Photovoltaic Solar is the conversion of light into electricity using semiconducting materials that enact a generation of voltage and electric current in a material upon exposure to the sunlight. Light is absorbed, causing the excitation of an electron or other charge carrier to a higher-energy state. A photovoltaic system employs solar modules, each comprising a number of solar cells, which generate electrical power. PV installations may be ground-mounted, wall-mounted, or floating.
Some hope that photovoltaic technology will produce enough affordable sustainable energy to help mitigate global warming. Solar PV has specific advantages as an energy source:: once installed, its operation generates no pollution and no greenhouse gas emissions and it shows simple scalability in respect of power need. PV installations could ideally operate for 100 years or even more with little maintenance or intervention after their initial set-up, so after the initial capital cost of building any solar power plant, operating costs are extremely low compared to existing power technologies.
This is why Green Seed Apartments chose to use photovoltaic solar technology to power our building. Not only because it is one of the greenest forms of renewable energy but also because it is cost-effective. Solar technology is the reason why we are able to offer our residents no utility costs. We also have the roof space to install a lot of solar panels. In fact, we will be installing 144 solar panels.
144 solar panels that produce 400 watts each. This means we harvest 28,800,000 kWh of electricity in 500 hours of sunshine per year. This is not enough to power 1400 apartment units, at a generous 20,000 kWh per year. Yet, we only have 31 energy-efficient units. That’s a lot of free juice for everyone and the neighbors too. You see, Green Seed Apartments isn’t just a carbon-neutral building but we make the whole neighborhood greener too. We have cut wattage throughout the building, so before we even install the solar panels, we are already as energy-efficient as possible. This means that the energy we produce through our solar panels can power not just the units but also our internet, our heating, our battery charging stations, and all of the lighting with a plethora of power left over.