Solar energy has been around since our planet Earth was young.
The ability to harvest it using PV solar panels for our modern age has arrived.
The power of the sun created this rich and beautiful biodiversity that we see around us today.
Simple chemical reactions have transformed the atmosphere of our planet into the oxygen-rich air that we breathe today.
Just like photosynthesising plants on Earth, modern-day photovoltaic solar panels have developed into a higher-efficiency technology that can be installed worldwide.
In a similar way to the successful spread of plant life, the human race can now see the benefits of using the sun’s energy directly to keep our civilisation.
Solar panels have become widely used across the world for many reasons. One of these reasons, ‘efficiency improvements’ are highlighted here.
You may be surprised to learn that early solar heating technology has been around for thousands of years.
Solar electric was first invented in 1839 when a French physicist Antoine César Becquerel discovered the photovoltaic effect.
The first solar cell was created in 1907 and the refinement of the technology taking place in 1941.
Admittedly, just like any technology, the first solar panels were a bit basic, which gave them the “solar panels don’t work well on this country” reputation.
However over the last ten years, with research and development, today’s PV solar panels are very impressive and work well even within the UK’s climate.
Stuart Lovatt, the founder of Power My Home, adds, “With new, modern materials, heat and power can be extracted very efficiently from lower light levels and some cloudy days.
Every day the UK is bathed in sunlight, either directly or diffused, and the solar panels we install are engineered to absorb and convert both types of light.
The best thing about today’s newer high-efficiency solar technologies is the longevity of service life.
Both solar heating and electric panels, have lifespan of 25– 40 years (depending on the brand of the system).
What can you think of that lasts this long in everyday life (apart from the mortgage!).
Solar panels sell themselves when you consider longevity on this scale.
Just to prove this point, back in the 1960s, when satellites launched into space, their energy source came solely from photovoltaic solar panels.
Today, those 1960s satellites still in orbit are still producing power.
This technology is why solar technology is sold as an investment.
In an increasingly energy-scarce world, reducing personal long-term dependence has to be on the agenda.
Take full advantage of the new generation tariff scheme on offer.
After all, life itself is a result of the long-term use of energy from the sun.
Light is life.