If you're looking for the next reason to acquire a solar power system, here you go. Solar panels aren't just an environmentally friendly way to generate power for your home or business and to save on rapidly escalating electricity costs - they can help out with keeping your house or place of business cool too, helping you to save even more on ability.
A team of researchers at UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering carried out a study in 2011 to examine the cooling benefits of rooftop solar modules using thermal imaging. The researchers found a building's ceiling was up to 5 degrees Fahrenheit cooler the actual array than under an exposed section of hall. Additionally, the panels can help keep heat in at night during skiing.
Jan Kleissl, a professor of environmental engineering who led the research, says his team has determined the savings through a solar panel's insulation qualities amounts to a 5% discount on the cost of the modules over their lifetime.
The panels act as shades, preventing the the sun from beating down directly onto the limit. While solar panels do heat up, a lot of the heat is removed by air movement between the panels and the hall. The greater the gap, such as will found in a tilted array, the greater the benefits. The team also found far more efficient the solar are in converting sunlight to electricity, the bigger the cooling effect, as heat is a by-product of inefficient conversion. In the team's tests, the panels reduced as much heat hitting the roof by about 38 percent.
While Professor Kleissl acknowledged there are of course more efficient ways to insulate buildings, it's just an added energy efficiency bonus through installing a rooftop solar power system.
The results of this testing show a rooftop solar array's insulating qualities really side benefit substantial enough to be taken into consideration when making a procurement decision. It's this characteristic that also further bolsters situation for turning the sea of rooftops within our towns and cities into massive distributed electricity generation systems to help lessen load on centralized power generation.
Additional benefits in the place of decentralized electricity generation system with solar powered energy as the centerpiece are a decrease in infrastructure investment by network operators and lessening line loss associated with power transmission; which can account for to a max of 10% of electricity production. Solar panels also generate their peak electricity during major consumption periods; so with greater uptake, fewer fossil-fuel burning peak power plants would need to constructed.