The New Age of Photovoltaics
Increased efficiency and better incentives are driving builders and homeowners alike to a cleaner source of electricity
Today’s photovoltaics have come a long way since the solar-energy heyday of the late 1970s and early ’80s. Creating electricity from sunlight, photovoltaic panels can be big and strong enough not only to provide a household’s power but also to return excess electricity to the power grid for others to use. Fine Homebuilding contributing editor Scott Gibson takes a look at the current state of photovoltaic energy, including system costs and efficiency.