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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 resident to utilize the sun to power everyday life: running your air conditioning system, washing clothes, watching TV, cooking dinner. All while decreasing your carbon footprint, and without burning fossil fuels or putting a strain on the electrical grid. And while the environmental advantages of solar power are considerable, many residents find that the convenience, distinct features, and expense savings of owning a solar power system are even more attractive.
Top Ten Benefits of Solar Energy
#1 Drastically minimize and even remove your electrical expenses
Whether you're a homeowner, organization, or nonprofit, electrical power costs can make up a big portion of your regular monthly costs. With a photovoltaic panel system, you'll generate free power for your system's whole 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you don't produce One Hundred Percent of the energy you consume, solar will lower your utility expenses and you'll still conserve a lot of loan.
#2 Earn a terrific return on your investment
Solar panels aren't a cost-- they're one of the finest methods to invest, with returns measuring up to those of more standard investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to considerable electrical energy expense cost savings, the average American property owner settles their solar panel system in 7 to eight years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Safeguard versus rising energy costs
One of the most clear cut benefits of photovoltaic panels is the capability to hedge utility rates. In the previous ten years, domestic electricity prices have actually increased by approximately 3 percent every year. By investing in a solar energy system now, you can fix your electrical power rate and protect against unpredictable increases in electricity expenses. If you're a service or property owner with fluctuating money flow, going solar likewise assists you better projection and handle your expenses.
#4 Boost your home value
Numerous studies have discovered that houses geared up with solar energy systems have greater home worths and offer quicker than non-solar houses. Appraisers are significantly taking solar setups into factor to consider as they value houses at the time of a sale, and as property buyers become more educated about solar, need for residential or commercial properties geared up with photovoltaic panel systems will continue to grow.
#5 Boost U.S. energy self-reliance
The sun is a near-infinite source of energy and a crucial component of accomplishing energy independence in the United States. By increasing our capability to create electricity from the sun, we can likewise insulate our country from rate variations in international energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and assist your regional economy
Inning accordance with The Solar Foundation, the solar industry added tasks at a rate nearly 12 times faster than the total U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all jobs in the nation. This growth is expected to continue. Because solar-related jobs have the tendency to be higher paying and can not be outsourced, they are a significant factor to the United States economy.
#7 Secure the environment
Solar is a terrific way to reduce your carbon footprint. Buildings are responsible for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the U.S., and going solar can substantially decrease that number. A common residential solar panel system will get rid of 3 to four lots of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees every year.
#8 Demonstrate your commitment to sustainability
Sustainability and corporate social responsibility are necessary parts of a company's culture and values. They likewise produce bottom line outcomes. Progressively, consumers and neighborhoods are recognizing and rewarding services that select to operate responsibly. Companies are discovering that "green" qualifications are an effective chauffeur of consumer purchasing choices, producing goodwill and improving company outcomes.
#9 Start Conserving from Day 1
Solar purchase power contracts (PPAs) and solar leasing has actually made it possible for house owners to go solar for little or no loan down.
Lots of property owners opt to finance their photovoltaic panels with one of the "pay-as-you-go" financing alternatives. This means that a third-party company-- the solar supplier-- owns the planetary system and takes care of installation, maintenance, monitoring and repair works. You just pay the solar service provider for electricity-- less than you would've paid the utility company.
Since June 2013, 75% of all American homes have access to pay-as-you-go solar.
#10. Solar is a Secure Investment
The energy companies are well-known for their fluctuating and undependable electrical power rates. There is plainly an upward trend.
With solar panels and basic math, we can determine what does it cost? electrical power will be produced, and most importantly, at exactly what rate, 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 Can I Build My Own Solar Panel?
A solar cell is a device for converting energy from the sun into electricity. The high-efficiency solar cells you can buy are made from highly processed silicon, and require huge factories, high temperatures, vacuum equipment, and lots of money. If you are willing to sacrifice efficiency for the ability to make our own solar cells in the kitchen out of materials from the neighborhood hardware store, we can demonstrate a working solar cell in about an hour.
The solar cell is made from these materials:
A sheet of copper flashing from the hardware store. This normally costs about £2.00 per square foot. We will need about half a square foot.
Two alligator clip leads.
A sensitive micro-ammeter that can read currents between 10 and 50 microamperes. loads of places sell small LCD multimeters that will do, but I used a small surplus meter with a needle.
An electric stove. My kitchen stove is gas, so I bought a small one-burner electric hotplate for about £15. The little 700 watt burners probably won't work -- mine is 1100 watts, so the burner gets red hot.
A large clear plastic bottle off of which you can cut the top. I used a 2 liter spring water bottle. A large mouth glass jar will also work.
Table salt. We will want a couple tablespoons of salt.
Sand paper or a wire brush on an electric drill.
Sheet metal shears for cutting the copper sheet.
The first step is to cut a piece of the copper sheeting that is about the size of the burner on the stove. Wash your hands so they don't have any grease or oil on them. Then wash the copper sheet with soap or cleanser to get any oil or grease off of it. Use the sandpaper or wire brush to thoroughly clean the copper sheeting, so that any sulphide or other light corrosion is removed.
Next, place the cleaned and dried copper sheet on the burner and turn the burner to its highest setting.
As the copper starts to heat up, you will see beautiful oxidation patterns begin to form. Oranges, purples, and reds will cover the copper.
As the copper gets hotter, the colors are replaced with a black coating of cupric oxide. This is not the oxide we want, but it will flake off later, showing the reds, oranges, pinks, and purples of the cuprous oxide layer underneath.
The last bits of color disappear as the burner starts to glow red.
When the burner is glowing red-hot, the sheet of copper will be coated with a black cupric oxide coat. Let it cook for a half an hour, so the black coating will be thick. This is important, since a thick coating will flake off nicely, while a thin coat will stay stuck to the copper.
After the half hour of cooking, turn off the burner. Leave the hot copper on the burner to cool slowly. If you cool it too quickly, the black oxide will stay stuck to the copper.
As the copper cools, it shrinks. The black cupric oxide also shrinks. But they shrink at different rates, which makes the black cupric oxide flake off.
The little black flakes pop off the copper with enough force to make them fly a few inches. This means a little more cleaning effort around the stove, but it is fun to watch.
When the copper has cooled to room temperature (this takes about 20 minutes), most of the black oxide will be gone. A light scrubbing with your hands under running water will remove most of the small bits. Resist the temptation to remove all of the black spots by hard scrubbing or by flexing the soft copper. This might damage the delicate red cuprous oxide layer we need to make to solar cell work.
The rest of the assembly is very simple and quick.
Cut another sheet of copper about the same size as the first one. Bend both pieces gently, so they will fit into the plastic bottle or jar without touching one another. The cuprous oxide coating that was facing up on the burner is usually the best side to face outwards in the jar, because it has the smoothest, cleanest surface.
Attach the two alligator clip leads, one to the new copper plate, and one to the cuprous oxide coated plate. Connect the lead from the clean copper plate to the positive terminal of the meter. Connect the lead from the cuprous oxide plate to the negative terminal of the meter.
Now mix a couple tablespoons of salt into some hot tap water. Stir the saltwater until all the salt is dissolved. Then carefully pour the saltwater into the jar, being careful not to get the clip leads wet. The saltwater should not completely cover the plates -- you should leave about an inch of plate above the water, so you can move the solar cell around without getting the clip leads wet.
Solar Power Question?
How Practical Is Solar Power And When Will This Alternate Source Be Used. What Is The Future Of Solar Energy? Please Explain And Cite Your Source. Thank You.
At the present time, fossil fuels are still the cheapest form of energy for the production of electricity.
Solar power is a practical way to produce power, but at the present time it is not cost effective, due to production costs of the solar panels, their installation, converting the direct current electricity they produce to 60 cycle alternating current, and routing this power to, and connecting to, the power grid.
Only when fossil fuels become too expensive to use, will alternate forms of energy be considered.
When Solar Cells Are 10% Efficient, Is That Only For The Absorb-Able Wavelengths For The Solar Panel?
I'M Pretty Sure The Sun Emits Uv, X-Rays, Cosmic Rays, Etc., None Of Which Most Solar Panels Absorb. If Solar Panels Absorb Wavelengths Of Multiple Magnitudes, I Believe Cost Per Watt Can Still Fall Drastically.
Hey T, you're quite right. Silicone based solar electric panels only make use of the photons, one of the particles that streams in with the sunlight. The photovoltiac effect makes use of the reaction of photons with 2 alloy types, silicone phosphorous and silicone boron. The reaction forces free electrons from one wafer onto the other and a voltage is created. Solar heating panels, used to heat water, air or an other medium make use of most of the wavelength, and the medium heats up using over 90% of the suns energy. This is primarily why solar water heaters are so much cheaper to build than solar electric panels, there is a large list of materials, like steel, aluminum, copper and even wood that can make the reaction occur.
There are schools and companies doing research with other types of solar electric panels, but so far nothing has made it off the test bench. The other way to capture the suns energy to make electricity is to focus sunlight on a boiler to create steam and turn a turbine. This works fine on an industrial scale, but you won't find many home sized systems that work this way. The newest ones heat oil to over 600 degrees, store it to boil water later so they can even make electricity at night to some degree. There are some great websites to learn more, I'll list a couple below. Take care, Rudydoo
Who Uses Solar Power More?
Who Uses Solar Power More, The Government Or Citizens?
Citizens by far. According to the article below, in California, 158 MW of solar was installed in 2008, up from 78 MW in 2007.
Given California's budget crisis, I doubt many solar panels were installed by the state. And none by the Federal government, as far as I know.
Since California accounts for 70% of the US solar market (see below), this is a reasonable answer for the entire country.
I'm counting "Citizens" as being anything besides government, so Whole Foods Market or De Anza College, I would count as "Citizens".
Where Can I Buy Materials To Make Solar Cells?
Where Can I Buy Chemicals And All Materials To Build Solar Cells .
Plaese Note: I Wanna To Build Solar Cells Not Solar Panel
Well, efficient solar cells require that you grow silicon wafers which means expensive vacuum chambers and vapour deposition of appropriately doped silicon. Even amorphous solar cells requires the deposition of silicon though achieving pure crystals isn't as important. You could purchase ruined batches of silicon wafers and polish off the traces to form solar cells but companies are already doing that.
You can make an inefficient solar cell from cuprous oxide, basically by heating copper. The voltage and current generated will be so low that you'll never be able to wire them up to get enough usable voltage and current from them but that won't stop idiots from trying. It's basically only useful to demonstrate the concept of photovoltaics.
A better demonstratioin would be to make solar cells from donuts and tea. It turns out that commercially made powdered donuts have Titanium Oxide particles to stretch out the powdered sugar much in the same way that sand is used in powdered hot chocolate and in powdered dishwashing detergent. These are the same particles used in paint and in sunblock but it's easiest to extract them from donuts. Titanium Oxide is a semiconductor and hence can be used to make solar cells, there has been a lot of work to make a solar paint. Essentially, you have to separate the Titanium Oxide from the powdered sugar and create layers of Titanium Oxide and an electrolyte between conductive electrodes.
You'll note that both methods involve semi-conductors. This is not chemistry, this is physics so the way you've worded your question shows that you have a lot to learn.