How can you take advantage of solar power?
Solar power is a renewable energy generated from the sun in the form of electric energy. Solar energy is captured with photovoltaic solar panels that convert the energy from the sun into a usable electricity.
A solar panel has its different layers of silicon cells, a metal frame, a glass casing unit, and wiring. Silicon is a nonmetal with conductive properties that allow it to absorb and convert solar energy to electric energy. Photovoltaic effect takes place when light hits a silicon cell and it causes electrons in the silicon to excite and make a flow of electric current.
Solar energy is a sustainable choice of power with its clean, inexpensive and renewable properties. While the sun shines everywhere in the world, the Philippines being in the tropics has a great potential in harnessing this infinite source of power to generate electricity. It took a great amount of time to form the finite fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal and we are aware of their adverse effects to our environment. Using renewable resources such as solar including wind, hydropower, to generate electricity does not only deplete the precious fossil resources, but also a gift to the environment.
Here are some of the top benefits of switching to Solar Energy:
- Reduce or eliminate your electric bill
The sun has an infinite supply of solar energy that can be converted by the solar power system. This means free electricity upon investment and freedom to high monthly electric bills.
- Earn a great return of investment and protect against rising energy cost
Many fear that solar power systems are expensive and not worth the investment. This fear can be relieved when one thinks that it will earn a great return of investment consistent with its lifetime. Also, as rising energy costs are constant including inflation, investing in solar power protects a household from these unpredictable changes.
- Enjoy energy availability at your own terms
Remote areas are rarely reached by grid power distributors and this is one reason for solar power system installation, be it individual household or community solar power installations. Consumers in grid areas may also benefit to have available power during outages.
- Protect the environment
Solar power is a renewable power source hence eliminates the need for fossil fuels. It is a clean way to mitigate global warming by lowering the emission of greenhouse gases.
- Increase your property value
Properties with solar power systems have their values automatically increased as it promises return of investment and also the reliability of electric supply which may be crucial in some cases and applications.