The electric energy we use in our homes can be generated from the sun. Solar panels are used to facilitate this process and are placed on top of buildings or their sides. These are unique glass panes that contain special cells known as photovoltaic (PV) cells. It is the PV cells that change the sun’s rays into solar power. The type of energy generated is referred to as direct current or DC power and is directed to a building to be used on electrical gadgets and equipment.
A single solar panel might not be enough to produce power for a home hence a couple of them can be installed. Other than the needs of a household, the number of panels to be used depends on the volume of solar energy a home receives. This is affected by the number of trees shading the panels, the direction which a house faces among other things. Typically, solar panels serve their purpose up to about 25 years and require to be replaced for a household to continue enjoying the solar energy.
The use of solar energy has caused favorable implications in our community. It has become a source of livelihood. The special skills of solar panel installation have been adopted by some individuals, and they have made it their job. Also, the emergence of companies that provide solar power has seen the development of employment in all fields like accounting, customer service and so on to provide their services.
Solar power helps individuals to save money. Usually, once solar panels have been installed on your property, you do not pay any bills for the electricity you use. Solar panels provide the energy they require for many years thereafter without incurring extra costs. In fact, you can even generate money from your solar panels by supplying a power company with your surplus power instead of giving it to them for free. Solar power has led to their energy independence.
Solar power is ecological and helps to save the environment. With other types of energy like hydroelectricity, there needs to be dams and turbines for energy production. In their production, they pollute the environment with methane while land excavations disturb natural habitats and the natural landscape of the earth when dams are created or expanded. But, solar power avoids all that and only needs to have solar panels mounted onto a structure for the production.
The use of solar power has also protected individuals from the adverse effects of inflation. This is due to the reduction in or dismissal of their electricity bills. The cash they spare by not paying electricity bills is dedicated to meeting other needs. To further improve their lives, the income they generate from the sale of electric power to energy companies is used to solve their requirements.