Solar energy is derived from the rays of the sun, as is evident from its name itself. Solar energy has numerous benefits for users. However, until recent years, this source of energy could be used only during the day. Presently though, the current technology enables individuals to effectively store and use solar power, even during the night. We would be discussing some of the major benefits of solar energy in this article.
Solar energy is, by nature, environmentally viable and non-polluting, and often considered to be the best among such energy sources. In particular, the eco-friendly nature of this source is expected to come to the fore in the future. The sun provides heat and light during the day; in addition, electricity can also be made available during the night, provided the solar power system is grid-tied, or has a battery-back. There are other benefits of solar power systems as well.
In case there exist surplus reserves of electricity, such stocks can be moved to the utility (or, grid) in exchange of money. This method of earning some money requires no royalty payments whatsoever. Neither are there any portable components of a solar panel. Hence, there are no working costs of using electricity from solar power either. Users can also save a great deal on their total expenses on electricity, due to the extremely low costs of working of solar power systems. Thus, firstly, individuals can earn money by selling off surplus electricity. Secondly, they can cut down significantly on their electric bills. In addition, there are no pollution risks while using solar energy.
Most of the traditional fossil fuel sources of energy release harmful greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. These gases include sulfur dioxide (SO2), carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrous oxide (NO) and methane. These gases, however, are not released by solar energy sources. Hence, solar energy helps in the sustenance of the ecological balance, since no greenhouse effects result from its usage. Unlike other conventional fuel sources, solar power systems do not produce the bio-degrading smog and/or acid rain in the regions where the former are used.
Solar power is advantageous, since the supply of raw material (i.e. sunlight) is abundant and renewable, and the solar energy stations can be set up independently as well. Other accessories of the system are also freely available. Solar power stations function noiselessly too – much to the convenience of users. These facilities, hence, make solar energy extremely popular for various purposes. The solar energy systems can be installed at all parts of the world as well. Solar power packages often come complete with battery banks, converters and control panels. Controllers are used to convert modules of power from solar panels to usage of battery. These systems, with their tough trailers, are often used by geologists, when they move in lands, hitherto unexplored, in search of oil and minerals.
In the present day world, the internal combustion engines, and in turn, vehicles that use those engines are facing a crisis. This is chiefly due to the amount of fossil fuel going down, and the rapid hike in oil prices. In this scenario, it is indeed advantageous to make use of solar power. Experiments with solar power based vehicles are on, and the markets have already seen the presence of hybrid cars. According to experts, fossil fuel driven cars would be effectively replaced by entirely replaced by solar power driven vehicles, that too within the foreseeable future. The latter would also prevent the release of the polluting carbon monoxide gas. That would definitely ensure a cleaner, healthier atmosphere.
The cost of photovoltaic cells is also on its way down. This would help to extend the usage of solar energy to areas which were using other conventional energy sources thus far, and in newer forms too. The advantages of solar energy are also becoming evident over time. Clean, toxin-free environment can be guaranteed too, since internal combustion engines would soon be replaced by solar power systems. Thus, solar energy systems are fast emerging as the most important source of mainstream power.
Before actually setting up solar power systems, a training manual needs to be consulted regarding the proper manner of installing such systems. The place to acquire batteries, the place where you can get these batteries for free, and the ideal place to set up such a system are all discussed in the manual. All possible safety related queries as well as the wiring systems need to be explained in detail. Once users have these data, they can easily set up effective solar energy systems in their homes.
Jim Martin is a researcher, inventor, home energy consultant and author of the #1 best-selling e-book, “Earth 4 Electricity- Renewable Energy Made Easy”. Jim has written dozens of home energy related articles and has been featured in ezines and print magazines, as well as on hundreds of websites worldwide.