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As the financial and environmental cost of relying on traditional fossil fuels rises, harnessing the energy of sun continually proves itself to be a renewable, clean, and affordable solution for a green future. Solar power is inexhaustible and available virtually anywhere, making it an ideal resource for energy generation.

Solar panels are the anchor of any portable, residential or commercial solar energy system. Solar cells convert solar energy into electricity as part of interconnected module systems that are laminated and framed in a durable, weatherproof package.

PV panel design allows for flexible installation options. A site with unobstructed blue-sky exposure, such as the roof of a commercial building, is a perfect candidate for PV panel installation. For panel installation in the northern hemisphere, maximize southern exposure, especially for the winter season. You can mount a solar system to a home roof or use stand-alone pole-mounts, specifically designed to withstand hurricane force wind. Trackers for pole-mounting systems augment fluid-pumping applications.

In grid-tie applications, direct current (DC) from solar modules is transformed into alternating current (AC) via an inverter, which directly supplies power to electric appliances. The surplus supplied by the panels is sent onto the grid and resold. Grid-tie systems use a combination of PV modules, inverters and a network to supply lighting, household power, and energy metering. Architects combine function and aesthetics by integrating glass panels into building structure and design.

In remote applications, PV systems provide public lighting, assist high-powered pumping systems, and enhance telecommunications. In off-grid homes, PV panels power lighting, radio, television, and small household appliances. PV systems contribute to public lighting by illuminating advertising and road signage or bus shelters. PV technology improves the telecommunication infrastructure, powers maritime beacons, and supports radio and television services.

Commercially viable PV products are made using either crystalline silicon, thin-film, or string-ribbon technologies.