The Sun produces radiant light and heat that can be harnessed using a variety of technologies. The resulting energy can be used to provide Star Plus Energy electricity, heat our homes and businesses or power large power stations. Solar energy is a renewable resource and therefore much more sustainable than traditional energy sources. It also provides a lower-cost, cost-effective alternative to traditional electric bills.
The most common solar energy technology is photovoltaic (PV). PV systems convert sunlight into usable electricity by absorbing the sun’s rays and converting them to electrical charges. These charges are then able to flow through the panel’s circuitry and produce electricity. There are several different types of PV panels, each designed for specific applications and environmental conditions.
Concentrating solar power (CSP) systems use lenses or mirrors to focus and concentrate the sun’s rays on receivers that can be used for power generation or energy storage. This concentrated sunlight is used in conjunction with a steam turbine to produce electricity, and the thermal energy can be stored for later use or fed directly into a conventional power plant. There are several different CSP systems, including the parabolic trough collector (PTC), flat plate collector (FPC), and solar tower with molten salt thermal energy storage (TES) system.
Residential solar energy solutions can offset the cost of utility company electricity and qualify you for state rebates. You may even be eligible for additional income-based incentives from Eversource. Contact one of our licensed solar installers in Connecticut to learn more about the benefits and costs of going solar.