Radiation emitted by the sun can be captured and converted into useful forms of energy. This energy can be used to power electricity appliances in homes or heat water. The feasibility and economical operation of home solar panels depends on the availability of sunlight in the region.
To get maximum benefit from home solar panels the ideal place to install it is on roof tops, ideally mounted to face south, but south/east and south/west are great too. PV home solar panels are electric generating solar panels, which are a little more expensive than solar thermal systems. PV solar panels have zero maintenance, and zero fuel cost. These panes have no moving parts. No one actually knows how long these panels will last as the very first PV panels are still producing electricity today.
The optimum size of home solar panels depend on how much energy in kilowatt-hours is necessary per month, and how much it costs per month. Shifting entirely to electricity generated from home solar panels will mean reducing the use of home appliances which draw plenty of electricity.
Home solar panels are becoming popular source of renewable energy for home owners. To have a hassle free installation, solar panels should be purchased from manufacturers who are leaders in this technology. The panels should have durable connectors on the module, as this is one of the items that give trouble. The connections should be sturdy as it is open to all weather conditions. The terminals should also be rugged.
Unlike electricity generated from finite fossil sources like oil, gas and coal, solar energy has no fuel price volatility. With no moving parts, home solar panels are ideal for small homes where solar power has negligible maintenance cost and are reliable. Solar cells generate electricity without air and water emissions. There is no noise pollution either.
The cost of solar electricity is higher than the cost of retail electricity from private power houses. This is so because home solar panels require relatively high up-front costs and low ongoing operational costs. The only obstacle for its mass popularity is its initial investment. As technology in home solar panels become mature, PV cell efficiency increases, manufacturing efficiencies better, and economies of scale improve, it will become more affordable to many more people. Another reason for its low popularity is its aesthetics. The present panels are bulky, heavy, rigid, fragile and non-modular. A flexible, lighter, modular solar panel which fits aesthetically into homes will be welcome.