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Solar Power 
 

How does Solar work?

  • The process of converting light into electricity is called the photovoltaic (PV) effect.
  • Within PV cells, semiconductor materials absorb photons in sunlight that knock electrons from their atoms, allowing electrons to flow through the material to produce electricity.
  • PV cells are combined to form a module, which in turn are connected in arrays that vary in shape and size
  • Silicon, the second most common element in the earth’s crust, is used to make semiconductor materials.
  • The EPA tells us that if one million homeowners decided to switch to solar power completely, it would be the equivalent of taking 850,000 cars off the road. To be exact, it would reduce CO2 emissions by 8.6 billion pounds per year.
  • The U.S. has a sizable PV industry in place, already. By increasing this industry, domestic jobs are created which, in turn, strengthens our economy and reduces our trade deficit.
  • The PV industry creates approximately 3,000 jobs per $100 million in PV panel sales.

Why Solar Power?

  • Solar Power is generated by free energy from the sun, preserves the Earth’s environment, in exhaustive supply, and reduces pollution.
  • Solar promotes energy independence
  • Solar Panels come with 25-30 year performance warranties
  • There are no moving parts to break; the system requires very minimal maintenance. Most times, you won’t even realize it’s there.
  • PV cells and panels are completely quiet and are devoid of exhaust.
  • The raw materials used to make up a solar panel are free from petroleum!
  • Once installed, PV systems are free from environmental impact.
  • PV systems offer electrical access that would, otherwise, be impossible in difficult-to-reach in remote areas.
  • Recover a portion of the system price through tax credits; rebates/incentives are available from Federal and State governments.
 
 
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