Solar Power Demystified: The Beginners Guide To Solar Power, Energy Independence And Lower Bills by Lacho Pop, MSE e Dimi Avram, MSE - Read Online
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The book 'Solar Power Demystified: The Beginners Guide To Solar Power, Energy Independence And Lower Bills’ introduces you to the world of solar electric panels and systems. 
It reveals you the reasons why photovoltaic solar panels are continuing to gain worldwide popularity and are becoming more important as a source of renewable energy. 

You can see the question “To go or not to go solar?” discussed in its practical aspects. 
Furthermore you are advised what kind of solar electric system you need and how to evaluate whether your home is ‘solar-ready’ or not 

You are also introduced to the basics of photovoltaics and to the main types of solar electric systems and their components. 

The book is intended to provide basic information to everyone who makes first steps in the world of photovoltaics and needs the matter explained in an easy-to-understand and straightforward way. 
The book exposes: 

Photovoltaics in the world of renewable energy

Advantages of photovoltaics in a summary

Why are photovoltaics continuing to gain worldwide popularity?

Why is the cost of photovoltaics decreasing?

Drawbacks of photovoltaics

What are the main applications of solar electric systems?
To go or not to go solar – that is the question!
Some issues to consider before going solar
Why would you need a solar electric system?
Don’t go solar before reading this!
What kind of solar electric system do you need?

How big solar electric system do you need?

How to finance the cost of your solar electric system?

Financial incentives

Is your building solar-ready?

How to assess your location for solar resource?

Why the condition of your roof does matter

Free solar panels

Solar power for business owners

Energy efficiency above all

How to improve the energy efficiency of your building

The basics of solar power

Solar electric systems

Grid-connected solar electric systems

Stand-alone (off-grid) solar electric systems

Advantages and drawbacks of stand-alone systems
Why are off-grid systems attractive?
Main applications of stand-alone solar electric systems
Selecting your solar vendor
What to be careful about
Grab the book and get started saving money on electricity and becoming energy independent now!

The book contains 60 pages.

Published: Digital Publishing Ltd on
ISBN: 9781513067247
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    Photovoltaics in the world of renewable energy

    Solar photovoltaic energy is the energy of the future. It can resolve a great part of ecological and energy problems of the world. 

    The energy sources of our planet are running out. Petrol, gas and coal are available in limited amounts.

    Utilization of such resources however has a negative effect on environment – gas emissions of greenhouse effect being the main reason for the global warming.

    Moreover, the energy consumption on the earth is increasing. Till 2030 a 50% increase of the energy needs is expected. A possible limitation of electricity consumption would mean deteriorating of lifestyle, whereas existing without electrical energy is practically unthinkable.

    Beside the problems related to limited amounts of energy resources and ecology issues, many people are experiencing attitude of brutal negligence and shady pricing policy of local utilities and energy companies. Frequent power outages, constantly changing and often incomprehensible tariffs and pricing of electricity, oil and natural gas are gradually becoming common. Furthermore, it is proven that utilities have no short-term economic benefit to prevent infrequent large-scale power cuts and cascading failures in power grids. Naturally, they do little to none to improve customer satisfaction in that direction. 

    Last but not least, in the energy resource market where the major producers of oil and natural gas are limited to 4-6, it is difficult for consumer to believe that only the common market laws are the major driver of energy prices. Geopolitics may unexpectedly turn the prices of oil and natural gas from one direction to another.

    What is more, the uncertain geopolitical and ecological situation on the planet forces many people to embrace the idea of self-reliance and seek for ways to become more energy independent even at any cost.   

    Use of renewable power sources is the only solution in such a situation. Solar generators, wind generators and biofuel products are by all means the Technology of the Future. Utilization of inexhaustible natural resources for energy production is a necessity standing in front of the whole mankind.

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    Therefore, it is time to take the responsibility for the future generations by integrating natural and innovative technologies in our everyday life.

    The sun is practically an inexhaustible source of energy.

    The sun alone can meet the enormous energy demand.

    It’s really unnecessary to search for new ways for energy production by expensive and natural way provided that we have a completely free and inexhaustible energy source – the sun.

    Photovoltaics represent a technology that makes possible taking advantage of solar energy. Photovoltaic cells successfully meet the energy demands. Photovoltaic systems convert sunlight into electricity with no pollution and no moving parts.

    Solar power generators do not produce carbon dioxide, which makes them an efficient method for resolving the world ecological and energy problems.

    A photovoltaic system for electricity production located on your roof or near your home is not only going to decrease your dependency on any current and future energy providers, but is also going to secure your energy needs.

    Energy is becoming more valuable from year to year. Every owner of a photovoltaic system contributes against carbon dioxide pollution and global warming. A PV system producing 1 kW of electricity prevents an environmental pollution by 850 kg (about 1,875 lbs) carbon dioxide per year!

    Long lifecycle of photovoltaic components and minimum maintenance support required for a PV system makes photovoltaics the ideal investment offering users minimal risk and steady income. Programs for supporting the renewable energy sources, e.g. high purchase prices of electricity and minimal guaranteed terms for buying up the electricity produced, represent an additional factor for generating profit.

    A photovoltaic system for electricity production could be regarded as a ‘reasonable luxury’ – it has a nice appearance

    and matches the modern aesthetics requirements.

    Solar modules are successfully applied upon building façade design by adding modern hi-tech appearance. PV modules help contribute to thermal isolation of buildings and save you expenses for façade tiling. With a photovoltaic façade you don’t need to repaint a building for at least 25 years!

    A solar system for electricity production might reasonably increase the cost of your real estate.

    This is not only due to the fact that your home becomes energy secured, but also because the comfort of living is improved, especially in attics where a PV installation would acts as a conditioner in summer and a heater in winter.

    The need for renewable energy sources coincides with two phenomena – the constantly increasing energy demands and the gradually running out deposits of coal, oil and gas.

    Advantages of photovoltaics in a summary

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    For the user:

    A well-developed, proven and reliable technology

    No moving parts and little maintenance

    No fuel needed for operation

    Easy and quick installment, especially grid-connected systems

    Stand-alone off-grid PV systems can produce electricity anywhere in the world

    PV systems generate more energy than they consume – the energy invested in PV modules production can be returned within 2 to 7 years, depending on PV systems location and type

    Photovoltaics add value to the building where installed

    Energy independence

    Satisfaction from achieving more energy security and bringing comfort to your family when the neighborhood goes dark.

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    For the environment:

    PV systems help for reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, thus minimizing the greenhouse effect

    PV systems reduce environmental pollution and do not cause any environmental risks – oil spills, nuclear disasters, global warming

    PV save the scarce resources available in the bowels of the earth

    PV can be recycled – there are various technologies for recycling modules after they have been worn out or damaged; solar cells, glass, aluminum frames can be either recycled or reused.

    Why are photovoltaics continuing to gain worldwide popularity?

    PV stimulate the sensible and economical energy use