Updated: Nov 3, 2021
Solar cells have a lifespan of 25+ years and are recyclable, meaning they won't sit in our landfills to degrade for decades or pollute the Earth with hazardous pollution. Even the commonly used lithium batteries are recyclable, meaning solar panels are a true green experience. They're definitely better than contributing to the billions of tons of pollution that traditional power plants produce.
Did you know? Solar panels charge 24/7, even at night and on cloudy days. Quality solar panels charge on nights when the moon is out. To be fair, they will charge very little, but they will still catch a small amount of solar rays from the sun's reflection. They lessen our dependence on fossil-fuel consuming power plants, by charging batteries from the sun's rays.
They're also a great way to become more self-sufficient, as personal power is no longer dependent upon an outside source of production, and there's less environmental factors leading to power outages. With solar panels, there's no "grid" to be connected, meaning there's no road-side power lines that can be damaged by fallen trees, car accidents, weather, transformers or other issues with grid power. It's simply an interconnected system.
Common Myths Surrounding Solar Panels
They are expensive.
We're trying to make clean energy accessible, so we've launched solar panels in our store. Many choose to purchase solar panels and install independently, but we always recommend having a professional inspect, install and maintain panels.
They won't power large appliances.
This is simply not true. It will take more than a few 200W panels to run something like an A/C unit, but it's definitely possible with a larger system.
They won't pay off in the long run.
You'll need to do the math on this one, but in our experience, we were paying an average of $200/month for power. For $2,400(one year's worth of power,) we could have purchased 2400 watts of solar panels and spent a little extra for the set-up and batteries, and never paid an electric bill again. Now, we have solar panels, but we could have saved so much money up-front had we went this route.
How do solar panels work?
There's several different ways of hooking up solar panels, depending on if they're on a roof, a kit, or separate from what they're powering.
As you can see in the image above, solar panels are kind of like a solar cells in a shadow box. They're made to withstand some impact and are generally pretty tough.
I don't have a video of us hooking up our solar panels, so I'm going to share one from YouTube. Our panel system is off-grid, but this guy has a grid-connected system. Keep in mind, that each solar set can and will be a little bit different, according to size and application.
Again, we recommend having a professional hook up, inspect and maintain solar panels. Especially if they're on a roof. Not all towns/cities will require permits for installing solar panels, just takes some research to find out what's needed beforehand.
We built a small rainwater collection system and simply converted it into our solar panel stand. It works to shelter our batteries, inverters and the like. I didn't like the idea of drilling into my roof due to the risk of leaking, but plenty of people do it with no problem.
I liked the idea of installing solar panels because not only are they completely sustainable and recyclable, they pay for themselves in only a few short years. Also, they're compatible with almost any location with over four hours of daily sunlight. A win-win for the Earth and my wallet.
Thank you so much for reading! I've been wanting to write a post on solar panels for a while now, and I finally got around to it. I'm so happy with how our solar panels turned out! Are you interested in installing solar panels? Please drop a comment below, like and share this!