Typical Solar Panel Use
When most people think about solar panels, their mind probably goes right to the idea of using home solar panels to generate electricity in a residential home. They might think about a more broad application of solar panels, such as the use of solar panel systems in commercial buildings, but generally most people do not consider the other possibilities of solar panel system use. There are many different ways people can-and currently do-use solar panels to generate electricity, and it’s not just limited to mundane applications like powering the microwave in someone’s home! The following are some of the most common and the most uncommon uses of solar panels.
Home solar panels are used when people want to use a solar panel system to generate electricity in their home. Home solar panels typically come with the standard appearance most people would expect from solar panels: several rectangular panels connected together and laid out on the roof of a building. Some home solar panel systems are wider than they are long, while others tend to be more square in appearance. Solar panel companies usually offer their clients a variety of ways to put together solar panels, depending on their roof shape and particular needs. The shape of home solar panels all depends on the needs of the home that is being powered and the available space for installing solar panels. For example, a home that requires a higher number of kW to generate their annual electricity needs will need a bigger solar panel system than a home which requires a much lower amount of kW annually.
It’s also important to take the size of the home and the area available for solar PV installation into account as well. If a home is incredibly small but has a very large electricity requirement, a solar panel system may need to be heavily customized in order to fit those needs, if a single system can do so at all. Typically, many households can rely on home solar panels to reduce the amount of electricity in the home that needs to be generated via a non-solar method, but it can’t (except in cases where homeowners can afford it) completely replace regular electricity.
Commercial Building Use
More Uncommon Uses
Hot water solar panel systems are growing in popularity among homeowners. Hot water solar panel systems, like regular solar panel systems, use solar power to generate hot water into a home or building. These systems can typically provide an average household with almost 1/3 of its annual hot water supply. Some of these systems even combine solar water heating with solar paneling in order to provide a much higher level of a household’s hot water supply, if not the entire supply!
If you are considering an alternative use for solar panels then its always best to find an accredited installer or electricians who can help advise on what is possible and the potential costs.
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