What is PV?

 

PV or Photovoltaics refers to voltage generated from light. Photovoltaics is a method of generating electrical power by converting solar radiation into direct current electricity using semiconductors that exhibit the photovoltaic effect.

 

Photo (light) + Voltaic (electricity) = Electricity from the Sun.

 

Photovoltaic power generation employs solar panels composed of a number of solar cells containing a photovoltaic material.

 

These panels or modules can be combined to form arrays which are used in power generating systems.

 

 

How is it Used?

 

Solar PV is used primarily for grid-connected electricity to operate residential appliances, commercial equipment, lighting and air conditioning for all types of buildings. Through stand-alone systems and the use of batteries, it is also well suited for remote regions where there is no electricity source. Solar PV panels can be ground mounted, installed on building rooftops or designed into building materials at the point of manufacturing.

 

Solar PV can be applied in many different ways, both for residential and commerical usage. Check out the PV Applications page to learn more about the many different ways in which Solar PV can be used.