Renewable energy through home solar panels

As the world's nations continue their tumultuous journey forward, each vying with the others for control over limited natural resources, energy costs continue to surge. For many people who used to scoff at conserving energy, turning off lights and air conditioning have become cost cutting habits. As the price of utility power rises, some have begun looking for viable alternatives. Home solar panels are becoming increasingly prevalent in suburbs throughout the world. Homeowners who are desperate to find a less expensive source of electricity and heat are moving in droves toward solar energy.

In this article, we'll briefly describe the basics of solar paneling systems. We'll also explain two types of home solar panels and the reasons why you may want to consider installing them.

Solar panel basics

Most paneling systems are constructed using silicon. When sunlight hits the silicon panels, photons are absorbed into the panels and electrons are released. The electrons are charged negatively and positively by the top and underlying panels, respectively. As these electrons are released, they're guided through a circuit system that converts them into electricity to light and heat a home or building.

Types of home solar panels

Paneling systems that are used in homes are either crystalline or amorphous panels. Each type has inherent benefits and drawbacks. One of the main reasons why many homeowners prefer amorphous PV panels is because they are not as susceptible to shading as crystalline panels. If one portion of an amorphous module is shaded, it won't affect the performance of the module. Crystalline solar panels, on the other hand, are much more susceptible. In the event that one of the modules is shaded, the flow of electrons can be impeded, thereby slowing the production of electricity. Crystalline panels are typically sold with longer warranties, which may compensate for this weakness.

Reasons to install solar panels

There are a few powerful benefits to installing solar panels in the home. First, with enough exposure to sunlight, solar energy can be one of the most reliable types of electrical power available. While utility power can experience occasional blackouts, solar panels can absorb and store energy from the sun, providing a dependable source of electricity. Second, solar power is economical. Even though the cost of purchasing a home paneling system can be substantial, the ongoing cost of energy is lower than utility power. Plus, as utilities continue to raise their prices, the cost savings become more pronounced. Third, generating power by converting sunlight into electricity is far less harmful to the environment than utility power.

Tax incentives for home solar panels

As mentioned, home solar paneling systems are often expensive. However, many states and jurisdictions realize the long-term benefits of increasing consumer reliance on solar energy. Many provide tax incentives and rebates for installing panels. For example, New York currently offers residents a 25% tax credit based upon the installation cost of a home paneling system. Oregon provides residents with a credit based on the number of watts consumed (depending upon which utility company is used).

Home solar panels can be an opportunity to leverage a natural source of energy that is both economical and reliable. What's more, solar energy is environmentally friendly, helping to ease the burden we place upon our finite natural resources. If you're considering an alternative source of electricity, a home paneling system may offer the perfect solution.