What is Solar Energy?
The kind of energy that is generated from the sun is known as Solar energy. Solar energy is one of the most readily available sources of energy available on our planet which has been used even by our ancestors.
Solar energy is one of the very important non-conventional sources of energy since sunlight officially does not ‘belong’ to anyone and is hence is free and present in abundance. Technologies present today can convert solar energy to provide homes, businesses and even industries with hot water, electricity, light, and even heat and cool homes.
How is solar energy used?
Mainly, solar energy can be used to convert it into heat energy or it can be converted into electricity. It’s harnessed in 2 main ways:
1) Through the production of electricity
Solar Power is the power generated by converting solar energy into electricity. This usually done directly using Photovoltaics (PV) or can also be converted into electricity indirectly by using concentrated solar power.
The photovoltaic process uses solar cells which help in the process of converting energy obtained from sunlight into electricity, using materials known as semiconductors. This energy generated from this process using PV can be used for powering objects which are not connected to the electricity grid-like traffic signals, calculators, and other small devices.
2) Solar collector devices
This kind of device is a thermal collector which absorbs the sunlight by using solar panels. This form of electricity generated by these devices can be used as a home solar system to heat up water, swimming pools, powering lights and other such devices. This form of electricity can also be stored in the form of batteries for future usage.
Why should you switch to Solar Energy?
As mentioned earlier, sunlight is present in abundance and is absolutely free!! Science has found out that 173 trillion terawatts of solar power are received by our planet- This amount of energy is much more than the current usage of energy in today’s’ world.
Before renewable sources of energy like solar came into the picture, fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas were being used to create energy. Not only are these fossil fuels not sustainable and will eventually run out, but they also cause a huge negative impact on the environment like acid rain and global warming which in turn impacts the well-being of us humans as well as animals.
Thus, solar energy is not only a very reliable source which we can be assured will not run out. Another positive reason to switch to solar energy is that it is eco-friendly and does not emit any pollutants or harm the environment in order to produce energy.
Considerations to Keep in Mind before Installing Solar Panels
Solar Panels to generate solar energy can be used for Residential, Business as well as Agricultural purposes. If you are convinced to switch to solar energy, there are a few things you should know about before installing solar panels.
1) Sufficient Sunlight
Sufficient sunlight is a must. If you install your solar panels in an area where there is hardly any sunlight, your solar panel will not be able to generate a sufficient amount of electricity. Investing in solar panels in regions where there is not much sunlight is not a great idea. Hence make sure enough sunlight is present in your region.
2) Open Space
The solar panels need quite a bit of open space for their installation. Usually, most people opt for installing the panels on their roofs. However, a big open backyard can also be a suitable place. If you are planning to install solar panels in your industry or farm to use for your business or agriculture, finding a piece of land which obtains enough sunlight is important.
3) Check the Local Laws
Do a quick check with your local authorities about any laws regarding solar panel installation. This is always a good option to know all the details beforehand and get any permissions that need to be obtained before installing the solar panels.
By switching to solar, not only will you be helping the environment by opting to use a sustainable and eco-friendly source of energy, but also you will be saving quite a few dollars! The solar panels are sturdy and can withstand extreme weather conditions so you need not worry about blackouts during storms and bad weather. So what are you waiting for?