Solar Energy Systems Facts

The primary reason you are considering solar power is saving money and at the same time time helping the environment.

With energy prices skyrocketing, solar power is again in the news. Of course, everybody wants to save money on their electric bills. Yet, most folks know little about solar energy and what it offers. There are important differences between fossil fuel generated electricity, and solar power. Once you have the facts, you will wonder why you didn’t switch to solar sooner.

A home solar panel system consists of several solar panels, an inverter, a battery, a charge regulator, wiring, and support materials. Sunlight is absorbed by the solar panels and is converted to electricity by the installed system. The battery stores electricity that can be used at a later time, like cloudy days or during the evening.

A typical one-kilowatt solar panel system typically takes one or two days to install, and contains ten to twelve solar panels. Each solar panel contains forty solar cells, and the panels are mounted to receive maximum sunlight. A one-kilowatt system generates approximately 1600 kilowatt hours in a sunny climate, such as Southern California.

A one-kilowatt home solar system prevents over 150 pounds of coal from being burned, and up to 300 pounds less CO2 gasses will not be released into the environment. Plus, over 100 gallons of water will not be expended each month by going solar. Fossil fuels pollute, are in finite supply, and are expensive.

Solar power significantly reduces high electric bills. Moreover, there are many tax incentives and rebate programs designed to spur the use of solar, and save home owners money at the same time. If your home produces more power than it uses, the electric company can buy it back. This comes in the form of a credit and is called net-metering.

The savings from solar power start the minute your home solar panel system starts generating electricity. Solar power does not contribute to global warming, acid rain, smog, or release carbon dioxide. In other words, solar power is clean energy and does not pollute. Furthermore, solar panels are virtually maintenance free and will last for years. Once a solar panel system is installed there are no recurring costs.

Solar power is quiet, has no moving parts, and does not require any additional fuel, other than sunlight, to produce power. Solar power can grow as your needs grow. Simply add more solar panels to your system as conditions warrant. Solar power is clean, saves money in electric bills, and there are plenty of tax incentives and rebates available, just for going solar. Once you know the facts you learn, going solar just makes sense.

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