Solar power systems used to be overly expensive and very hard to find. Fossil fuels such as oil and coal have been around for millennium and it's hard to understand that they can be depleted, but they will be. It has been discovered as time goes by that fossil fuels are unsafe for our environment, as well. Much of the world's populace is now turning to renewable energy, or green energy, such as solar, wind and hydro powers.
Therefore, these solar generating systems are much more readily available and can be installed in your home or business in a cost-efficient manner. Also, since the sun has been in existence for eons, you needn't worry about running out of an energy source to power your lights, equipment and appliances. The science of photovoltaic (PV) technology is the process of converting sunlight into electricity.
One of the many benefits of PV technology is the ability to produce electricity for over thirty years. You can hook up a solar power system to the power grid, or actually make enough energy in your home to sell back electricity to the power company and go off-grid. There are different types of PV cells that you may purchase: mono crystalline, multiple crystalline, string ribbon and thin-film.
With mono crystalline cells the most energy is used in their manufacturing when single silicon crystals are grown into ingots with anti-reflection coating and wire grids are added to each crystal to form a module. Multiple crystalline cells are caste into square molten silicon molds and then coated and wired. String ribbon produces thin ribbons of silicon that you can cut into single cells from sheets to coat and wire. The most flexible choice in thin-film that has different layers of modules sprayed onto substrate. They will not break like the other options and can be fit into any shape or size you prefer.
When planning the site for your solar power system, you will need to install it in the sunniest part of your property. It's best to secure your system in the ground so that it can withstand a century. You can use what it called a solar pathfinder to locate the perfect spot if you wish. Sun should shine in the spot from 9am-3pm at the very least. The shadier the area of your system, the larger the array may need to be. This little gadget records the sun's motion through the area. When using a ground system, dig deep and narrow holes, as you will need to implant the poles anywhere from 30-84 inches into the soil with them extruding 48-120 inches above ground. Therefore, the holes will end up being 8-36 inches wide. Schedule 40 steel piping works best with concrete finishing the assembly of poles.
A rooftop solar generating system could be just the thing you're looking for, too. Figure out what your electrical needs are so that you install the proper sized system. You will need a battery bank of golf cart batteries wired in series and parallel with four equaling 440 amps. The solar panel can be at least 75 watts and wired to a controller of at least 16 amps. Simple aluminum mounting is available for these solar power systems. You will need to switch from DC to AC (household current) and cannot do so without the inverter.
There is a wide array of solar generators and systems in the marketplace for the average consumer. These have been just a few examples as you prepare to go green. You won't regret lessening your carbon footprint with the purchase of solar power systems.