There is no better time than now to install a solar photovoltaic power system. Solar power is an attractive and increasingly affordable method for reducing your carbon footprint, saving on your electricity bills in the medium- and long-term, and increasing the overall value of your property.
To make the wisest, safest investment possible in solar power for your property, it is vital to first research what your options are, how they work, and what they cost. We’ve put together some important information that should help you in coming to an informed decision when deciding to add solar electricity to your property.
Types Of Solar Energy Systems
The most common type of solar unit, monocrystalline silicon units generate the highest amount of energy. Their greatest drawback, though, is that they are extremely bulky, which limits your overall capacity. Due to their efficient design however, a few panels is usually sufficient for supplying an average-sized home with average electricity consumption.
Slightly less efficient than monocrystalline, these units are smaller in size and are made with less silicon. Cheaper to manufacture, polycrystalline silicon solar panels offer slightly better savings for the buyer.
The Many Benefits Of Solar Energy Systems
Less Reliance on the Main Electricity Provider
Solar power, unlike fossil fuel-powered electricity, can be harnessed by everyone through the use of personal solar power systems. Using solar power liberates you from being partially or wholly dependent on South Africa’s main electricity provider, giving you the power to keep the lights on, when the main provider can’t.
Lowered Harmful Emissions
When we burn fuels such as coal, wood and oil, toxic gases such as methane and carbon dioxide (a.k.a. ‘greenhosue gases’) are produced. When capturing energy from the sun however, energy is created without our ozone layer becoming endangered.
In the 1970’s, when solar power first became popular, it was too costly to justify installing it. Now however, the true cost of solar panel setup and installation has dropped significantly, which sets it apart from all other forms of energy in this time frame. Solar power now costs around 100x less than it did 40 years ago.
In a country like South Africa, where we more sunny days than not, solar power is certainly the energy source of the future. Contact Sunburst Electric today for assistance with moving over to solar power, partially or fully, from start to finish.