America's attitude toward renewable energy is changing in a very positive way. As the environmental damage caused by climate change becomes more evident, Americans are looking to reduce their contribution to that phenomenon. In doing so, they are changing the mix of resources used to generate their electricity, and renewable resources are becoming increasingly important to the country's energy supply. Within the grab bag of renewable resources, the solar energy industry is leading the pack with the most growth, for some very compelling reasons.
You've probably seen solar photovoltaic (PV) panels installed on your neighbor's roofs. Commercial buildings often sport an "array" of solar panels, as well, sometimes hung almost vertically on exterior walls. Many people wonder about the difficulty of maintaining a solar PV system when its parts are placed in such precarious locations. However, understanding how a solar PV system works will dispel that concern and reveal how easy owning and maintaining a solar PV system can be.
These days, there's a lot of information in the news about solar photovoltaic-generated (PV) electricity. In December 2015, the U.S. government voted to extend the Solar Tax Investment Credit until the end of 2020. This credit reduces the cost of purchasing and installing a home-based solar PV system by 30 percent. As a national tax credit, it applies in all states