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What is solar? How does it work?
The Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) program provides a great primer in the history of solar energy, and how it works. This material is available at:
The Thurston Energy web site takes a local focus on the technology, and describes how PV systems work with a local energy provider. Since TE's services focus on homeowners, this discussion refers to home applications. The technology and installation considerations are the same for homes and businesses.