Solar panels and photovoltaic panels: what is the difference?
A solar panel is a device that harnesses the sun’s energy to produce heat. It is usually composed of a set of photovoltaic cells, which generate electricity through the photoelectric effect.
A photovoltaic panel consists of a set of photovoltaic cells, which directly convert solar energy into electricity. This type of panel is mainly used to produce electricity.
The main difference between the two panels lies in their use. Solar panels are mainly used for water and space heating, while photovoltaic panels are used to produce electricity.
Solar panels and photovoltaic panels: friends of the wallet and the environment
There are several advantages of using solar and photovoltaic panels: firstly, considerable savings can be made on energy costs, as the use of the traditional electricity grid is reduced. In addition, the use of solar and photovoltaic panels makes it possible to produce clean energy, thus reducing emissions of CO2 and other pollutants into the air.
Photovoltaic panel regulations and incentives
In Italy, there are various regulations concerning the purchase, installation and use of solar and photovoltaic panels. The installation of roof-mounted and ground-mounted photovoltaic systems, for example, is regulated by Law No 28 of 3 March 2011.
Incentives for the use of renewable energy sources are promoted through the Conto Energia, a form of state incentive for the production of energy from renewable sources. It was introduced in Italy in 2005 with the aim of increasing renewable energy production and reducing dependence on fossil fuels. Under the Conto Energia, renewable energy producers receive a payment for each unit of energy produced and fed into the national grid. The value of the payment varies depending on the energy source used, the size of the plant and the year the plant was installed.
In addition to the Conto Energia, there are also tax incentives for the installation of solar and photovoltaic panels.