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How Solar Panels Work

We get it, you could probably go online to various other websites to watch hour-long documentaries about solar panels. There’s enough technology in the solar energy industry field to fill an entire career full of research. So why are we focusing on such a complicated topic?

Well, you just want to know the basics about solar panels that are important for your home and budget. You want to learn just enough about solar panels in Columbia City so that you can make an informed decision on whether you want them installed or not. It’s simple, really.

So, as your friendly, neighborhood solar company, we’ve decided to take the burden upon ourselves to teach you about solar energy. We’ll talk about the science behind how solar panels work, how the energy gets transferred to your home, and how much it could cost—or save—you.

The Science Behind Solar

There’s energy to be harnessed from the sun. We can see it all around us, from the way the sun’s warmth feels on a hot summer’s night to the green plants that grow overhead absorbing all of the sunlight they can. Plants have evolved through millennia of harnessing the energy that’s produced from the sun in the same way that our technology has been built to capture that energy as well. Solar panels are comprised of photovoltaic cells, which allow the light that comes from the sun to shift electrons in the makeup of the panel. This shifting works to create an electrical current, which will charge the electrical system in your home and power the batteries.

Basically, imagine a turbine that is pushed by the sun’s rays. That turbine powers a battery which can provide electricity to your home through all hours of the day. And voila, your home is powered by the cheapest and most abundant power source on the planet! Isn’t that something?

It’s Not That Simple

You’re right, just talking about the science isn’t enough. You want to know how much it will cost to invest in something like solar panels in your home. The true cost of solar panels is in the installation, maintenance, and repairs that will come throughout the lifetime of your solar system. If you can manage these costs, and manage them in a proactive way, then you’re likely to save money down the road on reduced energy costs that you would otherwise pay for from your local municipality.

Installing solar panels can be pricey. They require lots of space that gets adequate sunlight throughout the majority of the year. This takes property, space, time, and most importantly, money. The payoff is tremendous, though, because harnessing the power of the sun is one of the most affordable sources of energy in existence. The sun shines every day for the entirety of the year, the panels can generate enough power to provide electricity to your home, and any excess power can actually be sent through the power grid so your local energy utility company pays you for the energy you’re sending back!

If you can afford the initial costs, solar energy is an amazing way to upgrade your energy system. Contact Collier’s Heating & Air Conditioning to get set up. Coller’s—A company you’ve grown to trust.

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