Factors to Consider Before Making a Solar Panels Investment

_Factors to Consider Before Making a Solar Panels Investment

Solar power is the energy derived from the Sun which is captured by a variety of technologies including photovoltaic solar power, solar thermal power, solar photovoltaic power, solar architecture and artificial Photosynthetic Energy (IPE). Solar power can be used to convert mechanical energy in various processes like steam turbines for electricity, gas turbines for liquid fuels and diesel generators to provide electricity. It can also be used for medical diagnostic equipment, satellite communications systems and imaging apparatus, military applications including GPS systems and telecommunications systems, on-board airplane systems, mobile phone networks and the like.

Inexpensive and environmentally friendly

Solar energy is very much available, inexpensive and environmentally friendly. A solar panel is used to trap the sunlight during the day so as to have sufficient energy to operate a home or office. A solar panel is usually made of several photovoltaic cells. These cells are arranged in such a way that they each absorb a certain percentage of the sun’s rays depending on the number of solar cells that are arranged in parallel. These solar cells then combine together and generate electricity.

Solar panels come in various sizes depending on how much surface area they cover. Larger panels are usually fitted on the roof. They are manufactured out of crystalline silicon, which is a semiconductor, because silicon is a natural resource that can be found almost everywhere on the earth. Some other materials also used in making these panels are cadmium, indium, gallium and selenium. Solar paneling can also be constructed out of graphite, silicon carbide or fiberglass. Certain types of woods like cedar and redwood are also effective in storing heat and sun-light.

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UV rays

There are various types of solar panels, all based on the principle of converting sunlight into electrical energy. In general, the most efficient solar panels are those that are made out of C-cells, which are positively charged cells that absorb a lot of UV rays. C-cells are capable of absorbing a high amount of ultraviolet light. The photovoltaic cells in such solar panels convert light energy directly into electricity. Panels that use C-cells are more effective than other types of solar energy systems because of this feature.

DC-solar panel system

Another type of solar panel system is the one that uses an inverter to convert direct current (DC) electricity into alternating current (AC). A DC-solar panel system is more useful for powering a small home. But AC-solar panel systems are useful for powering large home appliances such as refrigerators and fans. The amount of power generated by an AC-solar panel system depends on the capacity of the batteries that are used. These batteries have to be replaced periodically, but the amount consumed by them is relatively lower than the DC solar panel system.

The technology used by solar panel systems to generate electricity needs to be coupled with an accurate assessment of the amount of sunlight that the area has, as well as a corresponding calculation of the required amount of AC power. This calculation is necessary because most people cannot predict the amount of sunlight that will fall on a particular area. It is also important to note that the type of AC power needed corresponds to the type of solar panel system that will be used. For example, a solar-powered water heater needs more AC power than a solar-powered fountain pump.

AC-oriented inverter

Solar panel systems can be powered by an AC-oriented inverter or by an inverter that allows DC energy to be used in conjunction with AC power. An AC-oriented inverter takes DC energy from the solar array and converts it to AC. A variety of different AC-oriented inverters are available in the market today, depending on the size of the solar array to be operated. If you want to generate a smaller amount of electricity, you can use a solar array with only an AC-oriented inverter. The disadvantage of this type of inverter is that it requires more space.

When it comes to making an investment decision, it would be wise to consult a professional installation service before purchasing your solar panels. Although there are many factors to consider when making this purchase, such as the cost of the panels and the expected life of the system, it is not advisable to purchase an expensive solar panel system without first consulting an expert. This is due to the fact that it may be difficult to find a service provider who specializes in the installation of large-scale solar panel systems.

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About the Author: Peter Beaumont

Peter Beaumont is a senior reporter on Daily Mid Time Global Development desk. He has reported extensively from conflict zones including Africa, the Balkans and the Middle East and is the author of The Secret Life of War: Journeys Through Modern Conflict. Email: peter@dailymidtime.com