Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Generation
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Solar energy is a renewable resource that is free, environmentally friendly and readily available. Solar energy can be used in many ways - to provide heat, lighting, mechanical power and electricity.
Solar power is energy that is created directly from the light or heat of the sun. One of the more common methods to convert sunlight into energy uses special solar panels called photovoltaic (PV) cells that capture the sun’s light and convert it directly into electricity. Current photovoltaic systems are able to convert about 12 to 15 percent of the solar energy they absorb to electricity.
Q3 2014 Update
By the end of the reporting period, the OPA was managing 2,171 MW of combined capacity from solar PV projects, 1,396 MW in commercial operation and 775 MW under development.
All of the capacity from projects that are under development is scheduled to be in-service at or before the end of 2017.
Facilities in commercial operation (1,235 MW)