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What is the future of solar power in Alabama?

Solar power in Birmingham Alabama.

The sun is the natural source of the most abundant, reliable, and pollution-free power in the world. However, problems with solar power, namely the expensive cost and inconsistent availability, have prevented it from becoming a more utilized energy source. Just like everything, eventually, it will be more affordable for the average homeowner. Could it be the new way people light up their homes in Alabama?

It is five to eleven times more costly to produce electricity from the sun than it is from coal, hydro, or nuclear sources. The first problem with solar power is with the cost of the technology:

Solar panels use expensive semiconductor materials to generate electricity directly from sunlight. Semiconductor factories need 'clean' manufacturing environments and are costly to build & maintain.

The efficiency of solar cells is only about 22%. The rest of the sunlight that reaches the panel is wasted as heat. More efficient photovoltaic cells have been discovered (up to 43% efficient), but these are still in their experimental phase and are expensive to manufacture.

The main problem with solar power that has stifled its use is the fact that energy production only takes place when the sun is shining. Large storage systems need to be developed to provide a constant and reliable source of electricity when the sun isn't shining at night or when there are clouds overhead.

The upside is that the harvesting of the sun's rays is clean and safe. It produces no emissions, it's practical, and may in the years ahead prove very economical. Residential solar energy systems can virtually turn your electric meter backward. Because you are connected on a power-grid, the excess energy that your solar energy system produces will go to the electrical lines to be used by other homes. As a result, any excess energy you give will be reflected on your bill. Your electric supplier will even pay for the electricity you supplied to others.

While the initial cash out for installing the solar energy system at home is significant, the device will pay for itself in the long run. Not only will you save money on solar energy systems, but you also help the environment by not contributing to carbon emissions. Also, solar energy systems are reliable and can last for a very long time.

PV cells last from 25 to 40 years. Many manufacturers of solar panels offer 25 years' product warranty. This is the assurance that solar panels are very dependable. Also, solar panels require little or no maintenance, and they can be installed in most places where there is sunlight throughout the year.

The good part of the solar energy quest is that technology is advancing very rapidly. Nanotechnology for solar power is being developed and may be available in the next couple of years. Other breakthroughs in cell designs are also being developed that could, in the next few years, be a cost-effective way of generating energy without having to rely anymore on fossil and nuclear power.

If you are considering the option of solar powering your home or commercial property, your first step should be contacting a professional to answer all of your questions. At John’s Electric, we are here for your peace of mind. Contact us today.

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About John's Electric

Linn Park Fountain, Birmingham, AL

John's Electric Inc. is a family owned and operated electrical contractor business that proudly provides electrician services in Birmingham, AL and the surrounding areas such as Hoover, Homewood, Chelsea, Vestavia Hills, Pelham, Alabaster, Trussville, and Mountain Brook. John's Electric provides residential and commercial electrical solutions at competitive rates. We have been in this line of work for 30 years, giving us not only experience but expertise as well. You can depend on us. We are a state licensed electrician (#03875) for your protection.

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What others say about John's Electric Service

Aubrey and Jeremy were awesome! I have an old house with old wiring and needed to install a new Range and above Range Microwave. They worked very hard to run new wiring to the breaker box in the basement, installed new plugs, and installed the appliances with great care.

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John’s Electric save’s the day.

I called for help and Aubrey came to my home when it was convenient for me. He was on time and very professional. All issues I needed to be fixed were. I am very happy with the service and the prices. I will use Aubrey again and I would recommend him to my family. Thanks so much. mvb

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When you need help from an electrician IMMEDDIATELY, this is the company to call. They came out right away, gave me several options for the repair, and the pricing was fair. I can tell you this, if I had another electrical problem this is the company that I would call.

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Aubrey upgraded our electrical fuse panel, put in an updated outside service panel, replaced the main service line from the outside panel to the inside fuse box, and installed several outlets. His original estimate was complete and accurate. He brought our electrical system up to code and made several recommendations for changes and upgrades that we had not thought of. He worked with our schedule, was on time and very professional, and left our home as clean as when he arrived. He was extremely conscientious and reliable. We very highly recommend John's Electric and will definitely use them again.

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