Solar energy is the most abundant source of energy available on earth. Though fossil fuels areavailable in concentrated form, are extremely polluting and are depleting fast. Also ever escalating costs are a major concern. Contrastingly, the solar power would be a clean source of energy with practically zero fuel costs. But a major problem is the diffused state of the availablesolar energy. So, a considerable amount of research is being done throughout the world for efficiently trapping the solar energy and harnessing it for different purposes. Some of thetechnologies have been well established through continuous research and rigorousexperimentation. Solar liquid flat plate collectors (LFPCs) and photovoltaic cells are suchtechnologies that are presently being applied on a large scale throughout the world. Currently,research is being made for developing innovative waves of trapping and utilizing solar energy.Solar ponds, solar nano-cells, solar power paints, solar screens, nano-antennas, etc. are the recentareas of research in the solar energy field. This report on “Solutions for trapping solar energy”discusses various traditional and innovative ways of trapping solar energy.