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Solar power’s advantage over other renewable sources may not seem overwhelming at first glance, but with a little time to study you will soon see why more and more American’s are switching to solar power.
In nearly any neighborhood around the World, if you look closely enough you’re very likely to find someone supplementing their power with solar panels. Today, I’ll be sharing my research and experience with solar and why I’VE chosen to use it for my home’s “green” energy.
Why Solar Energy?
Solar energy is a renewable and inexhaustible source of powerful energy that is derived from the sun. Science tells us that the Sun isn’t in jeopardy of dying on us for at least a couple of billion years. Luckily, the complete lack of environmental pollution leaves us in a great position. With a little knowledge, solar power can leave literally ZERO impact on the ozone… Try that with “traditional” methods.
This power source is one of the only that is regarded the world over as being truly clean and safe. Another advantage of solar energy is its versatility. Batteries, cars, trams, satellites and more can easily be powered with it. It’s compatibility is what makes it so wonderful, you can easily replace, or supplement nearly any energy source. For example, with a wind generator and a few panels you can EASILY live completely off the grid.
A few other advantages of solar energy
Whether you install the panels on your roof, behind your home, or somewhere even more discreet, you immediately benefit from very long operational life spans. Most solar providers guarantee their panels will last all the wear and tear the environment can throw at ’em for at LEAST twenty years. The electricity that solar home system will generate will be done silently and as a result you need not fear noise pollution.
During the long summer months, when you can enjoy abundant sunlight, the utility bills can get slashed by up to 90%. It can take a year or more to cross your “pay-off point” (the cost of the panels) but after that moment, you’ll know that you’re literally MAKING money every month instead of throwing it away. With the right planning, your solar energy farm can even make you money!
Power companies are required BY LAW to pay you for the excess energy you produce. Take the right steps, and start raking in the cash. You may not think of it at first, but your photovoltaic cells (solar panels) will actually keep your house safer by adding one more protective layer to your roof; reducing your heating and cooling costs, and extending the life of your home. And that’s a wrap! There are many other benefits to using solar energy, but that’s all I have off the top of my head for now.
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DigInfo – movie.diginfo.tv In the search for alternative energy Clean Venture 21 have developed a new spin on solar. Their Spherical Silicon Solar Array are made from silicon spheres 1mm in diameter which sit in a reflector which is 2.2 to 2.7mm in width. The sphere catches and stores the incidental light on its n-Si (or sphere surface) and transfers it to the p-Si (its internal sphere) which is in turn connected to a p-electrode. Clean Venture 21 also utilizes traditional flat-type arrays as well. “These cells here are in a 5cm x 15cm formation- each individual cell has a 1mm silicon ball inside it and it has an overall efficiency conversion rate of about 10%. In other experiments we have had efficiency rates of about 12%. Very soon we’d like to achieve 13 to 14% rates.” The benefits of their Micro condensing type spherical silicon solar array is that it’s 5 times cheaper to make, uses 5 times less material, and requires half the energy to reproduce than its contemporaries.
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