In recent years, the push for clean energy has become the center of many discussions, especially with growing concern over the supply of fossil fuels and scientists’ warnings about global warming. Between 2008 and 2011, the installed capacity for solar photovoltaic power grew exponentially by 147.3%. One option that has become increasingly popular (other than wind power) is the use of solar power. The sun is a natural resource and limitless in its ability to produce the needed energy to power solar electricity, among other things. Indeed, the solar industry will probably finish its one millionth installation in 2015.
What Are the Advantages of Using Solar Energy?
- Environmentally Friendly
If you generate one kilowatt of power using solar panels, it can prevent the mining of 150 pounds of coal, the emission of 300 pounds of carbon dioxide, and 105 gallons of water from being used. The sun is also a limitless resource, so it can be used as heavily as needed. It does not cause pollution or the emission of greenhouse gases and can reach poorer areas where it’s too hard to provide electricity.
- Energy For Less Money
Some solar mounting companies can install their equipment for less than $0.01. Additionally, many states will offer you incentives for installing clean energy initiatives and the federal government supports these incentives as well. It’s also possible to get a tax break. Many customers who have installed the panels say that they end up paying for themselves with reduced electricity bills, among other things.
- Low Maintenance
Unlike other forms of clean energy that are being considered, solar power is considered a relatively low-maintenance form. They don’t require much upkeep and once installed, can last for up to 30 or 40 years, depending. They also tend to take up less space than hydro or wind power.
What Equipment Do I Need?
You’ll obviously need solar panels, but there are other pieces of equipment that you’ll need to install the panels in the first place A solar panel bracket is required in almost every case. In many cases though, you can simply buy a solar panel mounting system which has all the parts included in it, including the solar panel bracket. You’ll need to decide what kind of solar panel system you’ll want–whether it’s a fixed rack system, which includes ground mounted solar panels, roof mounts, or pole-top mounts. The other option is a solar tracking system, which follows the sun. The solar panel mounting brackets can be important in the amount of energy you receive and the amount of energy you can generate to power your equipment.
The equipment you choose to support your solar panels is incredibly important. The type of solar panel bracket and mounting system you choose can impact the amount of power you generate, while the quality of your equipment designates how reliable and long lasting it will be. Do your research before investing and make sure you choose the best one for your needs and location.