The average person doesn’t know much about solar software or photo-voltaic installations in general. Photo-voltaic installation means outfitting your home with a solar energy system. That’s why it’s really important to read up on PV technology and solar software if you’re considering a solar panel installation.
It doesn’t just end with panels though, there are lots of other solar efficiency components that should be considered for every home looking to reduce waste and optimize your home efficiency.
Solar Software Optimizes Your Installation
Solar software is computer software that allows you to quickly simulate a variety of different solar installation configurations. It’s just like one of those makeover apps where you can try out hairstyles and outfits on a virtual avatar of yourself before you make a cut or purchase. Only this software is for your energy output and input. This allows you to easily project how useful different technologies will be.
Unless you’re a photo-voltaic installation engineer, you’re going to make a lot of mistakes and miss out on a lot of different energy opportunities. That’s because there is so much to consider. The engineers at Siliken have created a comprehensive simulation software that helps people design their installations. Chances are, even if you are an installation engineer, calculating and designing a comprehensive system that includes everything is time-consuming.
That’s because a solar installation is no longer just putting a dozen panels on the roof. It now includes several additional technologies. Modern installations also include solar shades for blocking out environmental heat, solar pool covers to heat your pool, and a variety of new solar panel technologies.
Solar panels have become cheaper and more efficient in recent years. They also now come in several different forms, like flexible panels and solar skins that are integrated into building materials. These forms allow you to utilize more of your space for energy generation than ever before.
Proper Simulation Saves Your Money
If you don’t properly assess your energy needs and generation capabilities, you’ll end up spending money on something that doesn’t work as advertised. That’s because assessing all these needs and values becomes very time-consuming very fast.
The software allows you to sample many different layouts that are specific to your needs and your home in a way that was just too labor-intensive before. What this means is optimization. And optimization means making the most of your environment and the available technology.
Finding the best possible fit for your home translates to more energy production. And more energy production equals a better return on your investment and freedom for you and your family. And more money in your pocket as well.
In many places, those who stay on the grid and get a bi-directional meter can feed any additional power back into the grid, you can turn your meter backward. You can do a service to your community and make money doing it.
Utilizing New Technologies Usher The Future
Imagine a world where energy production is distributed instead of centralized. That means instead of using power plants to supply the masses, each citizen produces excess energy and supplies commercial and industrial energy needs.
This kind of system is almost completely fault-tolerant. Fault-tolerant means that the system doesn’t rely on any single part. In the instance that a power plant is attacked or has a meltdown (heaven forbid), the entire cities power supply goes down. However, when the energy system is distributed between millions of homes, no kind of attack or malfunction can stop municipal energy production.
The future lies in distributed renewable energy production. We can only get there by utilizing new technologies to maximize power generation. No single aspect is going to make it happen. By cutting consumption through efficiency and squeezing out every watt of your power generation technology, you can produce a surplus, or at least eliminate your power bill in its entirety.
Here’s the basic breakdown:
- Use simulation software to optimize your home
- Utilize every possible aspect of available space for power generation. This should include multiple technologies like wind and solar
- Use every possible technology to cut back your power consumption. Including smaller and super-efficient appliances. This can also be in the form of passive conservation like solar shades or cutting back on use
- Approach the idea of generation vs. consumption and try to keep this ratio in the production range as much as possible
Keeping this in mind will allow you to utilize this new technology to help usher the world into the 21st century and beyond.