Innovative Solar Systems, LLC
1095 Hendersonville Rd.
Asheville, NC 28803
PV solar systems use solar cells to convert sunlight into electricity. Solar cells are interconnected together in a sealed, weatherproof package behind a sheet of glass called a solar panel. Solar panels are composed of a number of solar cells containing a photovoltaic material such as amorphous silicon, monocrystalline silicon, polycrystalline silicon, cadmium telluride or copper indium selenide/sulfide.
PV solar systems are very reliable and produce pollution-free energy. They can be used to recharge a battery or power equipment. The technology was first used to power satellites and other spacecraft. Today, most PV solar systems are used in conjunction with grid connected systems. “Off-grid” uses are becoming more prevalent as the technology has improved and the price has become more manageable. Applications include rural dwellings, recreational vehicles, electric cars, boats and emergency roadside telephones. PV systems can be either stand alone units or hybrid units that work in conjunction with another form of generation such as a diesel generator.
PV solar systems can be used to power water pumps, electric fences or in some cases an entire household in “off the grid” locations. And, while a sizable initial investment is typically required, the cost can be less expensive than extending the existing grid.
In order to function effectively and efficiently, the system needs to be available to most of the sun’s path. Shade can drastically reduce the amount of electricity a PV solar system can produce. Maximizing available sunlight should be considered when deciding if a solar power if right for you and if so, what location will deliver the best results. Tracking systems are available to make sure the system is getting the optimum amount of sunlight, but they can drastically reduce the amount of energy available as output from the unit.
PV solar systems are used in many applications including: power stations, commercial buildings, rural electrification, transportation, and stand alone devices. The majority of the existing power stations are in Europe, but can be found with increasing frequency around the world. PV solar systems can be integrated into or mounted onto buildings or located on the ground nearby. Roof tiles with integrated PV cells are very common.
Typically, applications in the transportation industry are used as auxiliary power in boats and cars. Due to the weightlessness is space, solar applications have proven quite beneficial there for some time.
Among the first uses of PV solar systems were hand-held calculators. Solar technology systems have since grown and improved and are used in such items as trash compactors, parking meters, temporary traffic signs, emergency roadside telephones and water pumps.
As demand for green energy increases, PV solar systems have become one of the world’s fastest growing technologies. System usage has increased by an average of 20% per year over the last decade http://dnr.mo.gov/energy/renewables/solardata.htm. By the year 2030, it is expected that enough electricity will be produced by PV solar systems to provide power to approximately 14% of the world’s population. Lower costs and improved technology mean that the future is bright for the PV solar system industry.
1095 Hendersonville Rd.
Asheville, NC 28803
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