When it comes to finding clean energy options, solar energy is at the forefront. Unfortunately, companies and governments are still coming to grips with the potential cost to operate on a wider scale. As a homeowner, you can get the ball rolling in a smaller way: install solar panels. Keep reading to find out why clean energy choices like solar panels are a good idea for a sustainable future.
What are Solar Panels all about?
Solar panels have been around for a long time. Calculators have used those solar panel strips for many years now. This is different than using them to maintain your home, but the principle is the same.
Solar panels use silicon cells to capture and store energy from the sun. On any given sunny day, the sun can give off about 1,000 watts of power per square meter of surface area. That could be enough energy to power a number of homes and offices. Did we mention that it would be free energy?
Not only do grids (collections of solar panel arrays) harness the energy from the sun but they also can store it. Solar energy collectors can store unused energy that is not needed within your home. The system that you install needs a generator and a reservoir to keep the excess energy until it is needed, like on a cloudy day.
Solar panels are not cheap even though engineers are looking at other cell materials besides silicon to lower the cost but maintain the same or improved efficiency. The point of clean energy is that once it is implemented, the system will pay for itself with several benefits.
Posted May 07, 2013
by Gabriel Posternak.