Solar power is the conversion of solar energy to electrical energy, either directly by means of solar photovoltaic cells, indirectly via concentrating solar power, or a composite using materials which absorb and redirect sun’s light into different forms of energy useful in modern day applications. Solar power can be used for heating pools, drying clothes, powering homes, drying food, and powering businesses. There are also several solar applications like camping, where solar panel can make the portable camp stove and lanterns light and simple to use, enabling the campers to spend more time enjoying nature and less time worrying about electrical problems. Solar powered home applications are gaining momentum with many people choosing to implement solar panel technology into their homes.
Solar power can be used as an alternative to traditional electricity. If you produce more electricity than you use, you can feed it into the grid, which provides you with a normal, functioning electric supply. The sunlight either shines directly onto the PV cells or it passes through the collectors and is transformed into direct current electricity by means of an inverter. This direct current is then fed into your home outlets where it can power most electronic equipment.
It is also possible to offset your carbon footprint with solar power. You can choose to purchase energy saving appliances and switch to renewable sources of energy and thus lower your carbon footprint, if you are not generating any electricity on your property. If you generate enough energy, you can sell back your excess electricity to your utility company for a profit. This would further reduce the usage of fossil fuels, thereby reducing pollution and thus the greenhouse effect.