With oil prices going up and down like crazy and the recent BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, it’s pretty obvious that the world is facing a severe energy crisis. So a lot of farmers are looking into alternative power sources – sources that are cheap, reliable, and better for the environment.
Among alternative power solutions, solar power and wind power are the most popular systems, mostly because they’re the cheapest to install. But even though wind power is a great idea, most people can’t implement it in their farms or homes, because of the land and wind required.
For implementing a wind power system, you need a large area, and the average wind speed in the area should be 11 miles per hour. In comparison, a solar power system is easier to implement. All you need is lots of sun light!
A complete solar power system has different components. Some people implement a few of these components, but the smart cookies go whole hog! 😉
Let’s take a quick look at the components of a solar power system:
Solar cooker: The solar cooker is the most popular solar energy component implemented in homes. Here are some of its advantages:
• Healthy cooking – The food cooked using a solar cooker is considered very healthy. You can cook for a family of five in a small cooking box at a time.
• Variety cooking – You can boil, roast, and bake using the same system!
• No fuel – The solar cooker does not use any other fuel other than the sun’s light.
• No emissions – The solar cooker doesn’t emit any gases, and it doesn’t leave any residue, either. It’s the most environment-friendly cooking system.
Solar generator: A solar generator is a device that runs all your electrical appliances using solar energy. This device converts solar energy into electrical energy using photovoltaic cells. A solar generator is also referred to as a “solar lighting system”. Solar generators store electrical energy in cells for later use. Installing a solar generator at home is a great power-saving and cost-saving idea. Imagine running the electrical appliances without worrying about paying any bills!
Solar thermal system: Implementing a solar thermal system or solar heating system at home takes care of your home’s temperature needs. You can maintain a steady temperature in your house without worrying about bills.
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