One might want to know what the basics of solar are. First of all, lets note that solar energy systems vary according to application and size. There are home solar systems which are mostly found on the rooftops of residential homes. Even businesses are beginning to offset their energy cost by installing solar panels. Another development is the building of large solar power plants for the purpose of providing cleaner energy to all customers connected to the grid.
Solar energy has two main types regardless of the specifics of a given installation, which are photovoltaic (PV) and concentrating solar power (CSP). The more common one is the PV technology due to the display of the solar panels on rooftops. The solar panels are placed in such location in order to receive sunlight which lead to photons being absorbed from the sunlight by the panels. This creates an electric field across the layers and causes electricity to flow. PV installations can be mounted on the ground, rooftop or wall mounted. In very sunny locations, a five kilowatt solar system can produce an average of 7,000 to 8,000 kilowatt-hours per year which is roughly equivalent to the electricity usage of the general national grid.
The second solar technology is known as the concentrating solar power (also known as concentrated solar thermal and CSP). This is basically used in very large power plants. The reflection and concentration of sunlight is done through mirrors onto receivers that collect solar energy which is converted to heat. A steam turbine which serves as heat engine is driven by the heat that is connected to an electrical power generator which produces electricity.
Many more homes and businesses are beginning to realize the huge benefits of going solar. In a time to come, solar power installation would be very common to see around. One of the key contributing factor to this, is the continuous improvement on the solar technologies and its relative affordability.
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