In the past few years alone, many major advances have been made in the area of solar energy. As China continues to innovate new and strategic advancements in solar technology across the Pacific, the United States has faced a significant economic impetus to further develop its own alternative energy resources. Via funding from the Federal Government in the form of grants, stimulus packages, and rebates, numerous establishments and businesses based in the United States and focused on the cultivation of a green economy have grown. As solar power products continue to appeal to a wider consumer base, and as potential buyers realize not only their environmental friendliness but also their affordability and return on investment promise, solar power continues to steadily heighten its popularity.
Recent research from scientists at the University of California, San Diego, have provided information that lends another reason for those in the market for solar panels to make the leap to purchasing and installing them. According to the researchers, since the presence of solar panels on top of the buildings they fuel also adds some level of shade, solar panels—active or inactive—provide a notable cooling affect on the buildings below. In the winter, although solar panels may keep out some sunlight during the day, they hold their heat during the night and allow the building to recoup the energy then.
The study concluded that the presence of solar panels on roofs can result in an up to 38 percent decrease in total heat reaching the roof. What’s more, the total energy savings from this effect of solar panels on the buildings they are tethered to can be equated to obtaining a 5 percent discount on the price tag of the panels themselves.
For more information, please visit: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/25/idUS192914813620110725
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