Many people are turning to a clean option of electricity generated by solar power systems for their homes and their businesses. As many have felt the economic crunch in recent years, turning to an energy source that is self sustaining and renewable is becoming more attractive to homeowners as well as commercial businesses for the production of their own electricity. Solar power, most commonly known as the photovoltaic phenomenon, is increasing in popularity as governments around the world are seeing it as an excellent alternative energy source.
Electricity produced by solar power panels has many benefits that far outweigh the cost. Regardless of where in the world a person or business may be, these panels will be able to collect sunlight and convert it into usable energy all year long. The sun shines in every part of the world and is an endless source of energy. It is not harmed in any way by the harnessing of the rays for energy production.
What many people do not know is that these photovoltaic panels are a completely silent producer of energy. They make absolutely no sounds or hums at all. Although they can be quite large in size, they are very thin and, therefore, not an eye sore. Most of the time, these unobtrusive panels are laid across the tops of homes and commercial buildings in solar roof systems, although there is the option of a ground system if the consumer has enough available space.
Another great benefit to making electricity with solar power panels is that this energy system does not produce any damaging emissions. There is no carbon foot printing at all. There are no toxic byproducts seeping into the ground around the property. There are no noxious fumes coming out of a smoke stack. No mark at all will be left on the environment through the air, ground, or water, making this one of the most environmentally friendly options available.
The energy that is produced with the panels is stored as direct current, or DC power. An inverter is put into place for the conversion of the DC current to alternating current, or AC power. The multiple panels that are used to create this energy are called an Array. They are interconnected to maximize the potential of solar energy conversion. When an overage occurs, that energy is stored in a battery for later use.
Oftentimes, residential homes will have several of their appliances on gas energy. Those items, like hot water heaters, furnaces, dryers, and stoves use the gas to power them. The other things like the refrigerator, the lights, the TV, the computer, and other various household items will be on the grid. These things can be used with the electricity created from solar power as alternative energy. This will also include items like hairdryers, cellular phones, stereos, microwaves, and video games.
Many of the communities that are going to this green, renewable energy will work collaboratively to create the power needed to sustain them. On the other hand, some communities are completely against this form of energy and will not allow the homeowners to install a system on their property. It is best to check with the local Homeowners Association to see if this is an issue.