Pv Solar

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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PV solar, or photovoltaic solar, is a preferred solar system, and is one of the choices of the California Energy Commission (CEC) for cash rebates and tax credits through its Emerging Renewables Program. The CEC oversees these rebates, and the Franchise Tax Board regulates the tax credits. Any consumer or consumer group is eligible for these financial incentives: residential, institutional (such as schools), commercial, agricultural, industrial.

Requirements include the type of renewable system, such as solar, that does not produce more than 200% of the historic or current electricity usage. A do-it-yourself homeowner can install the system, or a licensed contractor with specified license types can do the job. All components must be new, and a systems performance meter must be installed. Finally, the solar system must be permanently connected to the conventional utility grid to qualify for these incentives.

What Is PV Solar?

Solar design is simple. A solar panel uses sunlight to make electricity. It converts the sun's energy directly into electricity, and an inverter then converts the direct current into the alternating current necessary for use by a household or business. Finally, this current is fed into your conventional electrical system.

You do produce your own electricity, and a primary advantage of having a solar system is the reduction or elimination of your PG&E bill. Being connected to PG&E's grid does not make your electricity supply as erratic as PG&E's. If there is an outage, you simply switch to your backup powered by natural gas, propane, or batteries.


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