SolarNRG https://solarnrg.ph Philippines Mon, 24 Jan 2022 04:18:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://solarnrg.ph/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/solarnrg-logo-150x150.png SolarNRG https://solarnrg.ph 32 32 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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8 Easy Ways to Diagnose Common Solar Panel Problems https://solarnrg.ph/blog/how-to-diagnose-solar-panel-problems/ Wed, 24 Nov 2021 07:28:03 +0000 https://solarnrg.ph/?p=32263 Solar panels are a sound investment for a more sustainable planet while empowering positive change in the world. But, of course, it doesn’t hurt that you can save money on your electric bills, too. Solar panel systems have numerous benefits, but some people are concerned about potential problems or drawbacks before installing them.

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Solar panels are a sound investment for a more sustainable planet while empowering positive change in the world. But, of course, it doesn’t hurt that you can save money on your electric bills, too. Solar panel systems have numerous benefits, but some people are concerned about potential problems or drawbacks before installing them.

To help raise awareness, we’ve compiled a list of some of the most common problems with solar panels, as well as ways on how to address them. This can help you become knowledgeable enough to diagnose these solar panel problems and perform basic troubleshooting to save time and money.

 

8 Common Solar Panel Problems and How to Diagnose Them

Solar panels require little maintenance, but as with any product, problems can arise. Here’s how to deal with them (or avoid them altogether). In many cases, what appears to be a solar issue may not be so serious after all.

1. Inverter Problems

The solar inverter is an essential component of any solar system, converting the direct current (DC) energy generated by solar panels into alternating current (AC) to supply electricity.

However, inverter problems can occur. More than a tenth of owners (12%) in a Which survey reported having issues with their inverter, accounting for 25% of all problems stated. They were also the most serious, preventing the solar panel system from producing any usable electricity in some cases. According to the same survey, 55% of those who experienced inverter problems said it became inoperable.

Solar panels can last up to 25 years or more and generate a lot of clean energy during that time if maintained properly. On the other hand, home solar inverters have a shorter lifespan, typically 10 to 15 years, so always make it a habit to check the indicator light: Green means all systems are working fine, and red means it’s time to call your provider.

2. Animal Nests Under the Panels

Solar panels on the roof also provide shelter to birds, making them an ideal nesting location. They’re also an excellent defense against predators and, ironically, the heat of the sun.

Because birds are known to cover solar panels in droppings, leaving less surface area for energy generation, they may need to be cleaned more frequently. Remember, the longer they are left there, the harder they are to clean due to their acidity, leaving hot spots that may need professional cleaning.

Squirrels have also been known to nest under solar panels or gnaw through cables. Barriers can be installed around the exterior of your solar panels to prevent birds and squirrels from entering the spaces beneath them.

3. Overheating System

Checking for heat fade or hot spots is a simple way to determine if your panels have temperature issues. These are the areas of the panels that become overloaded and overheated. Improperly soldered connections typically cause them, but they can also be the result of a structural flaw. 

Excessively high temperatures cause your panels to perform poorly. This is common, but it is not always an indication of faulty panels. If heat fade or hot spots are the cause, you may notice that you have less power during the hottest times of the day, so you should always do your best to avoid this from happening to protect your solar panels. 

High temperatures can often affect specific sections of your panel installation rather than the entire system. These areas may deteriorate faster than others and can eventually cause a short circuit, reducing the performance and the overall lifespan of a panel. This problem may require you to call a professional, and if the damage is severe, the panel will need to be replaced.

4. Loose Wiring

Unexpected electrical issues can be caused by faulty wiring. Remember that a solar panel system includes a network of wires that connects individual PV cells, home solar batteries, and inverters. As a result, there are several places where connections may fail.

Loose connections can disrupt electricity production and lead to oxidation and corrosion. You should not attempt to interfere with the wiring if you are not a licensed technician. Professional installers use meters and other tools to pinpoint problems. They can also disconnect faulty components to prevent them from causing damage to other parts of your system.

Ultimately, the safest option is to contact a reputable solar panel technician and have them thoroughly inspect the panel system to ensure there are no problems.

5. Micro-Cracks

Microscopic tears in crystalline PV panels can occur from time to time, compromising the solar cells. They can happen during production, but they can also occur during shipping, exposure to extreme weather, or careless installation. 

These micro-fractures may not always have an immediate impact, but they frequently grow and cause larger cracks over time and affect efficiency. Unfortunately, little can be done to repair them once it reaches this point, and the panels must be replaced. 

Diagnosing these micro-cracks can pose a challenge, so it would be best to leave them to experts. Technicians inspect panels using electroluminescence crack detection (ELCD) testing

6. Damage Because of Dirt

The most common cause of poor solar panel performance is dirt. From dust to leaves and other debris, these environmental issues may appear and sound minor, but they can prevent your system from producing as much power as it should.

Cleaning is a simple fix that should be done regularly. Because soiling can reduce your output by about 5%, hosing down your panels clean is a good idea. Unless you reside in a particularly dusty area, this is usually sufficient. If the dirt has hardened, remove them with a soft push broom—or simply hire a cleaning crew to get it done.

7. Snail Trails

Another common problem with solar panels is “snail trail” contamination. The name was derived from the brown lines that appear on the surface that give the impression snails have traversed the surface. 

Microscopic cracks in the PV system can also cause snail trail contamination. The issue reduces performance and, combined with various factors that include faulty silver paste used in manufacturing, causes the panels to fail prematurely.

The best way to avoid snail trails is to work with a reputable solar panel company that sells high-quality products and provides a long-term product warranty. This way, you can be confident that your solar panels will be taken care of if they encounter any problems. It is also recommended to have the installation inspected by a technician every two years to ensure that everything is in working order.

8. PID Effect

Potentially induced degradation (PID) happens when there are voltage fluctuations between a panel and its earthing. Solar panel systems must be earthed for safety reasons; however, if the earthing and voltage generated do not match, a partial voltage discharge can occur in the main power circuit. This results in ongoing performance loss and a shorter lifespan for your PV panel. 

Fortunately, there are ways to detect, prevent, and even reverse this issue with special equipment, which may be worth investing in if you want to keep your panels in good condition in the long run.

 

Solar Solutions for a Brighter Tomorrow

It’s essential to learn how to diagnose these solar panel problems and perhaps solve them before they get serious. And, it’s even more important to know the right people who can fix the problems that go beyond your DIY capabilities. 

Need help? Contact SolarNRG, the leading expert in solar power panels. The company can provide the expert manpower to install, repair, and maintain solar panel installations for your home or business.

 

 

 

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3 Best Places for Your Solar Panel Installation https://solarnrg.ph/blog/best-places-solar-panel-installation/ Wed, 17 Nov 2021 06:56:43 +0000 https://solarnrg.ph/?p=32255 Aside from identifying the perfect solar panel location, the panel’s placement is also vital in maximizing your panels by exposing them to as much sunlight as possible. There are certain factors you must consider when deliberating on your solar panel’s placement on your property.

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Solar energy is quickly becoming a popular source of power among homes and businesses. There are around 92.7 billion solar panels in use worldwide, and the number is only expected to rise as world governments try to curb their CO2 emissions.

Expect the solar panel usage rate to rise as the cost of solar power continues to trend downwards without sacrificing power generation. However, one factor that most individuals and companies continuously have to address is finding the right solar panel location. Finding the perfect spot for your solar panels can become troublesome if your property doesn’t have much space.

To help you out, we’ll be sharing the best locations in your home or office that can fully accommodate your brand-new solar panels.

 

Ideal Solar Panel Placement

Aside from identifying the perfect solar panel location, the panel’s placement is also vital in maximizing your panels by exposing them to as much sunlight as possible. There are certain factors you must consider when deliberating on your solar panel’s placement on your property.

The first factor to think about is the tilt. Your panel’s angle can influence how much sunlight it can catch and absorb. Since we live in a country where the sun is out for longer during the warmer months, it’s not a bad idea to tilt your panels as close to the sun as possible.

Another one is orientation. Finding the right orientation matters in getting the most sunlight. It’s recommended that facing south will work best for fixed panels, but that can change according to how your building is situated.

If you have further questions about how to properly position a solar panel, consult with solar panel installation experts about it. For now, here are some tips to help with your solar panel placement considerations. 

 

3 Best Locations for Your Solar Panel

1. Roof Installation

One of the most prominent locations for your solar panels is the roof of your property. It’s one of the places your building has the most contact with sunlight, so it’s only logical to install them here.

There are plenty of solar panels specifically made for homes with angled roofs, but the effectiveness of these panels still depends on the tilt your roofs can provide. If your roofs are angled closer to 90 degrees, it’d be hard for the panels to maximize their capability.

However, it would help if you ask yourself these questions before you push ahead with the roof panel installation:

  • Is there any available space on my roof for these panels? It will be hard to establish a decent solar electric system if there isn’t enough space to install more than a couple of solar panels.
  • Is my roof strong enough? Installing solar panels on specific roofing types may be a lot harder than you think, so it would be best to consider the weight of the panels and the sturdiness of the roof.
  • Is my roof appropriately oriented? Since we live above the equator, the sun is positioned slightly to the south. So, any roofing space that points southwards can maximize the energy gathered by your roof.
  • Are there any shaded areas on my roof? Shade is the natural enemy of solar panels, and the shaded areas of your roof can restrict the amount of energy your panels can generate

 

2. Ground Installation

Solar-powered energy systems are dependent on the panel’s ability to get as much sunlight as possible. Since handling solar panels can be a bit complex, it’s important to seriously consider your property before going with a ground installation of your panels.

The biggest downside to ground installation is the amount of real estate you may have to give up just to power up a property with solar energy. However, maintenance would be easier compared to roof-installed panels.

Here are a couple of questions you must ask yourself before committing precious land to this project:

  • Is the terrain suitable for ground installation? If the land isn’t stable enough to handle the weight that comes with the solar panels and the peripheral equipment needed to mount them, it would be a bad idea to implement.
  • Is the area around your property flood-prone? Avoid future headaches by not placing any solar panels in locations that easily get flooded during the wet season.
  • Are there any effective drainage systems in the area? Since you’re handling electricity with these solar panels, it’s important to proactively prevent any water buildup. Only select areas where you can also build an effective drainage system to get rid of any water buildup.
  • How far are the panels from the building it will power? Structures that are far from the panels will understandably require more resources in terms of equipment and maintenance. However, specific arrangements may change your setup.

 

3. Building Integration

If neither option works for your building, you may want to consider integrating your company’s solar installation into your building’s structure. Doing this will be tricky, especially for older buildings, but this can help preserve the structure while helping you transform it for the better.

The facets of the building that you can transform into solar power-generating assets are interesting:

  • Your structure’s walls. While it isn’t ideal to install panels vertically, placing them on certain walls that get a lot of sunlight is worth considering.
  • Your building’s rooftops. Most commercial buildings and several homes have flat roofs. While you can install panels on them, you will need special equipment and techniques to get the most sunlight out of the space.
  • Your windows. If your company’s considering getting blinds for your windows, consider getting solar glazing instead. These specialized windows gather solar power while providing much-needed shade for your structure’s occupants.

 

Power Up the Future with Solar Panels

Solar energy is not only good for the environment but great for your savings too, but it may only compound your expenses if installed poorly. Make sure to select the perfect solar panel locations to maximize your panels and make your switch to solar energy a worthwhile investment.

If you want to install solar panels on your property, get in touch with the solar power experts at SolarNRG Philippines. We have years of experience providing solar power solutions to residential, commercial, and industrial properties all over the Philippines. So talk to us today and see how our panels can transform the way you live!

 

 

 

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Community Solar vs. Rooftop Solar: Which Is Better? https://solarnrg.ph/blog/community-vs-rooftop-solar/ Mon, 18 Oct 2021 09:56:08 +0000 https://solarnrg.ph/?p=32239 Undoubtedly, one can reap many benefits when switching to solar power. Apart from contributing to a greener way of living, it can also reduce your electricity bill and create sustainable development within the community.

If you’re planning to switch to solar, whether for personal or business use, there are two options you could start looking into: rooftop solar and community solar.

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Solar energy is one of the primary sources of clean energy in the world today, giving us hope for a brighter future. This type of renewable energy provides a significant impact in managing climate change, as the process of producing electricity from solar panels emits no harmful substance in the air, unlike fossil fuels do.

In the Philippines, solar energy capacity jumped exponentially from 2011 with just two megawatts to 1,048 megawatts come 2020. With that recorded increase, the country ranked as the top developing country in Asia and the fifth worldwide in 2018 to utilize solar for electricity generation.

Undoubtedly, one can reap many benefits when switching to solar power. Apart from contributing to a greener way of living, it can also reduce your electricity bill and create sustainable development within the community.

If you’re planning to switch to solar, whether for personal or business use, there are two options you could start looking into: rooftop solar and community solar.

 

Rooftop Solar

As its name suggests, a rooftop solar system is a mini power plant situated on a roof. Commonly used in residential areas and commercial establishments, this setup requires a solar panel installation above a building to directly draw power from the sun and convert it to electricity to power the property.

  • Accessibility

Since the panels need to be fixed in the property to generate electricity, one must be a realty owner to make the installation for rooftop solar power more seamless. The size and type of the roof are also important factors to consider, as your panels need to be placed on a widely unshaded area, ideally south-facing, for optimal solar energy production.

  • Payment Model

With this traditional on-site option, you can either buy or lease your system.

Purchasing a solar panel system is an investment. Not only will you physically own all of the equipment necessary for energy generation, such as the solar panels and inverters, but you will also secure great environmental and financial perks within their 25+ years lifespan. In acquiring a system, you may pay upfront or monthly through a solar loan.

If you choose to rent solar power equipment instead, the payment methods may vary depending on the supplier, and the rates may fluctuate from time to time to match the demands in the market.

  • Financial Benefits

While there are upfront and maintenance costs to prepare for in rooftop solar, this alternative offers a greater financial return. Knowing that going solar can lower your electricity bill, making the rooftop solar switch can result in maximum long-term savings for its user. 

Moreover, having solar panels attached to your house or building can help increase the property’s value in the increasing greener real estate market.

  • Logistics

Moving out of a rooftop solar-powered home means having to start the installation all over again in the new property. While it’s possible to transfer solar panels from one place to another, it would be quite taxing to make it happen. 

So, if you’re eyeing rooftop solar, you should have a long-term plan of at least five years to stay in the place; otherwise, the return of your investment may not be worth it.

  • Environmental Impact

A rooftop solar can offset your property’s significant dependency on harmful energy sources such as fossil fuels. Aside from that, it makes practical use of your home or enterprise’s otherwise vacant and unused roof space for a more environmentally impactful purpose. 

 

Community Solar

In case your place is not a good fit for installing solar panels, you can still transition to a cleaner energy source through community solar. This method is a subscription to solar farms designed to cater to residential and commercial properties minus the installation hassle.

  • Accessibility

Community solar allows renters and owners alike an opportunity to shift to solar energy without a space requirement or limit compared to rooftop solar. 

With the power coming from solar gardens built and operated by a company, you’ll never have to think about searching for the right supplier, the installation of the material, and even the maintenance to keep your electricity running.

  • Payment Model

This no-roof-needed solar energy option works like a subscription, where you pay your provider monthly for the electricity produced. There are also instances where a community solar farm sells a certain number of panels in the project to a subscriber, paid in full or through an installment loan. 

This payment flexibility in community solar makes it a more convenient option for people who are only starting to go green but on a tight budget.

  • Financial Benefits

Since a business handles and maintains community solar, you get to enjoy immediate savings from the lack of upfront and ongoing cost that comes with it. Furthermore, this route to solar power replaces your consumption with lower-priced energy coming from the community solar farm. Ultimately, this can save you 5-15% on your electricity bills in a year.

  • Logistics

Signing up for community solar is a lot easier than installing a rooftop solar system. So, when you move houses or offices, keeping a green lifestyle is simpler with community solar. If you’re relocating within the same region, all it takes is a phone call to your provider to remain subscribed to their solar farm. 

But in case you’re moving out of the area, canceling your contract or passing it onto the new owner of the space won’t be much of a hassle.

  • Environmental Impact

Unlike the rooftop pick, community solar can supply clean energy to more properties and omit a greater reliance on harmful polluters in the market. Since it also demands a wider acreage to operate, a solar garden can also transform an underutilized land in the community into something with a better and more useful purpose.

 

Which is Better: Rooftop or Community?

Both rooftop and community solar make the perfect choice when switching to solar energy. However, pinpointing which one is better depends on your personal needs, space, and budget. Whichever you choose, consider it your notable contribution to creating a cleaner and greener future for all. However, it is important to note that community solar is not available in the country just yet.

Are you ready to go solar? SolarNRG can make it simple for you! Learn more about our solar solutions for rooftop and community solar installations and contact us today.

 

 

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Solar vs. Nuclear: Which Is the Best Carbon-Free Energy Source? https://solarnrg.ph/blog/solar-vs-nuclear-best-carbon-free-energy-source/ Mon, 20 Sep 2021 08:42:37 +0000 https://solarnrg.ph/?p=32228 As the global climate crisis continues to rise unabated, the world slowly realizes that our use of non-renewable energy sources, such as natural gas and coal, plays a significant role in the worsening problem. Countries are now scrambling to build infrastructure for alternative renewable energy sources as they try to become part of the solution.

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As the global climate crisis continues to rise unabated, the world slowly realizes that our use of non-renewable energy sources, such as natural gas and coal, plays a significant role in the worsening problem. Countries are now scrambling to build infrastructure for alternative renewable energy sources as they try to become part of the solution.

The solar vs. nuclear energy debate is one of the hotly contested topics for proponents of renewable energy. Both energy sources are considered clean and carbon-free; their infrastructure can also be built at scale to power a large area.

Many first-world countries use nuclear energy to power cities, and solar is not far behind. But, which one is the better energy source? The infographic below will give you a comparative analysis of the two.

 

Infographic guide to solar energy and nuclear energy

 

Before discussing the difference between solar and nuclear power, we must first lay some groundwork to understand this argument better.

What is solar energy?

Solar energy is derived from the conversion of sunlight into electricity via photovoltaics (PV). When exposed to sunlight, these PV cells absorb photons that activate the cells’ electrons, turning light into an electric current. 

PV cells are linked together in a solar panel to produce energy en masse, and several solar panels are arranged to make a solar array. Solar panels can be used at a utility level for industrial, commercial, and residential consumption.

Another way to make energy from solar power at a utility scale is by using Concentrating Solar-Thermal Power (CSP) technology. Instead of PV cells, CSP power plants use mirrors to reflect sunlight into a receiver that contains a heat-transfer liquid. When this liquid is heated, the steam produced is used to turn a turbine to generate electricity.

 

What is nuclear energy?

Nuclear energy is produced by harnessing the heat produced from a nuclear reaction to boil water to create steam. This, in turn, powers a turbine that produces electricity. The most common radioactive material used by nuclear fission plants is Uranium (U-235), but Plutonium and Thorium can also be used. 

While nuclear fission (the splitting of atoms) remains the most popular method that reactors use to make energy, the research and development of nuclear fusion (bonding of atoms) reactors are currently ongoing.

 

Tale of the Tape

These two different methods of energy generation have distinct advantages and disadvantages. Here’s how they compare:

  • Cost

Solar energy costs are significantly less than nuclear energy. According to a 2020 report, the Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) to generate 1 megawatt-hour (MWh) of power from a solar farm is US$ 40 (around Php 2,000) on average. In contrast, nuclear power plants have an LCOE of US$ 155 (around Php 7,700) on average to generate the same amount.

The upfront costs and operating costs for nuclear are staggering, too, compared to solar.

It does not end there—the cost of producing solar energy continues to dip while the cost of nuclear is rising through the years. In the same report, the cost of solar energy in 2009 was US$ 359/MWh (around Php 18,000) but has fallen steeply to US$ 40/MWh in 2019. In contrast, the cost of nuclear energy increased from US$ 123/MWh (around Php 6,100) to US$ 155/MWh in the same period.

Apart from that, the cost of solar panel installation has fallen sharply in 10 years. According to one study, the cost of installing a rooftop solar energy system has fallen from an average of US$ 4,731 (around Php 237,800) in 2010 to US$ 883 (around Php 44,300) in 2020.

 

  • Time to build

Another significant factor that affects the practicality of nuclear power is the time it takes to build a power plant. According to a study, it takes around 69 months for a nuclear plant to become operational, while solar plants take only about nine months.

Key factors that drag out the process of building a nuclear plant are the heavy regulations imposed on the nuclear industry and the lobbying of different stakeholders, such as residents concerned with the public safety risk imposed by the nuclear plant.

Since the climate emergency is urgent, the world would be better off investing and building solar energy infrastructure every nine months than waiting for a one-off nuclear power plant every five years. 

 

  • Capacity

A power plant’s generation capacity is the amount of electricity it can produce while in operation. According to a study, the capacity factor of nuclear plants is 93.5%, which means that they can operate in full power for 341 out of 365 days. In contrast, solar farms have a capacity factor of 24.5% (89 out of 365 days). 

The reason for this difference is that solar arrays can only produce electricity when the sun is out. Also, there is currently a lot of ongoing research and development to make solar panels more efficient at collecting energy. Apart from that, battery technology has also come a long way to store energy from solar more effectively.

 

  • Safety

The most important reason why there are so few nuclear reactors worldwide is because of its inherently dangerous nature. Meltdowns, whether caused by human error like the Chernobyl disaster or by a natural disaster such as the Fukushima incident, are a constant threat to those living near the nuclear facilities. These disasters can also spread radioactive debris far from their epicenter.

Apart from one-off catastrophes, the wastes generated from nuclear facilities during their normal operations remain radioactive for thousands of years. Moreover, leaks from the nuclear facility can happen, which may cause adverse health effects to those exposed.

In contrast, solar energy is safe as they do not emit any negative externalities. Aside from not producing radioactive waste, solar energy does not emit toxic fumes, so it does not pose a health risk to those around installations.

 

  • Sustainability

Solar energy is one of the most sustainable sources of power as it can be generated indefinitely or as long as the sun is out there. The panels are generally long-lasting, with an average lifespan of 25–30 years. They don’t release harmful substances into the environment, and best of all, the source from which they derive energy is free.

Also, if solar energy at the utility scale is not available in your area, you can invest in a rooftop solar panel installation to reduce your household’s dependence on fossil fuels and sustain your energy needs even if the grid is down.

Nuclear power, while being carbon-free, is non-renewable. Uranium, the material used to power nuclear reactors, needs to be replaced every three years and then disposed of in a secure location. In addition,  uranium has to be mined from the Earth, making this resource finite.

 

Solar Energy Has a Sunny Future

With the increasing problems brought about by global warming, it is imperative to reduce fossil fuel use and switch to carbon-free, renewable energy. Both solar and nuclear power offer a substantial amount of energy without producing carbon dioxide. However, solar energy is the safer, more sustainable, and less expensive option. 

Apart from the dangers and public risks it poses, you can’t install a small nuclear reactor in your home, but you can install a solar energy system for residential use. If you’re interested in switching to solar energy, you can reach out to us at SolarNRG to get a quote and find out what makes our solar company different from the rest.

 

 

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9 Signs That Your Solar Panels Need Repair or Replacement https://solarnrg.ph/blog/9-signs-solar-panels-need-repair-replacement/ Wed, 08 Sep 2021 08:16:53 +0000 https://solarnrg.ph/?p=32221 It's worth noting that there are factors that can contribute to the quick deterioration of solar panels, such as cataclysmic weather disturbances or poor maintenance. If you wish to avoid solar panel replacement and make your system last longer, make sure that you give your solar energy infrastructure its required protection and upkeep.

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Global warming and its detrimental effects have made consumers more conscious of their carbon footprint. This is why more and more people have pivoted to clean energy, among other eco-friendly lifestyle choices. If you have chosen to depend on solar panels for your electric supply, kudos to you—you are doing Mother Earth and humankind’s future generations a huge favor.

However, the fact that solar panels help reduce one’s carbon footprint is not their only selling point. These energy sources are also quite practical—for starters, you can save as much as $1,384 (Php66,471.44) on electricity bills per year. In terms of efficiency, they score considerable points, too, as their average lifespan is 25 to 30 years.

It’s worth noting that there are factors that can contribute to the quick deterioration of solar panels, such as cataclysmic weather disturbances or poor maintenance. If you wish to avoid solar panel replacement and make your system last longer, make sure that you give your solar energy infrastructure its required protection and upkeep.

 

How Durable are Solar Panels?

Solar panels’ median average of efficiency degradation is 0.5% per year. That means your new set of solar panels can function at 90% efficiency after ten years.

Most manufacturers sell their solar panels with a 25-year 80% efficiency guarantee. Here, the magic number is 80%—that’s the level of efficiency you must expect from your solar panels. Anything less than that should hint you at a possible need for solar panel repair. But that’s a concern for the future. The fact is your solar panels are made of sturdy materials.

The actual solar cells are only between 200 and 500 µm thick. That might give you the impression that they’re flimsy. However, suppose you procured solar panels from a reliable supplier. In that case, you’ll receive products protected by tempered glass with a metal frame, making them sturdier and more dependable even when exposed to the elements.

Solar panels are designed to withstand a variety of weather conditions, think over 225 kph winds. Your solar panels might even give your roof added protection. That is unless a violent typhoon hits your area.

Another factor that affects solar panels’ durability is maintenance. Keeping them clean increases efficiency from 21% by up to 30%. More often, hosing down them with water will suffice. Thorough cleaning is needed if you’re located in a pollution-prone area that could land more debris on the surface of your panels. Make sure to adhere to the manufacturer’s cleaning manual.

 

9 Signs Your Solar Panels Need Repair or Replacement

1. Low and irregular power output

Your solar panel provider has set the average power output for your system. Weather conditions like rainy or cloudy days might affect this. However, if your system regularly misses its expected output, chances are it needs repair.

2. Cracks or broken glass casings

This can decrease power output by at least 2.5%. Cracks are usually caused by improper handling and installation, temperature variations, and severe weather conditions. For utmost system efficiency, do not neglect these signs of physical degradation.

3. Inverter issues

Your panel inverter is the second most important part of your system, next to the actual solar panels. It turns harvested solar energy into electricity. Inverter malfunctions will result in your system losing its purpose—to provide your household or place of business with electricity. Look out for red or green lights and error messages, then repair ASAP.

4. Solar panel age

Your system will probably function for more than 20 years. Once you hit that mark, it’s wise to be more aware of system errors. Regularly scheduled maintenance might be of the utmost importance.

5. Wiring problems

Loose solder connections are typical issues of solar panel installations. The same goes for other wiring problems such as oxidation and corrosion. If the cell power turns on and off when you tap the panel, the culprit could be the wiring.

6. Debris

This could come from a variety of sources, such as bird droppings and foliage. If it can’t be washed off, debris can be safely extracted by professionals. You may cause further damage to your panels if you DIY and get into an unfortunate accident.

7. Burnt marks and discoloration

Be wary of yellow to dark brown discolorations on your panels’ conductor strips. These are signs of corrosion, which may lead to uneven temperature distribution. That, in turn, results in compromised energy output.

8. Subpar or counterfeit materials

To cut costs, some suppliers and users combine genuine materials with counterfeits. This reduces your system’s efficiency. Subpar materials must be replaced at once before they jeopardize the rest of your system.

9. Unexpected shutdowns

This is the most obvious sign that your solar panel system requires either a repair or replacement. The common triggers of unexpected shutdowns include manufacturing defects, faulty installation, and wiring problems.

 

Say Yes to Solar Power

Transitioning to solar energy gives you peace of mind knowing you’re contributing to the fight against global warming. The benefits go beyond the political—if you’re running a business, you can lower operations costs and increase your ROI with solar panels. If you want to save electricity, you may do so without sacrificing comfort.

Going solar and using clean energy is something you should get behind not tomorrow but now. To explore your options, reach out to SolarNRG, one of the top solar companies in the Philippines that can provide all your solar installation needs. Inquire now and get a free quote.

 

 

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11 Factors That Greatly Affect Solar Panel Efficiency https://solarnrg.ph/blog/11-factors-that-affect-solar-panel-efficiency/ Tue, 22 Jun 2021 06:47:59 +0000 https://solarnrg.ph/?p=32207 However, the efficiency of solar panels is not solely affected by the material they are made from. Several other factors can also determine how well these devices work. These are essential aspects to learn when planning a solar panel installation on your property.

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Solar panels are the flat, glass-covered installations used to convert the sun’s rays into electricity to save energy. Most solar panels are made from silicon because the material is a high-quality semiconductor. Other materials such as platinum, glass, plastic, and various metals are also used for making the panels work efficiently.

When different quality materials are used, these solar panels have an average efficiency of 15% to 20%. Those made from higher quality materials can even go over 22% but are generally costly.

However, the efficiency of solar panels is not solely affected by the material they are made from. Several other factors can also determine how well these devices work. These are essential aspects to learn when planning a solar panel installation on your property.

 

Solar Panel Efficiency: Explained

Solar panel efficiency is measured by taking the energy output of a given surface area. 

To calculate this value, you need to multiply the amount of sunlight that hits the earth’s surface in your area—or the incident radiation flux—and the size of your solar panel in square meters. Once you have this value, divide it by the maximum wattage on the panel and multiply that by 100 to get the percentage of efficiency. 

Let’s say 1,000 watts per square meter of sunlight is hitting your home. With a solar panel that’s two (2) square meters, you’ll have 2,000 watts. If your panel’s advertised output is 400 watts, you’ll have an efficiency rating of 20%. To get this, divide 400 by 2,000 and you’ll get 0.2. Multiply this by 100 to get the percentage.

On average, standard testing conditions are used to measure the solar panel’s output during normal weather conditions in a particular area. However, the variables used to measure efficiency can also be affected by other factors that you would need to calculate for as well. 

Different manufacturers produce solar panels differently, where the degradation rate can also vary. However, research has found that solar panel output generally falls at an average of 0.8% annually.

 

What are the Factors that Affect Solar Panel Efficiency?

There are several factors that could affect the efficiency rate of your solar panels. Taking note of these variables will allow you to understand better how these devices work and how they can benefit you.

 

  • Temperature

Efficiency rates for solar panels vary with the changing temperature. Higher levels of temperatures equate to a negative impact on its overall performance. As a result, efficiency is lost the hotter it becomes.

 

  • Climate conditions

In line with temperature, solar panels can work more efficiently during cooler temperatures as they reduce the risk of damage from heat. Colder climate conditions also allow the panel to produce more electricity. 

 

  • Energy conversion efficiency

The conversion efficiency of a solar cell is the percentage of the solar energy falling on a panel that is converted into usable electricity. This means not all sunlight that shines on a panel is converted into electricity. In fact, there are also factors that affect this, such as temperature, reflection, and wavelength.

 

  • Shading

Shading is commonly referred to as the obstruction of radiant energy due to solid objects such as trees, roofs, and other buildings. When a solar panel does not get enough sunlight, its overall output is affected. Additionally, this can shorten the lifespan of the panel if a part of it remains under the shade.

 

  • Sun intensity

This refers to the amount of solar energy or radiation that falls on the panel. The intensity depends on what angle and location the sun is in the sky at a given time. 

 

  • Latitude

When installing solar panels, it is vital to take into account the angle it is placed at. Depending on where the panel is facing, some angles can work better in gathering solar energy than others.

 

  • Reflection

Solar panels often come with shiny surfaces that are designed to absorb light. However, some products reflect more light, which leads to less generated energy.

 

  • Soiling

The term is used to describe the accumulation of dirt, snow, leaves, dust, animal droppings, and the like on the surface of solar panels. As surface soiling increases, the performance of the PV panels decreases, which leads to less energy production.

 

  • Maintenance 

Solar panels need to undergo regular maintenance to ensure that the system still produces the expected energy output. This involves regular cleaning, system checks, and occasionally replacing small parts on the panel or wiring if needed. 

The company’s maintenance provider can check on the system for you as part of the purchase agreement.

 

  • Operations

Solar panels that are regularly used at full capacity are more likely to degrade faster. Normal operations include monitoring and controlling the performance and conditions of the solar panel.

 

  • Age

As the solar panel ages, its efficiency may decrease due to normal wear and tear. This includes problems with the battery, system operations, configuration, and installation, among others.

 

Conserving Energy with Better Solar Panel Efficiency

Using solar energy is one of the best ways to help protect the environment. Today, there are different types of solar panels you can install to generate electricity from the power of the sun and use it in your homes or place of business.

To make your investment more worthwhile, it is important to understand the factors affecting the solar panel system’s efficiency and performance. Contact SolarNRG today for more information about solar panel installations.

 

 

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Uncovering the Truth: 8 Solar Energy Myths, Debunked https://solarnrg.ph/blog/uncovering-truth-8-solar-energy-myths-debunked/ Thu, 03 Jun 2021 10:20:38 +0000 https://solarnrg.ph/?p=32187 It's time to disprove these solar myths, so we can continue to promote this clean energy source that can help save the planet. Here are some of the top misleading solar myths and the truth behind each of them.

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Technology that can harness renewable energy has been around for decades, but there are still so many misconceptions and false rumors surrounding it. For one, the internet is rife with solar energy myths and fallacies that circulate to this day.

It’s time to disprove these solar myths, so we can continue to promote this clean energy source that can help save the planet. Here are some of the top misleading solar myths and the truth behind each of them. 

 

Myth #1: Solar is exclusively for the rich.

Fact: While it’s true that solar panel system installations in the early 2000s were generally expensive, technological advancements in the last decade have caused prices to fall. Service providers now also offer flexible financing options, making solar energy a feasible option even for homeowners.  

Research shows that trends in solar costs have continued to dip yearly since 2009. The government has even offered incentives and payment schemes that greatly decreased the upfront costs of solar systems. 

 

Myth #2: Solar does not work during cloudy days.

Fact: Solar panels can produce great amounts of energy, even in winter or on cloudy days. However, the amount of energy generated on these days may be a bit lower compared to sunnier days, depending on the quality of panels you use. 

Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels don’t use heat to generate electricity. “Photo” is Greek for the word light, while voltaic describes anything related to electrical energy. The light from the sun solar panels is converted to generate electricity. 

Solar radiation, in the case of PV panels, can be derived in two ways. One component of solar radiation is Direct Normal Irradiance (DNI), which means the sunlight hits solar panels directly without interference by other surfaces or objects. The second is Diffused Horizontal Irradiance (DHI), which is solar radiation that goes to PV panels through light reflected by other surfaces like rivers or mountains. 

Therefore, it isn’t true that solar panels won’t work on days with less sunlight. They will still produce electricity as long as there is some light, even from the DHI component, throughout the day.

 

Myth #3: Solar panels are expensive to maintain.

Fact: Maintenance of solar panels isn’t as expensive as most people believe. These systems are built to withstand all types of weather conditions and can last for decades. However, as with all kinds of tech, periodic maintenance is essential. 

They are generally easy to maintain and only need regularly scheduled cleaning to ensure that debris isn’t blocking sunlight. Yearly inspections are usually enough if there are no overhanging trees nearby or if you do not live in typhoon-prone regions. 

 

Myth 4: PV Solar panels can damage roofs.

Fact: Roof damage is the least of a property owner’s concerns when installing solar panels. Having PV panels on your rooftop can even protect the surface area they occupy since they cover your roof from the elements. Solar panels can be dismantled easily from rooftops since they are only mounted on the surface. The key to ensuring that your roof stays safe is to inspect for damage before system installation. 

 

Myth 5: Not owning your own house makes it impossible to go solar.

Fact: You do not need to own or rent a home to have access to solar energy. Even condominium or apartment complex residents can go solar as long as their respective building regulations allow the installation of solar arrays. Multiple households can share power, and costs can be divided among them. 

 

Myth 6: Clean coal is just as environmentally friendly as solar energy.

Fact: Solar energy is a far cleaner source of power than clean coal, which is being hyped as a better alternative since it has reduced carbon emissions. But at the end of the day, there is no such thing as clean coal. Coal is one of the most toxic fossil fuels that can harm the environment and human health

 

Myth 7: Installing solar panels decrease property value.

Fact: On the contrary, solar panels are seen as property upgrades, much like a state-of-the-art home theatre system or a renovated home office. Solar-powered homes have been shown to increase property value people pay more if the property comes with a working, regular-sized solar array. Solar-powered homes also reportedly sell faster than homes without PV panels installed.

 

Myth 8: Solar panels harm the environment in the long run following decommission.

Fact: Solar panels can last up to 25 years or even more. After they have served their purpose, they can be recycled, as they are made of highly recyclable materials such as glass, aluminum, and plastic. Ask your manufacturer if recycling solar power systems is an option they offer. 

 

Go clean, go solar!

Now that you know fact from fiction, it’s easier to understand why choosing solar energy over traditional sources of power is one of the best choices you can make in this day and age. Making the switch has long-term positive effects on the environment and can save you money in the long run. If you’re ready to take the plunge, get in touch with SolarNRG now to explore your options.

 

 

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