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A solar panel, or photovoltaic PV module, is a device that is composed of solar cells and which, when struck by photons of light from the sun, generates an electrical current which can then be used to power DC or AC electrical loads.
Made most commonly using the mineral silicon, solar cells essentially create electricity by converting photons of light into electrons. The "photovoltaic effect" occurs when photons of light from the sun strikes these cells, a portion of the energy is absorbed into the silicon, displacing electrons which then begin to flow. In order to harness this flow, the electrons are drawn into a magnetic field generated by positively- and negatively-charged metal contacts on the top and bottom of the cell. producing direct current, or DC, electricity. Using a DC to AC inverter, the DC current is converted to alternating current, or AC, which can then be used to power electrical appliances.
Our solar panel brands are ruggedly manufactured to withstand lightening strikes, high winds, and hail. We choose only the highest quality, highest-efficiency panels that are guaranteed to produce electricity for 25 years (but will continue to produce indefinitely!). Our brands inlcude Ameresco Solar (formerly BP Solar), Canadian Solar, Solartech Power, Solarland, and more. You can buy solar panels from us by the pallet (which saves you money!) or if you need just a single panel, you can so that too. Have a quote from one of our competitors? Send it to us and we'll see if we can beat it!
When you invest in solar panels for your home, you are investing in a technology that will pay for itself and continue to produce free, clean electricity at least four times longer than the pay-off time, about five years on average. Indeed, your panels will continue to produce electricity for as long as they exist under nominal maintenance. All of our solar panels are guaranteed to produce at least 80% of their capacity in 25 years. Most, however, if properly maintained, which isn't hard at all, will continue to produce near new capacity even after 25 year and could last as long as 40 years before they become a waste of space that would be better served with an updated panel. To learn more please check out What Is A Solar Panel And Why Should I Care?.
If you're a small business owner, there are many uses for solar panels including powering your business location using solar energy. You can install a system on your roof, or adjacent to your building, and in a few years, when the system has paid for itself in accumulated electricity savings, it will continue to produce power for you at near new capacity for at least a couple of decades, but likely even longer. Whether grid-connected or off-grid, you may even be able to produce 100% of your electrical needs, resulting in no bill from the electric utility.