The future of solar power - Educate consumers about going "off-grid"

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15th Jun, 2020

Solar power has been rising in popularity a great deal over the past decade and it is easy to see why.  

With the cost of traditional, fossil-fueled power sources reaching unprecedented high prices and with growing concern about the protection of our natural environment, the logical choice is to move towards solar power.

Solar power will be used much more extensively in the future.

At Enertec Batteries (Pty) Ltd, we believe that solar power will be used by a much larger number of consumers in the coming years and we enjoy educating our customers about the numerous advantages of going “off the grid” and using a much more environmentally-friendly source of power: solar.

As each year passes, a record number of solar power installations are made which points to the fact that the industry is excelling at what it does.  This means that the future of solar power is, for want of a better word, bright and will continue in the same way.

Currently, solar and wind energy are the least expensive ways in which to generate power in almost two-thirds of the world’s countries. Also, because new advances in this form of power generation are continuously being made, it is only natural that it should see an even larger increase in popularity in the years to come.

The price of solar power generation is set to decrease even further in the years to come.

Solar power generation experts state that silicon solar cells are becoming more and more inexpensive as each year passes. It is therefore only logical that as the price of solar panels decrease, so would their popularity increase.

It is predicted that in the United States, the cost of solar panels will also be greatly reduced in the years to come, making solar power generation more mainstream as the cost of this green power source will be reduced by a whopping 700% by the year 2050!

New and exciting innovations are continuously being made in the solar industry.

Another fantastic benefit of solar panel technology is that it is continuously being updated and improved upon. Recent innovations in this field have indicated that we will be embracing this technology on a much larger scale as it becomes more accessible to folks from all walks of life.

For example, crystalline silicon (c-Si) has traditionally dominated the solar energy market and is still commonly used for both households and businesses.

Although crystalline silicon is a perfectly adequate solar cell and works very efficiently, it will soon be replaced by other, even more, advanced technology.

This new technology includes solar products such as cadmium telluride (CdTe) and gallium selenide (CIGS). These innovative products work well when they are placed in thin-film layers, including copper indium. This state-of-the-art technology is not used extensively yet and is still quite expensive due to the difficulty in producing the item.

Other new and exciting innovations in the solar energy sector include thin-film photovoltaics. This ground-breaking product works on a microscopic level with coatings of technologically advanced semi-conductor material that cover the underlying material.

This product has helped to better incorporate photovoltaic materials into buildings.

Of course, traditional solar panels are still fantastic and very effective, but they tend to be bulky and could pose a serious safety hazard if they become detached and fall off. In addition, they do have a carbon footprint, which is something else to consider.

The good news is that solar energy experts expect that the prices of these great products will come down in the next few years as new methods of producing them are discovered.

Currently, the solar energy market has a lot of products containing mono and polycrystalline cells. These are very easy and relatively inexpensive to manufacture and the solar panel industry is eagerly awaiting their expansion into the market.

How can retailers educate their customers about going “off-grid”?

Going “off-grid” (i.e. not being connected to the local, main electrical supply) is becoming very popular for many reasons.

When an individual household (or even a business) decides to go off the grid, it effectively removes itself from the larger electrical grid in the area. This is a great decision, especially if you live in a country or region where electrical supply is erratic, or you experience frequent power cuts in your area.

By going off the grid and relying on solar power instead, you will have to meet all your household’s electrical and power requirements with solar power that is produced on your premises.

While the initial set-up cost for solar powering a house can be a bit costly, what you save in the long term will more than make up for this! Plus, you can have the peace of mind that you are using a clean energy source and not supporting the use of fossil fuels.

A home can function very well with a solar system that suits its specific size and needs. If one is considering building a new house, it could be good idea to consider a solar system and amortize the cost over the period of the bond making it a lot more affordable in the short term and a fail safe investment over the long term.

This will ensure a cost effective and reliable power source with the accompanying piece of mind.

Living in a home that is off the grid ensures that you are doing your duty in combatting Global warming. It is more in tune with nature and is far more environmentally friendly.