According to the current price tags in market, a standard generator set full enough to power a house costs as high as N75,000, excluding the price of fuel that will be bought frequently if you would be using the generator frequently, there is also th consideration of maintenance for this generator, whereby the faults developed will have to be repaired occasionally.
But what if you could set up a solar panel which will serve you exactly same purpose as the generator, only with a lesser price and less stress regarding it’s operation and your coat for fuel will also be annulled in while you use it. Because it does not use any mechanical means to generate electricity, solar panel will also conform to environmental rules by making no noise whatsoever.
Another advantage you benefit from using solar is the efficiency and all tine use as you can always use your solar electrvurty anytime of the day, even when the day is no loner blooming with a furry sun, your stored energy will remain intact and ready to be tapped anytime you would be needing it.
Buying a standard generator of 75,000 Naira does not mean you will always be using the generator, even when there is no light. You probably would be employing the energy from the generator when you need something electricity. That is why a solar panel will do you good, because you don’t have to buy a big solar panel, better do you need a big battery (inverter) all you need is a source or electricity anytime you need it and even the smallest of solar panels will give you that.
First, you need to understand that you will be getting two things to set up your solar panel, one is the Solar Panel itself, which will provide you electricity when there is sunlight and an Inverter, which will store the energy generated by the sunlight for times that you might electricity and there is no sunlight.
A Solar Panel of 10 Watts which is used to charge phones can cost as low as 5,000 to 7,000 Naira and since you would be needing one with more production capacity, you can opt for 100 or 200 Watts, which should be just enough for your convenient usage.
A 100 or 200Watt solar panel can cost as much as 25,000 to 30,000 and once you have purchased one and successfully installed it on your rooftop or high elevation, you can go on and get an inverter. Setting up a Solar panel is as easy as setting up a satellite dish, decoder or antenna, it is all instructed on the manual and you only just have to follow the manual.
The inverter capacity actually depends on your preference, because the more energy you need, the higher the capacity of your inverter must be.
There are scenarios whereby people purchase car batteries instead of inverters, the solar energy is stored in these batteries and anytime electricity is needed, they just have to turn on the cable and put it into the connected batteries and it will supply them the required electricity.
This technique is used in poultry and other ventures whereby not much electricity is needed, but it can not power appliances like Refrigerators, Pressing Irons, Electric Cookers etc, if you need to power something like this, get a bigger inverter after setting up your solar panel.
It all depends on your pocket though, if you have the financial capacity, you can buy bigger inverter which will store higher electricity and subsequently supply you more electricity too.