If you’ve ever bought a solar power fan, or a solar powered flashlight, or a solar powered battery charger, you have probably felt less than wowed. Solar powered gadgets are “cool,” and can be useful in the right settings, but most solar powered games, garden products, and handheld technology leaves a lot to be desired:
- It takes a long time to charge the item.
- The energy doesn’t last very long.
- The amount of power it creates tends to be weak.
Not long ago, if you bought a solar powered phone charger or a solar powered portable water heater, chances are it would be dead in minutes or take hours to do what it is supposed to. One of the best solar powered phone chargers on the market comes with the caveat:
“The energy transformation from solar to electricity is rather slow and the solar charging speed is subject to sunlight intensity and panel conversion rate. In daily life, we highly recommend charge it via wall outlet.”
These experiences have caused many people to view solar power as a weaker energy source.
But this could not be further from the truth.
What is Solar Power Really?
Solar powered homes are not at all like the handheld solar power gadgets that people buy for fun. The solar panels installed on homes are significantly more effective at capturing light and converting it to stored energy, and are specifically designed to help power the home the same way that traditional grid-based energy powers the home.
In addition, solar panels are still connected to the power grid. They are simply augmenting the power that the grid provides, not eliminating it altogether. Every single tool in your home will still be fully capable of operating at peak efficiency. The only difference is that some of that energy that you create is coming from solar panels.
Solar Energy is Stronger Than Ever
Both solar powered gadgets and residential solar use the sun to create useable energy. But the difference between these gadgets and residential solar in terms of efficiency, strength, and speed is simply night and day. Solar powered homes have the same amount of power as homes that are only connected to the power grid, but with fewer costs and less environmental impact.
For more information about solar power on Martha’s Vineyard, or to get a free, no obligation solar evaluation for your home or business, please fill out our free, no obligation, online solar evaluation form or call Harvest Sun Solar today at (833) MV-SOLAR (687-6527)
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