Benefits of Solar Energy

Why Solar?

Today’s current electricity supply is generated mainly from fossil fuels such as oil, coal and natural gases. Rising prices, over dependence on imports from a limited number of countries and growing environmental concerns over the climate change associated with power generation using fossil fuels are challenges faced globally.

post-story-solar-benefits-pollutionAs a result of these challenges and the fact that fossil fuels draws on finite resources that may eventually become too expensive to retrieve as opposed to renewable energy sources has governments, utilities, businesses and consumers looking into the development of alternative energy sources and new technologies for electricity generation.

Solar power generation has emerged as one of the most rapidly growing renewable sources of electricity and as a potential alternative which addresses these concerns. Several advantages over other forms of electricity generation are:

  • reduced dependence on fossil fuels;
  • environmental advantages;
  • matching peak time output with peak time demand;
  • modularity and scalability;
  • flexible locations and government incentives (certain countries)

Learn how Helios solar technology can power your home, office, property and reap the benefits of:

  • A hedge against the risk of rising electricity prices
  • Low risk, low maintenance, secure investment
  • Increase property value through lower overhead cost
  • Creates a highly visible statement as to your sustainability commitment

Did you know?

One kilowatt-hour (kWh) equals the amount of electricity needed to burn a 100 watt light bulb for 10 hours.

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Main components of a hybrid solar system consist of the solar module, an inverter, a battery, a charge controller (sometimes known as a regulator), wiring and support structure.

HowItWorks

A Solar Energy System can provide electricity 24 hours a day. How? The solar electric modules are combined with batteries in one integrated energy system.

Solar Modules do produce electricity even on cloudy days, some 10-20% of that on sunny days. Solar Systems not connected to the electricity grid are “sized” to take account of this variation. Systems attached to the electricity grid balance their overall energy supply with supplies from the electricity grid.

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A 1 kilowatt Solar System (about 10-12 solar modules) requires about 100 square feet of installation area.

A 12 cubic feet Refrigerator uses about 800 kilowatt hours per year, A 500 Watt portable heater uses about 150 kilowatt hours per year & a 1 horsepower Air Conditioning system uses about 770 kilowatt hours per year.

A 1 kilowatt peak Solar System will generate around 1,600 kilowatt hours per year in a sunny climate.