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8 Facts About Solar Energy Homeowners Should Know

12 December 2020
2 min read
8 Facts About Solar Energy Homeowners Should Know

1. Solar Energy can power your home 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

A common question asked by homeowners is if their homes can generate electricity at night.

The answer is: Yes!

While the sun is available for less than 12 hours, TNB stores the excess energy generated during daylight, providing you with a further discount on your electricity bills.

2. Solar power is still generated during cloudy or rainy days.

Don’t worry if the sun is hidden behind clouds.

During cloudy or rainy days, production of solar energy will be reduced, but it will not come to a stop. Solar energy is still captured during bad weather through sources such as visible lightinfrared light, diffused and reflected light. Although these sources are less intense than direct sunlight, it still helps your solar panels produce electricity.

Despite the reduction in power generation, rain is useful in keeping your solar panels clean and free of dust or grime, in order to capture energy most efficiently.

3. Solar power is friendly on the wallet as well as our ecosystem.

You can use solar power to run air conditioners, hot water heaters, and everything currently fueled by natural gas, electricity, or oil. All you need to decide is what type of energy you want to transform into power for your home.

  1. Photovoltaic : a power used for electricity;
  2. Solar thermal : a power used for heating (mainly for water heaters).

4. Solar panels produce energy from daylight, not sunlight.

Solar panels produce electricity from the photons present in natural daylight, rather than from the sunlight itself, so panels don’t actually need to be installed in direct sunlight to work. However, direct sunlight does produce the most energy.

  • The average daily sunshine hours in Malaysia range from 4-6 hours a day, which is more than enough for panels to soak up free power from the sun.

5. Solar power drastically reduces pollution produced by your household.

A household rooftop solar panel system can reduce pollution by 100 tons of CO2 carbon dioxide in its lifetime. This includes the energy it took to manufacture the solar panels. Four solar panels can improve future air quality for humans as well as the millions of birds, fish, and mammals that are negatively affected by pollution each year.

6. Solar panels require minimum maintenance and are safe.

Once you’ve installed photovoltaic (PV) panels on your home, minimal maintenance is needed as there are no moving parts involved. It is however important to keep an eye out for dust and debris that may collect on your panels over time, reducing the efficiency of harvesting energy. If you do see something that needs to be removed, it’s as easy as spraying water to clean it off or calling your friendly solar pv panel installer to help you out!

Solar panels are covered in warranties, and stringent protection mechanisms are put in place to ensure safe installation and to protect the system from abnormal electrical surges or lightning.

7. Solar panels can be fitted on all roofs.

No roof? No problem!

Apart from the usual installation on composite and tile, solar panels can also be fitted on metal, tar, gravel and more.

8. Solar power gives you a return on investment.

Let your roof make YOU money.

The government and SEDA have introduced Net Energy Metering, enabling you to earn an average 6-10% annual return upon installation of solar panels for your home.

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