The sun's heat and light provide an abundant source of energy that can be harnessed in a variety of ways. Did you know that enough energy arrives from the sun every 24 hours to supply all of mankind's energy needs for 12 years?
Today's most advanced solar photovoltaic (PV) systems can convert up to one third of the power of the sunlight they receive into electrical energy for your home. Typical home Solar PV systems can convert 12 percent of the energy they receive into electricity. PV systems are made of semiconductors that convert sunlight directly into electricity.
In Connecticut, the Clean Energy Finance & Investment Authority supports and funds the installation of residential Solar PV systems through rebates that cover a percentage of the installation and equipment costs. These rebates are offered to Connecticut residents, nonprofit and governmental organizations through approved solar contractors.
Numerous other technologies have also been developed that take advantage of free solar energy. These technologies include solar hot water, passive solar heating and daylighting, solar process heat, and space heating and cooling. Interested in these building design systems or technologies that harness the energy of the sun? Use the links below to find out more!