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What does the word photovoltaic mean?

"Photovoltaic" has two parts: photo, derived from the Greek word for light, and volt, from electricity pioneer Alessandro Volta. And that's exactly what photovoltaic systems do -- turn light into electricity!

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Which of the following accounts for the most energy use in a home?

Heating or cooling your house represents nearly half of all energy consumed at home. Ensuring you have adequate insulation and fixing leaks help you save big on your energy bills and shrink your carbon footprint.

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Which energy source releases the most climate-altering carbon pollution?
Coal is especially damaging to our planet, releasing 70% more carbon pollution than natural gas for every unit of energy produced. In contrast, rooftop solar panels do not generate any pollution.
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If I install solar panels, will I still have electricity when the sun isn’t shining?
Most residential homes are attached to the grid, allowing users to draw energy at night.
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#5 In what conditions do solar panels work best?
You don’t need bright sunny days for solar to make sense. Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey and other states are right up there with California and Arizona as places with the most amount of solar energy available per person. If there is no snow coverage directly on the panels, snowy conditions can actually help solar panels work better because sunlight reflects off of the snow.
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