Solar in the Philippines – Facts You Did Not Know
Every day, solar power technology is innovating and changing, making it cheaper and more efficient for home and business owners. In the Philippines, solar power is quickly becoming the renewable energy fo choice due to these innovations becoming more affordable, and as the industry grows, more and more people are becoming curious about how the systems work.
Anyone new to solar power technology may be interested in these solar energy facts:
1. The sun is the most powerful energy source
The sun produces 173,000 terawatts of energy every second of each day. No other energy source is as powerful, even compared to other renewable energy sources.
2. The earth can run on solar
To power the entire world with solar energy, about 191,000 square miles of earth is needed. That is, more or less, the size of Spain, which like the Philippines, also receives an abundance of sun.
3. Solar cleans the air
The more people switch to solar power and other forms of renewable energy, the cleaner the air will be due to the decrease in carbon emissions. The cleaner the air, the better solar power can be harnessed because there will be less pollution obscuring the sun’s rays. That means the panels can be more efficient, which further benefits those who have chosen to go solar.
4. Solar doesn’t need the sun
While direct exposure to sunlight produces the most energy, panels don’t need it, which means panels still produce energy on cloudy days and rainy days. That’s why solar power is ideal in the Philippines, where there is often more sun than we need.
5. It is possible to build in order to maximise solar
The more panels are exposed to the sun, the more power they will generate. If a home or business hasn’t started construction, making sure the design is so that windows and roofs face within 30 degrees of true south and are not shaded between 9am and 3pm will give the owners a chance to maximise solar power technology.
6. Inverters are the key
Arguably, the most important part of a solar panel installation is the inverter, which converts direct current (DC) to alternate current (AC). A home uses AC because this is the safest way energy travels so the current can be used for both the home and for sending energy to the grid if the home’s system overproduces.
7. Solar is becoming more sustainable every day
A solar panel installation will decrease a home’s carbon footprint by an average of 35,000lbs, which is the annual equivalent of planting 85 trees. Further, solar power technology is soon becoming a completely sustainable and closed loop cycle because of the advances in recycling of the panels and systems.