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Solar PV Basics 

Santee Electirc Cooperative is your source for solar photovoltaic (PV) information. We are here to help our members who are interested in considering solar PV systems become more knowledgeable and make informed decisions.

Before you install a solar PV system for your home, it is important that you do everything you can to improve the current energy efficiency of your home. A few simple measures can save you money by reducing your overall energy consumption. Reduced consumption may also help reduce the size of the solar PV system that you will need to install and allow you to get more from your solar investment. 

How Solar Works 

Think of the sun as a huge power plant that sends out waves of energy in the form of photons. These photons enter the earth's atmosphere and are responsible for the heat and light that we receive.

Electricity can be converted directly from solar energy through solar cells known as photovoltaic cells-"photo" (for light) and "voltaic" (for energy). Individual cells combine to form what's commonly referred to as a PV array. Normally mounted on a rooftop, the PV array components convert that energy into electric current to power some quantity of your household.


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