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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 house owners to utilize the sun to power daily life: running your air conditioning unit, washing clothing, viewing TELEVISION, cooking supper. All while lowering your carbon footprint, and without burning fossil fuels or putting a stress on the electrical grid. And while the environmental advantages of solar power are significant, numerous homeowners discover that the benefit, special functions, and cost savings of owning a solar power system are a lot more attractive.
Top 10 Advantages of Solar Energy
#1 Dramatically reduce or perhaps eliminate your electric expenses
Whether you're a house owner, company, or nonprofit, electricity costs can comprise a big part of your month-to-month expenditures. With a photovoltaic panel system, you'll generate totally free power for your system's whole 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you don't produce One Hundred Percent of the energy you take in, solar will lower your energy costs and you'll still save a great deal of money.
#2 Earn a terrific return on your investment
Photovoltaic panels aren't an expense-- they're one of the very best methods to invest, with returns equaling those of more conventional financial investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to substantial electrical power expense savings, the typical American homeowner settles their photovoltaic panel system in seven to 8 years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Secure versus rising energy expenses
Among the most clear cut advantages of solar panels is the capability to hedge utility rates. In the previous ten years, residential electricity costs have increased by approximately three percent annually. By buying a solar energy system now, you can fix your electricity rate and protect versus unpredictable increases in electrical power costs. If you're a company or house owner with ever-changing capital, going solar also assists you better projection and handle your costs.
#4 Increase your house value
Numerous research studies have found that homes geared up with solar energy systems have greater property worths and sell more quickly than non-solar houses. Appraisers are increasingly taking solar installations into factor to consider as they value houses at the time of a sale, and as property buyers end up being more educated about solar, need for residential or commercial properties geared up with photovoltaic panel systems will continue to grow.
#5 Increase U.S. energy independence
The sun is a near-infinite source of energy and a crucial part of accomplishing energy self-reliance in the United States. By increasing our capacity to create electricity from the sun, we can also insulate our country from cost changes in global energy markets.
#6 Develop jobs and assist your regional economy
According to The Solar Structure, the solar market included tasks at a rate nearly 12 times faster than the total U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all tasks in the nation. This development is expected to continue. Since solar-related tasks have the tendency to be higher paying and can not be outsourced, they are a considerable factor to the United States economy.
#7 Safeguard the environment
Solar is a great method to reduce your carbon footprint. Buildings are responsible for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the United States, and going solar can significantly reduce that number. A normal property solar panel system will remove 3 to 4 heaps of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees annually.
#8 Show your dedication to sustainability
Sustainability and corporate social obligation are necessary parts of an organization's culture and values. They likewise produce bottom line outcomes. Increasingly, consumers and neighborhoods are recognizing and rewarding organisations that opt to run responsibly. Businesses are discovering that "green" qualifications are a powerful motorist of consumer getting decisions, creating goodwill and enhancing organisation results.
#9 Start Saving from Day 1
Solar purchase power arrangements (PPAs) and solar leasing has actually made it possible for house owners to go solar for little or no money down.
Numerous property owners pick to finance their photovoltaic panels with among the "pay-as-you-go" financing options. This means that a third-party business-- the solar service provider-- owns the solar system and takes care of installation, upkeep, monitoring and repair works. You simply pay the solar supplier for electrical power-- 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 Financial investment
The energy business are well-known for their changing and unreliable electricity prices. There is clearly an upward pattern.
With photovoltaic panels and simple mathematics, we can calculate what does it cost? electricity will be produced, and most notably, at exactly what rate, for a minimum of 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
When I Make A Solar Panel What Kind...?
When I Make A Solar Panel, What Do I Use To Store The Energy. For Example I Am Going To Make A Solar Panel To Power My Lights In My Room. But I Dont Want The Lights Only To Come On When The Sun Is Out Because That Would Be Very Pointless. So... Do I Use The Panels To Charge Something Like A Car Battery And Then Run Wires From The Battery To An Extension Chord Which Will Go To A Surge Protector? It Sounds Awesome, But I Have To Put It All Together. The Help Is Very Appreciated. Thank You Guys.
First of all you seem to be talking about making a solar photovoltaic panel instead of a solar thermal panel. Most solar panels will produce DC electricity. Your house uses AC electricity. You can set up the solar photovoltaic panels to send their current to charge a battery bank and then you can tap into that battery bank and send the power to a voltage inverter to change the power to AC. The better inverters will do a better job of this. The system has to be matched and sized properly. If you are not familiar with electrical work you should have someone who is more knowledgeable help or do the work. Good luck with your project.
Solar Concentrator Idea?
I Plan On Making A Solar Water Heater, For A Hydronic Heating System. Would It Be Efficient To Take A Satellite Dish (Like A Dish Network Or Direct Tv), Attach Small Mirrors On The Face Of It To Concentrate The Sun'S Heat? I Would Feed Flexible Copper Tubing Through The Arm, Out To Where The Receiver Would Normally Be, And Twist It Around A Few Times And Then Bring It Back Through The Arm. I Would Pump Water Through The Tubing, Which Would Would Then Circulate Through The House And Back To The Concentrator. I Would More Than Likely Put More Than One Of These In Series With Each Other.
Sound's like a tracking solar collector. You want to place the heating tube on the focus of the dish
They work very well with direct sunlight (ie clear sky with no clouds) but not all with diffuse sunlight, because diffuse sunlight can't be focused. Thermal solar panels (ie pipes in cold frames) work with any kind of sunlight. Solar concentrators tend to be used to produce moderate quantities of high temperature steam, where as Thermal solar panels tend to run with higher flows of liquid water and output hot water rather than steam
Controlling the tracking of the mirror is very important with solar concentrators. IF the mirror is pointing in the wrong direction then it'll not focus the light on the boiler, and the boiler wont heat up.Some controllers have a program which compute where the sun will be at a particular time, but IMHO it's much simply to have a scan and "lock" system. When it's light enough for the solar collector to function, simply rotate the mirror through all possibilities until it "fires up", and then move to a tracking mode.LDRS/photodetectors around the boiler detect when the focus point isn't right on the boiler, and instruct the mirror to move in an appropriate correcting direction. When it gets dark, device shuts down for the night.
Copper tubing work softens and so it'll eventually break if you keep flexing it.
Instead of having the boiler/heater moving with the mirror it might be better to arrange things so that the mirror bounces light at a stationary boiler that accepts light/IR by facing the mirror. and the mirror points half way between the boiler and the sun..
I've come across a figure for the flux of energy falling on a surface perpendicular to the sun's rays of about 41.67 W/m².
Don't know how correct/appropriate that figure is and remember clouds etc will reduce that figure.
A mirror should bounce most of that (especially if the radiation doesn't pass through glass). Think albedo is an appropriate measure of how reflective a mirror is. If the mirror focuses light on the boiler of smaller area then it'll increase the energy flux per unit area (but remember the area of the boiler will be less)
P_density=power density at boiler [W][m^-2]
I=Direct insolation [W][m^-2]
T=Transmisivity of atmosphere [dimensionless fraction]
Alb_mirror=Albedo of mirror [dimensionless fraction]
A_mirror=area of mirror perpendicuar to sun beams [m^2]
A_boiler=cross section of boiler perpendicular to light from mirror [m^2]
The working section of the heater, should function like a heat exchanger with a more or less constant HOT side temperature. It too will have an albedo, and will only be able to absorb a fraction of the heat it is given. As the surface of temperature of the boiler is likely to be high it may be approprate to consider Black body radiation in calculating "albedo". Newton's law of cooling might be accurate enough.
Thermal circuit's should allow calculation of how much heat eventually ends up in the water.
How Would You Build A Solar Panel That Can Convert Sunlight To Energy, Just Being On Your House Roof?
Well, I Am Looking For A Cheap Way On Building A Solar Panel, Instead Of Buying By The Manufacturing Stores. I Would Like To Stay In The Budget Up To 1,000 Dollars. I Want To Have Solar Energy For My House Because The Sun Is Always Shining. Is There A Way I Can Make The Light Power Some Of My House? What Would I Need? How Much Time Would It Take?
Where Can I Get The Items I Need?
You have a couple of options.
The first option is to put together a flat plate collector to generate hot water. If you live in a cold climate, you might have to use evacuated tubes and this will probably blow your budget. The hot water could be used as a pre-heater for your existing hot water system. Complete systems for domestic hot water will not likely fit into your budget.
The second option is a small solar panel to generate electricity. In order to fit into you thousand dollar budget, you will need something like this:
1) an 80W panel. This will set you back about $400. You can't make the solar cells yourself, so it is just as well to buy a complete panel.
2) A small solar charge controller for about $100. This will take the power from the panel and make sure your storage battery is properly charged.
3) An inverter. This will take power from the battery and generate 120 volt AC power (like your wall sockets). A 120W unit will be less than $200.
4) A 12 volt deep cycle battery, perhaps $120.
5) A transfer switch to cut the power when the battery gets discharged and transfer to 120 volt utility power.
You should be able to put it all together for $1000. However, you need to treat this as a hobby. The power you will generate is worth less than $10 a year, and is about enough to power a DSL modem and router (i.e. your internet connection). If it lasts 25 years, your investment (or loss in this case) will be about minus 9%. Of course, the battery won't last that long, but the other parts could.
The actual power you can generate can be estimated from solar insolation maps. I will post a link below to a few that might help.
Collecting heat is probably more valuable (e.g. using a heat collector rather than a photovoltaic collector for electricity).
You can probably find plans on the internet for do-it-yourself flat plat collectors using plumbing parts, and electronic circuit diagrams for things like solar charge controllers, but I think this will be too complicated for your first project unless you really like tinkering. Buying components and integrating them yourself (figuring out how that get everything interconnected) will be loads of work for you first project.
Don't be discouraged by the economics. You will learn countless things in the process and knowledge is always a good thing. Someday as prices come down on silicon cells (perhaps a new thin film technology) and evacuated tubes are made by the hundreds of millions you will be able to use your skills to make a much larger and cost effective system.
Solar Panels For My Home.?
How Much Would It Cost (Approximately) To Convert My Home (3 Bed. 2 Bath) To A Green Home That Is Run Entirely Upon Solar Panels On My Roof? From The Panels Through Installation Does Anyone Know A Price Break Down?
Check your electric bill, and see how many kilo watt hours you have been using for the last year. That will give you a clue as to how many panels you will need in the array,and how many batteries you will need, what size inverter is needed plus would you want a true sine wave or modified.And that's just for starters. But of course you might get a break from your electric Co.(Rebate) also from your state,and possibly something from the Feds.
I have installed on the travel trailer a 125 watt panel($850) a 22amp.charge controller ($145) a pair of Trojan 425 watt 6 volt batteries ($300 each) and a 2000 watt inverter modified sine wave ($2000).The only thing I can not run with this set up is the A/C which requires 3000 watts of power. So as you can see your project could get very expensive. I hope this sheds enough light on the subject for you.
Properties Of Solar Panel?
I Know This Is Too General,But I Am To Write A Report On The Materials Used To Make Solar Panels,And I Am To Include The Physical, Mechanical ,And Chemical Properties Of The Materials.
It'S Just Too General,Such That I Am Lost.There Are So Many Types Of Solar Panels.So I Hope Some Experts On This Subject Can Give Me A General Guide Lines ,Maybe The Tensile Strength ?
As Much As You Can Please.
Here are some basic tutorials for different solar cells:
The CdS/CdTe cell:
Silicon solar cells:
Since the field is pretty big probably it is best to give an overview of all types of solar cells and then choose one kind of cell to go into detail about the actual properties of that cell.
A good place to start for the physical properties of any type of cell would be the "Handbook of Photovoltaic Science and Engineering" which has good overviews and references of all topics for the photovoltaic industry. You should be able to find it at the engineering library at your nearest University or your local library should be able to borrow it. You could also try "Google Books"...