How A Solar Cell is Made

Background Photovoltaic solar cells are thin silicon disks that convert sunlight into electricity. These disks act as energy sources for a wide variety of uses, including: calculators and other small devices; telecommunications; rooftop panels on individual houses; and for lighting, pumping, and medical refrigeration for villages in developing countries. Solar cells in the form of…

St. Croix Solar Project

In the US Virgin Island St. Croix, there is a renewable energy project to construct a 4-megawatt solar panel array (aka. solar photovoltaic facility). Using renewable energy will be good for the environment by generating clean, harmless solar power to the islands residents. The panel array was installed on the 17-acre field (that doesn’t require any…

Block Island: Lighthouse Solar Panels

Another place that uses renewable energy on Block Island is the lighthouse located on the northern tip of the island. The North Light is powered by solar and wind alternative energy systems. Its solar array produces 500 watts of energy, while the wind turbine generates 1,000 watts due to the usual windy conditions on the…

Block Island School Solar Array

Many homeowners on Block Island have solar panels that either completely power, or partially power their homes. One of the most recent solar projects on the island is the approval of a solar array that would power the Block Island School. The Planning Board is finishing its draft of a new Zoning Ordinance, that would lay…