Passive solar power has been around for centuries. In today’s world, in an effort to wean ourselves off of fossil fuels, investments in active solar energy generation methods are becoming more prevalent.
In the simplest terms, solar power is the conversion of rays from the sun into electricity. This is typically done through the use of photovoltaics (PV). Sometimes, however, it is also done indirectly using concentrated solar power. Concentrated solar power works by using lenses to focus a broad area of light from the sun into small beams of concentrated light.
Many forms of renewable energy sources are being investigated. Of these, solar power has become the most popular. So popular, in fact, that thousands of homes have placed solar panels on their home.
In most homes, the collection of solar power is done with solar panels. Each of these panels consist of individual solar cells which do most of the actual work in collecting this energy and converting it into electricity.
Currently, most of these solar panels are installed in homes in rural areas. Many of these areas are in remote locations to where it may be difficult or expensive to build electrical power lines. The average size of a solar panel that is needed to power a typical home is about six hundred square feet. Prices vary depending on where you live, but the average cost of installing such a system currently runs north of $45,000.
Fortunately, many municipalities and areas have begun to provide vouchers, tax credits, and other incentives to prevent homeowners and businesses from having the bear the entire brunt of the cost.