If you have ever used a calculator you are familiar with the idea of solar power. Solar panels have been used in devices such as calculators for years giving them the advantage of never needing a battery as long as light is present. Solar panels for homes are the next step in the revolution to rid ourselves of traditional fossil fuels and become self-sufficient. Read on to discover how solar panels work and more importantly; how they can work for you.
Solar panels directly convert light into electricity. The “cells” you might have noticed that make up a solar panel are called “photovoltaic” (photo meaning “light” and voltaic meaning “electricity”). These photovoltaic cells are grouped together in a frame which we have come to know as solar panels. These photovoltaic cells are made of silicon which is a semiconductor. Once light strikes this semiconductor energy is created.
Cost of Solar Panels -
Now that you’ve educated yourself on the use and functionality of solar panels you might be wondering why they are not used on every home. Well, quite simply, the cost of installing solar panels on your home is not cost-effective. Meaning although you would be saving untold of amounts on your electric bill ( in fact the electric company might be paying you to grab some of that extra energy) you might never recover the cost of materials and installation. Solar panel prices have not yet reached a point where they are viable for every consumer. This explains the lack of solar panel systems in use today. However, solar panels can be used for more than just providing energy to your entire home. They can also be used on a more individual application level. Think powering only your workshop, or maybe that beautiful fountain in your yard. Taking advantage of different types of solar panels is by no means out of reach.
Despite their price, many customers are seeking solar panel installers everyday. Choosing to “get off the grid” and create your own energy is an ethical choice for many customers. Whether you are looking to energize your entire home, or maybe just the fountain, our solar panel installers are ready to help.
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