Solar power is an amazing form of clean energy because it is relatively inexpensive and will never run out. The sun is estimated by scientists last for billions of years, clearly showing this energy source is trustworthy. Clean energy, as solar energy is referred to, is relatively cheap to invest into because of the rebates and incentives that are offered. So how do solar panels really work? This article details this exact process.
One way to look at this is that solar cells are contained in things called solar panels. To get electricity, solar cells take sunlight and converts it into energy. The creation of electricity using sunlight happens when the rays of the sun hit the silicone solar cells making electricity manifest. People that purchase solar panels need to buy a lot of them because each cell only produces half of a volt of electricity. Solar panels can actually be made at home; many people make them in an attempt to reduce or eliminate their electrical bill. DIY experts will probably have no problem at all creating their very own solar panels at home as long as you have a soldering iron. In order to create a solar panel at home you will need to have solar cells to mount into your wooden (or other) type of box in a collection format. Many people think it's too hard to find solar cells but the reality is you can easily find them on Ebay. However, don't make the mistake of buying cells simply because they are cheap. You still need a quality cell group that's not damaged in order to maximize your energy output. Stick with a solar cell that is above a "Grade B". You will generate about 100 watts of power for every 100 solar cells you have in your solar panel which usually averages around 36 per panel. As you can probably imagine, you need many of these cells, fortunately they are not pricey with a cost of only $2.00 each.
A nifty device that sits between the battery and the solar panel is called the charge controller. Voltage level regulation, as well as maintaining battery capacity levels, is the focus of this particular component. It also controls the direction of the flow of electricity from the solar panel to the battery and only in that direction. To prevent damaging any or all of your batteries over time, using these controllers is very important.
Without a doubt, solar panels are definitely the future for producing energy in the home, not just because they're cost-effective but they're also good for the environment. So, you can save more money by installing them sooner rather than later.