From left, Cllrs Val Barrell and Mark Howell, site manager Steve Hall and Glenda Street, residents’ liaison officer
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The installation of 500 free solar panels on council homes in South Cambridgeshire has begun & all this at at no cost to the occupants.
The roof based solar panels are being paid for and fitted by Savills Solar next month, with electricity generated during the day available free to residents and the surplus electricity being sold to energy providers to finance the project.
There are many myths surrounding solar power in general, this can be attributed to many factors but most crucial of all is a lack of awareness and understanding from the general public with regards to the benefits of solar power and what it can do for people. Also there seems to be a lack of advertising on the subject especially when it comes to t.v. ad campaigns and other forms of media coverage.
A solar panel (also known as a solar module, solar cell, pv panel, photovoltaic panel) is a packaged, or collective term used for an assembly of solar panels as known in the industry as Photovoltaic cells converts radiation from the sun and turns it into energy we can use in our homes. With the aid of an inverter the current can be converted to a regular AC current. A solar panel can be used as a component of a larger photovoltaic system to generate and supply electricity in commercial and residential properties.
Solar panels use light energy, called Photons from the sun to generate electricity through the photovoltaic effect. Most solar panels have a thin layer of wafer based crystalline silicon cells or thin film cells based on cadmium telluride or silicon. The conducting wires that take the current off the panels normally contain silver, copper, or other non magnetic conductive transition metals.
Because of the limitations of one panel in terms of the power it can create, most installations will contain more than one solar panel. Normally a solar panel array will contain several solar panels, an inverter, and sometimes a battery.
There are three main forerunners in the type of Solar Panel market, Polycrystalline, Monocrystalline and Amorphous. Each have their differences, and subsequently their pros and cons. We talk extensively about the pros and cons of Monocrystalline Solar Panels – here.
There are two main industry common solar panel types, Polycrystalline and Monocrystalline, both are PV (photovoltaic) solar modules however the structure of the silicon used within each is different. Monocrystalline silicon is formed with a continuous crystal lattice structure making it highly purified and very efficient at converting solar energy into electrical energy. The process of manufacturing silicon with a singular crystal structure makes it slightly more expensive than Polycrystalline silicon which is formed with many small crystals.