Solar Resources

What is Solar Power and Why is it so Important?

In short, solar power is the conversion of sunlight into electricity through Photovoltaic (PV) cells. It can be used in small, medium or large applications ranging from light poles to power plants to off-grid locations.  Conventional energy derived from natural resources harm our environment through air pollution and solid waste. As our energy needs continue to grow and our natural resources continue to deplete, we owe it to ourselves and our future generations to find cleaner, more efficient energy solutions. Solar power helps alleviate the strain that our current energy sources put on the environment, society and our economy.

PV solar power technology has improved dramatically over the last few years and shows no signs of stopping. The sky is the limit. As our energy demands continue to evolve, so will solar power energy. Solar power is shining light on a brighter tomorrow.

PV Cells

A photovoltaic (or PV) cell is a specially treated wafer of silicon, sandwiched, between two thin contact plates. The top contact is positively charged and the back contact is negatively charged, making it a semiconductor.

    • The n-type semiconductor has an abundance of electrons, giving it a negative charge while the p-type semiconductor is positively charged.
    • Electron movement at the p-n junction produces an electric field that allows only electrons to flow from the p-type layer to the n-type layer.
    • When sunlight hits the solar cell, its energy knocks electrons loose from the atoms in the semiconductor.
    • When the electrons hit the electrical field, they’re shuttled to the top contact plate and become a usable electric current.

A photovoltaic (or PV) cell is a specially treated wafer of silicon, sandwiched, between two thin contact plates. The top contact is positively charged and the back contact is negatively charged, making it a semiconductor.

A photovoltaic (or PV) cell is a specially treated wafer of silicon, sandwiched, between two thin contact plates. The top contact is positively charged and the back contact is negatively charged, making it a semiconductor.

 
    • Can be permitted and installed faster than other traditional or renewable power plants.
    • Produces local, on-site energy, which reduces the need for extensive high-voltage transmission lines or a complex infrastructure.
    • Reliable over the long term. With no moving parts, fixed photovoltaic systems last longer than other energy sources.
    • Clean, quiet and visually unobtrusive in nature. Solar energy plants do not have any polluting emissions, do not make any sound, and are not considered to be an “eyesore.”
    • Uses little to no water in the production of zero-emission electricity.
    • Has a predictable energy curve and is most efficient when utility rates are at their highest.
    • Can be placed in virtually every geographical region because the sun is available everywhere.
    • Offsets the need for polluting, expensive and inefficient power plants designed exclusively to meet peak demand.
    • Creates clean, renewable energy that will sustain and support the health of future generations.
    • Is a distributed generation (“DG”) energy source that can mitigate national security concerns about energy disruption.
    • Supports national energy independence because solar electricity is used where it is generated.
    • Creates good, local jobs for the new energy economy. In fact, solar energy creates more jobs per megawatt hour than any other energy type.

Photovoltaic (PV) solar power eases the use and dependency of depleting natural resources such as oil, coal and gas. We live in an exceptionally demanding environment where the use of energy is growing at an alarming rate. It is vital to preserve the earth’s fossil fuels and other natural resources, not only for a healthier environment but that future generations may also meet their needs.  Instead of relying on unsustainable fossil fuels, solar energy runs on nature’s consistent free power source: the sun.

PV solar power systems minimize the amount of waste production. Coal electricity power plants, for example,  produce a lot of dust, discarded solid waste, spillages of toxins and harmful emissions,  in addition to wasting energy, heat, land and water. PV solar power electricity does not produce waste. Pollution from non-renewable fuels is inevitable. The emissions produced,such as Sulphur Dioxide, Nitrogen Oxide and Carbon Dioxide all have negative effects on farming, people’s health and water. Ecosystems are also at risk of being destroyed.  PV solar power does not produce any of these pollutants.

PV Solar power systems produce electricity without releasing carbon dioxide. One PV Solar system can offset approximately six tons of CO2 emissions over a twenty-year life span!

Solar power electricity is efficiently produced benefiting not only the developed world but also third world countries.

Solar power electricity reduces the costs associated with conventional electricity for cities, industrial and commercial operations.  This means PV solar systems can be used to generate power for most if not all of the developing world’s population in rural areas.

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Gather Sun

Solar panels gather sunlight through solar cells positioned strategically to receive maximum

light exposure.

Convert Energy

Inverters convert

power from photovoltaic

cells to usable

120V AC power to be used

throughout the home.

Store For Use

Converted energy is stored in banks of batteries to save for evening or times of low light. This allows you to gather energy and use it as needed.

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