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solar-investSolar power is quickly gaining popularity all over the globe. It is growing at a rate of 2% per year, and if the figures continue to grow, solar energy will be the preferred source of energy worldwide. Most modern nations are encouraging people to rely on this renewable resource so that they can save more and help conserve the environment.

The trend can continue to provide benefits for decades to come if well-maintained. Here are some more tips and tricks.

About Location

First, you have to consider your current location. Are there a lot of clouds or does it rain or snow frequently? How much sunlight do you get per day? Some locations are very ideal for installing solar cell panels, while other people may do better with an electrical or battery source. Places that get around 4 to 6 hours of sunlight per day at least can do well with a solar energy system.

Preferably, tropical and desert areas should start investing in a solar energy system to get the most benefits. Determine the angle of the sun to know which spots are most ideal for installation.

About Resource

Are there any available hardware stores that offer the needed parts for your solar energy system setup? Will ordering online be easy and convenient? Are there agencies or professionals who can offer reliable and quality services to install and maintain the solar cell panels. Are the materials affordable and of good quality? These are some questions you need to consider to get the best deals. Ordering online will depend on your location and the mode of transportation.

If you think that setting up and maintaining the system will be difficult, it might be better to wait until the technology is more rampant in your area.

About Budget

Solar cell systems are generally costly in the beginning. Later on, you will realize that the costs will start to go down, since the energy stemming from the sun is free and available all the time. You should consider your budget by determining the area that needs to be covered with solar panels. Budget is vital so that you do not go overboard and overspend on things that you do not truly need. You should also consider the gadgets and devices that will be powered via solar means.

Longevity

A well-maintained solar energy system will last for 30 years if you keep it properly. Other setups may only last for a number of months or weeks at most if external conditions are very harsh or can damage the material easily. You can choose to create your own solar cells or just purchase from a source. The longevity of the setup will depend on the quality of the material, the use and applications.

Price does not immediately equate to quality or longevity. You should know more about the available brands and check if there are any differences with regards to feature that will ultimately enhance the lifespan. Ask for recommendations from friends and others who have tried the setup.

Final answer is definitely yes, you should invest in solar generated energy. It is time to find out everything you want to know about solar energy and opting for the same.[]

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Edvard Csanyi

Edvard - Electrical engineer, programmer and founder of EEP. Highly specialized for design of LV high power busbar trunking (<6300A) in power substations, buildings and industry fascilities. Designing of LV/MV switchgears.Professional in AutoCAD programming and web-design.Present on

12 Comments

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  3. jhonggals
    Mar 14, 2011

    please advise estimated cost of solar power at total power load of 10KW. and of course the where to acquire these items.

    • Edvard
      Edvard
      Mar 14, 2011

      Well, photovoltaic [PV] solar system would cost approximately 50.000 – 80.000 USD for 10kW of power load. This price should include all needed equipment like panels, converter, storage batteries, accesories and of course installation cost.

      It also depends on what solar panels you choose. You can acquire solar panels almost anywhere on the internet, but I would advise you to to do it in some local store in your place, or in the nearest town where you live.

      Try this site for comparing the prices:
      http://www.wholesalesolar.com/solar-panels.html


  4. Ted Medina
    Mar 02, 2011

    Please provide installation/set-up procedure for solar power installation for medium size residential house. Thanks a lot.

    • Edvard
      Edvard
      Mar 14, 2011

      Soon, EEP will publish an article about detailed instructions of installation of solar panels. Stay in tune!

  5. Edvard
    Edvard
    Dec 13, 2010

    Of course! Heating the pool is the great example of efficent usage of solar energy in heating application. Good for you!

    You know, when oil finally vanishes out in few years and energy crysis come in, there will be much less questions about efficency, reliability, cost and should you or not. It will be a MUST!


  6. Paul Kowal
    Dec 07, 2010

    Let’s not forget that solar energy is not only for electricity, but for heating as well. I have a pool that is heated via solar energy, built in 1988 that is still going strong!

  7. Edvard
    Edvard
    Nov 28, 2010

    Nice information Srdjan, thanks for sharing! Only big companies can start mass production and spread the new technology to world. It won’t be the cheapest solution, but huge movement in good direction.


  8. Srdjan
    Nov 27, 2010

    Few days ago Spectrolab announced that they will in January start to produce solar cells with 39.2% efficiency, such a great result! Here’s the link:

    http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/11/spectrolab-boeing-mass-producing-very-efficient-concentrating-solar-cell.php

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  10. Edvard
    Edvard
    Nov 27, 2010

    Well, actually this is no question any more! Of course we should invest in solar energy generation. It would be stupid not to use the natural resourse.

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