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Solar panels: Efficient or not?

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Solar panels: Efficient or not?

Solar energy, which is generated from the sun, is captured in a variety of ways with the most common being solar panels also known as photovoltaic (PV) panels or modules.

These panels convert light from the sun into electricity in a process called the photovoltaic process.

The photovoltaic solar cell absorbs solar radiation and when the rays from the sun interact with the cell, it causes electrons to move which creates a flow of electric current which is captured by wires. The wires then feed this direct electric current to a solar inverter which converts it to alternating electric current.

In a simpler term, multiple solar cells are interconnected to create a module, which comprises the panel and each panel is connected together in a system in which electricity is sent to an inverter that generates the power needed to run devices.

Solar energy reduces cost and is healthy for the atmosphere as it creates possibilities for using renewable energy sources by reducing fossil fuel energy consumption.

The usage of solar energy is increasing recently, and people are powering their homes with solar panels. For the mass majority of people, solar power is a great option.

Modern panels cover the energy requirements of most commercial hubs and residencies. In Africa, as the demand for solar energy accelerates, prices are on a slow decline.

The efficiency of solar panels is dependent on a variety of factors. Below are some factors that could affect a solar panels’ efficiency:

Panel design. The layer of protective glass that light must pass through could cause a reduction of reflectivity.

Installation. The wrong installation can affect the angling which in turn could limit the amount of light hitting the panel.

Roof. The slope of the roof determines how much sunlight will hit the panels.

Temperature. Some solar panels are designed according to climate. The solar panel depends on the sun and requires sunlight.

Thus, if the atmosphere is bad and there is not enough sunlight, then the solar panels can’t produce enough energy.
Shade: The slightest shadow on one panel can drastically reduce overall energy production.

Selecting a solar panel type with less efficiency results in lesser power storage. So, consult with a professional for a better understanding before purchase.

Remember, getting solar panels means you’re cutting costs and contributing to a cleaner and safer environment because solar energy is a clean, renewable and power source.

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