The sun’s energy can be used to create solar power that can be channeled to our homes for use. To make this happen, solar panels are mounted on the sides or the top of a building. Solar panels are extraordinary glass sheets with photovoltaic (PV) cells incorporated in their structure. These cells are the ones responsible for capturing the sun’s rays and transforming them into electricity. The energy is known as direct current or DC power and is directed to sockets to power various devices and electrical equipment used in a house.
A single solar panel might not be enough to produce power for a home hence a couple of them can be installed. Also, the average number of solar panels to be used can be dictated by the amount of sunshine a house receives. This is affected by the number of trees shading the panels, the direction which a house faces among other things. A typical PV is able to produce energy for approximately 25 years, after which a replacement is ideal to continue power generation.
The use of solar energy has caused favorable implications in our community. One, it has helped create jobs. The installation of solar panels requires special skills, and this has become a job opportunity for some interested persons. There has also emerged solar power companies that have facilitated employment opportunities in customer support, finance among others in their operations.
Solar power helps individuals to save money. When a solar power system is facilitated in a home, that is usually the end of paying electricity bills. The solar power system can serve them for many years without any additional costs. In some homes this is a way for them to earn extra income by selling excess power to energy companies. With solar energy, these households can supply their power singlehandedly.
Solar power is ecological and helps to save the environment. Other forms of energy like hydroelectric power require dams and turbines to produce power. This leads to landscape distortion, destruction of natural habitats and the release of methane gas. But, solar power avoids all that and only needs to have solar panels mounted onto a structure for the production.
Solar power has over the years been shielding its users against inflation. This has been possible through the elimination of their electricity bills. The cash they spare by not paying electricity bills is dedicated to meeting other needs. Also, the amount of money a household receives from a surplus energy sale to a power company can be used to facilitate their comfortable living as well.