In general conversation photovoltaic often used to refer to solar energy technology. Specifically photovoltaic is the technology which uses silicon crystals and wire conductors to generate solar power. These crystals and wire are strung together into solar panels, which are then strung together to generate the desired amount of wattage. PV is the industry acronym.
Solar panels absorb the sun's energy throughout the day and convert it into direct current (DC) electricity. Most homes and businesses run on alternating current (AC) electricity, so the DC electricity is then passed through an inverter to convert it to usable AC electricity. At that point, you either use the electricity in your house or send it back to the electric grid.
The amount of power your solar energy system can generate is dependent on sunlight. As a result, your solar panels will produce slightly less energy when the weather is cloudy, and no energy at night.
This particular system is sized at 1 Megawatt and generates 1,922,802 kWh’s a year. The output of the energy produced by the array is projected to provide for the power needs of up to 135 homes at peak production.
This project is among the most advanced systems in the country and will involve a single-axis tracking array of 3,888 panels that will encompass eight acres of the 11-acre site.
Definitely! Going solar will demonstrate that your cooperative is committed to environmental responsibility. Consumers are increasingly demanding that the companies they do business with engage in sustainable business practices. Many large American companies have answered that call, and regionally, conscious storage facilities, retailers, grocery stores, water districts, art studios and small businesses have gone solar to show their commitment.
Solar power, like other renewable energy resources, has many environmental and health benefits. Going solar reduces greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to climate change, and also results in fewer air pollutants like sulfur dioxide and particulate matter, which can cause health problems.
Assuming high quality modules and proper maintenance, the life of a PV system should be 30 years or more. However, the efficiency of the panels will slowly degrade over time. PV modules typically have a warranty for 25 years to 80% of original output. However, they will continue to provide power for many years after that.