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Benefits of Solar Panels

Posted by in blog, green energy on Aug 29, 2014

Benefits of Solar Panels
Solar panels harness energy from the sun using photovoltaic cells. The two major types of solar panel systems are photovoltaic (PV)
solar panels and solar water heating. Although both comprise of panels on the roof and may have a similar look, solar PV and solar water heating are different. Solar water heating uses energy from the sun to heat up water while solar PV uses the energy from the sun
to produce electricity which can then be used in the house. Solar water heating systems are cheaper than PV panels. An advantage of
solar panels is that even on a cloudy day solar panels can still produce electricity.
Solar panels are made from layers of silicon and come in various shapes and sizes. Groups of cells can be mounted together on roofs and buildings in modules. Electricity is produced in plenty when there is more sunshine. Kilowatts peak (kWp) is the unit of measurement for solar panels, and the average domestic solar panel is about 4kWp. When purchasing solar panels it is important to remember that larger units are cost effective compared to the smaller units. Solar panels can be

Advantages of solar electricity

Reduce electricity bills expenses: Since solar panels use sunlight that is free, there are no recurring costs once you have paid and
installed your solar panel system.Electricity generated can be sold: When you produce a surplus from your system than your current demand, you have the optio
n of selling it back to the national grid.

Lowering the carbon footprint: solar panels generate electricity that does not emit pollutants or carbon dioxide that is harmful.

Maintenance

Little or no maintenance is need for solar panels. The important point to remember when installing the solar panels is to have no trees overshadowing it. Also, the panels need to be clean, and this can be done by slightly tilting the panels so that they can be cleaned by rain water when it rains. When the solar panels are clean, their performance is increased. Bird droppings, snow, or dust can sometimes accumulate on the panels. When this happens, use warm water and a brush, or any liquid that is recommended by the installer. A high-pressure hose pipe can also be used in the event that the panels are in a far to reach place.
Solar panels can last over 20 years bringing significant savings to the user as well as knowing you are keeping the environment safe by
using green energy.