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The Present and Future of Solar Power

Solar Power in United StatesFrom the average person’s perspective, the sun will provide unlimited power for the rest of human existence on earth. The nearest predicted initiation of the sun’s death is five billion years from now. To put that period of time in context, humans have only been living on earth for 250,000 years. By the time the sun starts to die, some other form of life could be the dominant specie and not humans.

With that in mind, the utilization of solar power might be one of the greatest discoveries in human history. The energy it gives out is so abundant that it’s more than what the entire world uses in terms of traditional sources of energy. If photovoltaic (PV) technology advances enough, and scientists hope for it to happen sooner than later, it can replace the now-ancient energy-forming act of combustion. In the process, the world will be in a much better state for good. Hydrogen also has a great chance of reducing the world’s reliance on traditional power sources.

A Low-Cost Future

Being the most abundant forms of renewable energy, wind and solar power are the focus of many studies. One such research found out that these two would be the cheapest forms of energy production within 10 years. Though they conducted it in one region, Northeast Asia, it foretells a vastly optimistic future for the industry.

Considering where solar power is now, it’s easy to see that the landscape will change in favor of portable systems. Even today, it’s hard to keep track of every research team trying to make solar panels thinner and more flexible. The current models, although decent in catching photons and converting them to electricity, do not allow for easy installation. The primary photon-catching material, a crystalline silicon wafer-based photovoltaic, must be thick to allow the 25% standard conversion. But, panels have been plummeting in prices ever since 2008. It’s labor fees and permits that will make most of the expenses.

Business should seriously consider getting a larger panel system, regardless of the cost. It will run them twice or thrice the regular amount, but the benefits are immense. Efficiency can go up to 65%, meaning the solar panel system can effectively run air conditioning, lighting and other things that continually consume energy on a daily basis.

Self-Maintenance

There’s no question that solar panels require maintenance. It’s half the work of Canopy Energy and other solar contractors, making sure that their system delivers clean electricity every day. They usually offer 10-year guarantees on every installation, so there’s no need to fear that they will fix problems on the system.

Yet, not every issue requires professional intervention. Researchers at Murdoch University even found a simple way to maintain and retain solar panel performance: by dusting it. The study involved 18-year-old panels that have been gathering dust and dirt for 18 years. The factors are unlikely to happen in a non-controlled state, but it did show that dust accumulation decreased power output by 19 to 33 percent. They also included a warning to not install PVs near soil, because it releases particles that are detrimental to the panel’s performance.

The government has also started to make grids more solar-friendly. It may not mean much for private owners of solar electricity systems, but it will further the use of solar energy. It will also benefit them, though in a smaller way than people who rely on PPA deals. Nevertheless, the future is bright for solar power. It’s clean, it’s infinite, and it’s cost efficient.

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