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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 utilize the sun to power everyday life: running your air conditioning system, washing clothing, viewing TELEVISION, cooking dinner. All while decreasing your carbon footprint, and without burning nonrenewable fuel sources or putting a stress on the electrical grid. And while the environmental advantages of solar power are substantial, many property owners find that the convenience, special features, and expense savings of owning a solar power system are much more attractive.
Leading Advantages of Solar Energy
#1 Considerably reduce or perhaps remove your electrical expenses
Whether you're a house owner, service, or not-for-profit, electrical energy costs can comprise a large portion of your regular monthly expenses. With a photovoltaic panel system, you'll create totally free power for your system's entire 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you don't produce 100 percent of the energy you take in, solar will reduce your utility costs and you'll still save a lot of money.
#2 Earn a fantastic return on your financial investment
Photovoltaic panels aren't an expenditure-- they are among the very best ways to invest, with returns equaling those of more traditional financial investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to substantial electrical power costs savings, the average American house owner settles their photovoltaic panel system in 7 to eight years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Safeguard against increasing energy expenses
Among the most clear cut advantages of solar panels is the capability to hedge energy costs. In the previous 10 years, residential electrical energy prices have increased by an average of three percent each year. By investing in a solar energy system now, you can repair your electrical power rate and secure against unforeseeable increases in electricity expenses. If you're a service or homeowner with fluctuating capital, going solar also helps you much better forecast and handle your costs.
#4 Boost your property worth
Multiple research studies have discovered that homes equipped with solar energy systems have higher residential or commercial property values and sell quicker than non-solar homes. Appraisers are increasingly taking solar installations into consideration as they value homes at the time of a sale, and as homebuyers end up being more informed 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 a key component of accomplishing energy independence in the United States. By increasing our capacity to produce electrical power from the sun, we can also insulate our country from price changes in worldwide energy markets.
#6 Develop jobs and assist your regional economy
Inning accordance with The Solar Foundation, the solar industry included tasks at a rate nearly 12 times faster than the general U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all tasks in the country. This growth is expected to continue. Since solar-related tasks tend to be higher paying and can not be outsourced, they are a substantial factor to the United States economy.
#7 Safeguard the environment
Solar is a terrific method to decrease your carbon footprint. Buildings are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the U.S., and going solar can substantially decrease that number. A typical domestic photovoltaic panel system will get rid of 3 to four lots of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees annually.
#8 Show your dedication to sustainability
Sustainability and corporate social responsibility are essential elements of a company's culture and worths. They also produce bottom line results. Significantly, customers and communities are acknowledging and rewarding services that decide to operate properly. Companies are finding that "green" credentials are a powerful chauffeur of consumer buying decisions, creating goodwill and enhancing company results.
#9 Start Saving from Day 1
Solar purchase power agreements (PPAs) and solar leasing has actually made it possible for property owners to go solar for little or no cash down.
Many homeowners opt to finance their photovoltaic panels with one of the "pay-as-you-go" funding choices. This suggests that a third-party business-- the solar provider-- owns the solar system and takes care of installation, upkeep, tracking and repairs. You simply pay the solar provider for electrical power-- less than you would've paid the utility company.
As of June 2013, 75% of all American houses have access to pay-as-you-go solar.
#10. Solar is a Secure Financial investment
The energy companies are infamous for their changing and unreliable electrical energy prices. There is plainly an upward trend.
With solar panels and basic math, we can calculate just how much electricity will be created, and most significantly, at exactly what price, for at least the next Twenty Years (fixed 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
How Does Solar Energy Work?
There are several ways
1] Photovoltaics: this is the fancy term for 'solar cells', which produce electricity directly from light.
2] Solar thermal, passive: This is a type of architecture that captures the sun's heat for warmth. It includes deep windows, so the sun comes into the house in winter [when the sun is low in the sky] but not in summer [when the sun is high in the sky]. It also includes heat storage, such as in a dark tiled concrete floor.
3] Solar thermal, active: Think solar panels, which are boxes with a glass top, a black bottom, and some working fluid [usually air or water] that is pumped around to carry the heat to where you want it.
4] Solar thermal, active: can be used for power generation as in having the heat go to a boiler whose steam spins a turbine, or the heat goes directly to a Stirling cycle engine.
5] Solar refrigeration and/or air conditioning: This uses collected solar heat to drive an absorption refrigeration system [aka Servel; same guts as propane or kerosine powered fridge]
Question On Solar Panels?
My Family Looked Into Getting Solar Panels A Few Years Ago, But We Abandoned It Because It Wasn'T Very Cost Effective. But A Teacher Of Mine Encouraged Me To Look Again A Few Years Later, Because They Had Gotten Much Better, And That Was A Few Years Ago. Can Someone Tell Me Some Basic Info About Solar Panels, First Of All. Second, We Live In Connecticut And The Winters Can Be Strong, So I Don'T Think That They'Ll Work In Winter. But In Summer, How Much Energy Will They Produce On A Relatively Sunny Day? And How Many Would We Need To Power Our House? I Know That May Be Unlikely, Though. But If We Make Enough To Send Money Back To The Company, They Would Pay Us For It, Right? Details.
Hey Thompson, I applaud you for staying with the concept. Your question, "...how many panels to run a house..." is like asking how much gas a car needs. You might need to know things like miles driven per year, type of vehicle, and so on. Houses are all different, and the people that live in them doubly so.
To give you some rough idea, our home is 1400 square feet. We used to have electric bills around $30 to $40 per month 10 years ago. Today we have a 1.4 kw solar array and a 1 kw turbine. Along with a few batteries inverter and other parts, our electric bills are generally around $6 per month now. That equipment today might cost you $6000, that's just the parts, no installation included. When you figure you might break even in 150 months (13 years) you might think that's not bad, or you might think you would be better off putting the same money in long term bonds and paying the electric bill with the interest. But if your only intent is saving money, I would go with the long term bonds.
In our case, we wanted environmental benefits, and we wanted reliablilty. Consider that making a pot of coffee or watching TV at our place adds no coal ash to the air at the powerplant 26 miles away, no mercury to the water and no CO2 to the air, and ask yourself what you would be willing to pay for that? There is also the fact that our home has not been without power for even a minute the last 13 years now, hard to put a price on that.
Lots of people grow tomatoes in their garden even though it's cheaper and easier to buy them at the farmers market. They have to know about soil ph, bugs, watering and weeding. Why bother? They grow them for therapeutic reasons, or environmental, or they just need a hobby. The only difference between us and them is we grow electrons in our garden. You have to decide what you want to accomplish, then you can best decide how to get there.
For most people, particularly if they are handy, I always suggest starting small. We did. Get yourself a 50 - 75 watt panel on ebay, might cost you $100. Then get two golf cart batteries at a local golf cart repair shop, Trojan T-105's are best, they might run $95 each. (you need two because they are 6 volts each) Wire them in series, connect the panel to them, as long as the panel has a diode in the back, you won't need a charge controller, that size panel is too small to over charge two golf cart batteries. Then shop for some LED light strips for the kitchen undercabinet lights, warm white strips are best. Add a few car 12 volt outlets to a few key spots in your home that are connected back to the batteries, now you can charge cell phones, ipods, ipads and mp3's with solar power, light your kitchen, and watch DVD's on a portable car unit, or listen to the radio.
The cool thing about this type of system is it not only lights your home and runs small electronics when the grid power is on at no cost, since it is powered by the panel, but it continues to do so when the grid is down. We had this small system for 3 years before putting in the big one, every time the power was out all the neighbors came to our house for dinner and a movie. You haven't spent a bunch of money, and you're already making some of your own power, and have a small backup source that doesn't need gas, a tune up, or someone to start it up. Then after a year or so, if you like what you have, you can always go bigger, you'll have the expertise to make the right decisions then. I also want to caution you on getting info on an open forum like this for renewable energy decisions. It always amazes me how many people are willing to chime in with advice on this subject, who have never laid a hand on a panel or battery.
Check out the sources below, get a sub to Home Power Magazine, and try to get to an energy fair in your area. We did 14 years ago, and here we are today. Good luck Thompson, and take care, Rudydoo
Hydrogen Cars, Feelings, Thoughts?
Apparently I At One Time Looked This Up. I Say That Because I Knew About The Concept, Without Looking At It Yet Again. I Know This Isn'T A Alien Concept. Hydrogen Cars, What Do You Think About It?
Since there is no "free" hydrogen in our environment, it is not a "fuel" in the sense we normally think of such. Rather, it is an energy storage medium, much like a battery. Looked at in that respect, a battery is much safer - they rarely explode, and create large fires.
It is true that liquid hydrogen is a very dense energy storage medium for it's weight. That's why it's used in rockets, where weight is at a premium, In cars, weight, while important, is not nearly as critical.
Maybe some background would be appropriate. Oil, and gasoline, truly is magical stuff. In a small car, about 10 gallons would provide you with the equivalent of 100 horses, all working together, pulling you 300 miles. AND, it's only 300 miles because the efficiency of internal combustion engines is only about 15%. If you could actually get all of the energy out of gasoline and use it, that same 10 gallons would take you 2,000 miles.
At the rate we're using (burning) oil today, we use somewhere in the neighborhood of 1,000,000 years of stored energy in 1 single year. That's what's happening today. Not only is that not sustainable, but thinking of replacing it is mind-boggling.
However, the question is, when we run out of stored energy then we have to decide what would be the best energy storage medium. At the moment, i like batteries best. However, hydrogen has a significant advantage. There's lots of it, and it typically does not require metals that are, or will be, in short supply to use it. No matter what we choose, we'll need to completely replace our energy distribution system. Well maybe. If we were to go to batteries, and all have solar panels to charge our batteries, 90% of our driving energy could come off of our roof. If that were the case, we might get away with using biofuel hybrid cars that would use the biofuel only on long trips. That would probably be the most efficient replacement of what we have today.
The real reason i don't like hydrogen is because it's explosive. When there's a hydrogen fire, you cannot see it. You can see it when it's pointing at a lawn, for example, and the lawn turns black and starts to burn. But if there isn't something like that, and you were running around trying to rescue someone in a car, you could run into a flame and not notice it until it was far to late.
Solar Panel Business?
Hey Everyone. I Am About To Start School In A Program For Photovoltaic Systems Installation And Repair. I Live In Georgia And Want To Open My Own Installation Business Afterwards. What Kind Of Licenses Do I Need To Do This. Do I Need A General Contractors License Or Certification As An Electrician. I Know That Nabcep Certification Is Something I Should Look At Getting As Well. Thanks A Lot Yall.
Definitely an electrical license, possibly a G.C. license (depending on exactly what your business will do). I don't live in Georgia, so there may be another specific certification you will need to get, but it will be nothing compared to getting an electrical license. You could always subcontract a licensed individual too, or work under their license... Just a few things to consider.
Will My 18Watt Solar Panel Charge A Car Battery And How Fast?
I Wanna Get A Solar Panel To Charge 1 Or 2 Car Batteries. Then Connect The Battery To A 800Watt Power Inverter So That I Can Power A Tv. Will The 18Watt Solar Panel Charge My Batteries And Around In How Long?
I Just Wanna Use The Panel To Charge The Batteries, No To Use The Panel Directly With My Electronics. Thanks For Your Answer And Help Me With That.
1. an expression used by a person when that person does not feel accountable for a certain chain of events or there is nothing one can do about a certain situation
similar to "chalk it up to the game"
"Say, I heard you cut up my girl and then straight skeeted in my favorite cereal bowl....."
"I don't know what to tell you....charge it to the game son"
2. When something doesn't go the way you want it to or you do something wrong, and there is nothing you can do to change it. Don't worry about it. Just put it in the past or. . ."charge it to the game".
I lost 500 hundred at the casino last night! Oh well charge it to the game.
I cheated on Kim last night, I didn't mean to but it just happened. Oh well she will never know, charge it to the game.
3. Similar to a "party foul." Something caused by fate, that can't be altered.
I failed that test today. Oh well, charge it to the game....She poured beer on the carpet- charge it to the game.
4. a life learned lesson
i was tring to nail these sisters once, when they found out i got none, i had to charge that one to the game.
5. when you pay for something without having to pull out any money, i.e. by credit card, gift card, etc.
Paying for something on your student account.
Clerk: "How will you pay for this"
You pull out your ID to put it on your account.
Kevin: "Charge it to the game"
6. When something is purchased without the buyer having to pay for it. Typically these purchases are made with a credit card.
Friend 1: Daamn, that ****'s expensive.
Friend 2: That's straight, (takes out parent's credit card), I'll just charge it to the game.
7. Meaning add it to this list of things people hate about your game
"She likes to gossip about me but she can just charge it to the game"