Bay Area Solar

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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Bay area solar systems are rapidly gaining ground on the region's conventional electricity producer, PG&E. Electricity is an essential service, not a luxury. Residents and businesses alike require power for refrigeration, illumination, and machinery. Indeed, patients confined to home or hospital are dependent on electricity for their very lives.

All the more reason to look at a dependable, inexpensive source of alternative energy, solar modules. Quiet, clean, renewable--solar photovoltaic (PV) systems are a marvelous boon to residential and commercial customers. With the recent energy/fiscal/political crises in California, more and more people have turned to solar energy as a secure, inexpensive producer of electricity.

What Are PV Systems?

Basically, Bay Area solar systems consist of solar modules and an inverter. That's it! Simple principles allow solar to convert the sun's rays into electricity. The inverter changes the direct current into the alternating current used by households and businesses.

Usually, customers opt to hook up to PG&E's grid, because that way they can "bank" electricity when they produce an excess, and draw on it during periods of heavy use. Another big benefit is that customers connected to the conventional grid are eligible for California's cash rebates and tax credits. These financial incentives can cut the cost of a solar system by 50%.

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