Saturday, November 24, 2012

Is a Solar Powered Electricity System Right For You?

If you are thinking about purchasing a solar powered electricity system for your home or business then you are joining millions of other energy-conscious individuals around the world.  Solar powered electricity systems provide reliable, pollution free energy from a renewable resource better known as the sun.

Is DIY Solar Power Right for You?

Solar powered systems are becoming more affordable as advancements are made in photovoltaic designs and construction. Adding to the affordability, grid tied solar powered electricity systems are able to participate in net metering in several states.  This means that as your solar powered energy system generates more power than you are using, your meter runs backwards resulting in an even swap of power that you use at other times when you exceed the power supplied by your own solar powered electricity system.  

Before you invest in a solar panel system for your home or business, it is best to understand exactly what you are purchasing and how solar electricity is generated.  The building block of any solar powered system are the photovoltaic cells, which are wired together to produce solar electricity modules.  The electricity produced from the modules or panels is then passed through an inverter that changes the current from DC to AC, making it usable to power household appliances and the utility grid.  It is often a popular choice to include batteries in a solar system to store backup power to be used in times of low sun light and power outages.
It is important to realize that solar powered systems work intermittently, or to put it another way, they work optimally only when the sun hits them.  This is not a problem if you utilize battery backup systems or are connected to the grid.  Installing a solar electricity system can also come with an initially high investment cost and it can take years before the system pays for itself.  However, with net metering and government funded rebates, many are able to pay off systems much more quickly.  

You definitely don’t need to know the physics of solar powered electricity to understand its appeal.  A solar powered electricity system will never run out of fuel nor will it increase our dependency on foreign oil.  Stop thinking about a solar powered system for your home or business and start investing in your freedom by starting your research of solar powered electricity systems today. 

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