Posted on May 30, 2009
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During each year the sun radiates 170 Petawatts on the earth’s atmosphere of which 80 Petawatts penetrate to ground level. In order to understand what this relates to, half a year’s worth of solar energy that reaches the ground, 80,000 trillion watts or 40 Petawatts, is greater than all our existing reserves of oil, coal, and gas. It costs nothing and doesn’t contaminate the environment or inject any “greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. So if the sun shines a lot where you live you are in the perfect position to construct your own solar panels and make drastic cuts to your electric charges while cutting down your “carbon footprint” at the same time.
Since we are burning up fossil fuel at a greater rate than additional reserves can be located, it is only reasonable to start turning to one of the most abundant energy resources at hand that is free—solar power. Solar is a renewable energy source that has yet to be fully taken advantage of by many other nations which gives it limitless possibilities in the future. You can produce this energy when you build a solar cell array that you install on your roof so it can capture as many solar rays as possible and then convert them into electricity. A good rule of thumb is that you will need 10 to 12 solar panels to produce each kilowatt of power.
The only limitation that challenges the use of solar energy is that it can only generate energy during daylight hours. The answer to this is to put an auxiliary system in place that will store the energy and then kick-in when the sun is not available. This comes in the form of deep cycle batteries which will provide power in the evening or during a brownout.
Many people put off installing solar cells at their home fearing that they are too expensive and unwieldy. They can cost you quite a lot if you decide on a professional installation but you might be surprised at how cheap and easy it is to install a solar solution to your high power bill from the electric company. If you live in an area that enjoys abundant sunshine and there aren’t a lot of trees to block out the light, then you need to look into making your own solar panels and kissing that monstrous power bill goodbye.
In California it is customarily acknowledged that converting your home to “green energy” is equal to eliminating two autos from the highway. Solar cell panels have more advantages than just being eco-friendly. They are low on maintenance thus saving your time and effort. Moreover, solar cell arrays provide a pretty quick return on your investment making your system free after that. Solar energy is a smart alternative energy option and you can cut the expense while experiencing the satisfaction of constructing your own solar cell.