Photovoltaic Module and Solar Power- Frequently Asked Questions
What is solar power and why does it need a photovoltaic module?
Solar power or solar electric energy takes advantage of the sun's rays to generate heat or electricity. The conversion of the sun’s radiation to electricity is processed through the photovoltaic module (popularly known as solar panels). It is an infinitely renewable resource and unique for its ability to generate energy in a quiet, clean, and consistent manner. Can't beat the sun for being oh-so-cool!
How does a photovoltaic panel work?
In layperson terms, photovoltaic cells found in solar panels are comprised of a semiconductor material such as silicon. Added to the silicon are the elements phosphorous and boron which create conductivity within the cell and activate the movement of electrons. The electrons move across the cell when activated by the sunlight's energy into the electrical circuit hooked up to the solar panels.
How long will my solar panels last?
Smith Sustainable Design only uses high-quality solar PV module. We guarantee our workmanship for 10 years, so if there is a problem, we will fix it. An inverter is guaranteed to continue working for 15 years. The solar panels themselves have a 25-year warranty. If you are living in Pennsylvania and New Jersey and want to find the right solar electric system for your needs, then do not hesitate to contact our team of skilled professionals.
How much space do I need for a solar photovoltaic module?
In bright sunlight, a square foot of a conventional photovoltaic panel will yield 10 watts of power. That's a helpful rule of thumb for calculating a rough estimate of how much area you might need. For example, a 1000 watt system may need 100 – 200 square feet of area, depending on the type of PV module used.
How much shading is too much for solar photovoltaic panels?
Unfortunately shading a photovoltaic system dramatically decreases its output. Just shading the bottom row of wafers alone amounts to an 80% reduction in efficiency. So above all, don't shade your array!
Do I need to have south facing exposure to have a solar electric system?
Although southern exposure increases the effectiveness of a solar power, your home may still work for solar power without having south facing exposure. Seek advice from a professional solar designer or installer to ensure success.
Still have questions regarding photovoltaic module?
If you still have questions regarding photovoltaic panels or are thinking of going solar, then do not hesitate to contact us using the link below. Powering your home with solar power can bring numerous benefits! If you are living in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, our professional team of solar system designers and installers can readily assist you in finding the best option.