Solar power is a very hot topic in the world of renewable energy. As homeowners around the world search for alternatives to traditional energy sources, the idea of harnessing power from the sun is becoming increasingly popular. The sun, an enormous star, is a nearly completely renewable resource.
To harness solar power, devices called solar panels are used. These solar panels are made up of photovoltaic cells, which take in sunlight through absorption and convert it into energy. When these cells are grouped together they are referred to as a solar panel. Solar panels can be made as small as a watch battery or as large as a house; either way, they harness the sun’s energy and convert it to electrical energy.
This process is relatively simple. The sun shines onto the photovoltaic cells, made up of glass, anti-reflective coating and semi-conductors, which allows the sunlight to be converted into electricity. The process is efficient, making it a top choice in renewable energy sources. Aside from their sleek design and appeal, solar panels also have another enormous benefit; they are virtually soundless.
Solar panels are extremely appealing because of their noise-free design. Although they are sometimes reported to “hum” during the day when the energy is converted, this noise is nearly impossible to hear at a distance of fifty feet away. The humming noise disappears completely at night when there is no production, so there is never a disturbance in the evening or while neighbors are sleeping. The transformers can also be additionally insulated to keep the noise level down even more, which is a huge perk for those looking to install solar panels in homes in neighborhoods.
Although solar panels can be used for individuals at home, they also can be developed into solar power farms, which generate much more energy than a traditional home solar panel. Unfortunately, the change from a small, residential solar panel to a large collection of solar panels in a farm brings with it a noticeable increase in sound production. The low “humming” noise reported by one solar panel is amplified into a much larger sound. Still, these soalr panel farms are generally isolated, which allows them to produce energy — usable, renewable energy — without too many concerns.
When the sun doesn’t shine
Producing energy from solar panels relies on the sun to be shining, so you will need another source of energy at night. Most systems installed today are tied to the local electric grid to keep power flowing. With these grid-tied systems, homeowners can actually receive payment or credit for the excess power they generate from their solar panels and contribute to the electric grid.
The cost of installing a solar panel system is not insignificant, but the federal government and many states provide incentives that can dramatically reduce the initial costs. The Federal Residential Renewable Energy Tax Credit will take 30 percent off the cost of your solar purchase, with no maximum limit. The tax credit runs through the end of 2016.
Solar energy is a viable and beneficial way to power homes across the world. The solar energy systems make virtually no noise and are renewable. Plus, the source of energy — the sun — is completely free and abundant.
Home and business owners can count on an energy source that will last for billions of years. Harnessing a truly renewable resource like solar power is incredibly important for the future of energy production.
RGS Energy has almost 40 years of experience in installing quiet, energy efficient solar energy systems throughout the country, in a wide variety of settings. To find out how solar energy could power your home, visit www.rgsenergy.com.