Solar power production from photovoltaic power plants (PVPP) has great prospects. The constantly decreasing costs of photovoltaic technology makes solar power fully competitive with electricity supplied from the grid.
SAVING ON ENERGY
If you choose to use solar power, look forward to lower bills for electricity, heat, hot water and, in the future, fuel for your vehicle if you opt for an electric car. The sun will certainly not send you bills for energy. The installation of a photovoltaic power plant does require an initial investment, but it will definitely pay off. Over time, it will return in the form of decreased expenditures on electricity.
SAFEGUARD AGAINST FUTURE PRICE INCREASES
The costs of energy generation from nuclear or other fossil sources of electricity are constantly on the rise. In the future, electricity from conventional sources will probably be more expensive, while the price of solar energy is likely to continue decreasing. Making your own power from PV will thus be a safeguard against energy price increases.
RAPID RETURN ON INVESTMENT
Thanks to subsidy schemes (New Green Light for Savings, OP PIK), you can obtain a favourable state subsidy for acquisition of a PVPP by 2021. This support makes the return on your investment in a new PVPP relatively short (depending on the type), within approx. 5-10 years.
Solar power provides households with partial energy self-sufficiency. Therefore, thanks to photovoltaics, you no longer have to be fully reliant on electricity supplied from the grid, because you are using your own energy source. A well-built PVPP in combination with a battery system will cover about 80% of your household electricity demand.
PROTECTION FROM POWER OUTAGES
If you choose to install a PVPP that has energy storage (Li-Ion/LiFePo or flow battery), you get a good backup source of power. It gives you protection from any power outages from the conventional grid.
QUICK AND EASY INSTALLATION WITHOUT A LICENCE OR TRADE LICENCE
A PVPP does not constitute any interference in the house structure. The installation is typically done on a roof or within the building envelope, and the process is very fast. The installation of a small rooftop PVPP takes about 1-2 days. Thanks to new legislation, a small PVPP for your own consumption can be operated without a power generation licence from the Energy Regulatory Office. You do not even need a trade licence to operate a PVPP./p>
SAFETY AND RELIABILITY
Concerns that modifications related to solar panels will complicate your life for some time and reduce your comfort are therefore unfounded. Solar panels require no special maintenance. A PVPP built using quality equipment will serve you well for 20 years or more. The oldest PVPPs in Japan and Germany have been in operation for more than 30 years and are still producing solar power.
HIGH RELIABILITY AND LOW MAINTENANCE COSTS
Solar panels are characterised by a long life; the default manufacturer functionality warranty for silicone cells is for several decades. Photovoltaics are also a source of electricity that contains no moving parts, making it a low-failure technology. Moreover, servicing the panels is very easy; after installation, there is virtually no need to take care of them, except for periodic servicing checks. Online monitoring keeps your power plant constantly under control with your mobile phone or computer.
In addition, photovoltaics are a solution that is environmentally friendly. Besides sunlight, which is a renewable and inexhaustible source of power, solar panels require no other fuel that would cause air pollution or another burden to nature. Recycling of solar panels and other PVPP components is technically well managed without side effects. The overwhelming majority of solar panels are made of silicone, which is an element abundantly available on Planet Earth.
INEXHAUSTIBLE SOURCE OF ENERGY
Solar power is one of the inexhaustible energy sources. If you could transform all sunlight into energy, you would produce more electricity in an hour than the whole of humankind consumes in a year. Its utilisation has no negative environmental impacts. The amount of usable energy depends on the climatic conditions of different parts of the Earth’s surface. Its use is effective not only in areas with long periods of sunshine, but also at higher altitudes.