How Do Solar Panels Actually Work?

We've always thought of the sun as a light and heat-emitting cosmic entity. In addition, we know the sun is essential for plant photosynthesis, evaporation, a source of Vitamin D, and as an exceptional natural anti-depressant technologies. New technological innovations amazingly indicate that the sun is our newest and purest source of energy. The funny thing is we've known all of this long ago.

The sun produces more than a million joules of energy yearly. With just a million joules of energy, the entire planet will benefit from this renewable energy source. Fortunately, today's technology continues to adapt and innovate to deliver top-level solar panels that collect high energy levels from the sun.

The solar panel is the photovoltaic effect in action. An electron in the soil can absorb the sun's energy that allows it to preserve heat. The right materials can effectively knock off this charged electron and allow it to travel through another layer. In turn, the catching layer sends the electron to generate a small electric charge. 

A small solar cell on a solar panel can create 0.5 volts of energy. With multiple solar panels, you can power an entire house or even cities if you have thousands or more.

The fun part is: this is just the beginning for the technology. Over time, we're going to see it continuously improve. In doing so, it will reduce dependence on environmentally harmful and already-scarce fossil and coal-generated electricity.

If you're not sure about using solar panels, here are seven huge advantages for using solar panels at home according to Blue and Green Tomorrow.

1. It’s Environment Friendly

Being a renewable source of energy, solar is more environmentally friendly than most other sources. Solar panels produce clean energy with no greenhouse gases produced and don’t pollute the water either.

The panels do not need water to stay cool (unlike nuclear reactors) and work silently. This makes it the cleanest way of generating energy without using up water, releasing carbon dioxide, or even producing any noise. You can thus use these panels in domestic and business settings and never worry about pollution.

2. Low to No Energy Bills

With the panels already installed and generating electricity, your demand for electricity from your utility supplier will reduce significantly. It is a great option if you are concerned about your financial bottom line as well as the planet.

With high quality insulation most people have seen their solar panels produce more energy than they need for their homes, pushing the surplus back to the grid. This means more grants your way and reduced energy bills in the long run. The best thing about going solar is the fact that you start noticing savings as soon as the panels are installed and working. Many even see savings a day after the system is installed.

3. Higher Electricity Generation During Peak Hours

Most utility companies charge extra for energy consumed during peak hours. Their peak periods are around 11.00 AM and 4.00 PM, translating to higher energy bills should you demand more during this time. Coincidentally, this is the time solar panels will be generating electricity to their optimal levels.  With the solar panels in place and generating more energy than you need during the day, your energy bills will be even lower. You thus only get to depend on the grid during off-peak hours or even redeem tokens from the extra energy kicked back to the grid. (Continued)

If you have yet to find a reliable solar panel installation team in Littleton, CO, you can always count on us at Roper Roofing and Solar. Contact us today to learn more about everything that we can do for you.

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