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Which Questions Come to Mind before Going Solar

by TechsSocial 11 months ago in habitat

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With several factors like global warming and the depletion of fossil fuel driving the need for more sustainable forms of energy, many individuals and countries even choose to go solar.

As the sun is an endless energy source, harnessing solar energy appears to be the most practical alternative for a cleaner, cheaper, and limitless energy for households and industries.

Although solar energy has become increasingly popular over the years, many people have many reservations about making the switch. We understand. That is why we have answered some of the questions that readily come to mind when you consider going solar.

Why Should I Go for Solar?

This question is the most important. With lots of other energy options available, it is no surprise you wonder what makes solar power different.

First off, solar energy is the cleanest form of energy. As it generates no solid waste or gaseous emissions, solar energy poses no pollution risk at all. This quality of solar energy makes it a perfect popular choice with environmental activists all over the globe.

By choosing solar energy, you contribute to keeping the environment cleaner.

Choosing to go solar also cuts down your power bill significantly. The generation of other forms of energy incurs high costs. However, the sun generates all the solar energy we need, making it a cheaper alternative.

How Do Solar Panels Work?

We understand that the sun generates solar energy. But how do solar panels convert this energy into the electricity that we need?

Solar panels contain tiny cells nestled between layers of semi-conductors such as silicon. These cells are photovoltaic, which means that they create a flow of electricity by releasing electrons when sunlight falls on them.

As solar panels require sunlight to generate electrical energy, they are usually placed on south-facing roofs to ensure maximum exposure to the sun.

Solar panels generate direct current (DC), which is unsuitable for most home appliances. Hence, you would need to install an inverter to convert the electric current. The solar panels generate into alternating current (AC).

A single solar panel is usually not enough to generate as much energy as you may require. Therefore, we form a solar array by connecting multiple solar panels.

Which Solar Panels are the Best Choice?

With lots of solar panels now available on the market, settling for one is often tricky. While you may be opting for design rather than efficiency, you need to consider several factors before deciding on any model.

You will need to determine if the panel generates as much energy as you need. Every solar panel has an energy reading clearly labeled in kilowatt-hour (KwH) on the board. This energy reading tells you how much energy the solar panel generates each hour it spends in the sunlight and how many of them you need to install.

And suppose you are wondering what brands you can trust. In that case, Samsung, LG, and Tesla offer remarkable value amongst a host of other manufacturers.

How much Does a Solar Installation Cost?

The cost of installing a system that takes care of 100% of your energy needs depends mostly on two factors: your household's size and how much energy you require.

You could get an efficient solar system for as low as 20,000$. However, solar energy companies look at your power consumption over the last six months. They also use sun-tracking software to calculate how much sunlight your home receives. With this information, they can obtain a more accurate assessment of what system would serve best, meaning that you could end up spending less.

You could also opt for a system that offsets just 25 or 50 percent of your energy needs too.

The solar energy company you subscribe to also influences the bill significantly. You could take some time to compare the rates of each provider before settling for any. And you do not need to worry about offsetting the bill at once. Most solar energy companies provide flexible payment options that spread the payment for your solar energy system over as many as six years.

Is My Home Suitable for Solar Energy?

Your home plays a vital role in determining what system would work best, and ultimately, how much your solar system would cost. Therefore, you must carefully consider this factor.

The amount of electricity your household consumes and the electricity cost in your region also determines how much you get to save by opting for solar energy.

If tall trees and high-rise buildings surround your home, these will limit the amount of sunlight your roof receives. Hence, any solar panels you install will receive inadequate sunlight and fail to generate sufficient energy.

The amount of sunlight your roof gets also depends on the direction it is facing. Roofs facing the southern direction, spend more time in the sunshine. Therefore, they would require fewer solar panels to generate the amount of energy that you need.

How Long Do Solar Panels Last?

The aim of choosing solar energy is to cut down on energy expenses permanently. Besides, solar panels do not come cheap. Therefore, it is crucial to know how long they last.

Although solar panels will continue to generate sufficient energy if handled properly, they tend to become less efficient with time due to degradation. The degradation of solar panels is due to the accumulation of dirt. Therefore, you can mitigate this degradation by cleaning your solar panels regularly.

However, the degradation of solar panels only results in a 1.2% drop in energy production efficiency. This degradation becomes barely noticeable after decades of maximum energy output.

And just in case you have any worries about the quality of the solar panels you purchase. Be rest assured that most companies offer extensive warranties to ensure that you receive a replacement on any defective panels.

Conclusion

Clean, renewable, and limitless, solar energy is the future. Whether you own a small household or a large industry, you will find the right option for all your energy needs.

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