- Renewable & Alternative Energy
Energy: Is Solar Energy a Real Possibility?
Ever since we found the power in petroleum and figured out how to make electrical systems that worked with it, we haven't really changed much of our setup. The last couple of years we have seen an increase in other kinds of energies.
One of the best kinds has to be solar energy, totally free and filled with immense potential. We have our star give us this endless amount of rays continually day by day and we have used it so little to develop our society and technology. The sunrays are going to become the new source of clean energy that will make our future brighter and less toxic, away from all the fumes and gases produced from the over consumption of oil.
Where Does Solar Energy Stand?
As a renewable source of energy, solar energy is pretty high on the list with its lasting strength, clean foundation and the ease to start a solar panel project that will convert all sunlight into electricity. Its bas is absolutely quiet and very easy to maintain, making many want to learn how to get the system, work with it and install it in their homes.
Solar Energy reduces all kinds of carbon dioxide emissions because of its total replacement of coal fired electrical plants and is a great department to invest in if you wish to see a brighter future. Continuing with the coal powered plants, our ecosystem will continue to degrade and the sunrays will only become more and more damaging as the days go by.
Is this a Real Possibility?
This source of energy is already gaining attention across the countries, taking a lot of dominance in the states, especially California, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Arizona, bringing plans of installation to homes that will improve the general well being of the whole state and boost the movement even more.
People are sharing their success and happiness in using solar panels and giving up on oil fueled homes. Not just homes actually, but even their vehicles and ways of transportation. We can even charge most of our appliances with the solar panel chargers. The community is trying to help this resource and its availability increase tremendously so we can keep seeing more and more of it. It has also become very cost-friendly to set up your own system of solar panels. The solar panels receive the most energy during the hot, middle of the day, giving homes full energy, so much homes can even push power back from the electrical grid.
Reasons to go Solar
Where is it available?
The countries that have shown the most activity of solar resource and industry growth are currently Germany, China, Italy, Japan, United States, Spain, France, Australia, Belgium and the United Kingdom. The biggest polluters are becoming some of the more eco friendly places, making big investments into the solar power generation, putting up panels anywhere they can, as long as it does not produce large obstruction of space.
Some of the states that are working harder with their solar energy operations and are making home installations available are California, Oregon, Colorado, Arizona, Texas, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Home value increases with these new installations and there are consistent drops in bills and taxes when it comes to relying fully in solar panels for energy. Their ideals and plans are finally going hand in hand with the well-being of the world and the lives of all who are in constant contact with all the fumes and gases from highways filled with cars or live close to factories powered by coal.
Why Solar Power Instead of Wind Power?
While solar power and its importance rise significantly, there is wind power and wind turbine to take into high consideration as well. When the sun is out from our view, the wind may still be hitting hard, producing great amounts of kinetic energy.
There is really no battle, but more which can you do to help better the world and if possible, can you merge the systems for a more eco friendly environment. If we are talking about space and quality, it also depends on the size of the turbines and panels and who is the one making them.
While solar panels offer a lot of power to many houses though, the wind turbines can produce enough for 2,000 homes or more. Yet, to get this amount of energy, the wind turbine has to have constant contact with high forces of wind, maybe out in the ocean or at very tall points on the land. Solar panels on the other hand can be put just about anywhere where the sun hits.
The wind turbines also have to be constantly checked on, providing more money being used on its well being and general performance. A solar panel usually comes with a warranty, does not move so does not require separate parts, is installed quickly and is less of consumption economically and space wise.
Another thing to take into consideration is if you are allowed to install wind turbines or not, mainly because of how much space it takes and if it isn't in the range of your property. Solar panels however, are mostly put on the roofs of people's homes, disrupting no one and taking up no additional space.
The price that really comes into mind when having so much flowing "free" energy thanks to the solar panels is the building of a collector, the part of the system which converts all of the solar waves and energy into electricity.
Solar energy is also great and has no secondary effects like the machines powered by coal do. But, most of the equipment necessary for solar energy to be used is created in factories still powered by coal and oil. This is bound to change though, with the implementation of the solar panels on the factories themselves at a larger scale, there will come a day when we will be able to say goodbye to all the machinery that was once great.
Oil reserves and the general look for them will come to a stop. We won't have to live with the timer anymore that tells us how much is left and how much more time we have before there is no return.
We have finally begun our change, and with it a new era. It is true that solar energy will only be collected in the daytime when it is sunny and that storage will become an issue later on but everything will be re-usable, the batteries, the panels, even the collectors at some point. We will be able to begin the recycling process at a bigger and better rate, no longer consuming energy in this world but bringing back to it, and changing what we thought was lost back to original and useful energy.
Article by: Steven Gutiérrez
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