We’ve come across all sorts of questions about solar panel installations…
Trust us, the only stupid questions are the ones you DON’T ask! Here, our team have picked out the 10 most common questions and don’t worry, we’ve answered them for you.
What Is Solar Energy?
Solar energy is the energy we can get from the sun.
What are the benefits of solar energy?
- Solar energy is environmentally friendly
- The energy of the sun can light homes, heat water & generate electricity
- Harnessing solar energy takes little maintenance & easy installation
- Solar energy is renewable
What are the cons of solar energy?
- Solar technologies cannot be used during the night
- The amount of power generated does depend on location, time & weather
Can you run out of solar energy?
In short – no. The sun is pretty much to most abundant source of energy available on the planet. In fact, did you know that just ONE HOUR’S worth of energy from the sun could power the earth for an entire year? That’s a lot of energy. However, it’s harnessing it all that’s the trick and we can only manage (at the moment) to get 0.0001% of it!
Is solar energy renewable?
The energy we get from the sun occurs naturally, therefore it can be replenished over time, which DOES make it a renewable energy source. Good news right? Fossil fuels, such as coal, oil and gas, won’t last forever because they are non-renewable. Once they’re gone, they’re gone, so it’s vital for people around the globe to seek out new ways to use more renewable energy sources, just like solar power.
Are solar energy and solar power the same thing?
Solar energy needs to be TRANSFORMED into solar power so that it can be used for heating and electricity. To do so, you could use either a direct method (also known as photovoltaic or ‘PV’) where solar panels are used to convert energy into power, or an indirect method where solar thermal collectors are used to covert the energy.
Is solar energy safe to produce?
Converting solar energy is, you’ll be pleased to know, risk-free. PV Panels are made from silicon, so there is no risk of toxins, fumes or other dangerous hazards. As a result, this makes solar energy the SAFEST renewable energy source. Win win!
How expensive is it to use solar power?
Maintenance requirements for solar energy systems, such as PV panels, are very low because solar panels have no running parts and they can last up to 35 years. Apart from the initial installation, the power generation process is completely free.
Do solar panels affect global warming at all?
As with the actual panels themselves, converting solar energy to power carries very little risks – no carbon dioxide, no toxins, and even the production of systems – although associated with some emissions – are far, far less significant than others in the energy sector as a whole.
Can everyone use solar energy?
Solar energy is great for remote areas that don’t have access to an energy grid. However, as discussed, the amount of power generated does depend on location, time & weather.
So there you have it, questions answered! If you would like to know more about solar panel installations and why they might be the right choice for you, please contact us and we’d be more than happy to discuss your solar energy requirements.