Photovoltaic systems can be installed as a stand-alone module that is attached to your roof or on a separate system. They can also be installed using integrated roofing materials with dual functions – that as a regular roofing shingle and as a solar cell making electricity. The most common practice is to mount modules onto a south-facing roof or wall.
Photovoltaic Systems as a Solution
Buildings, airports, parks, shade structures, water supply systems, sound barriers and even public art can feature photovoltaic systems that generate electricity and integrate sustainable energy into public facilities.
Solar panels are a solution multiplier. When photovoltaic systems are incorporated into infrastructure, facilities provide both infrastructure services and clean energy. In addition, solar projects can be located on underutilized public land, such as decommissioned landfills.
Photovoltaic systems have environmental benefits that foster sustainability. In contrast to electricity produced by burning fossil fuels, solar has no emissions of carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides or other air pollutants. Further, solar does not require water to produce electricity, as is the case with steam-powered electricity generation.
When solar systems are incorporated into infrastructure, they generally do not create environmental issues that might occur when building new energy projects on undeveloped land. Finally, for consumers, such as a municipal government, photovoltaic projects offer stable prices for electricity that serve as a hedge against uncertain future electric utility rates.
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Harvest the Sun for Your Energy Needs and Save!
The average California family will save nearly $30,000 over 20 years by using solar energy.