Solar Energy For Home Owners
Solar energy is power from the sun's rays that reaches the earth. Using photovoltaic cells made from
silicon alloys, sunlight can be converted into other forms of energy, such as heat and electricity. It is an
alternative energy source that involves harnessing the radiant light energy emitted by the sun and
converting it into electrical current.
With the advances in green research, home owners today can power their houses with solar energy. It is
now attainable, a household just need a few steps and a sufficient budget. And provided with the
alarming fossil fuel shortage and current initiatives to go green, some countries has taken its steps to
encourage the households to use alternative sources of energy. Solar power is one of the renewable
energy that has a high potential for future use.
However, there are 2 important considerations that can cause difficulties to city dweller. Solar-powering
a house requires a suitable area for the panels and for the batteries that store the energy. The solar
panels should be situated where the sun’s energy is absorbed at its maximum. The batteries keep the
electricity going during the night.
This means that the bigger the household, the more batteries it will need. The batteries add a significant
cost and maintenance to the system.
Some countries offer a utility grid where households can connect to and purchase power in case their
homemade solar panels generate insufficient electricity. In turn, the local utility also buys surplus
electricity generated by households at market prices. This is to encourage homeowners, especially those
situated in sunny locations, to take the initiative of creating their own energy.
The advisable battery for solar panels is the deep-cycle kind. It can discharge a large amount of its stored
energy while maintaining long life. The commonly used batteries are lead-acid and nickel-cadmium
batteries, with the latter priced considerably higher.
Another important part of the solar power system is the installation of inverters. Inverters convert the
direct current (DC) generated through the solar power system into alternating current (AC) which
common households use.
Solar energy is one of the promising energy sources that we can use today. The suns radiant energy can
be used to provide lighting and heat for buildings and to produce electricity.
Tommy C. Shepherd has been in business in building solar panel for 3 years. He has an adequate
knowledge about the right installation and the solar panel that will fit to homeowners in terms of price
and energy consumption.