One of the first questions to consider when shopping for solar panels for your home or business is whether you should pick mono or poly solar panels. Both mono and poly solar panels are made of silicon, have silicon molded into crystalline forms, but there are some major differences between the two types, and each has their advantages and disadvantages.
Solar carports are ground-mounted solar panels that are installed above driveways and parking lots to form a carport. Solar carports provide shade and protection to vehicles below, and efficiently produce electricity. Solar carports are great for large parking lots, home driveways, and anything in between.
Off the grid living is growing in popularity with a rise in innovative green living design and practices. Living off the grid requires a lot of planning and working within the boundaries of state and local laws.
For some areas in Texas, homes have always been off the grid. Some cabins, lodges, farmhouses, and homes are too far away from a power grid to make connecting feasible.
Our sun puts out about 3.8 x 1033 ergs per second of power. An erg is a unit of energy used to define work done by an object with a mass of one gram as it moves one centimeter. While a single erg may not seem impressive, the amount of ergs produced by the sun is astronomical.
A light cleaning and some checking for wear are the only maintenance that solar panels need. They typically don’t have moving parts, unless built on tracking mounts, and are built to withstand the elements for years at a time.
Solar panels still produce energy on overcast days; they just produce less of it.
Solar output on cloudy days runs at about 25% of average capacity. The panels still work, but they are working with their energy source being blocked for the most part. Both clouds and fog still allow some sun to reach your roof. Solar cells are made to capture a broad range of the solar spectrum. This allows the panels to continue working even on overcast days.
A solar panel works by letting light in. The light is made of photons. The photons interact with electrons in the panel, cutting them off from atoms. This creates electricity, which powers whatever you need.
Are you a homeowner? Are you intent on selling your home? If you are, have you ever asked yourself if it’s worth installing solar panels? While you might be environmentally conscious, the financial burden of installation may seem like a bit too much to stomach.
Solar power can cost less than you thought. Are you installing solar panels and equipment? There’s tax relief for that! The ENERGY STAR program allows individuals and businesses to get a tax credit for solar projects. CAM Solar wants you to use this program for your commercial and residential solar panel projects.