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Out of all the available renewable energy sources, solar power has firmly established itself as one of the best. The sun can provide enough energy to cater to the planet’s power needs. Unlike other energy sources, like fossil fuels, solar energy is not expected to run out soon, benefitting more people in the long run.

As awareness of the increasing climate change issues spreads, numerous countries are becoming more willing to tap into solar investments, especially the areas under an energy crisis. But apart from providing power to your homes, there are other practical and more creative ways to use solar power.

 

6 Other Practical and Less Common Uses of Solar Energy

You can use solar energy for many different practical applications. Several businesses today are making good use of it through solar panel investments. Here are some examples you may not know about in utilizing the sun’s power: 

1. Invest in solar glass

Solar windows make it easier for any company to convert sunlight into renewable energy. Solar glass functions like solar panels when generating electricity but allows light to pass through while blocking out harmful ultraviolet radiation. It can help industries with larger buildings or skyscrapers efficiently generate power.

Solar glass can also help cool the temperature of a room by reflecting and absorbing the sun’s rays while simultaneously controlling glare.

2. Drive safe with solar-powered roads

Another way to use solar panels is to integrate them with road construction. At night, the panels can light up on their own to help provide better vision for vehicles. During winter, these roads can also stay clear of ice and snow thanks to the power generated from the solar panels.

Having solar-powered roads can help passing drivers and introduce safety features on expressways and open roads. If there’s any excess power, it can be directed to a generator and provide extra energy to power cities and homes.

3. Fly high with solar power 

In 2016, an aircraft covered in solar panels successfully flew a 25,000-mile trip around the world for one year. The plane had the wingspan of a standard Boeing 747 while maintaining the weight of the average SUV.

In terms of its applications, using solar power has become a significantly cheaper and more flexible way of flying compared to traditional jet-fueled flights. Future applications may also imply a solution to aircraft satellites and their limited lifespan.

4. Cool down your internal building temperature 

While your solar panels absorb sunlight, they can simultaneously help cool your building. The panels act as a physical barrier that reduces heat energy absorbed by the roof of your infrastructure. They can help you cool surrounding areas as well, just adjust the panels and reflect light away from your direction.

Combined with solar glass used in windows, you can significantly lower the temperature of any structure that also uses solar panels up on its roof. Your building will be more energy efficient by using less electricity on air conditioning, especially during the summer months.

5. Stay warm with solar-powered fabrics

Small and flexible solar filaments can be stitched directly onto the fabric of your clothes to provide sufficient heat. This style is common in coats, jumpers, and shirts that are meant to keep you warm.

Alternatively, manufacturers can use this fabric to help provide heating in car seats. As a portable energy source, you can also use it as a charger to power your phone and other electronics. Solar ribbons are woven into the fabric to collect and store energy, with a socket sewn strategically into clothing to charge your device.

6. Generate solar energy at night

The University of California announced that it made a new type of solar panel that can generate power during the night. This innovative solar panel catches infrared light generated by thermal gradients between the atmosphere and the solar cells.

While it can only produce around 25% of solar energy that daytime panels provide, the extra electricity generated can still benefit many industries. It can potentially become a long-term solution to lowering energy consumption during nighttime.

 

Reach for the Sun 

Switching to renewable sources, like solar energy, can be more advantageous because it eliminates the need for imported fossil fuels. It helps minimize the effects of global warming and provides better solutions for the ongoing energy crisis. For many countries, it has also been a great way to lower energy costs while creating better opportunities for economic growth.

While making the switch is a huge step for some, investing in solar can give you more benefits in the long run. It’ll help your company tap into an eco-friendly renewable energy source while maximizing operational costs. If you’re ready to start investing in solar panels for business, you can reach out to our team at SolarNRG to learn more about our products.

 

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9 Ways the Ukraine Crisis Can Push for Clean Energy Transition https://solarnrg.ph/blog/how-ukraine-crisis-can-push-clean-energy-transition/ Wed, 04 May 2022 03:55:45 +0000 https://solarnrg.ph/?p=32384 The energy crisis brought upon by the Ukraine-Russian conflict is pushing prices sky-high. Here are some ways to keep the costs down with solar panel installation.

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The recent attacks on Ukraine by Russia have led to many different problems concerning global and economic security. Many countries have already imposed sanctions on the purchase of oil and gas from Russia. Combined with the disruption in the pipelines crossing Ukraine, these have led to a spike in energy prices.

Consequentially, the situation has sparked a worldwide ripple effect, forcing countries to find alternative ways to tap into more affordable energy sources.

While we remain in times of uncertainty, relying on fossil fuels is becoming more expensive. And with climate change slowly making things worse, they may no longer be viable in the near future. Instead, this may be a pivotal moment to consider switching to renewable energy sources.

The EU recognizes this, prompting them to push their leaders to end their dependency on fossil fuels and make the transition to more renewable sources.

May this also be the push the rest of the world needs. It will not only help address the rising energy prices but also be beneficial for your home or business in many different ways.

 

The Facts

Russia is the third-largest oil producer globally, and it is not far behind the leading countries Saudi Arabia and the United States. In 2020, the country produced around 524.4 million metric tons of oil. But because of the current attacks on Ukraine, exports have been put on hold.

Ukraine has been relying heavily on resources such as fossil fuels and nuclear energy to meet the country’s high energy demands. So much so that 70% of its coal imports came from Russia. But when the conflict began, Ukraine stopped supporting imports from Russia entirely, relying on other countries such as Kazakhstan and the United States for resources instead.

As the conflict continues, supplies are growing scarce, further raising fuel and energy costs to astronomical prices. The war between the two countries is now recognized to have sparked the global energy crisis.

 

9 Ways the Ukraine Crisis Can Encourage a Clean Energy Transition

Other countries need to look for cheaper and cleaner energy sources to meet daily needs. The world has to adapt, and one way of doing so is by adopting new strategies for a renewable energy transition.

1. Sanctions have cut the supply of oil and gas to other regions

Local legislation can limit the supply of energy resources in select regions while changing its pricing. This may shift businesses to consider renewable energy instead of risky investments in fossil fuel options.

2. Rising fuel prices due to supply shortage

Sticking to limited resources cannot be a profitable strategy for industries as fuel prices continue to rise. Hence, the economic challenge highlights the advantages of renewable sources such as solar power, which can also help generate more savings.

3. Renewables are expected to receive government funding

Partial funding from the government will be allocated to renewable energy projects such as solar energy and offshore wind. This is to help shield consumers from facing even more severe energy costs.

4. Countries are pushing to phase out conditions for coal

Phasing out the distribution of coal in some areas can help encourage the transition to clean energy resources as a more viable alternative source. As more companies continue to support renewable energy, more employment opportunities can also be generated. 

5. Renewable energy is cheaper than gas

Making the switch to clean energy sources benefits not only the environment but also the economy. The increasing demand and depleting gas supplies have been escalating energy prices. Investing in solar power technology is the logical and cheaper solution as the world slowly weans itself from fossil fuels.

6. A push for renewable energy to be more readily available

Convenience plays a vital role in meeting consumer demands. Energy systems should be secure and have enough capacity to distribute energy during any time of the day. Germany has announced to ramp up the country’s renewable energy and efficiency plans, with the world hoping to follow suit.

7. Aim for regional cooperation

Community programs can engage consumers while introducing promising ways to gain energy through solar power. They can also be given incentives and other benefits for switching to green energy in exchange for their cooperation.

8. Enhance energy systems with technology

As technology continues to advance, more improvements can be made to increase renewable energy production. New installations can also be used to expand maximum holding capacities and allow more allocation to different areas. 

9. Educate the masses

Increasing public awareness of clean energy usage can improve transition rates as consumers are more likely to want the benefits that come with using solar energy. This not only helps them reduce their bills at home but the collective community as well.

 

Adaptation in Times of Uncertainty

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine territories has caused a chain reaction of events that may put the security of global economies at risk. While the conflict continues, multiple countries are putting a stop to exports to Russian markets. As a result, Russia has retaliated by no longer providing energy resources to select areas.

With Russia using its supply of natural gas as an economic and political weapon, it would be wise to consider switching to renewable energy sources such as solar power. This not only acts as a solution for the current crisis, but it may also help you in other times of crisis. 

Regardless of the outcome, other conflicts or changes in political or economic climate will happen in other parts of the world. Whether bad or good, constant and sustainable resources like the sun will always be accessible and not dependent on the energy sources mentioned above.

The world has been dealing with a climate change crisis and currently an energy crisis, and we all must focus on solutions that will ultimately benefit all. Solar energy acts as a solution to both.

For more information on how you can get involved with clean energy transitions, reach out to SolarNRG today and let us help you with your solar panel installations.

 

 

 

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Where It Counts: The Benefits of Solar Energy to the Environment https://solarnrg.ph/blog/benefits-solar-energy-environment/ Mon, 25 Apr 2022 05:51:19 +0000 https://solarnrg.ph/?p=32379 With the planet at stake, it’s high time everyone does their part in saving the environment, and the best way to do this is by switching to solar energy!

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Whenever you drive on the road, pay for your utility bills, or even cook your lunch, it is most probably powered by fossil fuels. People have always relied on energy but usually overlook its hidden costs. Its consumption results in serious impacts on one’s health and the environment. But people are not always aware of these effects.

The continued dependence on fossil fuels results in climate change and can eventually lead to the extinction of life as we know it, including the human race.

Perhaps the world has been dependent on fossil fuels for energy for far too long. With the planet and the survival of life on earth at stake, it’s high time everyone does their part in saving the environment, and one of the best ways to do this is to switch to renewable sources such as solar energy.

Learn more about fossil fuels and the environmental benefits of solar energy in the infographic below.

 

Infographic image of the benefits of solar energy to the environment

Dirty Facts & Stats About Fossil Fuels

Decomposing plants and other species have taken millennia to form the carbon-rich reserves we now call fossil fuels. They are buried under layers of rock and ocean floor. Coal, oil, and natural gas are examples of non-renewable fuels that provide energy. With fossil fuels, the world can also produce a wide variety of goods, from steel to polymers.

But everything has its pros and cons. When fossil fuels are burned, they have negative consequences for the planet. So, without further ado, let’s cut into the fat of fossil fuels. Here are eight vicious fossil fuel facts and stats.

  • Burning coal generated 13.97 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) in 2020. Surprisingly, this was a 4% reduction from the previous year. China’s dependence on coal is the main cause of the increase in carbon dioxide emissions. The country accounted for almost half of global coal emissions in 2020, making it the world’s biggest polluter through coal by far. – Statista
  • Oil is one of the most profitable commodities today. Regardless of its price increase, the demand remains consistent, if not increasing. Perhaps, this is why so many countries have made it a point to extract oil. The top three oil-producing countries are Russia, Saudi Arabia, and the U.S. – World Population Review 
  • Oil consumption continues to grow, fueled by a need for mobility and the many products (plastic) made with petrochemicals. These products are generated primarily from oil and gas. Fossil fuels have been supplying energy to global economies for almost 150 years and now account for 80% of global energy demand. – EESI
  • Crude oil is recovered mostly from onshore and offshore wells. It is a liquid fossil fuel made up primarily of carbon and hydrogen. Crude oil is then processed into gasoline, diesel, and heating oil, among other petroleum products. The Exxon Valdez oil leak in 1989, the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe in 2010, the fatal Lac Megantic oil train tragedy in 2013, and hundreds of pipeline problems have all resulted from oil drilling and transportation. – National Geographic
  • When fossil fuels are burned for energy, harmful pollutants are released into the atmosphere. This fans the flames of global warming by adding to the greenhouse effect. Coal generates the most carbon dioxide of all fossil fuels, accounting for 44% of global totals, and is the single most significant contributor to global warming above pre-industrial levels. – IEA
  • Fossil fuels are not renewable, meaning they have limited supply and can’t be manufactured. These fuels are burned in their natural state to produce energy. Burning coal produces 40% of the world’s power; the heat transforms water into steam, which drives turbines that generate electricity. – Carbon Brief
  • Existing ever since the age of the dinosaurs, you can imagine how much fossil fuels the world has. But alarmingly, research predicts that we will run out of fossil fuels this century. Natural gas supply can only last up to 53 years, coal up to 114 years, and oil up to 50 years. This brings about the question, what would happen next when it is all consumed? – METGroup
  • Oil firms are estimated to spend $4.9 trillion over the next decade to produce oil and gas from current and new field developments. This will continue to add to the dependence on fossil fuels, which is already intensifying climate change. – Offshore

 

Benefits of Solar Energy to the Environment

But despite these distressing facts, there is still hope. If the right policies are set in motion, the world can make dramatic progress toward a clean energy future. People and businesses should make efforts to reduce energy consumption, find more ways to tap into renewable energy sources, electrify almost all modes of transportation, and phase out fossil fuels. 

All levels of government, the commercial sector, and local communities will have to work in solidarity to achieve this.

You can start in your own way by adding clean energy to your home, such as installing solar panels. Here are eight benefits of solar energy to give you that extra push.

1. Cuts air pollution

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that 4.2 million people worldwide die each year because of air pollution. Moreover, 99% of the global population inhales air that contains high levels of pollutants, with underdeveloped and developing nations suffering from the highest exposures. 

Motor vehicles, household devices, and industrial facilities are prevailing sources of air pollution. What these activities have in common is that they are mostly powered by fossil fuels. Widespread adoption of solar panels can reduce pollutants from fossil fuels significantly. These pollutants include particulate matter emissions, sulfur dioxide, and nitrous oxides.

2. Reduces carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions

You can minimize greenhouse gas emissions, cut demand for fossil fuels, and lower your carbon footprint by adopting solar energy. In fact, even one house that installs a solar energy system positively impacts the environment. Using a clean source of power may reduce carbon emissions, the equivalent of approximately 5,000 pounds of coal annually.

3. Limits dependence on fossil fuels

Solar energy is both boundless and unrestricted. If all of its energy is harnessed for an hour, it will be enough to power the whole planet for a year. In contrast, fossil fuels are rapidly depleting. Reducing our reliance on these scarce resources and using an abundant source of energy results in reduced costs, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and ultimately, a more stable future.

4. Renewable source of energy

Solar panels provide power that is renewable, free, and clean. All it needs are photovoltaic cells (PV) made of silicon. 

While most of the world’s energy is created by burning fossil fuels, producing electricity with solar panels is unlimited and replenished constantly. It harnesses energy from solar radiation to bring light to homes, provide heat, and power vehicles. Especially with the current oil crisis and advancements in technology, solar is a cheaper and more efficient energy alternative.

5. Decreases water usage

Solar panels do not need water to operate. Conversely, traditional energy generation consumes 52 billion cubic meters of fresh water each year. If your power source does not utilize fossil fuels, it depends on water

Both hydropower and nuclear energy are dependent on large volumes of water to generate electricity. And while dams are primarily built to manage water flow and generate power, they have a considerable detrimental effect on the surrounding ecosystem. 

6. Slows down climate change

The abundance of methane, nitrogen, or carbon dioxide on the planet grows due to the burning of fossil fuels. This contributes to an intensified greenhouse effect that is heating the planet more quickly than ever. Due to the increasing global temperatures, sea levels are rising from the melting of glaciers. This causes superstorms, drought, and other natural weather disasters. 

On the other hand, solar energy does not contribute to climate change because it produces zero greenhouse emissions. 

7. Improves humanity’s health In the long-run

Cleaner air has a good influence on humankind’s health. In fact, experts estimate that it could save around 3 million lives per year. This is because fresh air leads to cleaner lungs. Among other health benefits, solar energy results in fewer people suffering from chronic bronchitis and other cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. 

8. Sustainable source of energy

The world’s population will continue to rise, but there is only so much oil, coal, and natural gas that the planet can give. The sun is the most prevalent energy source on earth, generating 173,000 terawatts of solar energy per second. That’s more than 10,000 times the total cumulative energy usage of the whole world, and it’s always accessible.

Fossil fuels will deplete soon, and locating and extracting them will be too costly for companies. Its harmful effects on the environment and pressure on financial infrastructure may be irreversible when it’s too late. Solar might be the most excellent approach to protect the earth against the realities of diminishing resources.

 

A Sustainable Solution

With advancements in technology, solar panel installations are rapidly gaining traction. And with the sun producing more than enough power to provide electricity to the whole world, it might just be the answer to saving the planet for future generations. But in pursuit of a cleaner future, we have a lot to learn and unlearn.

With all the adverse effects of fossil fuels, it is critical to eliminate their consumption now more than ever. Take a step in protecting the environment by switching to clean solar energy. SolarNRG’s solar power panels and installation services can help us achieve a brighter future! Contact us now to learn more about our offerings!

 

 

 

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12 Interesting Things You Didn’t Know About Solar Energy, Probably https://solarnrg.ph/blog/interesting-solar-energy-facts/ Wed, 23 Mar 2022 06:30:09 +0000 https://solarnrg.ph/?p=32371 Interesting solar energy facts can help you decide if you’ll make the big switch. So if you want to learn more about solar power, we’ve got you covered!

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The sun can power everything from plants and animals to, ironically, non-renewable fossil fuels. Arguably though, its most beneficial aspect is sustaining the entire human race with solar energy. With the increasing awareness of the adverse effects of greenhouse gasses brought by fossil fuels and the rise in electricity costs, the popularity and use of solar energy worldwide are growing by the day.

If we could travel to the future, solar power would undoubtedly play a significant role in how we generate our electricity.

While many already know how it works, it’s still a fascinating industry that warrants your attention. Understanding this renewable energy source can convince you to make the big switch and reduce your carbon footprint. So if you want to learn more, read on!

 

12 Interesting Solar Energy Facts That You Probably Didn’t Know

Solar energy can help you save money in the long term and support a future where clean energy reigns. Its benefits go on and on, from its non-polluting, sustainable nature up to its economic advantages. Intrigued yet? To fuel your curiosity, here are 12 interesting facts about solar power you probably didn’t know.

 

1. The most efficient solar panel ever made to date can convert sunlight into electricity at 44.5% efficiency. The solar panel works by stacking numerous levels of solar hardware into a single cell, each of which absorbs a particular spectrum of light.

In contrast to the standard solar technology, which converted power at a maximum efficiency of around 25%, this innovation of the solar panel is indeed a giant leap.

 

2. The space sector first used solar panels to supply electricity onboard their spacecraft in the 1950s. The Vanguard 1—the world’s first artificial earth satellite powered by solar cells—is still in orbit and has traveled more than 6 billion miles.

 

3. An aircraft called the Solar Impulse 2 could fly around the world while powered purely by solar energy.

 

4. In 30 years, a home operating on solar energy can decrease carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 100 tons. Installing a home powered by a solar energy system produces less pollution than other energy sources.

In fact, each month, a solar power system would save a typical household from using up almost eight pounds of sulfur dioxide, five pounds of nitrogen oxide, and over 1,400 pounds of carbon dioxide.

 

5. The International Energy Agency (IEA) reports that solar will be the world’s most significant source of power by 2050. The IEA roadmap demonstrates how solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies could produce about 16% of the world’s total electricity.

 

6. Solar energy amounting to 173,000 terawatts is constantly striking the Earth’s surface. This figure is more than 10,000 times the global energy use.

 

7. An hour of sunlight can power the entire world for one year. This means there is a source of unlimited clean energy available, but everyone is yet to utilize it.

 

8. Solar power use has been around since the 7th century BC. People used glass lenses to generate fire in 700 BC by magnifying the sun’s beams. The Romans and Greeks also used south-facing windows to heat and illuminate their rooms.

 

9. Salt has been discovered to be a practical storage option for concentrated solar power (CSP) producers because it can retain heat from the sun’s rays even long after the sun has gone down. Its implications are inconceivable, making the desert and beach, where there is a lot of vacant space and plenty of sunshine, an ideal place to store renewable energy from CSP plants.

 

10. Since 1976, solar panel prices have dropped by 99%. Now might be the best time to invest in solar electricity for your home or company since costs are significantly lower. This will reduce your utility costs while preserving the environment and minimizing pollution caused by fossil fuels.

 

11. According to Brandessence Market Research, the global solar panel market is expected to reach USD 182.02 billion in 2021. By the end of 2028, the Solar Panels industry will likely develop at a steady CAGR of 25.7% and reach a value of USD 902.55 billion.

 

12. Approximately 16 million Filipinos are off the grid, including over 6000 schools. Perhaps, this is why the Philippine government has pledged to a renewable energy goal of 15.3 GW and reduce carbon emissions by 70% by the end of 2030. With the abundant amount of sunlight touching the surface of the Philippines, there is vast solar potential in the country, given these numbers.

 

Make the Switch to Solar Energy!

Solar power is flourishing all around the globe, and this is no passing trend. Thanks to the growing demand for renewable energy and all the sustainable initiatives globally, solar energy might rule in the next decade. Solar power could be the non-polluting solution the world needs in saving the environment. Not to mention, consumers can have less expensive electricity bills.

Indeed, going solar makes more sense today than ever. To save the planet and address the rising costs of electricity, SolarNRG is your best bet. With over 16 years of experience in solar technology for residential, industrial, and commercial purposes, SolarNRG can install the most suitable solar panels perfect for your needs. Contact us now for your solar panel installation!

 

 

 

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Renewable Energy Face-Off: Solar vs. Wind—Which Is Better? https://solarnrg.ph/blog/renewable-energy-face-off-solar-vs-wind/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 05:11:12 +0000 https://solarnrg.ph/?p=32340 Renewable energy can help you cut costs on your electricity bills and help save the planet. Learn how solar power panels can benefit you in different ways.

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Over the years, there has been a growing concern over how your daily routine can affect the environment. Because of this, modern-day society has become more open to looking for alternative ways to save energy and costs more efficiently.

These days, tapping into renewable energy sources via solar power panels and wind turbines is growing in popularity. To learn more about the differences between these two, take a look at the infographic below.

 

Infographic guide to solar vs. wind

 

Similarities of Solar and Wind Energy

  • Both sources are intermittent – Sunlight and winds occur during different times of the day and are not always available.
  • They have certain locations where they work better than others – Different regions can experience different climate conditions and weather.
  • Both can utilize a battery storage system – Both energy sources can be collected and directed into a storage system for on-demand electricity. 
  • Solar and Wind energy help reduce the impact of climate change – renewable energy is a safe way to produce electricity without creating harmful emissions.

 

Differences in Solar and Wind Energy

  • Solar power comes from solar radiation, while wind turbines can only operate with strong enough wind power. 
  • Solar panel generators require maintenance less often compared to turbines.
  • Solar panels can remain immobile while wind turbines require moving parts.
  • More materials are needed to power the average household compared to manufacturing turbines. 

 

The Pros 

Solar 

  • Well suited to install in urban areas – Solar panels can be placed on rooftops and cover large areas. 
  • Solar power is silent and does not disturb others – Solar panels simply absorb the energy from the sun and convert it into electricity without producing any noise.
  • Portable solar panels provide convenience for power on the go – Some portable battery designs, such as power banks, come with small solar panels to absorb energy while you travel.
  • It can be made with fewer parts to lessen maintenance costs – Manufacturing solar panels have become more simplified and easier to build thanks to the advancements in technology.
  • Solar panels can work in cold climates and weatherCold air temperature has little effect on the panels’ performance so long as sunlight is available. 
  • It can be applied to small or large-scale power generation – All industries can use solar energy to create more cost-effective operations.
  • Solar panels are getting cheaper and easier to install – Manufacturers often use recycled materials to create new solar panels and improve their features. 
  • Easy to generate electricity – Solar panels can easily be installed in most buildings, allowing immediate power generation once they’re up and running. 
  • It can be predicted by following weather patterns and the time of day – Weather reports and seasonal changes can give you a good idea of when to expect strong sunlight.

Wind

  • Efficient conversion of wind energy to electricity – Wind is the largest renewable energy source in the U.S. and has less impact on the environment than other sources.
  • Low operating costs – Wind farms sell electricity at a fixed price and are free of fuel costs. 
  • Wind power is often remotely sourced in elevated locations – Wind turbines commonly operate in remote and high areas where strong winds occur more frequently.
  • Easily integrated into open areas or landscapes – Wind turbines can work best around open landscapes such as fields and coastal regions due to the strong winds in the area.
  • It can significantly reduce electricity bills – Wind power allows you to generate more electricity at lower costs without the need for other resources.
  • Wind can occur during the day and night – Wind turbines can work at any time of the day under favorable windy weather conditions.
  • It is a clean fuel source – Wind power does not pollute the environment, unlike other sources that depend on the combustion of fossil fuels. 
  • Building wind turbine farms can be a good source of income for landowners – Properties can be leased for wind farms to operate as the surrounding areas can still occupy other uses.
  • Enables industry growth – As more industries rely on wind power, there is an opportunity to create more jobs, improving production drive growth. 

 

The Cons

Solar

  • Solar panel efficiency may vary depending on weather conditions – The sun is only available during the day, with bad weather potentially limiting the amount of power you generate. 
  • Improper disposal can lead to harmful pollution – Solar panels are made up of many different parts that contribute to pollution if not recycled properly. 
  • It requires large areas to install – More often, multiple panels are needed to produce sufficient electricity from the sun’s energy. 
  • The initial cost is fairly high for new users – While the prices have gone down, starting the shift can be a costly yet worthwhile investment for homeowners and small businesses.
  • Solar energy storage is a costly requirement – A large battery is required, particularly in off-grid systems, to store the generated power from the panels if you are not using the electricity immediately. 
  • Some areas do not get optimal sunlight – Solar panels should face the direction of where the sunlight is coming from and away from tall buildings or any structure that can block it. 
  • Solar energy can only be gathered during the day – Your time collecting solar energy is limited each day, making the continuous harvesting of large quantities of energy quite challenging. 
  • Small cracks and damages can affect the efficiency of solar panels – Solar panel problems such as micro-cracks and loose wiring cause malfunctions and lower their efficiency. 

Wind

  • Noise and visual pollution – Wind turbines are loud and can easily disturb people who live nearby. 
  • More challenging to build and install – A wind farm requires a few months to build in the desired location, with factors such as transmission lines, regulations, and concerned landowners playing roles in its construction.
  • It should be built away from trees and buildings – A wind turbine should be built in an open space where no other buildings or obstacles are located to function at full capacity. 
  • It involves high energy transmission costs – Wind farms are typically built far from major cities, which can incur high transmission costs for the generated electricity. 
  • Less ideal for residential uses due to local restrictions – Many states have building regulations that prevent the construction of large installations such as wind turbines.
  • Can leave a negative impact on local wildlife – Birds have often been known to fly into the turbine’s blades, which can cause injuries and even death while leaving damages to the structure.
  • Wind farm development will not always produce profit for land use – Other uses for large landscapes may be more profitable for projects such as agricultural farms or housing developments. 
  • Wind turbines may sustain damage in extreme winds – In severe weather such as typhoons, turbines become more prone to failure or blade damage. 

 

Solar is Still the Way to Go

Switching to solar energy gives you a host of benefits for using a more accessible and cost-efficient source of electricity while saving the environment. It’s easier to make the big switch to solar through a more convenient solar panel installation than wind turbines, so you can start harnessing the sun’s power. 

Learn more about our solar panel installations by reaching out to SolarNRG and checking out their list of products and services.

 

 

 

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Ready to Make the Switch? 9 Tips to Prepare You for Going Solar https://solarnrg.ph/blog/tips-to-prepare-going-solar/ Tue, 01 Mar 2022 05:16:44 +0000 https://solarnrg.ph/?p=32331 Making the switch to solar energy can help you reduce costs on power. But before going solar, you need to make the right preparations for it first.

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Switching to solar energy is beneficial for both the environment and commercial businesses. In recent years, there has been a 71% increase in interest in sustainable goods worldwide. Because of this, customers are more likely to patronize your company if you show support towards this growing trend of saving the planet. 

While investing in a solar panel installation can be a big decision to make, the benefits most certainly outweigh the costs. The choice to go solar can significantly bring down your energy expenses and tax liability. It also serves as an opportunity to reduce waste production and help combat greenhouse gas emissions.

Others may find the switch to solar alternatives daunting, especially since it can feel like a massive change. But rest assured that there is no need for you to worry about deciding to go solar.

 

9 Tips to Prepare You for Going for the Big Switch to Solar

There are numerous reasons why going solar can be beneficial for your business. But before you can experience any of its advantages, you need to prepare your facility for the big switch. Here are some tips you can consider before getting started on your solar power installation.

1. Check if the structure is suitable for a solar panel installation

Not all rooftops are ideal for supporting solar panels. Before you schedule your installation service, take a look at the condition of your facility and determine if any repairs need to be taken care of first. You can also take note of the size, shape, slope of your roof and find out the best places where sunlight will hit best.

2. Determine the amount of energy required

Depending on the number of solar panels you need, the energy you generate can vary. Before the installation process, you will have to determine how much electricity your facility or home consumes and needs for daily use. One way to get an estimate is by referring to your previous electricity usage for the past year or so. 

3. Find out if you will need to install batteries

Solar batteries can add another benefit and more security to your investment since you can access stored electricity if the power goes out. But because this is also an additional expense, one may not always be needed if you still plan to stay connected to the grid.

4. Determine and prepare the area where the installation will be set up

Choosing the best location for your solar panel installation can maximize how efficiently you generate power. Look for a space free from objects that can obstruct the path of sunlight. 

Ideally, this should face the sun’s direction and be fixed at an angle where it can absorb solar energy effectively during the day. 

5. Do your research on solar incentives

Solar incentives are a type of rebate program that allows you to reduce the upfront cost of your solar panel installation. This can be anywhere between tax holidays to duty-free importations of equipment. Depending on where you reside, different programs may also be available.

6. Set a budget

The upfront cost of solar panel installation can be a big financial commitment. However, it is important to consider all the elements involved and find a reliable provider with reasonable prices. This will allow you to get the best quality product as you attain more ways to save with solar energy.

7. Look into local laws and regulations

Different cities and states may have varying local regulations regarding solar panel installations. This may require you to fill out a form that will be submitted to local authorities for a permit. You may also need to get permission from your utility providers, building managers, etc.

8. Decide what type of solar panels you need

There are various types of solar panels that can help improve your home or business. While they all essentially work to convert solar energy into electricity, the different materials and unique features can make a great difference. As such, you need to know which choice can meet your needs the best.

9. Get everyone onboard 

Once you’re set up and have all the paperwork approved, you can notify everyone about the big change. Prepare and inform them of the installation schedule to ensure everything goes smoothly and avoid accidents. 

It would also be prudent to raise awareness about this renewable energy source and orient them on properly maximizing solar power use. 

 

Solar Savvy Solutions 

Sustainable solutions have become one of the most popular ways to help reduce production waste and other negative impacts on the environment. As such, businesses worldwide have started to make the switch and rely on solar power as a source of energy. 

Getting solar panel installations for your facility is a worthwhile investment, so it is crucial to know how you make the most out of it. Learn more about how to take advantage of solar panel products with SolarNRG through our installation services.

 

 

 

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9 Practical Tips on How to Use Solar Panels More Effectively https://solarnrg.ph/blog/practical-tips-how-to-use-solar-panels-effectively/ Fri, 04 Feb 2022 09:35:49 +0000 https://solarnrg.ph/?p=32324 It’s high time we do our part in the fight against climate change. The responsibility solely rests on our shoulders to save the only life-sustaining world we know of.

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Humanity is in dire straits climate-wise due to the alarming temperature increase of our planet’s surface. Sadly, the main culprit is our collective carbon footprint. If not mitigated, we can expect devastating effects such as powerful typhoons, widespread drought, and other freak weather disturbances. Not to mention the rising ocean water temperatures that could annihilate ecosystems both underwater and aboveground.

It’s high time we do our part in the fight against climate change. The responsibility solely rests on our shoulders to save the only life-sustaining world we know of.

That is where solar energy comes in. It remains a viable option for people looking to reduce their carbon footprint and save on their energy bills at the same time. Plus, you’re assured of technology that has improved due to decades of advancements, resulting in maximum efficiency.

However, as efficient as they already are, there are ways to further maximize solar energy. 

 

9 Practical Tips on More Effective Use of Solar Panels

Here are practical tips on how to use solar panels.

1. Always make sure to maintain and clean your solar panels

An unclean solar panel surface means sunlight absorption is compromised. When dust and other elements obstruct or hinder the function of a solar panel, it’s called shading. This runs the risk of a significant loss in a solar panel system’s maximum capacity for energy generation. 

Thus, it’s crucial to keep up with scheduled maintenance. Learn how to diagnose potential problems and nip them in the bud.

2. Try to reduce electricity consumption

Just because you generate electricity via a renewable energy source does not mean you must be wasteful. You have already taken the first step to reducing your carbon footprint. It won’t hurt if you go the extra mile by saving energy. 

Conserving energy will be good for your solar panel system since it won’t be overused. To decrease power consumption, you may start by using energy-efficient home appliances. Don’t forget to look for the Energy Star stamp of approval.

3. Switch to LED bulbs

Whether residential or commercial, around 20% of a building’s energy consumption can be attributed to lighting. It follows that if you want to reduce energy consumption, you must switch to energy-saving lighting fixtures—in which case, you can’t go wrong with LEDs. 

Old light bulbs waste up to 90% of their consumed energy in the form of heat, while LEDs stay cool. That’s because all the energy that goes into them is used for generating light, which is not something you can make light of.

4. Use high-efficiency solar panels

You might get tempted to buy cheap solar panels thinking that doing so will save you money. However, a low-priced solar panel system might be due to low efficiency, which can cost you more in the long run. So, do it right from the get-go. Favor high-efficiency solar panels even if they cost more than their subpar counterparts. More importantly, purchase from a credible supplier.

5. Change your energy-consumption habits

In the past, you wouldn’t mind charging gadgets at night or doing your laundry while the rest of the neighborhood was asleep. Once you begin using solar energy, it’s best to schedule energy-consuming activities in the daytime. That way, you maximize sunlight, and you let your solar panel rest come nighttime.

6. Get smart

If you haven’t come across the term “smart home” yet, it refers to a household managed by smart technology. Think lights you can switch on and off using your smartphone or voice command, or an air conditioning thermostat that you can set according to your preference. 

This type of home technology will allow you to get smart and more efficient with your energy consumption. That would mean your solar panels get the help they need from you.

7. Use solar electricity for gardening

Power generation via solar panels is at its peak during spring and summer. Understandably so, given how much sun you get during those seasons. And it’s also during these months that you do most of your gardening. Supplement your green thumb with green energy by using solar power for gardening

8. Keep your solar panels cool

Solar cells are designed to absorb solar radiation efficiently, which makes them generate heat. While solar panels are most efficient at certain temperatures, they tend to compromise this efficiency when they overheat. This is why you need to keep your panels cool, making strategic installation vital. Ensure to leave at least seven inches between the roof’s surface and the panels to allow natural cooling.

9. Use energy storage devices

Come those days when the sun doesn’t shine, be ready to use stored energy. It is during these times that a storage device proves practical. With it, you will have an energy source even on days when you can’t harvest solar power.

 

Be Empowered By Solar Power

It’s easy to feel helpless with how the world is handling our climate crisis. It makes you think that the only means of salvation is through the colonization of another planet. However, that solution is far from practical or eons away from becoming a reality.

The best way to address this is to keep your feet on the ground and tackle the problem here and now. Solar power is at everyone’s disposal.

Rest assured, the technology has covered more ground over the years. And if you follow the tips cited above, you’ll get to maximize solar energy in the most empowering way.

The best time to make the transition to solar energy is now. For inquiries about solar power installation, you may reach out to SolarNRG.

 

 

 

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13 of the Best Uses of Solar Energy at Home https://solarnrg.ph/blog/best-home-uses-of-solar-energy/ Mon, 24 Jan 2022 04:15:04 +0000 https://solarnrg.ph/?p=32317 As more people become environmentally conscious, the use of renewable energy sources has become increasingly common. For instance, solar energy is now a highly attractive and viable option for many businesses and commercial facilities. As solar panel installations grow in demand, their prices show a continuous downward trend, making it the perfect opportunity for you to make the big switch.

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As more people become environmentally conscious, the use of renewable energy sources has become increasingly common. For instance, solar energy is now a highly attractive and viable option for many businesses and commercial facilities. As solar panel installations grow in demand, their prices show a continuous downward trend, making it the perfect opportunity for you to make the big switch.

These days, there are several different uses for solar panels that can help you save money on energy costs. Thanks to its numerous benefits, you not only help protect the environment, but you also have a clean, renewable, and reliable power source that you can count on even during grid outages.

However, some homeowners may need more convincing than others when it comes to the perks of installing solar panels for home use. For more information on the best uses of solar panels, kindly refer to the infographic guide presented below.

 

Infographic Guide to the Best Uses of Solar Energy at Home

 

Switching to solar energy grants you several different benefits as you save on your overall electricity consumption. Here are some of the best uses for solar energy that you can try at home.

  • Home lighting 

Solar energy can be stored and directed into your home lighting systems throughout your property. This can be beneficial for you as most lights are typically on throughout the day (well into the night) and allows you to save on electricity even without LED lightbulbs.

In most cases, solar-powered home lighting is best used for dark rooms with fewer windows. These can be used for regular ceiling light bulbs, lamps, chandeliers, etc. 

  • Water pump

Having water heating systems in your bathrooms requires a pump to circulate water from the holding tanks to your pipes. Instead of running electricity through these systems, solar energy can be used to gain maximum energy-saving benefits

Solar power can run through photo-electric panels, which will generate the energy needed to run the DC motors on your circulating pumps. As a result, you significantly reduce the operating costs for your home. 

  • Air conditioning

Your air conditioner can easily be one of the costliest appliances that hike up your monthly electricity bill. However, with the use of solar energy, you gain an effective way of generating power without hurting your utility budget. This is especially useful during the summer when your family may keep the air conditioning running for longer periods due to the rising temperatures. 

  • Solar ventilation fan 

Using ventilation fans in applicable areas in your home can help you reduce cooling costs more effectively by sucking hot air from enclosed spaces and out into open air. These fans are wired to your home’s electrical system. But by switching to self-contained roof solar fans, you can leave your ventilation on at no running charges.

In most cases, smaller units connected to the solar installation are perfect for storage sheds, garages, and other similar facilities. These can also be used to help animals cool off in farms or homes such as chicken coops or dog houses.

  • Battery charger 

Charging large-capacity batteries can have a drastic effect on your electricity bill, especially when you need to do this regularly. This can be the case for people who own electric vehicles, large and multiple electronic devices, and miscellaneous appliances. 

Rather than relying on the grid, the outlets throughout your home can be powered by solar energy to provide the electricity to charge the devices you need throughout the day. At the same time, you can still have power in the event of an emergency outage. 

  • Cooking

Besides using solar energy to power your electric stove, you can also build a custom cooking panel powered by the sun. In most cases, a solar cooker can be bought online or made by using everyday products from your homes such as aluminum foil, cardboard boxes, Styrofoam, a cooking bag, and tape.

The aluminum foil creates an area where the sun’s rays can be directed into the cooking chamber and retain heat at the same time.

  • Party or holiday lights

Switching to solar energy can help you manage your energy consumption during major holidays such as Halloween or Christmas, especially if you are eager to decorate for the occasion. Using decorative lights is also an easy way to liven up parties and make your home an attraction. 

  • Security lighting

Having sufficient lighting throughout the night is essential when you want to secure the perimeter of your property. These lights provide more visibility to identify objects and suspicious people around your home while protecting you and your family in the process. 

Apart from that, solar energy can be used to power emergency lighting and standby lights during the night to give your household an additional security measure. In other scenarios, you can also light up driveways and paths around your home. 

  • Home beautification

Using solar panels to decorate your home can be another way to add a bit of modern flair to your property while raising its value. 

Since solar panels have become more affordable, you gain an opportunity to choose from a variety of designs and styles that best suit your personal tastes. At the same time, it is also an easy way to showcase your support in sustainable alternatives to help protect the environment.

  • Refrigerator / Freezer

Refrigerators and freezers powered by home solar panels are more energy-efficient, allowing you to use them to their full potential. Shopping can now be done in bulk to further lower living expenses, so you can go for bigger sizes to maximize the benefits of having the sun’s energy to cool things for consumption.

Portable solar refrigerators, on the other hand, are pretty nifty when enjoying the great outdoors. You can pack food and beverages, cook them fresh when needed, and not worry about spoilage throughout the duration of the trip, making it the perfect companion for camping.

  • Solar dryer

Drying clothes is a staple in households, but it takes some time to wait for items to dry in the sun. Electric spin dryers are a convenient solution to dry clothes faster with less energy when powered by solar. 

While this type of appliance is great, there is also another way of drying clothes by using the sun’s power: solar dryers. This is a more creative approach in drying your garments by rotating the top portion of the frame to increase airflow and cut drying time in half compared to standard clotheslines.

  • Outdoor lighting

Instead of investing in an underground electrical system to power your outdoor lighting, switching to solar energy gives you more cost-efficiency and convenience. 

Solar-powered landscape lighting can come with an individual solar panel and rechargeable battery. With this in mind, there is no need to constantly replace these bulbs as they can provide sufficient lighting when you need them.

  • Home electrical system

Solar energy can power your entire home even when you live in remote areas where connecting to the grid may be harder to come by. You can also store this energy and use it later to power other devices and give your batteries a full charge throughout the night.

Saving with Solar Power

As the prices for solar panels continue to go down, now is as good a time as any to consider making the big switch and start tapping into solar energy. This way, you not only save more on utility costs, but you are also doing the planet a great favor by using renewable energy. This can also be quite handy during a major power outage.

Do your part in saving the planet. Contact SolarNRG for your solar installation needs today.

 

 

 

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6 Advantages of Using Solar Energy in Rural and Remote Places https://solarnrg.ph/blog/advantages-solar-energy-rural-remote-places/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 07:33:32 +0000 https://solarnrg.ph/?p=32279 Electricity is one of the most important elements that help fulfill fundamental human needs, such as food, clean water, and proper sanitation. Having access to power means getting work done a lot faster, easier, and with the best results. For most places, electricity is fully provided—one that is available 24/7. But that is not always the case, especially in rural and remote areas.

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Electricity is one of the most important elements that help fulfill fundamental human needs, such as food, clean water, and proper sanitation. Having access to power means getting work done a lot faster, easier, and with the best results. For most places, electricity is fully provided—one that is available 24/7. But that is not always the case, especially in rural and remote areas.

While many people take their daily power supply for granted, 940 million or 13% of the world’s population do not have access to electricity. Some have to find alternatives for an affordable price with ideally little to no interruptions.

Thankfully, the energy industry now provides several renewable sources that aid both the demands of the rural and remote public while saving the planet.

To date, solar energy has revolutionized renewable energy consumption with its capability of being independent of the grid. It makes for the more accessible and cost-effective option for households and businesses that need electricity but could not have it as easy as those in the urban setting.

Read on to learn more about solar power and its perks when used in rural and remote places.

 

6 Benefits of Using Solar Energy in Rural and Remote Areas

Recent data from the International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena) show that solar energy dominated the renewable capacity expansion with a 127-gigawatt (GW) or 22% growth in 2020. Currently, the world is at 55% solar within the green energy category, and at least 92.7 billion solar panels are in operation globally.

While solar power can benefit a variety of homes and establishments, it particularly checks all the boxes for those living and working in rural or remote areas. Below are some of the advantages of switching to solar that isolated parts in the country can expect.

1. More reliable energy source

In the Philippines, typhoons typically make landfall on islands or provinces. As such, region-wide power outage is a common occurrence that could extend from hours to days.

Having solar power as the primary energy source to homes and establishments in these areas means having lower chances of losing electricity, regardless of the weather. Since solar batteries are designed to store energy for later use, it helps balance electricity generation and demand, making solar a more reliable energy source than traditional ones.

2. Easier infrastructure to set up

Solar has a less intricate system that is easier to set up compared to other renewable energy sources.

While solar power service providers usually offer free installation, the likes of an off-grid solar-powered system, for instance, can be installed DIY-style with just the right set of tools. This specific type also substantially enables a lower overall system cost, as it eliminates all the complications in operation and maintenance of grid solar power.

3. Economic and employment opportunities

Companies that currently source energy from fossil fuels not only hurt the environment but know that the supplies are finite. Additionally, the industry’s heavy reliance on robotics and automation results in lower demand for staffing.

Records show that the renewable energy sector is adding jobs 12 times faster than other trades, and the growing interest in solar energy contributes to that. Going solar can open more employment opportunities, especially in the rural sector, which can help boost the economy. 

For instance, it creates openings for the different roles needed in a project—from the development phase, the actual operation, and the maintenance work.

4. Marked down electricity costs

For low-income rural communities, utility bills can be heavy on the pocket. Costs even spike up during the summer season, when demand for cooling appliance use is high.

Unlike non-renewable energy sources that increase in price as the demand grows and the supplies deplete, renewable powers like solar allow for reduced electricity costs in the long run. Although a relatively high initial cost comes with the switch, the lower monthly rates make up for it. 

Plus, working with an unlimited energy source means you will never have to worry about your base rate drastically fluctuating as it adjusts to the market.

5. Reduced water usage

For rural areas with agriculture as their primary industry, having an abundant water supply is essential for farmers to grow fresh fruits and vegetables as well as maintain the health of their livestock, especially in times of drought.

Since solar power uses less water to produce energy, agricultural regions can carry on utilizing and saving their reservoir without thinking about an added competition for it.

6. Minimized carbon footprint

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic putting the world on pause since its outbreak in early 2020, data from a recent World Meteorological Organization report affirms that the threats of climate change are still on the rise. And the world’s continuous dependency on fossil fuels takes up a big portion of the blame.

It is known that most rural and remote places pride themselves on their clean and green environment. By shifting to a renewable energy alternative, such as solar power, carbon dioxide emissions can be reduced, which ultimately impacts the air quality in the community and the world as a whole.

 

Switching to Solar: Do Rural and Remote Areas Need It?

A quick Internet search on “solar energy benefits” will instantly get you a handful of reasons why making this renewable energy switch is a move you must do now. With the effects of global warming continuing to plague the planet, going solar one rural and remote place at a time can make all the difference.

Ready to go solar? Let SolarNRG make it simple. Learn more about our solar solutions and find one that will best suit your needs when you get in touch with us today.

 

 

 

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How Does Climate Affect Solar Panel Efficiency? https://solarnrg.ph/blog/how-does-climate-affect-solar-panel-efficiency/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 07:40:32 +0000 https://solarnrg.ph/?p=32272 Another excellent thing about solar panels is that they can still perform according to their design regardless of climate conditions. However, the conditions they are placed under can affect their efficiency. Read on to find out how.

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Despite climate change still being a global problem, the world has seen some excellent efforts to battle it out. For example, in the Philippines, there has been a significant increase in solar power usage as a power source. In 2018, The Philippines ranked No. 1 among developing countries in Asia that use solar panel photovoltaic systems for electricity generation.

Many people, not just in the Philippines, are switching to solar energy for various reasons. This includes the fact that it has a low environmental impact, reduces long-term costs, and is an abundant power source. 

Another excellent thing about solar panels is that they can still perform according to their design regardless of climate conditions. However, the conditions they are placed under can affect their efficiency. Read on to find out how.


In Cold Climate

Installing and running solar panels under cold temperatures can affect their efficiency; however, not in the way you might think so.

A common myth about solar energy is that the panels work less efficiently in colder weather, even in below-freezing temperatures. However, solar panels turn sunlight into energy and not solar heat. So as long as abundant light hits the panels, the system will convert it to electricity.

Solar panel efficiency increases in colder temperatures. The cold temperature allows the panels to produce more voltage and, therefore, more electricity. When the temperature rises, the solar panel generates less voltage and produces less electricity. Like other electronics, solar power panels work more efficiently in cold temperatures, creating more voltage, and thus, more electricity.

On the other hand, cloudy days can reduce the amount of energy your solar panels will generate. Clouds block out some of the sun’s light, and the sunlight is what you need to generate electricity. This isn’t to say that the solar panels won’t produce electricity; they could still do so. But it’s determined by how thick the cloud coverage is.

Production of energy can drop by 10-25% on a partly cloudy day, depending on the clouds. For overcast days, the best way to find out if your system is producing energy is by seeing if there is a hint of a shadow outside. If there is, then the system is probably delivering to some extent. However, if there is no shadow, the coverage is likely too thick for the system to produce electricity.

Overall, your panels are likely to produce around 10-30% of the electricity on cloudy days, as you would expect on sunny days.

 

In Hot Climate

Contrary to popular belief, solar power panels perform worse in high temperatures. This is because solar panels are made of solar cells composed of semiconductor materials designed to convert energy from the sun into electricity. When sunlight passes through this semiconductor, it creates a charge inside each cell by using incoming photons to excite electrons, also known as the photovoltaic effect.

When solar cells get hotter due to temperature, the number of excited electrons increases, which reduces the voltage the panel generates. This lowers the efficiency and the power output of your system.

Higher temperatures can also increase the electrical resistance of the circuits that convert the charge to electricity. Most solar panels perform optimally in a standard test condition (STC) temperature of 77°F or 25°C. Its efficiency decreases significantly when the temperature reaches 149°F or 65°C.

Solar panels are usually positioned on roofs which is hotter than the air temperature. Your roof absorbs excessive amounts of heat throughout the day, making it approximately 20 degrees hotter than the actual temperature.

The solar panels can overheat when they get too hot. Once this happens, the efficiency drops dramatically, making you lose a lot of energy that you could have used.

 

Tips on Reducing the Effects of Heat on Solar Panel Efficiency

To reduce the effects of heat on your solar panels, you can try following the tips below.

  • Install panels with space above the roof

Install your panels with enough space for airflow on the back. This new airflow can cool down the modules.

  • Use light-colored materials

Like how white objects reflect all visible wavelengths of light, you can reduce heat absorption if the panels are installed next to light-colored materials.

  • Position inverters and other components in a shaded area

Anything that isn’t the panel should be placed in a shaded area to prevent overheating.

  • Water cooling

The Hybrid photovoltaic/thermal (PV/T) solar system is one of the most popular ways to cool photovoltaic panels. Several studies have shown that a water-based cooling system increased the solar cells’ performance compared to an air-based cooling system.

  • Cover it up

You could always go for the easy fix of covering it up either fully or partially, depending on whether or not it’s in use. This way, the panels won’t be under the sun’s direct heat. Then, when the heat has come down and while there’s still light out, take the cover off.

Go Solar Today

The time to go solar is now. With advancements in technology today, it’s hard not to see solar energy’s long-term effects and benefits.

However, to achieve these long-term effects, you have to make sure that your panels are correctly maintained to last longer than their average lifespan.

You can integrate SolarNRG’s solar products into commercial, residential, and even industrial settings. We make sure that our products fit every need, so don’t be afraid to go green! We have a team of experts to help guide you through the transition. So get in touch with us today!

 

 

 

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