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Solar 101

The sun. It gives us heat, light, food and the air we breathe.  But have you ever thought about just how powerful it really is or what it can do for us?  At Current, we're committed to putting the world’s oldest energy resource to work for you.

How does solar power work?

While the sun shines down on Earth throughout the day, even if we can’t always feel it, solar power solutions capture that radiation and heat and turn that into useable energy.  GE technology can transform the sun's light into usable energy in two different ways:

Photovoltaic (PV) 

Solar photovoltaic panels work by converting photons in the light that strikes solar cells within the panel into direct current (DC) electricity.  An inverter transforms that DC electricity into alternating current (AC) electricity – which is the kind of electricity that can be used in your facility to power your electronics, turn on your lights, and keep your space running the way you want it to!

What is the potential of solar?

To give you a sense of just how powerful the sun’s rays are, a photovoltaic array that is about 100 miles by 100 miles (9% of the area of Arizona) could in one year, produce the same amount of electricity that the U.S. consumes annually.  

Explore what’s possible with solar and other technologies for retail and commercial offices with Current, powered by GE.