Although the use of solar energy is steadily growing in a global capacity as the eco-friendly benefits and outputs continue to be expressed, it is our own reservations about the potentials of solar power to equate to or surpass our current dependence upon fossil fuels. Our planet is just now scratching the surface of the possibilities available through solar technology developments. The sun provides enough daily energy to supply our needs for power, however solar energy is not yet viewed as a primary energy resource. Just like you could not harness every raindrop in a storm to gather in a pond, we also can’t possibly collect all of the solar energy emitted by the sun on a daily basis. However, by developing highly efficient and advanced solar plants, we could certainly meet our daily needs for power. With any new technology that contradicts the norm and challenges all of the integrated support systems that exist, it will take a great deal of education to sway the pendulum, in this case towards the further developments of solar energy usage. The conversion to solar energy requires up-front costs but the benefits of protecting our environment and our quality of life will be the emphasis of promoting this awesome natural resource.
The current solar cell technologies are effective in capturing solar energy. Most panels are able to store up to 15% of the sun’s energy from direct contact throughout the day. This seems like a low percentage but considering the amount of energy emitted by the sun on a clear day, this is quite impressive. It would seem that the clean energy alternative offered by solar technologies compared to the harmful effects of our extensive fossil fuel would lead towards a very quick conversion to solar sources and massive developments of solar cells. Like many changes it all revolves around money as the conversion to solar requires a significant initial investment, probably at least $10,000 or more up front. For the system to pay for itself, the homeowner will need to reside in his home for several years. The average American household will utilize at least 1,000 kilowatts each month.
A high-quality home solar system will often include a 5-year warranty and a great percentage of this system should extend well beyond that period of time. Considering a $10,000 solar system investment this would indicate an average annual cost of about $2,000 or $167 per month to supply your household with the power it needs. For many households the average monthly costs of solar is below their current electrical costs. Additionally, the homeowner is then protected from rate hikes and other hidden fees often incorporated by power companies. Besides monetary savings, the environmental benefits are obvious as solar is a completely clean energy source and dependable. Many power companies are offering customers payment incentives to convert their homes to solar use. Although household solar systems are quickly gaining in popularity, as measured in the tremendous contributions to the power grid over the past decade, it is far from growing at a pace that would enable solar energy to be the major energy source in the U.S.
Many other nations are engaged in developing solar energy as a viable alternative to our extensive use of fossil fuel produced sources. Countries like Germany and Japan are offering governmental incentives for citizens willing to install solar receptors for home use. Like the U.S. these countries also receive monetary incentives by the power companies for solar conversions when excessive electricity is generated by solar systems then sold back to the power company. All of these benefits are marketed to influence homeowners to initialize solar usage in their home. As more homeowners take on the investment in solar the environment benefits and the electricity companies are able to stabilize loads placed on their power grids.
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