Ten great photos of solar power, and hardly a roof in sight

Between exciting new tech, amazing community projects and record-breaking power, solar energy just keeps hitting headlines.

And yet stories keep being illustrated with the same old stock photos. A domestic roof with some panels. Another domestic roof with some panels. And another.

So here’s ten photos of solar power in action, and hardly a roof in site. And they’re all Creative Commons/ similar, so you can reuse them.

1. Sweeping snow off a solar panel, Balcombe in West Sussex.

2. Solar powered toast – the honey is from bees that live on a solar farm

3. Brighton schoolchildren playing with solar power, part of the trailblazing Solar Schools project

4. Alpacas love solar panels.

5. ... and so do sheep!

Mal Chadwick, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

Mal Chadwick, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

6. Badass Peruvian solar installer.

Alice Bell, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

Alice Bell, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

8. Solar powered study. A Malawian teenager reads using a solar light.

9. A DIY solar power workshop, run by Demand Energy Equality.

Moss Community Energy CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

Moss Community Energy CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

10. ... and the gleaming results, at the launch of Moss Community Energy.

Moss Community Energy CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

Moss Community Energy CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.