Energy.gov describes Photovoltaic Technology as “materials and devices [that] convert sunlight into electrical energy.” Solar technology is not new, but it has evolved over the years and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. An actual Photovoltaic Technology cell (PV Cell) is small, but you may not think that from seeing those large solar panels that cover homes, businesses, and in fields in rural places. That’s because a single solar panel can have anywhere between 36-72 cells, and the power output rating is based on a few factors that you can look more into over at EnergySage.
Can I Run My Entire Home on Solar Photovoltaic Technology?
While you may not be able to run an entire home on solar energy, you can run quite a few things with it. From appliances to lighting to heating, these will help you save energy and money in the long run. Another article at EnergySage & The Spruce has some great info on what you can power with Photovoltaic Technology.
Ok, I Know There Are Some Downsides
Solar energy has come a long way and the technology continues to improve. Price is still a factor for the installation of solar panels. It’s seem to contradict itself in the fact that the cost in the beginning may be high, but over time the savings and value will increase to offset this, and the price of solar is still declining campared to years ago.
Of course, there is the main drawback: they can only generate energy while the sun is out in its full glory. Even days that have an overcast that blocks the sun from shining can impact the conversion of the energy.
There are a few other things to consider as well, Investopedia has a great article that explains a few more.
Things to Concider
There’s a lot to go over as a homeowner to determine if solar is a viable option for your home. Our NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professionals at SKR Solar can go over your needs and help you evaluate the cost effectiveness of solar with you. Reach out to us today, we’re here to help.