What is solar energy? How does it work and is it viable for me?

Find out how solar energy works and why people are choosing it for their homes.

 If you’re in the process of buying a house, or looking for new energy-saving and eco-friendly trends to update your property, solar energy is something you may have came across. But what is it and how does it work? We’ve gathered the main details for you.

The Solar Energy Industries Association defines solar energy (also referred to as solar power) as “energy from the sun that is converted into thermal or electrical energy.” Their website explains that “is the cleanest and most abundant renewable energy source available, and the U.S. has some of the richest solar resources in the world. Solar technologies can harness this energy for a variety of uses, including generating electricity, providing light or a comfortable interior environment, and heating water for domestic, commercial, or industrial use.”

So How Does It Work?
The Climate Reality Project explains that solar photo-voltaics (PV) works by allowing photons, or particles of light, to knock electrons free from atoms, generating a flow of electricity.

 A few other facts regarding solar energy are:

  • Solar energy is a completely free source of energy and it is found in abundance

  • Installing solar power can increase your home’s value. It’s 21st Century home improvement.

  • By coupling solar PV with battery/energy storage, solar energy can even provide electricity 24×7, even on cloudy days and at night

  • Solar energy is being recognized as the future of alternative energy sources due to its abundance, capability of deployment in most places and falling costs in recent years. This is making it cost competitive with traditional fossil fuel sourced energy.

  • Federal tax credits are still available to further reduce ownership costs

    Click here to read 40 facts on solar energy by Conserve Energy Future!

The Difference Between Solar Energy and Traditional Electricity

When trying to decide between solar energy and traditional sources of electricity, people tend to look at pricing as a deciding factor. While there can be a significant upfront cost, solar power systems can be financed and generally pay for themselves within a few years. With a maintenance free lifespan of 30+ years, solar power remains a positive investment when compared to relying solely on the utility over the same time period.

  • Solar panels create no fumes, noise, waste or emissions. They only need the sun to produce energy, while traditional methods require large amounts of water, as well as mining, transportation and combustion of fossil fuels or uranium.

  • Unlike traditional energy, solar energy is renewable, meaning that no matter what, we cannot run out of solar energy as long as the sun is alive. And according to NASA, the sun will be around for another 6.5 billion years.

  • Solar power requires little to no maintenance. Solar panels have no moving parts to wear out, so they typically require at most an annual cleaning and come with a 25 year warranty.

Are you ready to learn how solar power can benefit you directly? Contact us today for a free consultation and quotes on solar energy for your home or business!