to the new US President-elect Barack Obama, there will
be 25% or one fourth of assured alternative electricity
(to be made available) in the
Although there are solar panels
galore in many US cities and suburbs, each manufacturer
claiming extraordinary feature for his/her product, none
can guarantee what will happen when the panels get
covered with snow during a blizzard. Of course, solar
panels are mostly fitted on sloping rooftops but heavy
snowing can affect their functioning at least for some
daylight hours. Thus, you need to know where to install
residential solar panels so that it can receive the
sunlight and also get the protection.
a residential solar panel
alone cannot give you the desired result. You also need
an inverter for transforming the DC current generated by
the residential solar panel to be converted to 120 volt
AC current before it ca be of any use in US homes. Then
there are the battery banks to ensure availability of
power during night.
However, to obtain uninterrupted
current in terms of 24-hour supply, residential solar
panels may be grid-tied all the while. This not only
ensures availability of electricity when the sun goes
down but also paves the way to supply any surplus power
to the grid as and when the situation so arises. This is
one way of balancing the cost.
to be considered when installing residential
solar panel as to the best direction at which
optimum electricity can be generated by the panel. This
may require a little bit of research in terms of
monitoring climatic condition of a particular site. For
instance, morning fog in the San Francisco-area
locations suggests that solar panels will best operate
there during mid-afternoon hours. Also, eliminating phantom loads
but powered down TVs or computers help better
utilization of residential solar panels.
There are simply too many alternative energy incentives. The local governments offer many such plans, plus solar power is also environmentally clean. And of course, by installing solar panels for your home, you can reduce your electricity bills drastically. So go ahead and go solar – but first get informed as to the best place in the home to set it up, know how to install and wire the system and also learn about the safety precautions.