Solar E nergy. Amanda E llwanger Andrew Tomlinson Quintin Jones Sakeena Nazir. Types of solar energy. Monocrystalline silicon- As a result of their high silicon content, theyâ€™re also more expensive, but you need fewer of them. Thatâ€™s why theyâ€™re ideal for roofs. Types of solar energy.
Monocrystalline silicon- As a result of their high silicon content, they’re also more expensive, but you need fewer of them. That’s why they’re ideal for roofs.
Polycrystalline silicon- “Poly” panels have lower silicon levels than “mono” panels. In general, that makes them less expensive to produce, but they’re also slightly less efficient. The good news is that their overall construction design can often make up for the efficiency loss, so they’re also good for roofs.
BIPV- BIPV’s can look like real roofing tiles (solar shingles are an example). That’s nice, but good looks do cost a lot more. Second, they’re way less efficient than conventional PV, which means you need a sunny spacious roof to make a dent in your electric bill. Finally, they may not last as long as regular panels.
Solar hot water (thermal) panels- Instead of paying the gas company to heat your hot water tank, solar thermal panels produce hot water for your home and/or your pool. Some systems can even provide heat and air conditioning too.
• Lots of money have been invested in solar power.
o NY - as of 2012 $46 million.
o U.S. - as of 2013 $1.1 billion.
o $9 million over seven projects at U.S. Universities and National Labs.
• Solar power is a good investment for both the NY and U.S. to make for many reasons. The most important being it is better, cheaper, and safer energy.
Solar energy contributions to the electric is 0.09 percent
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