- By Amanda Pelligra
- Published 01/25/2012
Solar energy, radiant light and heat from the sun, has been used by humans since ancient times using a range of ever-evolving technologies. Solar energy technologies include of solar heating, solar photovoltaics, solar thermal electricity and solar architecture, which can make large assistance to solving some of the most critical problems the world currently faces. Solar Thermal uses the sun’s heat directly to heat up another medium – usually water – without the condition to create any of that annoying electricity. Solar thermal systems use either flat plates or tubes to capture the sun’s heat and move the heat into a fluid. Solar thermal is normally used to amplify the creation of hot water. I use the word amplify, because there will always be days when you don’t have enough sun to produce all your hot water requirements, and the amplifying is performed by either an electric element, a gas fired heater or (less commonly) other fuel heaters such as wood fired stoves. You will have seen the ‘solar thermal’ systems on roofs which typically look like plate made of glass.
In the preceding 10 years, houses with rooftop solar arrays have gone from being rare to ordinary. Getting solar systems in the mainstream residential market has proved to be difficult task as it has usually been an expensive technology to apply. But the technology has developed over the years and this has expected that the long term cost-cutting benefits without difficulty outshine the ini
tial cost of completing. Moreover, it provides clean energy with no greenhouse-gas emissions. A distinctive solar power system uses arrays of photovoltaic cells to convert sunlight straight into electricity which is then stored into high-energy density batteries via a charge controlling circuitry. In Australia, the most important factor when choosing an installer is to ensure that they are “Clean Energy Council Accredited”. This is a prerequisite that they need in order for the government to pay out its rebates. And even more important than that is you can be confident that they have been trained in the safe installation of Solar Power Systems. You can sign up for free solar quotes at a range of websites and judge the prices offered by them to install the solar panels. Also you can give with the right size of your house and they will provide with the proper information on what is the right size of Solar panels that are required for your home in order for you to be provided with continuous supply of electricity.
When it comes to costing, which is very important aspect, let it may not be the most significant factor in your purchase. Remember, this is a system that you will depend on every day for the next 20-40 years, so hence it is very important that you have a system that has a high quality and performance that you are happy with. As is true with most things in this world: you generally get what you pay for. If you have been offered a system that seems spectacularly cheap then you may want understand that there are drawbacks associated common to a lot of super cheap solar deals.