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About Solar Energy
Solar power is energy from the sun that is transformed into thermal or electrical energy.
Solar energy is the cleanest and most abundant renewable resource source available, and the United States has some of the richest solar resources worldwide. Modern innovation can harness this energy for a variety of usages, consisting of producing electricity, supplying light or a comfortable interior environment, and heating water for domestic, commercial, or industrial usage.
Solar power makes it possible for property owner to use the sun to power everyday life: running your a/c unit, cleaning clothes, seeing TV, cooking dinner. All while reducing your carbon footprint, and without burning fossil fuels or putting a strain on the electrical grid. And while the ecological advantages of solar power are significant, many homeowners find that the benefit, special features, and expense savings of owning a solar power system are even more enticing.
Top Ten Benefits of Solar Energy
#1 Considerably lower or even remove your electric bills
Whether you're a house owner, organization, or not-for-profit, electrical energy costs can make up a large portion of your monthly expenditures. With a solar panel system, you'll produce complimentary power for your system's entire 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you do not produce 100 percent of the energy you take in, solar will reduce your utility bills and you'll still conserve a lot of money.
#2 Make a great return on your financial investment
Solar panels aren't an expense-- they're one of the best ways to invest, with returns rivaling those of more conventional investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to substantial electricity costs cost savings, the average American property owner settles their photovoltaic panel system in 7 to 8 years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Safeguard versus rising energy costs
Among the most clear cut advantages of photovoltaic panels is the capability to hedge energy costs. In the previous ten years, residential electrical energy rates have actually gone up by approximately 3 percent each year. By investing in a solar energy system now, you can repair your electrical energy rate and safeguard versus unpredictable increases in electrical power expenses. If you're a business or property owner with fluctuating capital, going solar likewise assists you much better projection and manage your expenditures.
#4 Increase your house value
Several studies have actually found that homes equipped with solar energy systems have higher home values and sell more rapidly than non-solar houses. Appraisers are significantly taking solar installations into consideration as they value homes at the time of a sale, and as homebuyers end up being more educated about solar, demand for homes geared up with solar panel systems will continue to grow.
#5 Increase U.S. energy self-reliance
The sun is a near-infinite source of energy and an essential component of attaining energy independence in the United States. By increasing our capability to produce electricity from the sun, we can also insulate our nation from rate fluctuations in international energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and assist your local economy
Inning accordance with The Solar Structure, the solar market included tasks at a rate almost 12 times faster than the total U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all jobs in the country. This growth is anticipated to continue. Because solar-related tasks have the tendency to be higher paying and can not be outsourced, they are a substantial contributor to the United States economy.
#7 Secure the environment
Solar is a fantastic way to lower your carbon footprint. Buildings are responsible for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the United States, and going solar can considerably decrease that number. A typical property photovoltaic panel system will eliminate three to 4 lots of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees each year.
#8 Show your dedication to sustainability
Sustainability and corporate social responsibility are crucial parts of an organization's culture and values. They likewise produce bottom line outcomes. Significantly, consumers and communities are recognizing and rewarding businesses that opt to operate properly. Services are discovering that "green" credentials are an effective driver of consumer purchasing decisions, developing goodwill and improving organisation results.
#9 Start Conserving from Day 1
Solar purchase power contracts (PPAs) and solar leasing has actually made it possible for homeowners to go solar for little or no cash down.
Lots of property owners choose to finance their solar panels with among the "pay-as-you-go" funding alternatives. This indicates that a third-party company-- the solar company-- owns the solar system and looks after installation, upkeep, tracking and repairs. You just pay the solar service provider for electricity-- less than you would've paid the energy company.
As of June 2013, 75% of all American houses have access to pay-as-you-go solar.
#10. Solar is a Secure Investment
The energy business are well-known for their varying and unreliable electricity rates. There is clearly an upward pattern.
With solar panels and simple mathematics, we can calculate what does it cost? electrical power will be produced, and most notably, at exactly what cost, for at least the next 20 years (repaired energy costs).
What are the various payment options?
We have many flexible purchasing agreements for customers who would like to install a new home solar system. There are three different payment options, making them a viable choice for customers of all budgets. The payment options include Lease, PPA, and Purchase.
- Low, fixed payments each month
- System insurance for 20 years, including maintenance
- Flexible end-of-term options, including system upgrade, lease extension, and free panel removal
Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)
- We own the solar panel system
- $0 down for installation
- Customers only pay for the solar energy that they use
- Customer pays for the system upfront and owns the system
- System monitoring and maintenance for 20 years
- Receive 30% federal tax credit
- See a return on investment within 7-10 years
What happens when the contract for my lease is finished?
We provide our customers with a few different options for when their lease contract is up. Customers can upgrade their equipment to the newest solar technology available, extend the agreement, or have the panels removed at no cost.
What is the warranty?
The Lease and PPA include a 20-year warranty during the lifetime of the system. This warranty exceeds that of most other solar installers’ warranties.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can This Be Done? An Electric Car With A Solar Panel...?
...On The Top. The Problem With Electric Cars Is That Right Now They Can Only Go For About 200 Miles Before A Recharge, Which You Plug Into A Wall Outlet. Could A Solar Panel Be Added To The Roof Of A Vehicle So That It Recharges (Even If Its Only A Partial Charge) While You Drove, Or At Least While Your Parked In A Parking Lot.
Think Of The Ford Edge With Its Vista Roof. Instead Of One Large Moonroof, One Large Solar Panel To Charge A Lithium-Ion Battery. Would This Be Too Expensive To Build? Would A Solar Panel Not Provide Enough Power?
LobsterT is on the right track, but a bit optimistic about the amount of solar energy received. The solar irradiance needs to be averaged over 24 hours, all seasons and all weather types. An average yield in Canada is 3 kW-h/m^2 per day (the number is higher farther south). An electric car uses about 0.2 kW-h per km, so a car with 2 m^2 @ 15% efficiency could travel 1.5 km. It would make more sense to mount solar panels on a house, say 100 m^2. About 1/3 of the power could charge a battery for an electric car (The average commute distance is 24 km.) and the balance could be sold to the grid and withdrawn later for a longer trip.
Do You Need An Inventor Before You Can Use Solar Panel?
For Me I Think That You Can Use The Panel Only Without The Inventor.
Hey Kwabena, I'm going to go with Amy and assume you mean, "Inverter," rather than, "Inventor." There are lots of ways to use a solar panel, with or without an inverter, and there are different types of inverters to connect them to, depending on what you are trying to do. The most popular types being installed in the U.S. today are grid tied inverters. These types you can hook some solar panels to and they convert the power from the panel to household AC power, then feed it directly into your homes electrical system. Then some of the power your home uses comes from the solar panels, and your electric bill is reduced. Many older homes with solar electric systems, such as ours, have a, "Stand Alone System." This type uses solar panels to charge batteries. Then the batteries power an inverter and the inverter powers the home. They are not designed to assist the power company, but power the entire home by themselves, but they are more complicated and expensive to install.
One of my favorite uses for a solar panel does not involve an inverter. Take a small battery bank, like maybe a couple golf cart batteries, and connect a small panel, something in the 50 to 75 watt size is good, directly to the batteries. When the sun shines, the batteries charge. But regardless of the weather, you have 12 volt power available for small items, like some lights and a radio for example. Then if you decide later you want an inverter too, they are easy to add on. You won't get a lot of power from something like this, but we have a system in our home that uses 4 golf cart type batteries (T-105 models) and 3 50 watt panels to keep them charged. With a small array like this, you don't even need a charge controller, as long as the panels do not put out more amps than 2% of the battery's amp hour capacity, no charge controller is necessary. There are 3 primary things to remember if you decide to do this. First, you need a diode between the battery and panel. A diode is an electrical check valve, it allows power to flow one direction only. This way the panel can charge the battery in the daytime, but not drain the battery at night. Second, you must get the wiring between the panel and battery correct. Positive to positive, and negative to negative. Third, without a charge controller, your batteries will need lots of water, at least once a month they need to be filled with distilled water to keep them from going dry.
There is an excellent book at your library you should read if you are interested in getting involved, it's called, "The Complete Battery Book," by Richard Perez. Richard is also the editor of a great magazine called, "Home Power." I suggest going online and subscribing, you can read articles about people and their solar powered homes and businesses, including ours, and learn more. They also have lots of advertisements from companies that sell panels, batteries and other accessories you might need. I will list some other places for information below. Good luck, and take care...Rudydoo
Connect Power Outlet To Solar Panel?
I Would Like To Hook Up A Power Outlet To A Solar Panel
My Light System Is 500Watts Will Run For 8 Hours/Day Between Noon To 8Pm.
So What Is The Most Effective System Do I Need?
Most efficient manner would probably be to use solatubes, or sun tunnels during lighting hours, then replace the 500 watt lighting system (assuming it's incandescent) with LED's, that should give you about the same light output for around 100 watts or a little less even. Then you need a solar panel that can produce 100 watts for as long as you want (at a 100 watt lighting system) or 200 watts for 1/2 the time you want, etc, etc. Allow a good 10% or so for inverter inefficiencies, and 10% or so for reserve, so 120 watt's per 100 watts.
After you have this, you will want a charging controller, a battery, or battery bank (These should at very least be deep-cycle, or better yet golf-cart batteries with series between 2, and parallel between banks of 2 for the 12-volt portion of the system), with enough amp-hours to support your system, plus a good 10% or so reserve, plus another 10% or so for inverter inefficiencies (remember the over sized solar panel above, this is why), than of course you also need a 12-volt DC to 120-volt AC, 60 Hz system (or 240 volt AC 50 Hz system, depending on your AC system) inverter.
Are Solar Panels The Best Way To Get Electricity Without Harming The Environment?
I Have A Project And Im In Grade Nine The Project Is About Saving Electricity. We Had Many Choices To Choose From Wind,Hydro, Solar, Geothermal, Nuclear And Solar. I Choose Solar But Now Im Wondering If I Made The Right Decision. We Have To Design A Poster Talking About How It Works And Is It The Best
Way To Get Electricity Without Harming The Environment ? Help Anyone?
Hey Jesse, you're timing is perfect. Solar actually might be the best environmental way to produce electricity, but many of your anwers here are correct that it will never produce the power we need, not because solar isn't powerful enough, but because the way we harness it is quite inefficient. Solar electric, or, "photovoltiac," panels only convert about 12% of the incoming sun into electricity, the rest just heats up the panel. Arguments such as Erins that they offset agricultural production are baseless since most of these devices are on the roof tops of homes and businesses, or in the desert. Our home has been powered by the wind and sun for 11 years now, my panels sit on the garage roof, I don't grow tomatoes up there, and they run the entire home. We have a wind turbine in the field behind our home, and in 11 years, I've never found a single dead bird under the turbine. The flower bed in front of our homes picture window is another story though. In the first days of the Altamont Pass wind project in California, there was a problem of dead birds, specifically Golden Eagles, which are rare raptors. Turns out the particular type of blade they used there mimmicked the mating call of these birds. Since then turbine blades have been redesigned, and the problem of bird kills has been pretty much eliminated. Solar electric panels are still very useful, but the real answer is actually in the desert.
The Germans are working on a project right now to use the sun and heat in the desert to make electricity which will be more like 60% efficient. How it works is they use large concentrators to focus the hot sun on collectors that heat oil to several hundred degrees. The oil is circulated into a huge insulated tank, then an oil to water heat exchanger is used to take sea water, boil it into steam and run a steam turbine. The turbine turns a generator and makes electricity. As a by product, the recondensed steam becomes fresh water, the salt is naturally extracted in the boiling process and seperated out, and the fresh water is then used to irrigate crops that will grow alongside the solar concentrators. So we can take a patch of desert, devoid of life, make electricity and grow food all at the same time with just the power of the sun. They will produce enough power to run all of Europe with just the northwest corner of the Sahara. No wildlife will be displaced, but the crops, partial shade and water will attract new wildlife to the area. Another benefit of this system is with all the oil heated and stored in an insulated tank, it can continue to boil water even when passing clouds shade the concentrators, or well into the night. So now we have access to solar power at night too. And the oil is continually recirculated, none of it gets burned or used up. Once it's operating, it can continue to produce electricity and fresh water for decades without any emissions. It is very promising, and if it works as well there as they hope, I'm sure in another 10 years you'll see them on all continents, including ours.
Stick with your choice for solar Jesse, we did 11 years ago, and our array puts out the same amount of power today as it did then. I've never turned a screw on my solar array or had to add a drop of oil, and our home has not been without power for even a minute in all those years. Hard to put a price on that. In your research you will undoubtedly hear the argument that, "Solar panels never produce as much power as was used to produce them." This is blatently false, tons of research has been done to prove that the, "Embodied Energy," in a solar panel is earned back in just a few years. But even if it weren't, it wouldn't matter. Coal, oil and natural gas electric plants never earn back their embodied energy because no matter how efficient they might be, once you build one, it then has to be fed more fuel to make electricity, so it never does get even environmentally. It always amazes me how we've been burning coal and oil for years, but as soon as someone comes up with something as clever as a photovoltiac panel, the world is always trying to discredit it. Keep that in mind when you are doing research and answering questions about this subject.
You can see articles and pictures of the project by clicking on the links below, or try venturing out on your own by googling phrases like, "Desertec Project," or, "Northwest Sahara Solar Project." You will probably find some great photos to use too. Take care Jesse, Rudydoo
How Much Money Does A Solar Panel Save You?
I'M Thinking About Saving Up Money For A Solar Panel To Lower My Bills. Are They Worth It? How Much Would You Save In A Month, A Year? Do You Just Save On Your Electric Bill? Or Is It Gas And Water Too? Do I Just Buy One And Plug It In Or Does It Have To Be Installed? Do I Have To Make Some Kind Of Deal With The Town Or The Government To Save Money On My Bills? My Current Bills Are (Water $150) (Gas $50) (Electric $30) Also Is It True That If You Make More Energy Than You Spend You'Ll Get Paid? Do I Have To Do Something Special To Get That Sort Of Benefit?
That's already a rather low electric bill. Congratulations on your conservative usage, but do remember that the most you could save would be $30 a month theoretically.
To do things right, you would need an agreement with your power company. That's a routine form in many places. Some power companies will insist that you pay a minimum fee each month to stay connected to the grid. If that's $5 or $10 a month, it will be lot, considering that your existing bill is $30. Whether the power company pays you for excess electricity, and the terms, if they do, varies by location. In the UK, they will pay you more than they charge when you use electricity. In some places, they will buy at the same rate as they sell, but only as a discount to your bill. In other places, they'll buy every kWh you generate, at paltry wholesale rates.