Regardless of whether you live in a 500 square-foot home or a 3,500 square-foot home, just about everyone is looking for a way to cut down on their expenses every month. Many never think about the money they spend on their energy bill. They assume they have no other option than to pay it. What would you think if you could turn the sun into your electricity? Sounds pretty amazing, right?
Solar energy is a clean alternative to traditional fossil fuels. You don’t have to worry about water or air pollution. There is no threat of global warming pollution. Your electricity price will always stay the same. Best of all, your health is protected with this clean energy alternative. In fact, just 18 days of sunlight is the equivalent of all the energy currently stored in the Earth’s coal, natural gas and oil reserves. Who knew that so much could be produced in such a short amount of time?
To help you better understand how solar energy works, let’s explore the following.
Solar panels aren’t exactly a new invention.
You might not realize it, but solar panels have been around for more than a century. The PV cell is composed of two layers of material that are commonly composed of a number of silicon crystals. Crystals alone aren’t good enough to create electricity. The crystals need impurities to help it create an electric current.
The bottom part of the PV cell, doped in boron, forms a positive charge when bonded to the silicon. The top layer, doped with phosphorous, is what creates the negative charge. As the sunlight enters into the cells, the energy will knock all of the electrons loose. Even though the electrons want to move to the other side of the cell, the P-N junction won’t let them. This is where you need an external circuit that allows the electrons to move between the layers. Once they are able to do so, you are going to receive an ample supply of electricity.
While it used to be that many of these panels were used for people who lived in remote areas, water pumps, cell phone towers and off-grid purposes, that isn’t the case today. Now that more people are understanding how solar energy works, they are implementing it into their homes and businesses.
Integrating solar power into the electricity grid.
Transitioning to a system where you have a large amount of solar energy comes with a whole host of benefits. The technologies range from a small rooftop system to a large PV system. Each system has a range of different benefits for homeowners, utility companies and businesses. The electricity generated will supply the needs of the property first. If additional energy is needed, it is pulled from the grid. If a business or home generates more energy than what they need, they excess electricity will be fed into the grid for later use.
If you are curious how solar energy works and you would like to get a system for your home, check into a rooftop system. It reduces strain on the equipment and distribution system. It also provides you with electricity when and where you need it the most. You never have to worry about being without power during a warm, summer day. A large-scale system can operate at high capacity even when the demand for energy is plentiful. They can withstand the elements better than a traditional power plant. Even if a portion of the power plant is damaged, your system will still be able to work.
Now that you have an understanding of how solar energy works, you can schedule your consultation with one of the trained professionals at Ground Up Builders today.