Solar Power Has Matured
Humans have harnessed energy form the sun for quite some time now. Decades ago, solar energy was converted to electricity to power small and medium sized electronic devices. Most of us have owned at least one solar powered calculator in our lifetime. Over the years, photovoltaic (PV) cells have become more efficient and cost effective. Solar power has evolved from a solution to power calculators, roadside call boxes, boats and RVs to a viable and sustainable energy source that is accessible to most home owners.
Savings With San Diego Solar Power
Installing a solar power system on your San Diego home can have a big impact on your wallet. Most home owners find that their investment in solar panels is paid off in 7 to 10 years. This leaves them more than 10 years of almost free energy, because in San Diego, you can sell your electricity back to your utility company by feeding it back to the grid. You also don’t have to worry about defective equipment, since solar panels and inverters now have manufacturer warranties that range from 15 to 25 years.
How Solar Works
Solar Power vs. Wind Power
Of the two most common forms of renewable energy that are accessible to home owners and business owners, solar power is the most viable and cost efficient. Wind energy is efficient and relatively inexpensive, but zoning requirements and environmental restrictions make it less attractive. Wind turbines can be an eyesore for many people. Solar panels, on the other hand, can blend into the urban landscape without obstructing people’s views.
Types of Solar Power
Photovoltaic systems are not the only ways to produce electricity from the sun. Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) systems use mirrors and lenses to focus the sun’s rays and heat water to form steam that turns turbines and generates electricity. CSP systems are usually used to generate large amounts of electricity, and require tracking software and experienced technicians. So, most property owners will find that solar panels are better suited for their individual needs.