Solar technology has been around since the 1960s when it was used by NASA to power its satellites. However, in the past 10 years, it has reached our homes and offices owing to its obvious benefits. Today, solar panels have a significant market but their entrance into the mainstream residential market remains somewhat hindered.
If you're thinking about investing in solar energy as a way to reduce energy bills and produce clean energy with no gas emissions, here are some things to consider before making the leap:
The surroundings can affect the electricity production from the solar panels. You have to be careful about towering shade trees and tall shadow casting buildings. There should be no shadow on your solar panel during the sunniest hours, which are typically from 10 am to 2 pm. Also remember that the different types of panels react differently to shade so you must be careful while choosing one. A poly crystalline panel produces less output if any part of it is shaded, while a mono crystalline panel will produce no output at all in case a part of it is shaded.
Solar panels are part of a stationary system; there are no moving parts to worry about. Once your solar panel is installed correctly, the one thing you have to worry about to keep them running efficiently is the maintenance. The important thing is to keep them clean because dirty panels can end up getting less sunlight. The amount of electricity produced can be reduced by as much as 7 percent due to dust buildup. Cleaning is necessary only one to four times in a year using a hose and nozzle.
Every area receives different amount of sunlight and if you're considering installing solar panels, you must know your area's insulation rating. Insulation is the measurement of the amount of solar radiation reaching the ground during a specific time period. In simple words, it will tell you how much sunlight you would potentially be able to convert into electricity; the higher the insulation rating, the more favorable the output.
Most people think that they require a solar panel as big as the house. The size does not determine the production of energy from the solar panel rather the amount of sunlight reaching the surface does. If you live in a high insulation rating region, you might be able to power your house with a smaller panel and vice versa.
Before installing your solar panel, make sure you consider all these things and seek advice and opinion from industry experts. We at Joshua Deatherage Builders have the experience and expertise to help you install solar panels in your home in the Springfield area. If you're willing to take the leap, call us today for a free consultation at (417) 204-4949.