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Solar Photovoltaics 101

Intro to Solar PV

Category: Alternative Energy
Originally published in: EnergyPlace
Original date published: 2010-04-01

Photovoltaics (PV) are a type of technology where light is converted into electricity. Today’s PV modules operate silently without emissions and have a proven track record of long-term use with minimal maintenance.

There are two commercially available types of silicone-based solar cells:

  • Crystalline

    • Poly-Crystalline (multi-crystal)
    • Mono-Crystalline (single crystal)
  • Amorphous (thin film)

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