The increasing trend of people opting for solar panels to provide energy for their buildings or homes is hardly just a fad. Solar energy is proving itself as a viable source of energy, the demand for which increases every day; in fact, it is estimated that in another 20 or so years, it will account for 50 percent of all energy produced. Lack of knowledge regarding the technology and misconceptions that are prevalent can make some people hesitant about ‘going green’. However, upon closer examination, it is plain to see that any apprehensions are unnecessary.
What Are Solar Panels?
A solar panel is a collective of photovoltaic cells (solar cells) that are connected to a solar energy system in order to produce electricity. A solar cell is able to create electricity when exposed to direct light, through the photovoltaic effect. The number of panels you need to install in your home, office, or other building depends on your average monthly energy consumption, as well as what type of solar panels you decide to use. The main types are as follows:
- Monocrystalline Silicon panels – these panels are the best quality available presently and they have an excellent rate of efficiency. This means that they cost slightly more as well, but this will pay off as you will probably need less of them than other types anyway.
- Polycrystalline Silicon panels – these are only marginally less costly than the previous category and have a lower silicon content. Apart from that they perform quite well in warmer temperatures and have an equally long life, which is 25 years.
- Amorphous Silicone Panels – these are the least efficient kind of panel, but they are inexpensive and suitable for use in large numbers. They are not as long-lasting as crystalline panels though.
Optimize the Use of Solar Panels
When making the choice of solar panels, it is not simply enough to make the purchase and install them. There are a few steps you can take to ensure that you receive the maximum amount of benefit from your investment, such as:
- Replacing ordinary appliances with solar-powered or at least energy-efficient ones. This will make sure that you effectively cut down on your costs and also do not put too much strain on your home solar system.
- Improve the insulation and natural ventilation of your house, to cut down on HVAC costs.
- Place your solar panels on a south-facing wall or roof, where they can absorb the maximum amount of sunlight and therefore, work to their fullest potential.
- Assess the amount of solar radiation you receive in your area ad decide upon the type and number of solar panels accordingly.
These factors, coupled with the most minimum maintenance and upkeep will secure your investment in solar energy for the long haul.
Save On Your Energy Bill
Despite the expensive nature of solar energy systems initially, they earn back their worth in terms of savings in the long run. You will be able to avoid increasing energy costs, as you will have an independent source. Moreover, if you save a considerable amount of surplus energy produced by solar cells, you can use it at any time and not be subject to power outages or shortfalls either.