Photovoltaic Surge Protection Devices For Lower Operational Costs
There are several potential motivating factors for one’s decision to either install a photovoltaic power generation system into a residence, or to support the more widespread adoption of green energy technology production in and around a community. Activists will generally be found on the side of lower levels of pollution which is a serious issue facing the world today. As the demands for more electricity rises, so do the levels of pollution that are generated by fossil fuel fired plants which are tasked with this production. Pollution itself is an immediate issue that causes health concerns for people and animals, and the destruction of the atmosphere as a result of greenhouse gases causing climate change and problems for future generations. Those activists who are looking for ways to reduce the amount of pollution across the board will always look to fossil fuel burning as a factor that can be reduced or eliminated. Support for green energy technology that does not contribute to pollution levels will naturally garner their support even at higher costs of production. The increased operational costs involved with green energy technology is confusing to many, as it is misunderstood how a form of production that does not need fuel to be purchased could cost more to operate. The added costs are found in the ways that solar power grids must be installed, with expensive and high tech equipment, and ultimately creating large areas of the exposed equipment in the form of solar panels that must also be unobstructed in order to gather as much light as possible. This means that these installations will face ongoing needs for maintenance and module replacement as a result of degradation through exposure, as well as destruction caused by lightning strikes. This may not be the largest cost factor however, which is found in the destruction of equipment further downstream as a result of the subsequent power surges that accompany the lightning strikes. Exposed equipment is connected to control equipment through cables which ultimately provide a perfect path for electrical transients to flow, easily reaching equipment positioned far from the solar panels. This equipment is computer or electronically driven, meaning that it is susceptible to damage as a result of electricity going outside of the safe operational range. Without protection, this equipment can also damaged or destroyed by the lightning strike at the strike point itself. The integration of photovoltaic surge protection devices and systems along critical pathways can reduce the amount of damage that happens downstream, or potentially eliminate it completely. This has the effect of reducing the operational costs associated with both residential and commercial green energy production systems, bring them more in line with the traditional fossil fuel plants. Through this reduction in operational costs we find that the activists and the economists can agree that green energy technology and PV systems in general have the ability to not only provide a viable source of energy to individual residents as well as entire communities, but also do it in a more economical fashion.