Solar energy as we know is fast gaining ground in the global market with solar panels at the peak. Solar panel as part of solar energy is not only a truly reliable and lasting energy source but also very cost-effective and efficient. So what actually makes this solar energy possible is “solar panel” which is what I will discuss with you today.
In a layman’s understanding, solar panel is a collection of photovoltaic cells (solar cells) made of semiconductors that converts sunlight to electricity through photovoltaic effects.
A photovoltaic (PV) module is a packaged and connected assembly of solar cells. When light hits the cells, the electrons are partitioned from their atoms and flow through the cell, thereby generating electricity. In order not to bore you with solar terms, I will take a good description of solar panels. But first, let me give you a detailed description of photovoltaic effects.
Description of photovoltaic effects
You can think of photovoltaic effects as a natural process that takes place on the surface of a solar panel. To break it down, I will give you a clear picture of what a photovoltaic effect is. Solar panels collect clean renewable energy in the form of sunlight and convert that light into electricity which powers our home.
Then this well-arranged solar cells comprises layers of silicon, phosphorous (which provides the negative charge), and boron (which provides the positive charge).
Due to positive and negative attraction(Columb’s law), the solar cells absorb the photons and in doing so initiate an electric current. So when these photons strike the surface of the solar panel, energy is generated. This energy pushes the electrons out of their atomic orbits into the electric field of the solar cells. And finally, these free electrons bring about a directional current(DC current). So this is how the whole process works with other components to power your house.
Description of solar panel
In a layman understanding, solar panel is a surface with a well-arranged collection of solar(or photovoltaic) cells in a grid-like pattern which generates electricity through the photovoltaic effects. photovoltaic effect has been explained above.
You can as well describe solar panels as a set of photovoltaic modules, mounted on a supporting surface. Solar panels are very durable and in terms of wear and tear. It is a hardy surface and wears extremely very slowly such that in a year u might hardly notice any change.
TYPES OF SOLAR PANELS
When trying to get a solar panel, you should have in mind that different solar panels are made up of different types. They include:
• Monocrystalline solar panel
• Polycrystalline solar panel
• Thin-film solar panel.
please if you are wondering what is the difference between monocrystalline and polycrystalline solar panels. Well, they are both made from silicon elements, the difference is just that monocrystalline is made from a single silicon crystal while polycrystalline is made with many silicon crystals. But never the less, they are both good choices while buying solar panels for your home.
MONOCRYSTALLINE SOLAR PANEL
Monocrystalline solar panels are made from silicon wafers. They are made from a single pure crystal of silicon. It generates more power than the other two types of solar panels because the electrons in the single-crystal cell have room to move and collide with each other.
POLYCRYSTALLINE SOLAR PANEL
Polycrystalline solar panels are also made of silicon wafers. They are composed of fragments of silicon crystal that are melted together in a mold before being cut into crystals. These panels have lower efficiency compared to monocrystalline panels because the silicon cells have lesser room to move thus, reducing the conductivity of the silicon element.
The advantage they pose over monocrystalline solar panels is that they have a lower price tag. They are a great choice for a low-budget solar power system, and if your solar storage bank is in good shape then you have nothing to worry about.
THIN-FILM SOLAR PANEL
Thin-film solar panels are made of a variety of materials. They contain only a little quantity of silicon.
So the implication is that you should always look out for monocrystalline solar panels if you want maximum energy harnessed for your home. Sequel to this, I will recommend that you get a Tesla solar panel because they make use of monocrystalline panels.
Benefits of solar panels
Besides the fact that solar panels make it possible to live off-grid, perhaps the greatest benefit that you would enjoy from the use of solar power is that it is both a clean and a renewable source of energy. And most importantly, cost-effective.
Solar panels are however not limited or restricted to residential buildings, factories and companies. We can as well use it on bridges, roads, farms, satellites, and even spacecraft.
Solar energy is gradually finding its path into every part of human existence. Improvements in solar have grown such that we now have lightweight and portable panels that can be used as small device chargers like phones, lamps, fans, etc. including solar blinds for windows, tesla solar roof tiles, and many more.
Howbeit switching to solar energy may come with few limitations. This could be a result of your home positioning and weather condition. Yet, it has many advantages. Solar panels allow you to spend less while saving the environment by putting a stop to air and noise pollution. And stats show that its efficiency might grow at the same rate technology is growing.
Coupled with the fact that solar panels almost do not require maintenance. You only have to make sure they are in open space. And always make sure that they are in clean condition. Meanwhile, solar panels on the roofs do not always require serious cleaning since rain and wind helps to remove dirt.
As a result, solar panels have a very long lifespan as they could last up to 25-30. years. Solar panels won’t stop working as long as there’s sunlight; not necessarily direct sunlight.
TESLA SOLAR PANELS
Getting solar panels installed in your home is good, but getting the one of high quality is even better. There is no doubt that the world is going solar. Everyone is trying to get his or her own share of nature free gift-making us all to go solar.
At this point, if anything should hinder anyone from going solar it should be money because we already know how wonderful solar energy is. This can also explain why there are many manufacturers of solar panels, but in all this, Tesla solar panel still stands out. I personally call them the grand patrons of solar panels.
As you are already considering the solar panel to choose, I will confidently tell you to go for the Tesla solar panel. Tesla has so many unique qualities that differentiate them from others.
Tesla solar energy, in general, has distinguished themselves in such a way that they have become the leaders in innovative products like solar panels, inverters, power walls, and others.
With Tesla solar shingles, your roof will be as neat as possible because the solar panel helps in maintaining a low profile, as it attaches tightly to your roof.
COST OF TESLA SOLAR PANELS
Tesla is so wise that they fixed their prices based on the size of your home and roof. So you don’t have to bother paying the same amount with people that have big homes or big loads. Generally, the price of Tesla varies from $7400 and $23,050.
Small-sized panels: If the solar panel is small, after incentives, the price should be around $7,400. These small Tesla solar panels can produce from 14 to 19-kilowatt hour per day. These small panels are best suited for a 1000 to 2000 square foot homes.
Medium-sized panel: After incentives, the price should be around $12,320. Tesla solar panel produces an average of 29 to 39kw per hour. It is best suited for homes 2000 to 3000 square foot meters.
Large-sized panel: After incentives, the price is about $19,610. This solar panel produces an average of
43 to 58 kWh per day. It is best suited for homes that are 3000 to 4000 square feet.
Extra-large panel: After incentives, the price is around $25,530. Tesla solar panel of this size produces an average of 53 to 66 kWh per day. It is best suited for homes that are 4000 square feet.
So with this breakdown, you should know the size of your roof, and then know what the cost will look like.
TESLA SOLAR PANEL INSTALLATION
If you decide to contact Tesla for your installation, just know that it can take them only one day to give you a very neat installation. This is applicable for small size installations. If it is a big size installation, it can take them 2-3 days.
Another important thing you should note is that while the installation is going on, your house power will be off for just three hours. So you don’t have to worry about being inconvenienced.
Again, if Tesla is handling your installation, they will also help you select the best inverter, based on your home’s roof structure and exposure. You can’t make a mistake with Tesla. Because Tesla has the convenience of her clients at heart, it uses string inverters.
This is because, with string inverters, the installers can easily check it without going to your roof when they come for a maintenance check.
Also after installing your solar panels, if the engineers decide that you will need an individual panel optimizer, he will recommend that you add it.
HOW TO MONITOR THE EFFICIENCY OF TESLA SOLAR PANEL
Do you know that painful experience of not knowing if your panel is working or not? Tesla has that problem solved if you choose to use Tesla. You just need to do the following.
• Download the Tesla app on your smartphone.
• Log into the Tesla app
• Connect the Neo gateway to your rooter. This could be done by using the connected internet cable to connect the Neo gateway to your router.
• Turn on the Neo gateway, plug your neo gateway into a power strip near your router using the included power supply. The power light on top glows white.
• Watch for a glowing signal: the neo gateway should be connected, if you see a weak signal notification, move the neo gateway closer to the inverter, until the notification disappears.
• Use the Tesla app to monitor energy production in real-time. get more info from tesla website
PROS OF TESLA SOLAR PANEL
Tesla solar panels have many benefits, among this we have crafted out the most relevant of them all. They include:
• It gives your house a Porsche appearance.
• Tesla panels are very convenient and stress-free.
• They are cost-effective compared to the traditional solar panels in the market.
• You can monitor the effectiveness o your solar panel.
CONS OF TESLA SOLAR PANEL
Just as it is with almost all products; no matter how great the product is, there is always one good or bad side to it, in the case of Tesla solar panel there are considerable cons too, these include:
• Some users complain that Tesla’s customer service is poor.
• Its are a bit expensive for average or low-class profile individuals.
• Many others complain that they didn’t get the quality they paid for in the past.
It is very certain that there is nothing like perfection. Tesla continuously improves its services because all they want is maximum satisfaction for their clients.
In this article I was able to cover all the major sub-topics in solar panel, all the common questions have been answered and defined accordingly as well. With a good definition and description of a solar panel, I am convinced that you are satisfied with my explanations.
At this point, we are no longer disputing if you need to go solar or not, because that is where the world is heading, and I trust that you don’t want to be left behind. If you are within Nigeria and you need a professional solar installer that will give you the best, don’t hesitate to contact me.
If you have any questions about solar panels, don’t hesitate to state it in the comment box, also do let me know if there is any area I need to cover in order to serve you better.
please let me know the choice of solar panel you have made, maybe I will add more features to what you should look out for.