How Solar Works
Sunlight is the most abundant form of renewable energy. When sunlight hits an object, most of the energy turns into heat. However, when light hits certain photo-reactive materials, the energy turns into an electrical current instead, which we can then turn into electrical power for your home.
Photovoltaic solar technology uses large crystals made out of ultra pure silicon, cut into wafers, and selectively doped with Boron and Phosphorous and outfitted with metal conductors. When a silicon cell is struck by sunlight, the electrons in the silicon crystal are excited and cross the P/N junction to create an electric current. Solar panels have traditionally been expensive because the crystal ingots are expensive to grow, and the cell fabrication is very complex. Fortunately, there have recently been major advancements in solar technology, making it much more efficient and cost effective to gather solar power from the sun.
Solar Power Benefits
- Emission free power generation
- Reduces 2lbs of carbon dioxide (CO2) for each kilowatt-hour (kWh) produced
- Saves ½ gallon of water for each kWh of solar energy produced
- Systems are custom designed to your home’s needs, with 30% of the cost reduced by tax credits, producing a return on your investment in as little as 6 years. With system lifespans of 30-50 years, there is literally tens of thousands of dollars to be saved by going solar!