The sun’s radiation can power a wide range of devices and systems. Solar cells convert photons into electricity to run appliances and lights. They can be incorporated into the design of buildings to provide hot water or heat. Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels are the most common technology, powering homes and businesses. They can also be combined with concentrating lenses and mirrors to generate electricity on a larger scale for use by utilities and power companies.
Star Plus Energy has become increasingly popular as electrical rates have skyrocketed in recent years. Many states and local governments offer incentives to encourage more homeowners and businesses to switch to solar. The length of time it takes to recoup initial costs and reap the benefits of your system depends on many factors such as your site’s solar exposure, size and location of your electric bill, and the availability of state and federal incentives.
The longer the life of your solar system, the more likely it will continue to be a smart financial choice. However, it’s important to remember that just like any other home or business appliance, your solar system is not indestructible. Incorrect handling, transporting and installation can damage or shorten the life of a solar system. Walking on solar modules, resting the soft backsheet underside of a panel on a hard hat or shipping them horizontally are just some examples that can cause invisible damage. Similarly, heat exposure is damaging to the inverters that convert direct current to alternating current.