Solar power utilizes the sun’s energy to produce electricity that can be used in a home. To make this happen, solar panels are mounted on the sides or the top of a building. Solar panels are extraordinary glass sheets with photovoltaic (PV) cells incorporated in their structure. The photovoltaic cells usually convert the sun’s energy into electricity. The energy produced, direct current or DC power, is channeled to the house and is ready to be used on electrical appliances.
The production of sufficient solar energy in a building is likely not to be based on one solar panel, but a number of them. Also, the average number of solar panels to be used can be dictated by the amount of sunshine a house receives. Sun shine levels are influenced by the trees near a building and its positioning towards the sun. Typically, solar panels serve their purpose up to about 25 years and require to be replaced for a household to continue enjoying the solar energy.
There are many ways in which the production of solar power has benefited the society. It has become a source of livelihood. The installation of solar panels requires special skills, and this has become a job opportunity for some interested persons. There has also emerged solar power companies that have facilitated employment opportunities in customer support, finance among others in their operations.
The use of solar power helps to save money. Usually, once solar panels have been installed on your property, you do not pay any bills for the electricity you use. The solar power system can serve them for many years without any additional costs. Some people have benefited through providing electricity to energy companies at a fee. Solar power has led to their energy independence.
By using solar power, our environment is preserved in multiple ways. With other types of energy like hydroelectricity, there needs to be dams and turbines for energy production. This leads to landscape distortion, destruction of natural habitats and the release of methane gas. But, solar power avoids all that and only needs to have solar panels mounted onto a structure for the production.
Solar power has over the years been shielding its users against inflation. This has been possible through the elimination of their electricity bills. The money they would have otherwise used on electricity bills is used to cater for other family requirements. To further improve their lives, the income they generate from the sale of electric power to energy companies is used to solve their requirements.