Cut down on energy-related costs and do your part in making Medicine Hat a cleaner, greener city with solar panel installations from Elhart’s Electric. By installing solar panels, Medicine Hat homes and businesses can cut back on their reliance to fossil fuels (and their fluctuating costs). Burning less fuel for electricity also means lowering your greenhouse gas emissions — not to mention the money-saving rebates through Energy Efficiency Alberta’s Residential and Commercial Solar Program.
With the rebates and energy savings, there’s never been a better time to install solar panels in Medicine Hat. And, Elhart’s Electric is here to help you each step of the way! We install solar power panels on commercial, industrial, and residential rooftops. We can also construct solar arrays over ground-based racks wherever space allows.
Depending on your setup and current power usage, you could be saving thousands of dollars a year by investing in solar panels — call us to get started!
What are Photovoltaic (PV) Panels?
Photovoltaic panels are easy to define; “photo” means “light” and “voltaic” simply refers to an electrical voltage. Photovoltaic panels are comprised of smaller photovoltaic cells that use the sun’s rays to push out electrons from ultraviolet-sensitive atoms. This energy is then converted into AC (alternative current) power and can be used immediately, stored in an energy containment system, or pushed out to the power grid during times of peak production.
Believe it or not, the origins of photovoltaic cells go all the way back to 1839 when French physicist A. E. Becquerel first discovered that certain materials created electrical sparks when exposed to sunlight. In 1883 (the same year as Medicine Hat’s founding), American inventor Charles Fritts created the first functional photovoltaic cell. Fritts’ photovoltaic cells used selenium and a very thin layer of gold to create a voltage of only 1% efficiency. In contrast, today’s best silicon-based solar cells can reach upwards of 40% efficiency in ideal conditions.
If you are interested in adding solar panels to your Medicine Hat home or business (and saving a bundle of money in the process), contact Elhart’s Electric. Be sure to ask about government rebates to help you go green!