The Ins & Outs of Solar Power
Solar Science: How Solar Panels Work
With solar power on the rise in terms of popularity and applicability, we believe it to be necessary that we further elaborate on the science behind solar and what makes it such a viable energy source. The obvious reason that solar is a great energy source is that it is literally the sun providing the power. The sun is perhaps the greatest source of renewable energy available to us, which is one of the reasons that solar power has become so viable. Additionally, solar installations have decreased in pricing, making them economically viable as well. There’s tax credits available and if you’re solar system is tied to the grid, you can receive credits from the utility company for any excess energy your solar system fed back into the grid. This makes them the ideal money saver for any Little Rock business.
The Process of PV
PV solar is photovoltaic solar, which consists of two primary parts. These parts are the solar panels themselves and the inverter system. Essentially, sunlight bombards the solar panels and the solar energy is converted to direct current (DC) electricity via a stimulation of electrons. The DC current is then pushed through to the inverter where it’s inverted to an alternating current (AC). AC is the current type that powers appliances throughout the world. At Roberts-McNutt, we have what is known as a microinverter that is proven to produce more energy than the more commonly used string inverter. They accomplish this because they are directly installed on each solar panel so they don’t have the negative “bottleneck” effect caused when one panel’s production is decreased by shade. Additionally, they convert DC to AC on the roof, which means there is no high-voltage DC power resting on your roof.
The Applicability of Solar Thermal
We also have a solar thermal option, which is most typically used for heating water. The process requires an absorption of solar energy via solar thermal collector panels. This solar energy heats the solar fluid running through tubes in the panel, which is then transferred to a heat exchanger that releases the heat to warm the water held inside a tank. This process is repeated to provide consistently heated water. Water heating is just one of the applications of solar thermal. It has also been known to meet heating and cooling needs depending on the type and scale of the installation. Solar thermal power plants have also proven to be popular for indirectly producing electricity. The largest advantage that solar thermal has when compared to solar PV is the sheer scale on which solar thermal can produce usable energy.
Solar Installations Providing Renewable Energy
The solar solutions we provide are of either variety and can save you an immense of amount of money with regards to energy usage. Furthermore, we’ll provide solar consulting, on-site surveys, design services, and several other services to ensure that you solar installation fits perfectly with your energy needs and building aesthetic. The professionals we employ at Roberts-McNutt are readily available to help you start saving money with an eco-friendly installation so contact us today for a free consultation.