Solar energy facilities generate electricity, which is distributed to energy consumers via electric transmission systems. There are two ways of collecting and utilizing solar energy:
Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) are used as a heat source to boil water.
Photovoltaic (PV) solar cells convert sunlight directly into electricity.
You're probably familiar with solar uses on a grand scale, like flying an aircraft or charging military batteries, but solar has plenty to offer homeowners, too. From small scale uses like generating power to charge your iPad to meeting larger needs such as getting you to and from work, solar power has a multitude of uses. Discover how solar power can impact your everyday life.
Solar Transportation. As mass transportation moves into the world of solar power, the overall carbon footprint left behind from exorbitant amounts of gas fumes is reduced. PV energy can be used to power a variety of transportation methods including railroads, subways, busses, planes, and cars. Eventually, every mode of transportation will be powered by the sun, lowering the cost of transportation all together.
Solar Tech. Think about the types of technology you utilize on a daily basis. From your cell phone to personal speakers, tablets, and smart TVs, solar energy can power all of these devices and more. Portable solar chargers are all the rage in the tech world right now. Small enough to fit in your back pocket, these chargers carry a powerful punch, capable of charging most handheld devices. Similarly, many electronic devices are being designed with solar chargers, making it easier for you to keep your devices charged without having an electric power source around.
Solar Home. Rooftop solar is one of the most impactful uses of solar energy. Installing solar panels onto the roof of your home can save you thousands of dollars every year on your utility bills and lessen your carbon footprint. The typical solar panel is typically covered for upwards of 20-some years, which means your energy savings can total into thousands of dollars over time. There are custom solar solutions designed to meet the needs of every homeowner, whether you're looking to provide electricity for appliances or lighting or help power your entire home in order to reduce your dependency on utility companies.
Solar Heating. Many homeowners don't know that solar power isn't a one trick pony. In addition to creating electricity, solar energy can provide heat, too. Solar water heaters and solar space heaters are an effective solution to lessening your carbon footprint without making the larger investment of having solar panels installed. Solar space heaters capture and convert sunlight into thermal energy, then use liquid or air as a medium of transfer. Solar water heaters solely use water as a method of thermal transfer. Solar water heaters work exceptionally well for pools, heating them at a more cost-effective rate than gas heaters. The cost of these heating systems ranges from $3-4,000, but you'll see a return in as little as 1.5 years.
As the world moves away from fossil fuels, Infiniti continues to provide renewable sources of energy in the form of solar power. To learn more about our solar solutions, contact us today.