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Solar Power Systems, Profitable And Practical?

By Adriana Noton

Solar power systems are a hot item today because of all the talk about green energy and because of the ongoing political debate about foreign oil dependence. However, solar energy is not a simple issue scientifically. If it was simple, the sun would be providing energy to power our homes and our communities.

It is an easy concept, using the rays of the sun to produce electricity, but the practical method of harnessing the sun’s energy and converting into usable power is still more complicated than the traditional electrical turbine based energy grid system.

It seems simple enough. After all the sun provides the energy for all life on earth. Why not tap into that power to watch TV?

Some have built solar power grids for their house to power their TV, and their coffee maker, their microwave oven, and even the lights in their home.

They installed a system of solar panels on their roof that collects sun rays to heat a series of copper tubes that creates electrical power that is converted to electrical current that is channeled through twelve volt batteries attached to condensers which provides usable power for their home.

The system has to be still connected to a traditional power grid because it has to be recharged three or four times a year because solar power can be stored but to make sure the system does not fail due to improper storage capacity it needs to be recharged.

But the system saves the homeowner money on his electric bill. The system runs about a thousand dollars not including installation. But it is this type of ingenuity that drives new thinking and new inventions .

Until recently, solar power has been merely a novel idea. The solar panel a fun way for university students to do research and build systems for their class projects. But now the effects of our energy needs is showing up in our environment more and more.

Now is the time to take a look at solar power is a new light. And even if some people are only using solar panels to power their TV, or coffee maker, or microwave oven, it is a start and a step in the right direction.

If you have an opinion about issues like global warming, and whatever your opinion is, you have to agree that no matter what, burning oil and coal is simply not good for the air we all breathe.

But if we are to go forward with solar power systems that can power all of our homes and our communities then it has to be profitable and practical. Right now, solar panels can run your small appliances but it cannot run your clothes washer or dryer, or your refrigerator. And there is not enough profit for business to develop new technology to make solar power common place in every home. But times are changing and perhaps is a few years solar power will be the standard.

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Noton, Adriana "Solar Power Systems, Profitable And Practical?." Solar Power Systems, Profitable And Practical?. 25 Jul. 2010. 24 Aug 2015 <>.

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Noton, A (2010, July 25). Solar Power Systems, Profitable And Practical?. Retrieved August 24, 2015, from

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