How do home photovoltaic systems work?
A solar panel system, or a photovoltaic (PV) system, on your roof collects energy from the sun.
The electricity passes through a breaker box and makes it accessible for use from outlets in your home.
A control device changes the energy to electricity.
Sell back extra energy to the electric company or use as a credit on your bills.
Home and businesses have now gone solar in the U.S.
Solar Prices falling
Since 2006, the cost of solar panels has dropped by more than
of residential & commercial roofs in the U.S. are suitable for solar panels
a new solar system is installed in the U.S.
people are employed in solar energy jobs throughout Massachusetts
solar capacity installed in Massachusetts in 2015
One MW, or megawatt, is a unit of power equal to one million watts.
current total solar capacity of Massachusetts
Megawatt of power
That can power over 163,000 homes with renewable energy!
Sources: SEIA. 2016 Top 10 Solar States. Retrieved from http://goo.gl/D1QWBs SEIA. Massachusetts Solar. Retrieved from http://goo.gl/0hVBGq. SEIA. How many homes can be powered by 1 megawatt of solar energy?. Retrieved from http://goo.gl/xVl7Aw. SEIA. Solar Industry Data. Retrieved from http://goo.gl/xb3UHn. Gilpin, Lyndsey. (September 15, 2014). State of the solar industry: 10 stats to know. Retrieved from http://goo.gl/bbge2F.
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