During each year the sun transmits 170 Petawatts to the earth’s atmosphere of which only 80 Petawatts actually penetrate to ground level. To better understand what this relates to, 40 Petawatts (80,000 trillion watts) or half a year’s worth of the energy we receive from the sun is equal to all of the fossil fuels that we can ever extract from the earth. It is relatively cost free, doesn’t pollute the environment, and adds absolutely no CO2 or other “greenhouse gases. So if you are lucky enough to live where the sun is always shining you are in an ideal position to make your own solar panels and take a huge bite out of your power bill while at the same time doing something good for the environment.
While we are consuming fossil fuel faster than additional reserves can be discovered it only makes sense to start turning to one of the most abundant energy sources available for free—solar energy. Solar is an alternative energy source that has not been fully utilized by many other countries which gives it almost unlimited potential for the future. You can produce this energy when you build a solar cell array that you put on your roof so that it will absorb the most solar rays possible and then transform them into electricity. A good rule of thumb is that you will need 10 to 12 solar panels to produce each kilowatt of power.
The biggest drawback to using solar power is that it can only generate energy during daylight hours. The best way around this limitation is to install an auxiliary system that will collect this power while the sun is shining and then you can draw on it during the night. The normal auxiliary system is usually a bank of deep cycle batteries that can release energy back during darkness or when a power outage occurs.
There are quite a few individuals who hesitate to implement a solar alternative energy solution for their home fearing that they cost way too much and are too difficult to put up. They are fairly expensive if you have a professional install them but it might surprise you at how easily and reasonably you can install but you might be surprised at how cheap and easy it is to install a solar cell solution to your hefty monthly power bill. If you live in an area that enjoys abundant sunshine and there aren’t high buildings or trees to obstruct the light, then you need to look into making your own solar panels and kissing that monstrous power bill goodbye.
It is generally acknowledged in California that converting your home to solar is the same as removing two cars from the freeways. Solar cell panels have more advantages than just being eco-friendly. They require very little in the way of upkeep which saves you time and additional expenses. In addition, solar cell systems offer a fairly rapid return of your investment after which it is free. Solar energy makes so much sense as an option for alternative energy and you can enjoy saving money while getting the satisfaction of building your own solar cells.