Photovoltaic applications capture electricity from light. Photovoltaic (PV) systems, also known as solar power systems or social arrays, are designed to supply usable solar power. The photovoltaic effect refers to photons of light knocking electrons into a higher state of energy to conduct electricity. Possibly observed as early as 1839 by Alexandre Edmund Becquerel, the PV effect was the subject of scientific inquiry through the early twentieth century.

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Buying into Photovoltaic Systems

The trend of buying into solar power is growing nationally and internationally – for industrial, commercial and even residential properties. Many refer to PV systems as a cleaner and less expensive source of electricity and a growing number of American business and homeowners are investing in it. Why are so many buying into PV systems? One main reason is that a rooftop system can recoup its manufacturing and installation energy within 0.7 to 2 years, that is 95% of net clean renewable energy over a 30-year timeframe. These systems run silently and cleanly – meaning no environmental emissions – and without any moving parts. The rapidly falling costs make solar power more affordable than ever before due to improved technology with new materials. With the prices of  the systems themselves coming down, they are growing in popularity.

Solar cables must be designed to be resistant to all environmental factors. Photovoltaic wires can be used in both grounded and ungrounded systems due to their tolerance to high-temperature fluctuations, resistance to UV radiation, and moisture.

Performance Wire and Cable offers superior quality RHW and USE-2 wires that are sunlight resistant, approved for direct burial, and good for high-temperature applications.

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