With enough solar energy reaching the earth’s surface every hour to provide all the power the world needs for a year, solar power is fast becoming an essential component of the long-term solution to our energy needs. The potential is huge and largely untapped. As solar technologies get cheaper and conventional energy prices rise, it is an increasingly economic choice.
We have the know-how, the resources and the project management capabilities needed to develop, construct and operate solar fields as large scale power generation connected to the grid. GTE Solar will use solar photovoltaic technology to convert energy from sun light into electricity.
The photoelectric effect relies on the principle that whenever light strikes the surface of certain materials electrons are released. The output electrical current of this reaction is direct current (DC). Solar cells able to convert solar energy into electricity are mainly made of Silicon, which is a very abundant element on Earth. Solar cells are combined together to become modules; modules are then combined into arrays in order to increase the power output. The electricity is produced in DC form where it is collected by electrical lines and fed into inverters which convert DC into alternating current (AC). The AC voltage from the inverters is then stepped up with a transformer, so it can be fed into the electricity grid.