Solar Energy Adds Powerful Options

As technology becomes more advanced, solar panels using
photovoltaic cells to absorb sunlight and create electricity
are becoming more affordable, portable and efficient. They
are readily available in various sizes to serve a range of
needs. Smaller self-powered units are now very common
– think of wireless patio lights with solar panels on their
tops. But other types are also gaining wider use.
For example, you can buy flexible solar panels small
enough to roll up and carry on a backpack, and then
roll out to capture sunlight for powering a computer or
smartphone while camping, hiking or boating.
On a larger scale, any rooftop, balcony or yard with
reasonably consistent exposure to direct sunlight, might
be a potential site for a solar panel that provides free
energy for home use. Such installations, of course, would
require further investigation, as the upfront costs can be
quite high. To begin, check your current electricity bill to
see how much you consume in order to determine the
size of panels you would need. Next, speak to an expert
to find out if your exposure gets enough sunlight to
generate sufficient electricity to be worthwhile. Finally,
find manufacturers and installers and look for government
agencies that may provide discounts, rebates or credits for
the electricity you generate.