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Educate/Demonstrate> Keystone Solar Project Glossary Terms

AC megawatt: (alternating current) reverses direction at a regular basis and is commonly used by power grids because the voltage can be transformed to higher levels without much loss in energy

CO2: (carbon dioxide) a naturally occurring chemical compound composed of two oxygen atoms each covalently double bonded to a single carbon atom

DC megawatt: solar produces power in the form of direct current

Energy Credits (SRECs): an environmental product that represents the added value, environmental benefits and cost of renewable energy above conventional methods of producing electricity.  SRECs make renewable energy projects more financially viable.

KWh: kilowatt hour, measure of energy

Market Maker Award: an award presented by  Solar International to companies that demonstrate technological development, innovation, product distinction and manufacturing processes across the solar market

Megawatt: unit of power equal to one million watts

Mercury: heavy, silvery-white metal that is liquid at room temperature

Monocrystalline panel: This type of panel is produced from a single crystal of silicon, has a dark black color and absorbs more solar energy from the sun

NOx: (Nitrogen oxide) binary compound of nitrogen and oxygen

Particulate matter: tiny pieces of solid or liquid matter associated with the earth’s atmosphere

Photoelectric effect: electrons are emitted from solids, liquids or gases when they absorb energy from light

Photovoltacis: generate electrical power by converting solar radiation into direct current electricity

Photovoltaic Projects of Distinction Award: award which recognizes major achievements in U.S. PV solar energy

Polycrystalline: This type of panel is produced from man silicon crystals and absorbs slightly less solar energy and has a light or dark blue color

SO2: (sulfur dioxide) a chemical compound with an irritating and rotten smell










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