What Your Reno Electrician Won’t Tell You About Solar Energy
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Your Reno electrician may know more about solar energy than you think. After all, it’s in his or her best interest to understand solar power, as it will soon become synonymous with power supply in general and on a global scale. What’s more, solar-powered electricity isn’t as scary as it’s made to seem.
Solar Installations Aren’t the Only Purpose of an Inverter
Converters are everywhere: from car cigarette lighters to emergency lighting systems. Converters change one form of electric current to another. There are four different types of converters.
4. Direct Current to Alternating Current – the Function of the Inverter
Inverters convert the direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC). Most home appliances use AC. Emergency lighting systems, like solar arrays and UPS, use inverters.
These systems all use a DC battery to convert to AC power. The difference is how you charge the DC battery.
3. Alternating Current to Alternating Converters
These converters change either the voltage level or the frequency. The best visual example is a light dimmer. The light gets brighter or dimmer because of the activation of the AC to AC converter when you move the switch.
2. Direct Current to Direct Current Converters
DC to DC converters maintains a voltage at a specific level. You see this in cell phones.
1. AC to DC Converters AKA Refractors
Refractors convert AC to DC. It uses the opposite process of how a solar panel leverages an inverter to transduce its electrical currents. Refraction happens when you plug electronics into the wall of your home.
All Electrical Equipment Loses Efficiency
One of the main arguments against getting solar is that the solar panels lose efficiency. The truth is that all electrical equipment loses efficiency. Even when technology made a switch from analog to digital in the 1990s, electrical equipment still degraded.
Computers, cell phones and TVs are a few among the many electronics with a short lifespan. The consumer technology association found that, on average, electronics last about five years. Solar arrays, however, have a warranty for twenty-five years and regularly produce at least an 80 percent efficiency level from installation for 40 years — five times longer than the average computer.
Solar panels shouldn’t degrade by more than one percent per year. Extreme temperatures will affect the efficiency of your solar panels. So yes, your solar panels will lose efficiency as they reach the end of their lifespan. The best way to find the right solar panel for you is to look at your Nevada solar options.
Solar Power Intimidates Coal-based Energy Companies (AKA Your Power Company)
As we have seen in recent Nevada history, competing with what some may consider a monopoly is not always pretty, albeit it is what the market needs. Within the last ten years, we have seen a large spike in solar energy. Wind and hydropower have been the leading renewable energy sources for years; additionally, the IRENA has found that these renewable energy sources have increased, but not to the degree that solar has. Solar went from 8,679 MW in 2007 to 385,674 MW in 2017.
In 2016 solar growth surpassed coal net growth for the first time in history. Solar energy is a threat because it gives power generation to individuals. These customers, although still connected to the grid, no longer taking as much energy from it. As prices for solar arrays and battery backup continue to fall, coal power may not be able to compete. For these multi-billion dollar companies, this is a scary future.
You can, however, count on your Reno electrician to give you an impartial opinion on the matter. After all, he or she has their feet in each camp, though the final of the two is dragging closer to the circle of solar power.