Are you interested in saving energy and money in the future by using a renewable form of energy to run the HVAC system for your home or business? Please read on to learn more.
How Solar Energy Works
Photovoltaic solar cells use the sun’s light energy and convert it into electricity that can be used to power a variety of products in your home or business. Traditional solar panels are made up of the element silicon, which conducts an electrical charge when it is exposed to sunlight. Other types of semiconductors are used in the same way to produce electricity in more modern panels. These panels can be thinner and less expensive to produce, but are less efficient because the thinner layers of semiconductor material do not absorb as much sunlight. Depending on local laws, you may be able to receive credits from your utility company, if you produce more solar energy than you can use and feed it back into the grid. This is often called net-metering.
Solar Energy Applied to HVAC Technology
A few major HVAC manufacturers already make air conditioners and heat pumps that are ready to be used with solar technology. You may consider purchasing these HVAC units if you currently have solar panels installed or you are looking to make an upgrade to your home or business. There are also smaller manufacturers that specifically produce residential and commercial air conditioners and heat pumps that use solar energy. The market for these technologies is expected to grow as solar energy is likely to become a more affordable solution in the near future. As demand increases, it is likely that more manufacturers will develop HVAC systems that are “solar ready”. The initial investment might not be right for everyone, but producing or using solar energy can save money in the long run. In addition, there is a big move toward making buildings more energy efficient. This includes both new construction, and retrofitting older buildings with newer HVAC technologies. Often, rebates, tax credits, and similar incentives are offered by the federal government or by local utility companies that help make the investment toward using solar energy more affordable.
Future of Solar Technology in Texas
While Texas continues to be the number one state in producing wind power, the state lags behind a bit in the field of solar power. However, Texas has the potential to be the second largest state to produce solar energy, via rooftop panels purchased by homeowners and by large scale solar farms. Currently, state laws and regulations do much to limit the adoption of solar energy. As the price of adopting solar technologies drops, it is expected that incentives encouraging the production and use of solar energy may increase. The amount of installed solar panels statewide has grown exponentially in the last two years, and is expected to continue to increase. To make it a worthwhile investment, the state will have to alter its regulation policies to encourage more utility companies to support the use of solar power. However, the Austin area continues to encourage the growth of the use of solar power, especially through incentives available from local utility companies.
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