Demystifying Solar PV

In Canada, Solar Photovoltaic (PV) technology has been a favoured form of renewable energy technology for decades. You’ve probably seen solar photovoltaic technology in use on solar panels on rooftops and roadside signs, and even in space!

But what exactly is Solar PV?

Simply put, Solar PV technology is the process of converting sunlight into electricity!

How does Solar PV work?

Solar PV works by allowing photons, or particles of light, to knock electrons free from atoms, generating a flow of electricity.

What about Solar Panels?

Solar panels actually comprise of many, smaller units called photovoltaic cells. Many cells linked together make up a solar panel! PV cells are typically found connected to each other and mounted on a frame called a module. Multiple modules can be wired together to form an array, which can be scaled up or down to produce the amount of power needed for your home.

Why use Solar PV?

One important advantage of solar PV is it that utilizes the most abundant renewable energy resource on the planet, the sun! Estimates show that there is 10,000x more solar energy coming to the Earth’s surface than global annual fossil fuel demand.

How long will Solar Panels Last?

A long time. A really long time.

NASA’s Opportunity Mars rover is powered using Solar PV and has lasted nearly 15 years on the red planet, despite being designed for a 90-day mission! We partner with the best-in-class suppliers to ensure we’re only using the best quality array for your home. Solar panels are guaranteed for decades, thanks to warranties that typically cover 25-30 years.

How will the cold affect the performance of a PV system?

Contrary to what one might think, PV cells perform even better at low temperatures. This technology is thus perfectly suited to the Canadian and Ontario climate.

Whether you’re interested in going off-grid in Ontario, or you’d like to get a PV array to supplement your energy use, Haliburton Solar & Wind can help you meet your renewable energy goals! Give us a call today to learn more.


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