Cheap Solar Power - The Do It Yourself Way To Harness The Sun's Energy
By Merlyn Evans
You don't have to live in the sun belt to benefit from the abundant energy created by the sun. All around the United States and in many other countries around the world, homeowners are discovering the benefits of cheap solar and wind power. It seems to make so much sense to use renewable energy sources, but it has only been in more recent times that the public in general has turned its' attention to solar and wind, driven by the astonishing increases in cost for traditional methods.
Traditionally, large collections of solar cells, called arrays are placed on a roof-top, but latterly a trend has emerged whereby the receptacles are placed at ground level, in a back-yard, often hidden from neighborly view. The system described by Solar Power Home Now allows you to create your own solar power system for only hundreds rather
than thousands of dollars. Such a system creates energy which can also be stored quite cheaply and used to power many household appliances.
Improving solar cell efficiency is an important goal of the PV (photovoltaic) industry. Today's solar cell is much more efficient than its' predecessor. It is becoming possible to use thin film cells, using layers of semiconductor materials only a few micrometers thick. A goal of the industry is to incorporate this technology into rooftop shingles, tiles and building facades, although this is still prohibitively expensive.
In the meantime, a growing number of thrifty homeowners are looking at ways to cut their electricity bills, living OFF the grid. As our economy continues to contract you can be sure that even more attention will be paid to alternative energy.
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