Solar energy is more reliable today than ever before thanks to improving technologies and growth in the industry. Utility experts can use new tools to maintain a consistent flow of energy, even during times when sunlight is not its strongest. With these advancements in technology, we can achieve a stable amount of electricity while reducing our carbon emissions.

How Does It Work?

Solar power is harnessed energy from the sun that is converted into thermal or electrical energy. It’s the cleanest and most abundant resource in the world because sunlight is natural and replenishable. Fossil fuels, like coal and oil, are finite and harmful to the atmosphere due to their contribution to the greenhouse effect.

What if There’s No Sunlight?

Since sunlight levels vary, solar energy systems typically are connected to the grid to ensure that there are steady levels of power. When sunlight is low, grid professionals can accommodate using a variety of tools in order to provide a consistent amount of electricity. The following improvements allow operators to ensure a constant flow of energy in solar homes:

Accurate Forecasts: Grid operators can adjust electricity sources when necessary thanks to detailed weather reports. These professionals can accurately forecast solar outputs, therefore modifying the grid as needed on days when sunlight is low. This ensures that homes with solar energy maintain a consistent amount of power throughout the day, no matter what the weather is like.

A Dynamic Grid: No energy source is perfectly reliable – even fossil fuels like coal and natural gas are susceptible to interruption. Therefore, electricity grids are made to handle these disruptions by using reserve power sources when necessary. Most solar panels still work through the community’s grid system even though the panels produce their own energy.  If solar power does diminish, grids will use other sources to fill the gap.

Integrating Other Renewable Sources: Renewable sources could collectively generate the majority of U.S. electricity by 2050. If we make smart investments and policy changes now, we can integrate these technologies to move towards a cleaner and more sustainable future. New transmission lines, smarter grids, improved storage technologies and progressive policies can allow us to utilize wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and hydropower together more efficiently. Integrating these renewable sources may be a more complex challenge but does not implicate impossible technical problems or significant costs.

Why Should I Invest in Solar?

Solar power is the cleanest energy resource that can save you money in the long run. It has the highest environmental benefit because it reduces carbon emissions and greenhouse gasses, which ultimately improves air pollution. This energy is produced with practically no environmental impact, unlike fossil fuels. Owners of solar systems also receive tax credit for their electricity shared through the grid while reducing their energy bills significantly.

About Momentum

Momentum Solar is committed to delivering a first-class experience to our customers through their journey to cleaner, price-protected electricity generated by the sun. If you have questions about the reliability of solar systems and wish to learn more, visit www.momentumsolar.com or call 1-888-MOMENTUM for more information.