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The What and How of Solar Power

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Solar Power. What?

Solar Power is the process of turning sunlight into energy. Plants, animals and our planet do this daily! Why not humans?

The sun is like a giant power plant in the sky, bathing the earth in energy on a constant basis while we’re in orbit. In Bahrain, we enjoy 8 months on average of sunny days. Our natural solar power plant is running at full capacity for most of the year. Plants convert the sun’s rays into energy through photosynthesis. Likewise, we can convert solar power into electricity through the use of solar panels.

In Bahrain, we enjoy 8 months on average of sunny days.

Solar power. How?

You can think of solar panels like the leaves on a plant. They draw in the sun’s energy, and convert this energy into a form we can use – electricity. The more efficient your panel, the more energy they absorb. At Solar One, we take pride in producing the highest efficiency panels available. We use international expertise and standards to make sure of this.

Converting the sun’s energy to electricity is a simple process. A circuit connected to the panels are able to generate a current out of solar energy for use as electricity. Batteries store the power collected by the panels. The more you store, the more you can use on the (rare) cases that there is no sun. The huge supply of Bahraini sunshine means a huge supply of solar energy. You can use this energy year round.

The huge supply of Bahraini sunshine means a huge supply of solar energy. 

The regulator is the brain of your system. This controls how much your batteries can charge. When the batteries reach their optimum storage limit, the regulator stops power coming in. This prevents the batteries from overloading. Finally, the inverter converts your energy  to voltage that is suitable to use in your home. Solar cells generate energy as a direct current (DC). However, most household appliances run on alternate current (AC). Direct current runs from the solar cells to the inverter. This converts the energy to alternate current for use in most homes.

This simple process benefits everyone, from you – the consumer  – to our planet as a whole. Solar Power generates Renewable Energy from a natural resource. We harness the Sun’s power without hurting the earth. No emissions are created from the electricity production of panels. This reduces your carbon footprint and is non-pollutive. Solar panels are durable. There are no moving parts to keep servicing and they are low maintenance. With proper installation and minimal upkeep needed, they can last up to 25 years!  A natural by product of using renewable energy is that it makes you much more energy aware. Using natural processes to generate energy leads to a greener outlook. This green outlook also translates to a more economical perspective.

The transition is easy. You can buy a smaller system and then build on it as you move away from non-renewable energy to a solar powered home.

The power is in your hands.