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For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
SOLAR FARM (ALSO KNOWN AS A SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEM (SES)). The components and subsystems required to convert solar energy into electric or thermal energy suitable for use. The area of the SYSTEM includes all the land inside the perimeter of the system, which extends to any fencing. The term applies, but is not limited to, solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, solar thermal systems, and solar hot water systems.
SOLAR HOT WATER SYSTEMS. Small scale, roof-top energy systems in which the sun’s heat is gathered by a solar collector and used to increase the temperature of a heat-transfer fluid, such as water or a nonfreezing liquid, which flows through the pipes in the collector; the heat contained in this fluid then is conveyed and transferred to the water to be heated. This type of SYSTEM is often used on homes, recreational centers and schools, hospitals, and office buildings.
SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC (PV) SYSTEMS. An electrical system or device that converts the energy of light directly into electricity by the photovoltaic effect through the use of photoelectric cells, also known as solar panels.
SOLAR THERMAL SYSTEMS. Large scale commercial-industrial energy system and related equipment for harnessing solar energy to generate thermal energy or electrical energy for use in connection with commercial and industrial operations.
(Ord. passed 5-2-2016)