Why should I go solar?
Solar has a range of benefits, important among them are; they are eco friendly, they provide reliable and consistent power supply, they are maintenance free, and they get their electricity from abundant energy source.
How do solar photovoltaic (PV) panels work?
Solar panels are made of highly excitable, conductive materials. When the sun’s rays hit the solar panels, the reaction creates Direct Current (DC) electricity.
Since most homes and businesses use alternating current (AC) electricity, your solar-generated DC energy will pass through an inverter to become AC electricity. Then it flows through your property’s wiring and behaves just like the power you’ve been using your whole life.
What are the financial benefits of solar energy?
When you install a solar energy system on your property, you save money on your electricity bills and protect yourself against rising electricity rates in the future. How much you can save depends on the utility rates in your country and the capacity of solar plant installed, but going solar is a smart investment regardless of where you live.
What are the environmental benefits of solar energy?
Solar power, like other renewable energy resources, has many environmental and health benefit. Going solar reduces greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to climate change, and also results in fewer air pollutants like sulfur dioxide and particulate matter, which can cause health problems.
Do solar panels generate electricity during cloudy and rainy days?
Solar panels generate electricity even in cloudy or rainy days, just that they can’t be as powerful as electricity generated during the clear sunny days. Solar panels do not create electricity at night as the sun is not out.
This is why you need a good power back-up system (battery) with the solar panels functioning during the day and the back-up system storing power, you can be certain to use electricity 24/7.
Is solar energy reliable and powerful enough for my home or business?
The only time your solar panels stop generating electricity is when the sun’s not out. That means at night basically.
The sun is averagely constant in a country like Nigeria. Its usual routine is to rise in the morning and set in the evening (except cases of cloudy days). It’s more predictable and reliable than power plants, which often experience outages several thousand times every year.
The electricity generated from the sunlight is clean and reliable. It is clean because it is a renewable energy which does not release any toxic or harmful substance into the air like electric plant’s fumes, smokes and even noise. It is reliable because the sun can not be exhausted, you are almost certain you would use electricity 24/7 from the sunlight with a good back-up system (Battery).
How much will solar panel maintenance cost?
Solar panel systems are made of durable tempered glass and require little to no maintenance for the 25 to 35 years that they will generate power. In most cases, you don’t even need to clean your solar panels regularly. If something does happen, most equipment manufacturers include warranties, although warranty terms depend on the company.
How do I know the size of solar plant I need for my home/office
The size of solar system you need depends on several factors such as how much electricity you need (load profile) and how many hours of the day (run time) you want it to supply electricity, the size of roof/ground space available and how much you’re willing to invest. Furthermore, your consideration on whether you want the system to supply your complete energy usage or to supplant a portion of your higher cost energy usage is also a major point of consideration.