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Does the idea of living off the grid or reducing your dependence on traditional power sources intrigue you? Why not consider installing solar panels? Residents can save the cost of installation in only a few short years while also reducing their carbon footprint. There’s never been a better time to consider switching to solar energy than the present.

How Do Solar Panels Work?

Solar panels contain groups of photovoltaic cells, and these cells are responsible for converting sunlight into electricity. They are made of silicon, a material that conducts light, absorbs it, and then transmits it to a semiconductor. The semiconductor then produces electrons. When these electrons move from a negatively-charged state to a positively-charged one, electricity is then produced and can be captured to power everyday items.

Who can Benefit?

While solar panels are typically placed on homes, they can actually be beneficial to nearly any type of business. Several factories, retailers, and warehouses are currently using solar technology on their commercial buildings. Government entities around the world are also turning to solar energy to help power their street lights, traffic signs, and office buildings. Additionally, solar energy can be effectively used in hospitals, churches, schools, child care centres and orangeries.

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Placement of Solar Panels

In order to maximize their effectiveness, solar panels need to be precisely placed. They should be located in an area that receives the maximum amount of sunlight possible, which is why they are often found on rooftops. These panels should also be tilted in the right direction, pointing true south for those in the Northern Hemisphere. They should be tilted at an angle that is equal to the latitude of your location plus 15 degrees during the winter and minus 15 degrees during the summer. Panels can sometimes be adjustable so the tilt can be modified as needed during each season; otherwise, a special formula should be used to calculate the right tilt for fixed panels.

Maintaining Solar Panels

Solar panels need to be free from snow and debris in order to fully absorb the sun’s rays. Whenever they become covered, it is important to sweep them as soon as possible. Certain models might also need to be cleaned with a non-abrasive cleaner from time to time. It might be necessary to add silicone sealant to the frame of a solar panel if it becomes damaged. Batteries and fuse holders should be checked often and may need to be replaced periodically.

Benefits of Solar Panels

There are a number of benefits to solar panels including:

  • Do not contain any toxic materials that could cause damage to air, water, or soil
  • No modifications to existing wall outlets need to be made
  • Reduces greenhouse emissions since the system does not put off any harmful gasses
  • Helps to reduce our dependency on non-renewable fuel sources such as coal and natural gas
  • Safe to use and reduces the risk of fire
  • Once installed, the panels will last for several years before requiring replacement
  • Helps reduce energy bills or eliminate them altogether
  • Can supply an endless amount of hot water
  • Contain no moving parts, which reduces the amount of wear on the system
  • These panels operate virtually noise free

Solar Panel Costs

A number of things influence the installation cost of solar panels. All contractors consider the size and number of panels when figuring up an estimate. Adjustable panels could cost more to install since different techniques must be used when placing them. Local building codes and government ordinances that require homeowners to obtain a building permit also play a part in the cost of installing solar panels.

Your solar panel questions answered

Can they be installed on any home?

Theoretically, yes, but for the best results, they need to be installed on a home that isn't heavily shaded by trees or other buildings. Solar panels will still work in light shade, though not as effectively as they would in full sun.

Are there different types of solar panels?

Yes, there are two commonly used types of solar panels. The photovoltaic or PV panels are the ones that are designed to turn solar energy into electricity to power appliances. Solar thermal panels are designed to collect heat that can be used in the water heater or to heat the home.

How long will it take for a solar panel installation to pay for itself?

This is contingent on an enormous number of factors, including the initial cost of installation, the amount of grants or tax/tariff breaks that are available for installing the panels, and the overall efficiency of your installation.

How much does it cost to install solar panels?

This will vary depending on the size of the system you have installed. In general, a typical solar panel installation will cost between £4,000 and £6,000. This is much less expensive than it in recent years, where the same system used to cost up to £12,000.

What type of roof can solar panels be placed on?

While solar panels are ideal for placement on shingled roofs, they may also be installed on metal, fibreglass, tile, or even flat roofs. The most important thing to consider is that your roof must be structurally sound.

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