All About Solar Energy
Solar Power is Simple
It feels great knowing that you are no longer reliant on your utility company for your electricity needs!
But, the real beauty of installing your own solar power is its simplicity. Your entire solar setup consists of just a few basic components all of which are readily available.
Whether you call in the experts or do everything yourself, you can be up and running quickly and start saving on your energy costs.
Technology has come a long way in recent years, and today’s solar panels are more efficient than ever before. This means that you don’t need to live in a place where the sun shines all day long in order to benefit from solar power.
The 2 Main Types of Solar Power
There are two basic types of making use of solar energy. These are photovoltaic (pv) panels and solar thermal systems and each of these types of system are described below along with the materials that you need to get up and running.
Photovoltaic Solar Power
This is what most people think of when they hear the word solar power. It is a method by which the sun’s energy is converted into electricity which you can use to power your home. This is done through the use of photovoltaic cells.
With this type of solar energy, you can generate power for our home or office and even sell any excess power to your utility company!
What Do I Need?
Getting solar power is easy. All you need are some good quality panels, a charge controller, some deep cycle batteries and a grid-tie inverter and you can be up and running in no time.
You can either install everything yourself or get it done professionally. Either way, you will have free electricity for years to come. Solar panels are normally designed to give you at least 25 years of service, but they can last decades and so your investment will pay for itself many times over.
If you decide to install your own system then we can help you to find suppliers that can provide everything you need, delivered direct to your door.
Alternatively, if you would like to call in the professionals for a quick and easy installation we can help you find recommended installers in your area, who can do a great job.
Solar Thermal Energy
This is a method that uses the sun’s energy to heat water for your home.
The solar collectors are usually made up of tubes or pipes inside a panel that is normally placed on your roof. The sunlight falling on these panels heats up the water running through them which is then fed into your hot water tank.
Again the principle is extremely simple and its easy to get everything you need and have free hot water for ever! These solar thermal heating systems can even work great in the middle of winter.
What Do I Need?
Getting solar thermal water heating is a simple process and its also one that you can install yourself if your are reasonably good at DIY. For your solar thermal installation you will need one or more solar collectors, a small pump control unit, some suitable pipes for the plumbing, and a decent sized hot water tank. Certain types of installation may also require a few additional components but its easy to get up and running quickly.
If you decide to install your own solar thermal heating then we can help you to find suppliers that can provide everything you need, delivered direct to your door.
Alternatively, if you would prefer a hassle free professional installation and need a quote we can help you find recommended installers in your area, who can do a really great job.