This is the best summation of solar energy I have ever read!

Trying to use sunshine directly to power our grid is akin to using rainfall directly to drive hydro turbines. No one would be so foolish as to collect raindrops while they fall, to power a turbine. Instead, we clear thousands of acres of land upstream from a dam, so water can be concentrated and stored to power our hydro turbines below the dam. The solar equivalents are coal, oil, and natural gas, the products of millions of years of concentrating and storing energy from the sun.

Hydrocarbons the real solar energy!