We use electricity in our everyday lives, from computers to refrigerators, from lights to airconditioning. It’s safe to say that as a society, we’re reliant on electricity. As an individual, however, our electric bills leave much to be desired. Many people try cost-reducing measures, like turning off the lights, unplugging their devices, but it’s often not enough. While most people are aware of the existence of solar power and its benefits, its use is not as widespread just yet. Despite the rapid advancement of solar technology, many people are still in the dark when it comes to solar energy.
Today, we’re going to look at the potential and capabilities of solar power, and why you should be paying attention.
Solar Power Storage
A common complaint when it comes to solar energy is ‘what if the sun’s down’. While there is some validity to this concern, the technology has gone past this worry. Power storage and solar energy have come hand in hand for a while now, and there are multiples ways to ‘capture’ solar energy for later use.
In a nutshell, your solar panel captures solar energy, which sends it to an inverter. This inverter can either feed the electricity directly to your panel or store it in a lithium-ion battery (the very same kind that’s used to power a lot of things- including your phone). Lithium is a rechargeable battery that can store a lot of energy for a long amount of time. They’re relatively small and inexpensive, meaning you it’s accessible to people who are interested in setting up their own solar power system.
Why Solar Power?
Solar power comes with a long list of benefits, both for you, your wallet, and the environment. Here’s a few.
- It’s good for the environment
Solar power is a renewable form of energy. What this basically means is you’re not using a finite resource, like oil or coal. The implications of this are big: oil mining is among the top pollutants and is a major contributor to global warming. Not to mention that oil will eventually run out, which can spell trouble for an electricity-reliant society like ours. Solar energy also has less carbon footprint, as there’s no need to spend more energy digging deep in the ground to harvest even more energy. All it takes is to set up a solar power bank, solar panels, a storage system, voila! Power!
- It will save you money
No one can claim ownership of the sun, which means no one can claim ownership of solar energy. The sun grants us more energy than necessary in the first place, we just need to know how to make use of it. While a solar power setup can be expensive, its price is decreasing as more and more people become interested in solar energy. The benefits of having your own is best seen if looking at it from a long-term perspective. The initial money you pay for the technology will rapidly pay itself when you don’t have electric bills to pay. And if you’re a business owner, the initial expense is worth it when it means cutting future expenses- especially when grid power is becoming more and more expensive.
- Modular and Flexible
There are remote areas where connecting to grid power is next to impossible. And if you made a personal or professional choice of moving there, the best option for you is to have your own solar energy setup. Solar energy can be utilized in areas that are not connected to the energy grid. This in itself has a lot of positive implications; having sufficient energy in a remote area means you can use energy to obtain clean water (lessening potential water bills), or gaining access to the internet (you’re still connected). Thanks to its modular nature, you don’t need a lot of space for it too. Solar panels can be installed on roofs, windows, walls, anywhere that has direct access to sunlight.
The Future of Solar Power
Research and studies on solar power are continuing non-stop. The demand for renewable energy is at an all-time high, and the solar industry is predicting to take a more significant position in the global energy industry. Advancements in science that allow reduced amounts of raw materials contribute to the rapid development of solar technology.
Many companies are leading innovations that make home integration of solar energy systems easier. Even at the consumer level, many companies are developing and releasing products that take advantage of solar power technology. Devices such as solar energy power banks are becoming more and more popular. In the near future, we can expect solar power energy to be more accessible, both in product availability and visibility and in price. Truly, the future of solar energy looks bright.