Tag: solar panels

28 Jan 2020
What Happens Once The Solar Panels Complete Their Life?

What Happens Once The Solar Panels Complete Their Life?

As of the current decade, a huge amount of homeowners have opted for solar energy all across the United States. With that said, there is a great likelihood that these panels will reach the end of their useful life around the same time. Now one must wonder, what happens 20 years down the line if and when all the solar panels complete their life all together? The answers that come to mind are; shortage of panels, supply not meeting the demand, inflated prices, compromised product quality, market instability etc. However, these are the watchouts that are being preempted in advance by the manufacturers and field experts.

Apparently there are two work-arounds of the said concerns. One would be the mass manufacturing of the panels, which is likely to result in the aforementioned problems such as increase in prices, decrease in quality, insufficient supply, poor quality etc. However, there is a more practical solution to the said concern, namely, Panel Recycling. Now even though the United States is still in the formative stages of solar panel recycling techniques, there are still some expert organizations that are actively working on panel recycling. The practice being followed to recycle the panels as of right now is as follows:

Silicon PanelsThin-Film Panels
The panels are first disassembled and the crystals are taken apart from the aluminium.The panels are first shredded so that the lamination can be removed.
For the intent of reuse, the glass is then put through the thermal treatment. In that process, the plastic residues are evaporated and the glass melted for reuse.The solids are separated from the liquids with the aid of a rotating screw and the film is removed by the aid of acid and peroxide.
The photovoltaic cell modules are then physically taken apart so as to make sure that they are reusable.The inter-layers of the panels are then removed through intense vibrations. Once the glass is separated, it is then washed.
The silicon wafers are then chemically etched away.The semi-conduction components and then re-utilized
The silicon wafers are then taken through the intense thermal treatment so as for them to be reused.The glass is put through the thermal treatment and is then re-utilized.

Solar panels offer numerous benefits as they are, however, with the added benefit of recyclability, the benefit increases two-folds. The market can be sustained for a long period of time while the manufacturers can still focus on bringing about new and improved products to the market, offering the best solar energy systems to the benefit of the homeowners as well as the environment.

14 Jan 2020
Solar Panels VS Winter Season

Solar Panels VS Winter Season

It’s no news that, owing to the soaring utility costs and plummeting power resources has people looking for alternative and viable means of power generation for their homes and business. With that said, by far the most favorable renewable source energy option in the market, is solar energy. Luckily, with the emergence of a whole home solar industry and the active endorsement from the government over the past few years, people have started to gravitate to the emerging paradigm of opting for solar energy to power up their homes and businesses. However, apparently many regions in the north are yet to catch up to the trend.

Evidently, what impedes them from going solar, is the weather of their region. People from the northern region tend to develop the idea that the weather conditions wouldn’t allow the optimum power generation and because of that, the panels would become an liability rather than a facility. With that in mind, we would like to set the record straight and educate the dwellers of the north regarding the benefits of solar energy. Following are the points that you must bear in mind:

  • First of all, it is important for people to understand that the panels only cease to produce energy in complete absence of the sun, that is, at night or during an eclipse. To be clear, even during the overcast the panels are likely to generate electricity unless they are completely caked with filth or snow. That’s not to say that the power generation wouldn’t be diminished compared to that during a sunny day, but the power can be generated from the sunlight even on a cloudy day nonetheless.
  • Secondly, there is a common misunderstanding among the homeowners from north that the ‘cold weather’ impedes solar energy production. Instead, it might be good news for some homeowners that the cold weather actually enhances energy production. During intense heat of the summer days, the solar power systems tend to overheat, which impedes their energy production capacity. While during the cold weather, given the correct amount of sun exposure, the panels are likely to produce more energy as compared to those in a hot region.
  • People tend to argue that the peak sun hours are not enough for the panels to generate sufficient power. They are right to an extent. Our argument is that if the panels are exposed to at least 3 hours of sufficient sunlight during the day, it is enough to generate power that can last an entire day, depending on the use of homeowners.

Understandably, some homeowners from the north region still require a little more convincing to be sure about the utility of solar panels at their homes. To have that reassurance, it is advisable to have a solar expert visit your home, assess your situation and provide you with a decent solution. Basically, when all is said and done, .

16 Oct 2019
Become a Solar Prosumer & Produce Your Own Electricity.

Being a Solar Prosumer: Things You Should Know

Ever since net-metering became a ‘thing’, an interesting dynamic is starting to emerge within the energy sector in the USA market. The short-fall of conventional means of power generation and the consequent rise in cost has prompted numerous homeowners across the states to opt for solar energy. This has not only resulted in a substantial amount of weight lifted off of the local electricity grid stations but has also resulted in the emergence of a bunch of donors that actually provide electricity to the local grid stations. These donors are known as ‘prosumers’.

The term ‘Prosumer’ is an amalgamation of the words ‘producer’ and ‘consumer’. What makes a person a prosumer is that the person, after having installed the solar panels, can produce as well as consume their own electricity. The electricity produced by the solar panels in surplus is then transferred to the local grid, against which, the prosumer is then credited back by the government. However, to know what being a prosumer means, you must know the following:

  • The prosumers can enjoy the privilege of sending the surplus energy to the grid and making money off of it. But they cannot sell the electricity that they generate to anyone else. The power supply channels are only connected to the national grid hence making it impossible to have the surplus electricity share with the rest of the community. Also because doing so could result in legal action from the government.
  • The solar panels produce various amounts of electricity during various situations and against various kinds of solar panels being used. This implies that the prosumers cannot produce surplus electricity all year round. Hence, it is advisable for homeowners to not consider going off-grid since of insufficient energy generation on a cold day or due to a technical glitch, could result in a complete power outage.
  • The 3rd and most important point is the fact that, regardless of the situation or technology in use, being a consumer can most certainly help you save a significant amount of money. Being connected to the grid can allow you compensation in your utility bills with however much amount of electricity that you have generated.

By opting for solar energy, you can play your part in ensuring a clean and healthy environment and also promote clean and green energy. Being a prosumer has a fair share of benefits which is why it would be wise for all homeowners to opt for solar power and become a contributor to the energy sector as well as the environment sooner rather than later.