What is Solar Energy?
Solar energy is the most abundant energy source on Earth, and as we continue to develop ways to capture it, it is an important aspect of our clean energy future.
During the day when the sun is shining, each particle of sunlight that reaches earth contains energy that fuels our planet. Solar energy is the ultimate source responsible for all of our weather systems and energy sources on earth, and enough solar radiation hits the surface of the planet each hour to theoretically fill our global energy needs for nearly an entire year.
This energy comes from the sun, which is like a massive nuclear reactor. Deep in the Sun’s core, nuclear fusion reactions produce massive amounts of energy that radiates outward from the Sun’s surface and into space in the form of light and heat.
How does solar power work?
Solar power can be harnessed and converted to usable energy using photovoltaics or solar thermal collectors. Although solar energy only accounts for a small amount of overall global energy use, the falling cost of installing solar panels means that more and more people in more places can take advantage of solar energy. Solar is a clean, renewable energy resource, and figures to play an important part in the global energy future.
How to harness solar energy for usable power?
There are many ways to use energy from the sun. The two main ways to use energy from the sun are photovoltaics and solar thermal capture. Photovoltaics are much more common for smaller-scale electricity projects such as a residential solar panel installation, and solar thermal capture is typically only used for electricity production on massive scales in utility solar installations. In addition to producing electricity, lower temperature variations of solar thermal projects can be used for heating and cooling.
Solar is one of the fastest growing and cheapest sources of power in the world and will continue to spread rapidly in the coming years. With solar panel technology improving each year, the economic benefits of solar improve, adding to the environmental perks of choosing a clean, renewable energy source.
A solar panel investment can turn your aggravating electricity bill into a distant memory. Many home and business owners are looking to see if they have a suitable property for solar panels. Solar Chief offers Free Site Evaluations and Free Quotes, we are here to consult you through the entire process. We can go over a variety of solar options to find what fits your needs.
This is a loaded question that depends on many factors. Solar can produce enough energy to reduce your electricity bills, save money and reduce your carbon footprint. Below we will include many determinants of your solar potential.
Solar panels operate in all climates but consider your location in the United States to receive the most efficient energy. Click here to view US Solar Resource Map
Roof mounted solar panels aren’t for every property but a great alternative for small properties or ascetics.
South-facing roofs are perfect for solar because they receive the most sunlight over the course of the day. However, a solar panel system facing other directions can still produce an adequate amount of electricity. Our free site evaluation can help arrange the efficiency of your panels.
Solar panels can be situated on roofs with a pitch within 15 and 40 degrees. You can still go solar with a flat roof by mounting your panels at a favorable angle.
Solar panels can last for over 25 years, therefore it is necessary to consider the longevity of your roof prior to the installation of your panels. Taking the panels off to install a new roof is a costly expense that should be avoided. Solar panels are compatible with most roofing materials, including composite, wood, cement tile, slate, tar
Shading will hinder the efficiency of solar panel production. All obstructions near the panels will block sunlight and reduce the amount of electricity the panels produce. Our free site evaluation will determine trees, buildings, and roof obstructions that might create any issues.
*Most think of adding solar to their home’s roof, but a roof over a carport, garage, or porch that receives no shading from other buildings or trees will also work well. Solar Chief is committed to showing our clients all options to ensure they make the right financial and efficient decision.
Source: Energy Sage
There are various factors to consider when going solar. The type of solar setup will determine your electricity connection to the local utility’s electricity grid. The type of system selected is decided by your needs.
Grid Connected Solar System is connected to the local utility’s electricity grid. Excess electricity generated can be exported back to the grid. Supplemental electricity can be transmitted from the grid to meet energy demands.
Grid Connected Solar and Battery System collect solar power from your panels to use and store in your battery for backup use. The system connects to the grid, which brings the advantage of net metering. Net metering is a solar incentive that allows you to store energy in the electric grid. The excess power your solar panels generate is sent to the grid, which is exchanged for the option of grid electricity if your system is under-producing like during nighttime.
Off the Grid Solar System is entirely self-sufficient and has no way to use the grid to supply the household with electricity. Off-grid systems are not joined to any utility power lines. Batteries store the unused solar energy for nighttime use.
Sources: Energy Sage