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Solar Panel: Is it worth installing a solar collector at home?

A good way to save energy and also help the environment is the installation of solar panels. A  solar panel is a module that takes advantage of the energy of solar radiation. 

The term includes two types of solar panels:

  • Solar collectors:  used to produce hot water (usually domestic).
  • Photovoltaic panels:  used to generate electricity, generally by power companies.

Before buying and installing a solar collector, we will have to take into account a series of considerations to see if it is worth it:

  • Climatic conditions:  a solar panel will only be profitable if we install it in a home located in a place with sufficient hours of sunshine. Humid and cloudy climates do not take advantage of their potential.
  • Expensive:  a solar collector system is expensive. In addition to the cost of the panels and their installation, it will be necessary to purchase a hot water storage tank. Only if it is profitable can we amortize it?
  • House size:  The costs vary from one house to another since the number of solar collectors to be placed varies depending on the thermal power required. The hot water tank will also vary, in this case depending on the needs anticipated by the members of the house.
  • Ask for a budget:  the best thing, in any case, is to approach a manufacturer to prepare a budget for us. For this, it will be necessary to know the surface of the house, the number of radiators it has, and the thermal and hot water needs for general uses. The manufacturer must also inform us of the profitability of our installation.
  • Climatic conditions:  a solar panel will only be profitable if we install it in a home located in a place with sufficient hours of sunshine. Humid and cloudy climates do not take advantage of their potential.
  • Expensive:  a solar collector system is expensive. In addition to the cost of the panels and their installation, it will be necessary to purchase a hot water storage tank. Only if it is profitable can we amortize it?
  • House size:  The costs vary from one house to another since the number of solar collectors to be placed varies depending on the thermal power required. The hot water tank will also vary, in this case depending on the needs anticipated by the members of the house.
  • Ask for a budget:  the best thing, in any case, is to approach a manufacturer to prepare a budget for us. For this, it will be necessary to know the surface of the house, the number of radiators it has, and the thermal and hot water needs for general uses. The manufacturer must also inform us of the profitability of our installation.

How does solar energy work

Solar is a renewable or “green” energy and comes entirely from the sun. But how do photovoltaic solar panels convert sunlight into electricity

1. Photovoltaic solar panels capture sunlight, causing electrons in silicon cells to release energy that is converted into electricity in the form of direct current.

2. Converting direct current into alternating current through an inverter, it becomes useful for homes and businesses.

3. Excess electricity can be stored in a battery or returned to the public power grid.

4. You can buy electricity from the public grid if you need more energy than your solar panels can generate.

Types of solar panels

Since each solar installation faces various limitations of space and shaded areas, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Solar offers a diverse range of solar panels and solutions to meet the different needs of residential, commercial, and large-scale projects.

There are two main types of photovoltaic solar panels for these systems: monocrystalline and multi-crystalline.

Monocrystalline

Solar panels are highly efficient in generating electricity from light and are a more efficient solution from a spatial point of view. These durable cells, which enjoy great autonomy and are aesthetically pleasing, are the ideal solution for rooftop installations in homes and small businesses.

Multicrystalline

Solar panels are simpler to produce and offer a versatile and cost-effective option. This type of panel is available in various sizes and colors, and is suitable for both residential and large-scale installations, as well as for applications with or without access to the electrical network.