Solar Power in Homes
Winter is breathing down the back of our necks and if they have not yet announced, they will soon, the price of heating energy will increase, possibly due to the BP oil spill, it is always good for an excuse to charge you more to stay comfortable in your home. Each year you hear the same old story, essentially a renewal fee for heat, I am tired, your tired, were tired, lets do something!
Solar power, energy and heat,
We need to move on not only individually but as a country, we can be free of our dependence on oil, we can be free of third world countries who steal our income and hard-earned money, we can move to an infinite supply of solar energy from our sun.
Solar energy can heat our homes, our water, our swimming pools, our jacuzzi and other things, we must put our country to work, manage our politicians, and resume our lifestyle stolen from us by energy companies. Let’s start by converting our homes and our cars to solar power.
Solar energy has been exploited for years. To convert and furnish our homes will take time but solar technology is here today. Before we were attracted by the companies who invested in oil, politicians in the pockets of lobbyists and especially greed.
Groups of people have made great achievements and success with solar power and can lead the way, they have the resources, people, expertise, they can guide you to convert your home into a energy efficient unit saving money. This will increase its resale value tremendously, its time to get on board. Have you heard of “photovoltaic solar power systems,” Solar Groups and online information can educate you on this important energy technology, of which this note is one.
We concur with this energy technology because it has proven to save money for people over time and will become as common as air conditioning systems, and now it is solar systems that is gaining popularity. Residential On-Grid Systems, On-Grid systems with battery backup, the customized grid connected solar power electric systems are some of the solar energy systems available and are very popular with homeowners.
How does a residential solar power system work?
Solar power cells in modules mounted on the roof convert sunlight directly into DC. A component called an inverter converts this current into alternating current (AC) that can be used in your home. The system is interconnected with your utility. During the day, if your solar power system produces more electricity than your home is using, your utility may allow net metering or the credit on your utility account for the excess power generated being returned to the grid. Your utility would provide power as usual at night and on days that your electricity demand is greater than that produced by your solar power system. Systems are also available with battery backup. Part of the power produced by your solar power system during the day is used to charge batteries, which provide the energy for your critical loads in case of power failure.
Does my solar power system work at night?
No – Sunlight must be present for your solar power cell modules to produce energy. At night, you draw power from your utility provider.
Will my solar power system work on cloudy days?
Yes – If they produce less electricity under an overcast sky the panels could produce only about half as much as under full sun.
What happens during a power outage?
There are two types of residential solar power systems. One type of system powers your home during the hours of daylight, but does not provide for a breakdown in power at night. Another type of system powers your home during the hours of daylight, but also has a battery designed to help provide power for critical loads in your home during an outage, day or night.
Does a solar panel system make hot water?
Electricity produced by a solar power panel can heat water just like the conventional way. But people often get confuse. the products of solar thermal panels involve liquid flowing through tubes to be heated by the sun to heat pool water etc.
Solar power panel modules convert sunlight into electricity to operate appliances, motors, pumps and other devices.
How can I tell a panel water heating from a solar power?
Solar electric modules are generally one to two inches (2.5 to 5 cm) thick with 32 or more three to four inches (7.5 to 10 cm) blue or black solar cells on the back of the cover glass.
Solar Thermal panels for heating water are generally much thicker and may have tubes connected to a flat plate in black glass, or a black tank inside the collector panel.
More resources and information books on solar power can be bought from Amazon