Solar energy is the quintessential low-maintenance technology...
THOMSON, IL (PRWEB) July 09, 2013
As energy bills keep rising, alternative energy continues to be a hot topic among Americans. Solar energy in particular continues to gain support from everyone from the government wanting viable clean energy to citizens who dislike wind farms because of eyesores and damage to bird populations. Even so, making the switch to solar energy is a major decision and many unfamiliar with the specifics of the technology have questions about how it works and how much it costs. A new article on Off The Grid News, Top 10 Questions About Solar Energy, addresses the most common concerns in language accessible to even those most unfamiliar with solar energy.
The article describes the most common solar power arrays, such as solar photovoltaic panels and building-integrated photovoltaics, and how they work. Though both methods are effective, the author remarks that solar panels are probably the better option for most as “Unfortunately, [building-integrated photovoltaic] technology is still largely in its nascent stages, and at the present time it is probably too expensive to be a practical option… [and] only have about a 1 percent market share as of now, and until greater economies of scale are attained, costs are not likely to come down significantly.”
Also addressed are questions of practicality and efficiency. Solar thermal hot water is an easy project for many do-it-yourselfers and having solar panels is practical as long as they are placed in a location with no shade. The article also mentions that “Solar energy is the quintessential low-maintenance technology; outside of the occasional cleaning with soap and water, neither solar photovoltaic panels nor solar thermal collector coils will require much attention at all. If any debris should fall on them following strong winds or a storm, it should naturally be removed, but because these systems are made of durable materials and don’t have moving parts, they can usually continue operating for 30 or 40 years with very little trouble.”
Since money is always a concern with such projects, the article also describes the many ways financial assistance is available. From energy-efficiency mortgage loans from the government to tax credits available at the local, state, and federal levels, plenty of options exist to help finance a conversion to solar power.
With these and other considerations addressed, Top 10 Questions About Solar Power offers the most important information needed when considering switching to solar energy.
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