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Solar Energy

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solar

your home

power

How do home photovoltaic systems work?

collect

use

convert

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

Sell back extra energy to the electric company or use as a credit on your bills.

784,000

Home and businesses have now gone solar in the U.S.

2015

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

25%

73%

2 minutes

a new solar system is installed in the U.S.

Every

=

people are employed in solar energy jobs throughout Massachusetts

340 MW

solar capacity installed in Massachusetts in 2015

One MW, or megawatt, is a unit of power equal to one million watts.

1,020 MW

current total solar capacity of Massachusetts

1

Megawatt of power

HOMES

164

That  can  power  over  163,000  homes with  renewable  energy!

15,095

15,095

more than

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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