A: Yes. Solar energy projects provide opportunities for employment, contributions to the local tax base, and positive effects on local businesses.
Q: How does photovoltaic technology work?
A: As sunlight hits the solar panels, the solar radiation is converted into direct current (DC) electricity. The direct current is collected on cables from each string of panels and flows into power inverters, where it is converted into alternating current (AC) electricity. AC electricity flows on the electrical grid and is used by homes and businesses. The AC electricity from the power inverters is again collected using a series of cables and delivered to a central electrical substation, where it passes through a power transformer. The transformer boosts the voltage of the current to match the voltage at the point of delivery at the local utility substation.
Q: What are the main components of a solar project?
A: The main components are the PV panel arrays, the power inverter units, the DC collection system, the AC collection system, and the substation/transformer. Each component is described in more detail below:
Q: Can the equipment be damaged by wind?
A: The support systems for the solar arrays will be designed to withstand the typical wind loading present in this area.