ADVANTAGES OF SOLAR POWER
The longer someone entertains the thought of going solar, it is almost impossible not to realize the advantages of solar power over conventional energy sources such as coal and oil. The use of solar technology is common place when it comes to your calculator and now obsolete Casio digital watches, but when considering solar technology on a larger scale, such as for your home, business or farm (see Home Solar Power), the idea is less accepted simply because it hasn’t grown to a common place level.
SIMPLE FACTS ON SOLAR POWER
Similar to cable television in the early 80’s, it took several years until it was widely accepted and now looked at as the absolute norm for most households. Besides the obvious benefits that solar power systems (see Solar Photovoltaic Systems) offers to your bank account and the environment, there are several other advantages that need to be shared.
To expand on the obvious, solar energy is 100% pollution free. As a solar panel converts the sun’s rays to electrical energy there is no by product produced outside of the electrical energy itself. (see How Does Solar Energy Work) We can always rely on the sun to come up the next day which qualifies solar power to be a renewable energy source.
Clouds? Rain? Not a problem. A typical solar photovoltaic system includes a set of deep cycle batteries that take in the excess power produced by the panels and stores it for later use. Unlike oil, which runs out and needs to be replenished ( hence NOT a renewable energy source), the sun’s energy is renewable; everyday there is fresh supply. One of the other advantages of a solar photovoltaic system are they have no moving parts, pumps, machinery, power plants etc. They do their job day in and day out without a peep! Since there are no moving parts, they are virtually maintenance free. Besides the occasional cleaning that keeps solar panels in peak performance, they are quickly recognized as the model employee. They begin their day at the crack of dawn (literally) and work until sundown. They take the occasional day off during bad storms, but they tend to have their deep cycle battery crew take over for those days.
INVESTING INTO SOLAR FOR HOMES
Outside of the initial investment, which of course depends on the type and level of system a person purchases, the long term return far outweighs the initial financial outlay. Once they are up and running they work day in and day out and over a couple months to a few years usually end of paying for themselves over and over. The Do It Yourself Kits tend to be most popular with people looking to get their feet wet before shoveling out several thousand dollars for a complete set up. These systems can usually be purchased at a reasonable price and can either be pre-fabricated kits with parts and all or simply clear, easy to follow plans that direct an individual on how to choose, where to buy and how to build all the components of a solar power system.
When it comes to either purchasing pre fabricated kits that simply require assembly or the ever popular Do It Yourself Kits, both are very easy to get up and running. Most systems have very basic electrical behind them and for the most part as you expand your system and add more panels for more power, it just involves repeating the same process over and over again. Once a system is in place the actual hands-on work is over. The system’s output is ready to be utilized or stored for future use.
While this article has just outlined a few important advantages of solar power, the technology is constantly being improved and the common advantages of solar power tend to look better and better. While fossil fuels seem to be ever present, the future reserves of coal and oil need to be cared for. Solar power is a renewable energy source that cannot be overlooked. It needs to be embraced and further accepted into the class where cable television and other technologies now reside.