Use ProQuest, Academic Search Complete, and Science in Context to search for information for the interested public on solar cells or some aspect of solar energy.
When you search the library's periodical databases, most articles in your results are either from a newspaper, magazine, or journal.
Why use magazine and newspaper articles?
Trade publications are the journals and magazines written for people who work in an industry.
Nearly all fields have them!
They are a great resource to learn about current trends and research in your field, opinion on how current governmental policies impact your field, professional development and more.