage of total energy is coming from the sun.

See more at gridwatch.co.uk

See below to see how much of the UK’s energy is coming from wind power at the moment. The percentage number at the end is the percentage of total energy is coming from the wind.

See more at gridwatch.co.uk

Wind Turbines

Most of the UK’s electricity is made by fossil fuels, which, when burnt, produce carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases.

Wind turbines make electricity out of the wind, which means that they do not produce any greenhouse gases and are better for the environment.

Turbines come in a range of sizes; smaller ones for on land and larger ones can be built out at sea.

An area with lots of wind turbines together is called a wind farm.