Solar panels are increasingly gaining popularity these days. For years, we have been using fossil fuels and other non renewable resources of energy. These scarce resources have been exhausted to a level where everybody is complaining of imbalance in environmental conditions. Geologists say that most of the natural disasters and the global warming are a result of human errors like enormous forest cutting, soil erosion and other similar activities.
This concern led to the finding of some renewable source of energy to save earth and serve as a cost effective method. This paved the way for solar panels that capture the heat of the Sun and convert it into electrical energy. This energy can be further utilized for our daily chores. It is a reliable, long lasting and a very cost efficient method that will save us not only from the irritating power-cuts but also from the huge electric bills.
The invention of solar panel was the result of a discovery in 1954 that stated the capacity of silicon to convert sun’s energy into electric energy. Thus it was formed using photovoltaic cells (solar cells) containing silicon and these PV cells take care of the entire process of converting sunlight into electrical energy.
The best thing about solar panels is that once installed, they need little maintenance and cover up their initial cost in a few bills only. More the sunlight, greater will be the efficiency with a great life span of almost 20-30 years. Probably this is the reason why more and more people are adopting this method of power generation. After all who would not like to have an uninterrupted power supply and that too at a minimal cost.
With the rising popularity, the utility of solar photovoltaic cells is also increasing. Varied ways are being devised out where this alternative source of energy can replace the conventional methods. They are used for space crafts, solar heaters, solar cookers, battery chargers, cell phone chargers and I-pod chargers as well. Rather, one can charge the batteries using solar panels and can use them for power consumption in household, office or even on their recreational vehicles.
These cells can be customized as per the need of the client. More the power is required; bigger will be the size of the panel. Though a few people try to make solar panels on their own, it is always better to take a professional help. A professional guidance can help you understand how and where to place them so that one can get maximum benefit out of it. The professional can also explain that how a little effort like timely scratching of the dust and scrap from the panel can elongate the life and maintain the quality as well.