Solar Panel Evolution


Solar power has evolved greatly over the past few years. Solar panel technology has become less expensive, power generation has become very efficient even from a smaller surface area panel. Many ECO friendly people have adopted solar power generation for their homes. One cannot argue that certain geographical locations are certainly more suited to continued solar power generation than others.

When developing a home solar system, keep in mind that there are a few key elements that make the system work. The benefit of designing your own system is it allows you to adjust costs to be more flexable with your budget. The key components you will require are: Solar panels to collect the suns rays, photovoltaic cells to store the energy of the sun and convert it into DC power, which will need to later be converted to household current. Most cells are set into arrays depending on what strength of watt power you want to use. Each cell has its own watt rating and will dictate the size of the panel. You will need to calculate how many watts your home uses in a given month to help you scale how many panels you need. Other components you may require include a charge controller, DC disconnect, and a solar inverter. A charge controller regulates the rate of electric current, preventing spikes of energy and circuit breaker trips. The DC disconnect allows you to perform maintenance on your solar array by disconnecting the circuit. Finally, the inverter changes the DC to AC voltage for household current usage.

For some smaller homes that are energy efficient, creating your own energy source and becoming a mini-power plant may be the most cost effective long-term solution. In a urban environment where a grid tie-in is possible, there are benefits that solar power will allow you. You will receive credit on your utility bill or possibly a check from the utility company. You have the freedom to remove yourself from the grid at any time providing you have a means to store energy. If you wish to create your own energy circuit and store energy, it is recommended that you use a battery-bank system. This is a series of deep cycle batteries set in a circuit or series to be kept at a constant charge.

The final aspect to consider when implementing your solar power system is where to position your solar panels for Norton. There is no correct answer to this question as everyone has different architectural, geographical and environmental issues to address. A solar panel can be placed anywhere on a property. If you live in a colder climate with regular snowfall remember it is difficult to brush snow off of your solar panels when they are on a roof. Remember to maintain maximum solar peak when deciding upon solar panel positioning. Maximum solar peak is very important to absorb as much of the sun’s energy as possible. Another option for cold climates is to place panels on a rack and pinion rotating frame allowing you to change angle placements throughout the season. Your issue with snow is gone as well, since you can easily brush your solar panels with a broom. The roof mount solar panels are usually more aesthetically pleasing and most common if you live in an environment that is free of snow.

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