Benefits of Solar Panels
What are the benefits of solar panels
A solar panel does not need direct sunlight to function: Solar panels use the energy from daylight enabling them to also produce electricity on cloudy days.
Fuel is free – The only source required to operate the solar panels is daylight. Most photovoltaic cells are made of silicon which is the second most abundant material in the Earth’s crust, it does not produce harmful emissions and makes minimal noise. The combustion of natural energy resources (fossil fuels) can cause smoke, pollute the water and cause emissions of carbon dioxide (greenhouse gas).
Solar energy only requires natural resources for fuel. It does not produce any harmful by-products. Photovoltaic systems are highly reliable and safe to use. The high performance of the modern solar panel is such, that after 25 years the board will still retain 80% of its original capacity; this makes Photovoltaic technology a highly reliable long-term technology. The energy-latency of a solar panel is continually decreasing while energy prices are increasing on a continual basis.
Solar panels and materials which are used in the production process (which includes silicon, glass, and aluminium) can be recycled.
Solar panels are an enormous investment for the future. They help reduce energy bills and protect against increasing electricity prices. You can also receive reduction in bills for the electricity you generate.
In addition to saving your cash, a Solarinstallation systems allows you to produce your free green energy, reducing your ecological footprint.
How Do The Solar Panels Work?
A solar photovoltaic system is designed using a quantity of solar panels that are usually mounted on your roof. Each solar panel consists of photovoltaic cells typically made of thin layers of silicon wafers and looks slightly like blue or black tiles. When the daylight falls upon the cells, it creates an electric field. As the sunlight gets brighter, the more electricity is produced. This direct current (DC) directly flows to an inverter that converts it to Alternating current (AC) for use.
During the day, the solar panels generate electricity; the power generated will automatically feed your home in replacement of electricity from the grid and will power your appliances, lighting, etc. Any additional power you use above what your solar panels will produce at a certain point will be removed from the grid, or, any unused power you create will be fed back to the electricity grid.
** You can also install a battery back up to your solar system, allowing you to conserve the excess energy you create and utilising this later in the day rather than buying electricity from the grid.
What can solar energy do for you?
- o Reduce your electricity bill
- o Provide protection against increasing energy bills
- o Bring power to your home with clean energy obtained from the sun
- o Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Commonly Asked Questions
Solar Photovoltaic systems rely on sunlight and ultra violet rays, not heat. So while there may be fewer hours of sunlight in winter, the actual conversion of power is unaffected by the change in season.
However, you will benefit from extended hours of sunlight in the summer.
The Clean Energy Council recommends regular maintenance to ensure your system stays in peak condition, delivering the best return on your investment. An annual maintenance service and clean will ensure your inverter and panels are working efficiently, (a cleaning schedule will be given to you on the day of install).
During a power black-out your solar system will automatically shut down and disconnect itself from the grid as a safety measure. Once grid power is restored the system will then automatically turn on. If having a continuous supply of electricity is important to you, you should consider including a home battery storage system with your solar system.
Many factors affect how a solar panel system can work for you; generally it includes the location, orientation, and level of your roof, and how much you are spending on energy bills currently. We will look at your building and take into account what you need in order to design a customized system for your home/business.
There are a number of factors to consider when calculating the system size required to cover your electricity bill. These include your average annual kWh usage, orientation and pitch of your roof, potential shading, how much time you spend at home during the day.
** Keep in mind, even if you can’t afford a system to cover your entire electricity bill, even a smaller system which offsets your usage is beneficial and cost effective in the long run.