More Energy Falls from the Sun on the Earth in an Hour Than the World Uses in One Year
September 19, 2016
2 min read
Did you know that more energy falls on the earth from the sun– in one hour– than the world uses in one year?
Now that the technology for solar panel energy (photovoltaic cell) systems has become affordable and ION Solar has made the installation so straightforward and easy, homeowners can take advantage of that energy falling from the sun right now.
There are a variety of technologies to convert sunlight into usable energy for homes and buildings. The most commonly used solar technologies for homes and businesses are (a) solar water heating, (b) passive solar design for space heating and cooling, and (c) solar photovoltaics for electricity.
ION Solar is a full-service solar provider that provides the entire solar experience to homeowners--- from start to finish---- including a premium, custom system design, the installation, and everything else necessary to power your home with solar energy.
The PV ‘effect’ was only discovered 60 years ago when it was noticed that silicon, an element found in sand, creates an electrical charge when exposed to sunlight.
Solar cells, also called photovoltaic (PV) cells, convert sunlight directly into electricity.
‘Photovoltaic’ refers to the process of converting light (photons) to electricity (voltage), which is also called the ‘PV effect’.
All that hard science aside, here is what it all comes down to for you as a homeowner….A typical home will use about 8 to 15 solar panels to create enough energy to power the home. The panels are mounted at a fixed angle facing south, east, west or they can be mounted on a tracking device that follows the sun, allowing them to capture the most sunlight.
The science is interesting enough but the sheer fact of the VOLUME of sunlight that we are bathed in during the year makes taking advantage of this great transfer of energy from sun to electricity a no-brainer.
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Actual savings will vary depending on system production, geography, weather, shade, electricity usage, utility rates, rate increases, and financing options. Savings estimated here assumes utility rate increases annually and stable customer utility usage rates. Contact us to receive a detailed proposal based on your home and energy usage.