The New Age of Photovoltaics

Posted on Dec 22 by Christina Glennon

Abstract

Testing an attainable approach to green practices, an architect designs his own home for a friendly fit in a historic district

Today's photovoltaics have come a long way since the solar-energy heyday of the late 1970s and early '80s. Creating electricity from sunlight, photovoltaic panels can be big and strong enough not only to provide a household's power but also to return excess electricity to the power grid for others to use. Fine Homebuilding contributing editor Scott Gibson takes a look at the current state of photovoltaic energy, including system costs and efficiency.

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