Solar power is becoming a more popular option for powering residential homes in British Columbia. Are you ready to power your home with the renewable energy that comes from the sun? Instead of relying on large power plants owned by large corporations for your home’s electricity, why not produce your own? Here are some solar power FAQs:
What is solar energy?
Solar energy takes energy from the sun to generate electricity. It is an infinitely renewable resource and unique for its ability to generate energy in a quiet, clean, and consistent manner.
Why use solar energy?
Don’t be hesitant to go solar because of the upfront cost of installation. It will yield a fantastic return on investment over time. Not only will you be reducing your impact on the environment, you’ll also give yourself a buffer from utility rate increases and changing electricity rates. The sun is obviously a renewable resources and solar panels are very durable. You’ll be able to supply electricity to your home for year’s after the initial cost of the system has been recouped. Learn more considerations for solar power and heating.
How does it work?
Your home solar system will use photovoltaic cells which are made up of a semiconductor material like silicon. Typically, phosphorous and boron are added to the silicon to create conductivity within the cell and activate the movement of electrons. The electrons make their way across the cell when the sunlight’s energy activates them and they move to the electrical circuit hooked up to the solar panel.
The sun will help the photovoltaic modules produce direct current (DC) electricity which is converted to alternating current (AC) by a special inverter. This is wired to your main service panel where it feeds to your internal power grid.
Will solar panels work on my home?
The ideal site for solar is a true south or close to true south facing building. Your home should also have access to the sun’s rays year-round, that means no shading from trees or surrounding buildings. Your home might have to meet some other conditions like the pitch of your roof, proximity to a grid connection point, access for installation and maintenance, distance to sources of dust and soot, roof loading issues, wiring distances and if you can comply with local regulations and permits. These are all things that XY Solartech will help you determine.
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