Solar power has become increasingly popular as a sustainable and renewable energy source.
Solar power has become increasingly popular as a sustainable and renewable energy source. With the advancements in technology, increasing costs of energy, and the decreasing costs of solar panels, many homeowners are now wondering if it's possible to power a household entirely with solar power.
In short, the answer is yes; it is possible to power a household entirely with solar power.
Given the immense amount of energy the sun provides to the earth almost every hour, it is logical to assume that solar energy has the potential. With the right combination of solar panels, batteries, and an efficient solar PV system, homeowners can generate and store enough energy to power their entire household. However, you need to consider several factors before making the decision to switch to solar power.
1. Energy Consumption
Your household's energy consumption is the most important factor to consider when trying to determine whether your home can be powered solely by solar power. Homeowners who consume large amounts of energy may need a more extensive solar panel system and more batteries to store energy.
For instance, a bungalow will require significantly less energy compared to a larger five-bedroom house. Therefore, it is important to assess the energy requirements of your household accurately to determine the optimal size of the solar panel system required.
The amount of sunlight your home receives will play a significant role in determining the feasibility of powering your household entirely with solar power. Areas with less sunlight or more frequent cloudy days will need larger solar panel systems to generate enough energy to power a household.
At Fusion Electrics, our experts know the ideal position and angle to install your solar panels to have the most chance of significantly boosting your energy intake. By installing your panels in the optimal location, we can ensure they receive the maximum amount of sunlight, thereby maximising their efficiency.
3. Solar Panel Efficiency
The efficiency of solar panels will also impact the amount of energy that the panels can generate. Higher-efficiency panels will create more energy, requiring fewer panels to generate enough energy to power a household.
4. Battery Capacity
Storing solar energy in batteries is essential for powering a household entirely with solar power. The battery capacity needed will depend on the household's energy consumption and the amount of energy generated by the solar panels. Depending on the battery capacity, this will determine if you can have an off-grid system, where you would no longer be dependent on the National Grid for energy as a result.
5. Backup Power
Even with a fully functional solar power system, backup power may be necessary during extended periods of poor weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Although it is possible to utilise solar panels without a solar battery, the advantages of having one should be considered when looking into solar power. With solar batteries, you can reduce your dependence on the National Grid and store the electricity your house generates for later use. Without a solar battery, your energy would switch to the National Grid, costing you money.
When selecting the perfect solar power system to meet your needs, it is crucial to consider various factors, including location, energy consumption, solar panel efficiency, battery capacity, and backup power. Considering these aspects, you can make an informed decision tailored to your requirements.
At Fusion Electrics, our experts will meet with you to discuss the optimal solar panel solution for your household. We will provide recommendations to ensure that the solar panel system you choose is tailored to meet your specific requirements, ultimately resulting in long-term cost savings on your investment. Contact us today on 01530 249 752 or visit our website for more information.