Renewable Energy Project
The sun’s radiant energy is absorbed by (1)
Solar Photovoltaic Cells and is converted to the electricity. When the
sun is shining, the Solar Photovoltaic Cells produce a stream of (2)
Direct Current (DC) electricity. An (3) Inverter changes
the DC electricity to (4) Alternating Current (AC) electricity
that is used to power your school. The (5) Electric Meter
keeps track of the electric energy produced.
Solar Photovoltaic Cells convert
the sun’s radiant energy into electricity. "Photo”
refers to light and “voltaic” is energy. Individual
cells are packaged into modules. The modules are wired together
to form arrays.
Direct Current Disconnect Switch allows professional
electricians to disconnect the solar array from the other
parts of the photovoltaic system. When the switch is in the
"off" position, workers can safely perform maintenance
on the inverter.
The inverter converts direct current
(DC) electricity generated by the array into alternating current
(AC) electricity that powers the school building.
The Alternating Current Disconnect Switch allows GEUS
linemen to disconnect the solar photovoltaic system to perform maintenance
on the utility lines safely.
The Electric Meter keeps track of the
electric energy produced.
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Illustrations by David L. Shackelford