Solar Power Basics
Solar panels are becoming a common site around Utah, and with good reason. Solar panels are an efficient and clean way to access energy for homes and businesses of all sizes. Throughout the country, Americans are turning to solar more and more each year, and the industry is seeing impressive growth. You may already know the many benefits of solar, but if you’re a little unsure of how the energy capture and usage process works, this article is for you.
Solar energy technology consists of two main types: photovoltaics and concentrating solar-thermal power. Photovoltaics is what’s used in solar panels and is what you’re likely most familiar with. Solar panels essentially work by absorbing the sunlight then allowing the particles of light (called photons) to break free from atoms, which in turn generates a flow of electricity. The panels are comprised of many small units called photovoltaic cells that are linked together, which converts the sunlight to electricity. This can also be done through a collection of mirrors that concentrate solar radiation. Whatever electricity is generated is then stored in batteries or thermal storage. Extra energy production from homes or business on the grid can be stored and used throughout, which would get you a credit at the end of the year. According to energy.gov: “The amount of sunlight that strikes the earth's surface in an hour and a half is enough to handle the entire world's energy consumption for a full year.” With a powerful energy source like this, it makes sense to utilize it in the best ways possible.
Electromagnetic radiation or solar radiation is light that is emitted by the sun. Naturally some parts of the Earth receive more sunlight over the year than other areas, so this radiation varies a bit based on geography. Utah may not be close to the equator, but we still get a good amount of solar energy throughout our state. Utah ranks in the top ten for average peak sunlight hours in the US getting about 5.3 hours of sunlight per day and about 3,000 hours of annual sunlight.
Benefits to You and Generations to Come
Solar power is a sustainable energy source that can deliver reliable energy for our current needs without jeopardizing future generations’ needs. It won’t get depleted, and it is inexhaustible. Prices for solar have dropped dramatically over the years and technologies continue to improve to deliver the best source of power for the long-term benefit of society.
At Four Seasons Solar, we offer many options for virtually any need throughout Utah. Whether you’re a business owner or a homeowner, you can benefit from solar. With tax credits and incentives, a solar energy system is a wise financial investment in addition to working toward a cleaner, greener planet. This year, the Utah Solar Tax Credit continues to covers up to 25% of the system, and this incentive goes away at the end of 2024. Start taking advantage of the many benefits now and reach out to us today for a free estimate or if you have any questions or concerns.