We only capture and use a small fraction of the solar energy that reaches the Earth's surface. Heat and light from the sun can be used both actively and passively for electricity generation, water heating, space heating, indoor lighting, and other applications.
There is great potential for solar energy to cleanly provide a significant portion of the energy we need. Educational programs showcasing solar energy technology play an important role in preparing the next generation of scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs for the energy and environmental issues and opportunities of the 21st century. Foundation-funded solar projects provide energy and services directly to the end-user and include installations at schools, museums, community centers, public buildings and affordable housing developments.
To be eligible for Foundation funding, solar projects must be wholly owned by an eligible applicant and cannot include ownership by private investors or commercial interests.