An introduction to solar energy

As concern for the environment increases, many of us are keen to explore more eco-friendly, renewable sources of energy.

What is solar energy?

A significant amount of energy is emitted from the surface of the sun, which we experience as both heat and light. This energy can be harvested by collectors and solar panels, which can then be used to power homes and businesses.

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There are many businesses offering solar panel installation Bristol; however, it is important to ensure your chosen installation expert has the skills and knowledge to ensure you receive the best possible outcome for your investment.

Are there different types of solar energy?

Photovoltaic solar energy panels convert sunlight into electricity by capturing the light and generating a direct current (DC). An inverter is then used to convert this current into an alternating current (AC), which can be used in the home.

Solar thermal energy panels capture the heat generated by radiation from the sun and transform this heat into thermal energy. Rather than producing electricity, these systems produce air, heat and heated water, which can be used in domestic hot water systems, swimming pools, and heating systems.

Hybrid solar energy systems are also available. These leverage solar energy alongside another form of energy generation, such as batteries or wind turbines.

What are the advantages of solar energy?

Energy from the sun is abundant. While it requires the manufacture of energy collectors and solar panels, it doesn’t pollute the environment, generate noise, or produce greenhouse gases. This means it is not impacted by instability or energy crises. As we have seen in recent months and years, these factors can significantly increase our household energy bills.

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Can solar energy meet our needs?

Research from the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University has found that the energy needs of Great Britain could be completely met by solar and wind energy.

By exploring your options for solar panel installation in Bristol, you could save money on your household bills and contribute to a better future for us all.

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