glossary

  • Panel

    A term used to describe a solar module.

  • Passive solar home

    A house that utilizes part of the building as a solar collector, as opposed to active solar, such as PV.

  • Peak load

    The largest amount of electricity being used at any one point during the day.

  • Photovoltaic (PV)

    The conversion of light into electricity. Photo means "light," voltaic means "electric."

  • Photovoltaic array

    An interconnected system of solar modules that function as a single electricity-producing unit.

  • Photovoltaic cell

    Made from silicon, this is the basic unit of a solar module that collects the sun's energy.

  • Photovoltaic module

    The layers of glass, plastic, and silicon cells framed in metal, which collect the sun's energy.

  • Photovoltaic system

    A complete set of components that converts sunlight into usable electricity.

  • PV

    Abbreviation for photovoltaic.

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