At Christian Solar our mission is to help people save money while promoting practices that are friendly to the planet. If you are thinking about going green you may consider why solar panels are good for the environment. Solar energy systems are a long-lasting, clean alternative to fossil fuels and other polluting technologies. Even better, they help you save money on your energy bill.
Less Air Pollution & Greenhouse Gas Emissions
When fossil fuels like oil, gas, and coal are used to generate energy they release harmful chemicals that contribute to climate change and poor air quality. Solar panel technology does not produce air pollution or greenhouse gas emissions. By replacing some of your energy consumption with solar panels you are limiting your use of fossil fuel-powered energy. Reducing your reliance on fossil fuels can help lessen air pollution and help reduce the release of harmful greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Overall, this will help to slow the effects of climate change.
Reduce Water Waste and Water Pollution
Traditional energy generation via gas, oil, and nuclear plants requires water during the cooling and operational process. This leads to pollution and a reliance on water in order to be able to generate power. Especially in areas of drought or limited access to water, solar panels provide a sustainable alternative to the water-intensive use of fossil fuels and coal.
More Reliable During Heat Waves
During heat waves traditional energy plants may struggle to keep the network cool; solar panels do not require external cooling and are therefore more stable during these events. As heat waves and extreme climate events occur more frequently it is important to have access to a reliable energy source that is not impacted by hot weather. In these situations solar panels present a more sustainable, more efficient source for generating power than traditional fossil fuels.
Less Impact on the Land
Solar panels can easily be mounted on the roofs or sides of buildings. While they do require a large amount of surface area, they do not require the same scale of building as a large-scale nuclear or fossil fuel energy plant. By mounting solar panels on the roof of your property or home you are utilizing existing space to create green energy and reduce your reliance on fossil fuels.
More Flexible Options for Generating Power
Solar panel energy systems can be built for a variety of different uses and property sizes. We’ve installed both large-scale solar panel networks for warehouses and small-sized systems for single-family homes. Regardless if you are looking to derive 100% of your power from the sun or utilize solar energy to offset your emissions, your solar solution can be scaled to meet your unique requirements. This helps to eliminate waste and encourage energy use that’s appropriate for your needs.
Long-Lasting Energy Solutions
Today’s solar panels have a lifespan of 20-30 years (or more!) This means that your investment will continue to support your needs for decades after it is paid for. And when your solar panel system needs to be replaced, Christian Solar offers environmentally-friendly options for disposal.
How Solar Panels Work
Solar panels, or photovoltaic cells, convert sunlight into electricity. Sunlight, in the form of photons, passes through the photovoltaic cells. The cells are made of a semiconductor material that absorbs the photons and frees electrons to be converted into usable energy. The electrons migrate to the surface of the cell creating an electrical charge. Electrical conductors absorb this energy and deposit it into a battery. The entire process requires a few simple elements to work: photovoltaic panels, conductors, inverters, and batteries. The conductors are made of electrical wire that transmits energy from the solar panels into the power system. The solar batteries are designed to support several cycles between discharge and full capacity and store energy while you are generating it. Additional features, like a combined collector, allow you to convert heat, in addition to light, into energy.
Where Solar Panels Can Be Used
Solar panel technology is extremely versatile and can be used for several applications around the world. From remote villages to busy urban centers solar panels are an energy efficient solution that can be adapted to any size or location. In fact, wristwatches and calculators utilize solar energy on a small scale everyday. Larger systems can be used to facilitate water pumps, power radios, light homes, provide energy for hospitals, or support manufacturing processes. The versatility of this technology makes it an ideal solution for remote locations where power lines do not exist.
Financial Impacts of Solar Energy
In addition to supporting the environment, solar panels are good for your wallet. If you are using solar panels to power your home in Southern California, you will still receive an energy bill, however your costs will be offset by the amount of energy you provide back into the grid. This process, called “net metering” allows you to draw energy from the local power supply as needed while generating your own energy to send back to the system. Your monthly bill will show the amount you have consumed, as well as the amount of solar energy you have provided to the system.
Choosing the Most Efficient Energy Solutions for Your Property
Recent updates to solar panel technology mean that there are more choices than ever to suit your needs. When planning your solar panel system we will factor in your property size, energy generation needs, aesthetic requirements, and budget. This allows you to build a solar energy solution that’s designed to meet your specific efficiency needs. Our solar panel systems include advanced photovoltaic technology, efficient placement solutions, and deep cycle batteries to promote extended storage capacities. Start designing your solution by booking a consultation with our team here.
About Christian Solar
Christian Solar is a locally-owned solar energy company with more than two decades of experience in the industry. As a licensed solar installer, we work with both residential and commercial clients throughout Southern California. Our mission is to help you save money and help save the planet. Our reputation is built on quality, customer service, and superior craftsmanship. Read more about our services or contact our team to learn more about our advanced solar energy solutions.