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Solar (Photovoltaic) Systems are designed to provide your whole house with electricity. The Photovoltaic cells that sit on your roof or another structure, take the suns rays and convert it to DC (direct current) power, then an inverter converts the DC power to AC (alternating current) power which is the same type of power the electric company supplies.

The Technology

Photovoltaic (PV) is the process of converting sunlight or other light sources into electricity. The PV effect was discovered in 1839 by French physicist Edmund Becquerel. The phenomenon was further developed in the 1880’s by American Charles Fritts and brought into fruition in the 1950’s by Americans Daryl Chapin and Carl Fuller of Bell Laboratories. Space-program financing provided further development and mass-production.

How it Works

Silicon, boron, and phosphorous are used to construct a light-sensitive diode (solar cell) that looks like a glass-like wafer.

When exposed to light, trillions of light particles (photons) enter the solar cell each second, knocking loose and energizing trillions of electrons. A stream of electrons capable of doing work is what we call electric current or electricity.

Each solar cell produces DC voltage at a level of about ½ Volt. Surface area of the cell and intensity of the light falling upon it determine is current producing capability. Several cells are connected in series to produce a PV panel of desired DC voltage level.

Frequently Asked Questions About Solar Installations

How much would it cost to install a photovoltaic (solar) system into to the average home?

There is not really “an average” installation due to a wide variety of factors that are included in installing a system. Everything from the type of roof, condition of roof, position of roof, and due to the number of financial incentives available in different states and cities, the cost of a solar installation can vary greatly. If you’d like information on what an installed photovoltaic system would cost for your home, please call or email us and we’d be glad to give you more detailed information for your home and location.

Can solar power be used to run all household utilities?

Yes, absolutely, we can install a system that can run your heating, cooling and everything else. There are many different options for a system that fits your needs and your financial situation.

What would be the benefit of installing a photovoltaic (solar) system vs. using propane or other gas fuels?

The overall benefit is to the health of you and the earth. Solar does not put off any residual volatile organic compounds (i.e., Carbon Monoxide etc.) like fossil fuels do, so it is better for your health and the environment. Also there is a finite supply of propane and other gases, whereas solar is infinite. Solar doesn’t require drilling in the ocean or earth or having to go to other countries to fulfill our needs. Solar power is there, all the time, even on cloudy days, there is enough light getting to the ground, to provide electricity and self-sufficiency.

Where would you find information about solar?

If you have specific questions, please feel free to call or email us. If you want general information there are lots of books you can get.

Can solar panels be used even if the sun is not out?

Yes, for the same reason you can get a tan on a cloudy day, solar panels still generate electricity due to the abundance of light rays that get through the clouds.