Solar Energy & Us

August 12, 2021 13:18

R L Stevenson most perfectly described the sun in his poem "Summer Sun":

"Great is the sun, and wide he goes
Through empty heaven without repose;
And in the blue and glowing days 
More thick than rain he showers his rays."

Did you know that the energy the sun provides to the earth for one hour could meet the global energy needs for one year? Solar energy is a powerful source that needs to be harnessed to make a big difference to the health of this planet. When we say solar panels most of us have no idea how they work so we tried to simplify and explain. 

Solar PV panels are composed of many small photovoltaic cells – photovoltaic meaning they can convert sunlight into electricity. These cells are made of semi-conductive materials, most often silicon, a material that can conduct electricity while maintaining the electrical imbalance needed to create an electric field. 

Undoubtedly, the sun is a powerful energy source, and even though we are not able to collect but a fraction of this energy, harnessing this power by installing solar panels can make a significant difference to the planet. Other than the ecosystem there are many other advantages to using solar energy. It's a renewable source of energy, it reduces the bills, it has low maintenance costs and diverse applications to name a few.

When you think about installing solar panels you usually consider factors like cost, aesthetic and energy efficiency. While these are very important factors, there is a factor that will affect all three of these : the types of solar panels you choose. The types of solar panels on the market today will affect how much installation and manufacturing cost as well as how the panels will look on your roof. It is one of the most important considerations for a solar panel installation. The three types are:

1. Monocrystalline solar panels
2. Polycrystalline solar panels
3. Thin film solar panels

And the deciding factors are efficiency and cost.

If you are looking to make the transition, then call your local solar energy companies. Here in the PNW we talked to Forest Zachary at Capstone Solar. He has a lot of professional tips and would happily help with any queries, you can get in touch with him at 503-351-4065.

- Simmi Malhotra