Solar Energy

What is Solar Energy?

Solar power is a renewable type of energy that is produced from the sun. It uses the power of the sun which is free and available anywhere in the world to produce electricity through solar cells. Compared to other renewable energy sources, it is easy to install, cheap to maintain and can be used for multiple applications such as space heating and water heating. A solar power system is also called a Photovoltaic (PV) system.

Advantages of Solar Energy

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Advantages of Solar Energy

  • It is the purest form of energy
  • Compared to other renewable energy sources, it is easy and fast to install.
  • It is cheap to maintain
  • It is clean energy and has zero environmental pollution
  • It is reliable because it can be stored in batteries for later use
  • Disadvantages of Solar Energy

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    Advantages of Solar Energy

  • It is intermittent in nature due to fluctuations in weather conditions
  • The initial cost of materials and installation is high
  • It requires a lot of space
  • A PV system can be configured as a stand-alone, also known as an off-grid system or as a grid-tie (on-grid) system. They are commonly used as a back power supply for residential and commercial purposes and rural electrification as a stand-alone system or in hybrid with other renewable energy sources such as wind turbines.

    A typical PV system consists of solar cells, a charge controller, an inverter and battery energy storage.

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