The Benefits of Using a Home Solar Generator
With the frequency of natural disasters and blackouts all across the country, many households have decided to install a power generator. This helps in the event of an ice storm, hurricane, or other serious weather condition. Unfortunately, operating a traditional generator requires a constant source of fuel which can be expensive to run, and difficult to store. However, many homeowners have chosen to install a solar generator as an alternative.
A solar generator is designed to collect energy from the rays of the sun and store the electrical power until it is required by the home. A generator that operates off the solar rays functions just as efficiently as any gas-powered generator. Fortunately, the homeowner never needs to deal with storing the replenishing fuel or the costs involved in its purchase. In addition, it does not generate a smell or noise when operating, or have any risk of a potential fire.
Benefits of a Solar Generator
Well-informed homeowners that install a solar generator on the house utilize the energy of the sun to create electrical power, using a photovoltaic system. This avoids the need to consume huge quantities of non-renewable energy sources including coal, petroleum, propane and natural gas in staggering amounts.
As an alternative energy source, solar power electricity provides an Earth-friendly solution when needing an emergency source of power during electrical outages. Some homeowners use the solar power panels as an effective solution for reducing monthly home utility bills, especially in areas where there is no local source of power.
The Components of Solar Generators
A solar generating device is manufactured with various parts that include the collector designed to capture rays of the sun. Typically, a collector of sunlight is referred to as a photovoltaic cell or a solar panel. They are manufactured out of amorphous silicon or crystalline silicon along with other materials. The unit naturally captures sun rays and converts solar energy into electricity. To be effective, it must be strategically mounted in an area that can capture the most amount of sunlight possible, by angling the device in calculated ways.
In addition to the solar panel, solar generators are manufactured with a deep cycle battery designed specifically for continuous use. This provides electricity after the sun sets. Generally, solar generators are manufactured to create 12 volts of power output. However, there are available units that offer 120 volts for the home.
A Power Source
Electricity from the device is created as either AC (alternating current) or DC (direct current). Homeowners that utilize solar generators often purchase appliances that run specifically on direct current power. A standard vehicle operates on 12 volt direct current, while most household appliances utilize 110 volt or 220 volt alternating current. However, an inverter can be installed on the generator that will automatically convert direct current into alternating current allowing for standard AC plug-in for electricity.
Solar generators designed for home use are offered in numerous sizes and capacities. Small power-pack units are available at an affordable price. A small unit can easily generate five watts of power at 10 amp hours. They usually are fabricated with a couple USB ports, 110 receptacle outlets, and a DC socket.
In addition, homeowners can purchase a small generator (the size of a briefcase) that can generate 15 watts. These are an ideal solution for using the rays of the sun to generate enough electricity to recharge laptops and cell phones.
An Off Grid Solution
Using the latest advanced technology in solar powered generators, many homeowners can generate enough off grid power to use in a variety of scenarios. Many higher end units utilize sun-tracking technology to maximize the energy producing capability of the solar panels throughout the entire day. In addition, these units are designed to generate the quickest charge possible. Sun-tracking technology eliminates the need to manually re-position the bank of solar panels as the sun moves across the sky.
Generating High Power
For just a couple of thousand dollars, homeowners can purchase a large solar generator unit that is designed to generate backup power for the household. Many can quickly generate 1500 to 3000 watts of electricity, at a range as high as 245 amp hours.
These units are an ideal source for generating enough electricity for computers, lighting, medical equipment, remote power and more. Through careful planning during an electrical power outage, the homeowner can easily plug and unplug small appliances and electronics to have access to nearly anything in the home that requires electricity for short periods.
There are high-end solar units that are available that can generate 3500 watts of electricity at thousands of amp hours. The solar generators are capable of providing enough electricity for the entire building or home. These whole house units allow the homeowner to maintain an almost normal standard of living when the traditional electrical power supply has been shut off or is down due to inclement weather.
How Much Power Is Required?
It is important that every homeowner decide exactly how much power the house will require. In addition, the homeowner will need to calculate how much unobstructed sunlight can be received in and around the home where the solar panels will be installed. The absence of solar panel obstruction means that throughout the day no shadows from a neighboring building, tree, or any other object are casting a shadow over the solar panels.
When the solar panel is installed in an area with no shadows or obstructions, each panel can be set up to receive nearly 100% of the entire day’s worth of sunshine. Of course, the time of year will determine exactly how many hours of sunshine it receives every day. The solar panels will be able to generate a significant more amount of power during the summer months than in the winter.
In addition, it is important that the homeowner calculate the amount of battery capacity they will need during a power outage. This will determine the amount of battery size required to run one or more appliances or electronics when the utility-provided power is down.