Since the beginning of human existence, man realized that the sun provided warmth (heat). Even wild and domesticated animals quickly experienced the effects of sunlight as compared to being in shady surroundings.
In the ensuing centuries methods of storing heat, such as filling jars with water or stacking stones or bricks in sunlight, extended the benefits of solar energy for a prolonged period after sunset. That same sunlight helped in the drying out of animal skins for clothing, meat for eating and after wearing apparel was washed – the old fashioned clothes line.
More recently, seeking to develop “alternative” ways to charge the batteries used in their myriad of space vehicles, NASA participated in the development of the “photovoltaic” system. This functions similarly to a battery except, by the combination of certain chemicals and specialized natural elements, the sun shining on the panels causes a “flow” of electric energy that in turn charged the on-board batteries and in some applications, replaced the batteries completely.
(Batteries are very heavy components and, on a space craft, weight conservation is a criticality. By using smaller battery arrays along with solar energy to keep them charged a greater payload for the craft was possible.)
It wasn’t long after the NASA development that people explored the possible use of solar electricity, or photovoltaics, in the home or in business and industrial applications. Initially, as is usually the case with most new methods and devices, the cost was prohibitively high. However, production costs of solar cells, panels and associated equipment has fallen over time, making solar power more enticing and affordable. You have probably noticed that home-type computers have fallen considerably in price over the past 10-15 years.
Statistics have shown that a whole-home photovoltaic system will pay for itself in just several years, in addition to the benefit of selling surplus power you generate to the electric power company. And, while reducing the electric bill to virtually nothing, you are helping to control emissions and pollutants that would otherwise endanger the environment by the use of non-renewable fossil fuels – there are NO harmful emissions from a solar system, just clean free power!
Western Carolina Solar has embarked on a program of producing (in the Carolina mountains of the USA) a more efficient solar cell as well as some unique designs and methods of harnessing the energy from the very sun that our Heavenly Father spoke and set into motion from the beginning of the earth.
In the near future on this WEB site we will be sharing with you our progress in this field as well as displaying a catalog of purchasable items and/or outlets where you can see these devices in operation and available to be bought.
On the Home page you will find a tab where you can Contact us for information, requests, comments, etc. We’d love to hear from you.
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