Solar power grows in attraction as the monetary and environmental costs of traditional fossil fuels and natural gas rise. This will help keep Electric Company Rates down. The right equipment and a decent amount of sunshine can significantly reduce the energy costs and the environmental impact of a home or business. Solar panels collect photons from the sun’s rays and use these photons to displace electrons. The displaced electrons then interact with an electric field which then projects the electrons onto conductors. Electricity is created through this process. Afterwards, the electricity flows from the conductors through wiring and is either stored in batteries, fed into the grid, or consumed by household appliances. Eventually the electrons return to the solar cell to finish the circuit.
The above brief of how electricity is created from sunlight indirectly highlights an important facet of why solar panels are a good choice. At no point in the process is fuel burned to create heat or turbines turned by nuclear fission or steam generation. The only necessary fuel is sunlight. The only environmental costs of solar panels comes from production and transportation.
A grid-connected solar system offers the benefits of renewable energy with the backup resource of the power grid. If the energy created by the solar panels is not enough then the household can rely on rely on the power company for electrical needs. In some regions, grid-connected systems can send unneeded energy to the power company to build a surplus. When the residence needs to draw from the electrical grid then power company will then return the same amount of energy back to the system without charge. This process can reduce or remove the monthly electrical bill!
Off-the-grid systems store excess energy in batteries. These systems signify independence from power suppliers and a commitment to environmentally friendly practices. They may also be cheaper than grid-connected systems as power lines and special equipment are not required to connect the solar power system to the electrical grid. Many governments offer tax incentive programs that reduce the initial costs of setting up a solar panel system. In some regions these benefits can reduce the cost by half. In combination with these tax incentives the savings from lowered or non-existent power bills can return the capital invested into the project within a few years.
Improvements in solar technologies have created systems that can make the most of available sunlight. Improved photovoltaic cells can trap more photons than previous models which results in improved conversions rates and more power. Arrays, which are groups or solar panels, can be programmed to track and move with the sun. The panels can always be facing direct sunlight.
The improvements to equipment, government tax programs, and the ability to lower electrical bills make solar power much more attractive than it has been in the past. With modern, efficient cells and continued technological advancements, the environmental benefits of powering houses and businesses with renewable sunlight a good choice for meeting energy needs.