Home Power System

Homemade Solar Power and DIY Energy Sources

Photovoltaic Cells

Photovoltaic cells are devices that produce electricity directly from sunlight. Many photovoltaic cells put together form a solar array or solar panel. These cells convert light into electricity by harnessing the energy created when photons from sunlight knock electrons into a higher state of energy, within the cell itself. Photovoltaic cells are composed of layered materials which include two types of silicon, an anti-reflective coating, and a glass cover. The technology used to produce solar panels continues to advance, and may one day provide essentially free energy to power homes and businesses.

Solar Power 4 Home

Solar power for homes (power4home ) is becoming an increasingly popular method of powering some or all of your house. However many people ask the question "How much does home solar cost?"
There are two main methods of getting your house up and running on solar power electricity. Simply put, they are either professional installation or "do it yourself" (DIY) solar panel installation.
As you'd expect, professional installation is by the most expensive method. A recent article in the UK suggested that the cost of professional installation could be anything from £3,000 to £20,000 (approx $5,000 - $40,000 US). The article in the Independent went on to suggest that professionally installed systems could take up to 100 years to pay back the installation costs. In other words, professionally installed systems are out of reach of most everyday people who want to have solar power for home.

What to Know Before Purchasing Home Solar Electricity

Getting home solar electricity is more affordable today than 10 years ago. In fact, many state governments are currently offering tax rebates to persons that choose to convert to home solar electricity. If installing a photovoltaic system to supply your home solar electricity is too far out of your financial abilities, there are also programs available to purchase your utilities from an accredited green energy supplier. Green energy suppliers offer only utilities fueled by renewable resources, such as solar electricity, hydroelectricity and wind generated electricity. However, if you made the decision to switch to solar electricity for your home it is important to determine your electricity needs before you start shopping.