The Basics of Solar Systems

by | Nov 9, 2016 | Energy Efficiency

A home that has installed a solar system enjoys lower utility bills and a lower carbon footprint.  Locations that benefit the most from installing a solar system are areas where the weather is mostly sunny throughout the year. This does not disqualify areas with cloudy days; the efficiency differs, but the system still works in such places.

If you live in a place where you do not experience sunshine most times of the year, use a web calculator or talk to a solar installation expert to find out the viability of the installation in your area. Luckily, Visalia always has plenty of sunshine, so you can install a solar system without worries. Most systems are installed on the roof, which allows them to tap into the radiation rays from the sun while taking advantage of the unused roof space. Sloped or flat roofs are the best for installations. In cases where your roof is unsuitable for solar installation, ground mounted solar systems can be used to capture the sun’s free energy.

There are two main categories of home solar systems in Visalia: active and passive systems.

 •    Active systems – These systems rely on a solar collector (absorbs solar power), solar storage system (stores the absorbed power) and a solar transfer system which distributes the power to various locations.  Active solar systems are further divided into solar thermal systems and solar photovoltaic systems.
•    Passive solar systems – These systems take advantage of the sun’s heat through the process of insulation. When using this system, you have to make sure the emission receiving structure is positioned in a way so that it attracts enough heat from the sun according to the needs of the site in which it is placed. Sun emissions materials include earth mass, stone and bricks. They are incorporated into your home’s interior walls or floors. These materials can make for beautiful additions and can enhance your home’s aesthetic qualities.

Solar systems are a great source of green energy and they contribute to a cleaner environment. Talk to a solar educator to find out what type of solar system is right for your home.

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