The Silver Institute
Silver in Technology
Solar Energy

More and more, we are turning to solar energy as a viable alternative to fossil fuels, whose scarcity and pollutant effects are and will continue to be increasingly problematic in coming years.

Solar energy is cost-effective, environmentally responsible and provides an immediate source of power. From single-family homes to corporations and multinational companies, solar energy is expected to proliferate in the United States and abroad and has already made serious inroads as a replacement for traditional fuel-based power.

What many don’t know is that silver is a primary ingredient in the photovoltaic cells that catch the sun’s rays and transform them into energy. 90 % of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells (the most common cell) use silver paste and close to 70 million ounces of silver are projected for use by solar energy by 2016.

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