Solar electric panels

A solar panel, also known as a PV panel, is a set of silicon cells that produce electricity when interacting with light. There is a variety of different kinds of cells, depending on how the PV material is distributed on the device, their size, etc. They will vary in price for this reason.

When purchasing a solar panel, consider how much power you need, where you will mount the cell and how much room you have. You will need more panels if you go for thin film panels, and crystalline devices are considered the most efficient, producing more power while taking up less room. While they are more expensive than thin films, the installation costs less. Most brands are the same when it comes to energy production, when you are comparing apples to apples.

There are a variety of reasons people turn to solar power, most notable the power saved. Others want to help improve the environment, while even others want to buffer themselves from the ebbs and flows of supply and demand. Many local, regional, and national governments offer financial incentives for the use of solar power, in some cases in the tens and thousands of dollars or up to 80 percent. Others still, in rural areas especially, do not have a utility power grid that serves their area. Therefore, they must create their own power grid.

While solar panels may still be considered expensive to homeowners, as the technology becomes more available, the devices get more affordable. Add to that government incentives and everyone that owners a home should be able to find a solar power system to meet their needs. Besides, the energy savings will more than pay for the initial expense. Homeowners who use solar panels are still recommended to connect to their power grid, as the amount of power supplied depends on the amount of sun in a day. The good news is if your solar panels make more power than you need for your home you can actually sell the power back to the utility company.

The following are examples of solar panels. Shopping by cost per watt is considered the best way to do it, and I some cases you can even buy used panels if you aren’t ready yet to afford the latest technologies:

  • The GoPower Electric RV Solar Panel Extension Kit 120W comes with everything you need to install a 120-watt solar panel. The wattage accounts for power produced at the peak of the day for sunlight, on average 6.8 amps per hour.
  • The Suntech panels are 24-volt devices that can run parallel to other panels and be linked. There are 2-year product warranties on the devices, as well as a 12-year for 90 percent of minimum output and 25 year for 80 percent of output.
  • The Mitsubishi PV-UE125MF5N is a 125-watt device that can be used for residential or business applications. You can grid these panels together as well.
  • Other popular solar panel brands include Evergreen, Duralite, BP Solar, Carmanah, ASE, GE, AEE, and Photowatt. Matrix, Global Solar, Isofoton, Kaneka, Kyocera, Yingli, Solar World, Sunwize, Sun Power, Uni-solar, Sanyo, Sharp and Schuco. Wattage ranges from 1 to more than 200.
  • SunPower and Sanyo are considered two of the most efficient solar panels out there in the market, but also the most costly. SunPower devices are all black, as opposed to viewable metallic strips or lines.
  • Kyocera and Sharp brands are good for tight places but are lower in efficiency. Sharp devices are easier to device and are more pleasing to the eye, but are not as flexible.

One Response to “Solar electric panels”

  1. AltEstore Says:

    Solar panels are considered to be expensive but these panels can pay themselves over time. It’s the initial investment that can put people off but they reduce cost on utility bills and make for a greener future.

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