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Information on using Photovoltaic (PV) Cells
to Generate Electricity from Solar Energy   

Photovoltaic devices use semiconducting materials to convert sunlight directly into electricity. Solar radiation, which is nearly constant outside the Earth's atmosphere, varies with changing atmospheric conditions (clouds and dust) and the changing position of the Earth relative to the sun. Nevertheless, almost all U.S. regions have useful solar resources that can be accessed.

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Annual Photovolataic Domestic Shipments, 1996-2005
Year
Photovoltaic Cells and Modules
(Peak Kilowatts)
1996
13,016
1997
12,561
1998
15,069
1999
21,225
2000
19,838
2001
36,310
2002
45,313
2003
48,664
2004
78,346
2005
134,465
Total
424,807

Sources: Energy Information Administration, Form EIA-63B, "Annual Photovoltaic Module/Cell Manufacturers Survey."

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