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Types of Solar

Solar energy is the cleanest and most abundant renewable energy source available in Southern Arizona.  Current technology allows several ways to capture solar power, giving the public and business owners different options to use the heat and light of the sun.   

Solar Array Components

There are three primary ways to harness solar energy: photovoltaics, heating and cooling systems, and passive solar.

  • Solar Photovoltaic (PV):  Converts sunlight directly into electricity using solar panels to power homes and businesses.      
  •  Heating & Cooling Systems:  Collects thermal energy to provide hot water and air conditioning.
  •  Passive Solar Technologies:  Uses passive solar design to heat and cool homes which is environmentally friendly and cost effective. 

Additional Resources

            U.S. Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy 
            Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)   
            Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) Solar Fundamentals

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