Solar Energy: The Beginners Guide
Energy generation through solar panels is becoming increasingly popular all over the world. However, understanding the processes, costs associated and all the possibilities that energy generation through solar power entails are important in order to practice energy efficiency, starting from our homes. If you feel daunted by where to start when it comes to installing solar panels in your home, here is a simple guide that can help you get started on the process.
Types of Solar Panels
The interesting process of converting solar energy into electricity is possible through monocrystalline or polycrystalline silicon. These are the two main types of panels with slight differences in features, however, both do the same job. Monocrystalline solar panels were preferred more in the past for its ability to perform in low light condition, and in general being more energy efficient than polycrystalline solar panels. However, the improvements made in polycrystalline technology have made it as good as monocrystalline technology. The most important thing to take into account is the manufacturer’s quality of the panels and warranties offered. The only way you might have to choose between either is depending on your location, as the availability of solar energy can be a hindrance to the process of using solar power to generate electricity. You can talk to a local solar installer as they can assess your home’s location and advise you accordingly.
Inverters are important because if you want to apply home improvement in the sense of making it more energy efficient, the inverters are the source of the conversion of solar energy. Inverters convert the direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC) produced by solar panels through a grid-tie inverting system. The AC power that is not used is stored. There are two main types of inverters: string inverters and microinverters.
String inverters are commonly used as they have been around for decades and is the most cost-effective and trustable inverter type due to its proven output in residential buildings. Additionally, microinverters are installed on the backside of the solar panel to eliminate the need for potentially harmful DC wiring, due to its ability to work at a lower voltage. It also helps to work with elements of shade that may be obstructing the solar rays seeping into the panels and can be remotely monitored through a software.
The main reason you would have to opt for one or the other is due to its size, as string inverters need a larger roof space and microinverters can perform well even in smaller spaces.
Overall, solar panels can greatly help to improve energy efficiency in homes, as solar energy is one of the most abundant sources of power that exists and can be easily utilized, helping you save energy costs in the long run as well as save the environment!