It’s National Trivia Day! To celebrate, we’ve put together a list of basic, frequently asked questions about solar power and solar panel systems to test your knowledge. Read on to see how much you know about renewable energy!
Q: Who discovered solar energy?
A: Alexandre Edmond Becquerel discovered solar energy in 1893. He figured out how to create an electrical current in a conductor that’s hit by the sun’s rays.
Q: Who invented the first commercial photovoltaic cell?
A: Bell Laboratories invented the first commercial photovoltaic cell in 1954.
Q: How do solar panels work?
A: Solar panels turn sunlight into electricity. The cells absorb the light and produce electric voltage. Solar cells don’t store any electricity, so all power produced is fed through a regulator to the battery and stored there.
Q: How long does it take for sunlight to make contact with solar panels?
A: It takes a little over 8 minutes to reach earth and just a few seconds longer for sunlight to make contact with your solar panels.
Q: How much maintenance is required for solar panels?
A: Little to none!
Q: Do solar panels create noise pollution?
A: No. Solar panels silently create energy from the sun’s rays.
Q: How long do solar panels last?
A: Life expectancy on solar panels is typically more than 25 years, depending on the type.
Q: Do solar panels produce power on cloudy days?
A: Yes, they still produce power, but on a reduced basis.
Q: Is the electric current produced by a solar power system different than an electric current from an electricity company?
A: No. The current produced by a solar power system is the same.
Q: What direction do solar panels need to face?
A: In the United States, solar panels need to face south to capture optimal sunlight.
Q: What can solar power be used for in my home?
A: You can use solar power for everything that runs on electricity.
Q: Is solar power free?
A: Yes! Solar power in itself is a free source of energy. Once you’ve installed solar panels on your home, you get high returns with minimal maintenance.
Q: How long does it take to pay off solar panels?
A: It takes an average homeowner 6-10 years to pay off their solar panels.
Well, how did you do? Did you know as much as you thought you did? If you’re interested in learning more about solar power, check out our FAQs page here.
At Bombard Renewable Energy, we know that solar power is an exciting topic to talk about, and we love educating people about how they can help build a clean earth. If you’re ready to start contributing to a healthier environment by using solar panels on your own home, get in touch with us! We’ll be happy to help you get started.
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