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Originally designed for aerospace, PV solar panels are simple yet durable.  Early solar systems that were installed 40 – 50 years ago are still operating today.  They generate solar power by using solar cells packaged in photovoltaic modules, often electrically connected in multiples as solar photovoltaic arrays to convert energy from the sun into electricity.  Solar cells are more efficient, which means you could be giving power back to the grid, which provides a monthly credit.

How it works in your home or building
A photovoltaic electric system works directly with your existing electrical system.  An inverter takes the DC power directly from the solar panels and converts it to the same AC power your home or building usesThe AC energy is then sent to your existing service panel which distributes electricity throughout your existing system.

Photo of Rocky Thornton installing Solar PanelsUtility Company Credits
If your solar system creates more power than you are using this excess power will be sent to your electrical meter, causing the meter to run backwards, and gaining “credits” with the utility company.  You will then draw these energy credits from the grid on a cloudy day or at night when your system is not producing energy from the sun.

Renewable Energy Rebates
The federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) that was revised by Congress for solar in October 2008 was great news for homeowners and business property owners.  This bill has been extended for eight years.  The ITC you earn is a 30% tax credit of the cost of installing your solar system.  Should the solar Tax Credit you earn for installing a solar system exceed your total tax burden for the year, the balance of your credit can be carried forward.  There is no limit on how many years it can be carried forward until the total amount of your solar ITC is realized.

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