Renewable Energy For The Home

May 2, 2012 · Posted in Technology 

Using Fossil fuels to produce power has clear disadvantages. Burning fossil fuels pollutes the atmosphere and causes great damage to the environment. The world’s supply of fossil fuels is limited as resources continue to run out to such an extent that fuel prices have risen dramatically over the last few years.

Whilst everyone fully accepts that green solar energy is a reliable, clean solution, many homeowners remain reluctant to change and believe it to be too expensive.

Companies are now designing and producing a number of small scale, competitively priced systems designed for use in residential buildings. Generating clean energy that causes no harm is beneficial to everyone. Aside from the initial investment in a system, after installation it will not need much maintenance. The initial investment required to purchase and install a solar system is returned in around five years, after which your electricity is free.

Before getting in touch with an installation company you should work out exactly what you would like. There are three different types of solar panel available to choose from. First of all, there are the fixed type of panels most frequently used by homeowners. They need to be fixed facing south as when in position they cannot move, as their name indicates. If you are on a limited budget, this is the cheapest option for your panels. The slightly more advanced types of panel you can buy areare the single and dual axis tracking ones. These panels are slightly more complex in their design as they are capable of turning to track and face the position of the sun throughout the day. Tracking panels are in a higher price bracket than the fixed models.

The Direct Current electricity created by photovoltaic panels is sent through a cable to an inverter to be converted to to Actual Current for household use, losing a percentage of the energy on route. Latest technology has lead to the development of even more energy efficient equipment that has mini inverters within the panels themselves. This means that energy can be converted at source , creating no wastage.

You will also need to decide whether you want to install an on or off grid system in your property. Grid tied systems are more flexible in that they provide the option to take more energy from the utility company if need be, or to return it for a profit if the system is capable of providing a surplus. An off grid system is a stand alone, self sufficient option. When you have ascertained what it is you want to install, make enquiries with some local companies. Soon, you could be benefiting from free energy, like many other individuals.

Solar Systems are a solar panel installers with the Microgeneration Certification Scheme in Cornwall. Solar Systems was one of the first UK Solar Installation companies to be fully accredited to supply and fit domestic systems. We are a Cornwall MCS Installers company.


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