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 their own home’s roof. Although it costs money to put up, that house will then get free electricity whenever the sun is shining.
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.