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Is solar hot water and solar electricity the same thing?

solar electric and solar hot water modules

They are two different technologies used for different applications - one for generating hot water (Two panels in foreground) and one for generating renewable electricity ( Six panels in background). Both technologies use collectors - also known as solar modules  or solar panels - usually installed on the roof. The source of the energy for both technologies is same - the sun, but the technology is completely different. 

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