Solar electricity systems provide reliable, pollution free energy from a renewable resource better known as the sun. Solar electricity systems are becoming more affordable as advancements are made in photovoltaic designs and construction.
Many electric companies are allowing what is called net metering, where the power that you don’t use from your solar electricity system is bought back by the electric companies. Wouldn’t it be nice to watch the meter spin backwards. This also allows you to not have to pay for any energy that you use from the grid during low power times, because it is offset by the energy you provide to them.
You want to understand exactly what you are purchasing and how solar electricity is produced before you invest in a solar electricity system for you business or home.
The building block of any solar electricity system is the photovoltaic cells, which are wired together to produce solar electricity modules. The electricity produced from the modules or panels is then passed through an inverter that changes the current from AC to DC, making it usable to power household appliances and the utility grid. It is often a popular choice to include batteries in a solar electricity system to store backup power to be used in times of low sun light and power outages.
It is important to realize that solar electricity systems work intermittently or only when the sun hits them. This is not a problem if you utilize battery backup systems or are connected to the grid.
Installing a solar electricity system can also come with an initially high investment cost and it can take years before the system pays for itself. However, with net metering and government funded rebates, many are able to pay off systems much more quickly.
Solar power allows us to become free from the grid and is sustainable by the sun for billions of years, which lowers our dependence on foreign oils and other finite fossil fuels.
Now is a time of action, the sooner you take advantage of a solar electricity system the sooner you will reap the benefits of being free from the grid.