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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 a/c, cleaning clothing, watching TV, cooking supper. All while minimizing your carbon footprint, and without burning fossil fuels or putting a stress on the electrical grid. And while the environmental benefits of solar power are significant, many property owners discover that the benefit, unique features, and expense savings of owning a solar power system are a lot more enticing.
Top 10 Advantages of Solar Energy
#1 Significantly decrease or even eliminate your electric bills
Whether you're a homeowner, service, or nonprofit, electrical power costs can make up a large part of your regular monthly expenses. With a solar panel system, you'll produce free power for your system's entire 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you do not produce One Hundred Percent of the energy you take in, solar will minimize your utility costs and you'll still save a lot of cash.
#2 Earn a great return on your investment
Photovoltaic panels aren't a cost-- they are among the finest methods to invest, with returns equaling those of more conventional financial investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to significant electricity expense savings, the typical American homeowner pays off their solar panel system in seven to eight years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Protect against increasing energy costs
One of the most clear cut benefits of solar panels is the ability to hedge utility prices. In the previous 10 years, property electrical energy costs have gone up by an average of 3 percent each year. By purchasing a solar energy system now, you can repair your electrical power rate and protect versus unforeseeable boosts in electrical power costs. If you're a business or homeowner with changing money flow, going solar likewise helps you much better forecast and handle your expenditures.
#4 Boost your house worth
Multiple studies have actually found that houses geared up with solar energy systems have greater property values and sell faster than non-solar homes. Appraisers are significantly taking solar setups into consideration as they value homes at the time of a sale, and as property buyers become more educated about solar, demand for homes geared up with photovoltaic 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 part of achieving energy self-reliance in the United States. By increasing our capability to produce electrical power from the sun, we can likewise insulate our nation from rate fluctuations in international energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and help your regional economy
According to The Solar Structure, the solar market included tasks at a rate nearly 12 times faster than the overall U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all tasks in the nation. This development is expected to continue. Due to the fact that solar-related tasks have the tendency to be higher paying and can not be outsourced, they are a substantial factor to the United States economy.
#7 Protect the environment
Solar is a fantastic method to lower your carbon footprint. Structures are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the U.S., and going solar can significantly reduce that number. A typical property solar panel system will remove 3 to 4 lots of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees every year.
#8 Show your dedication to sustainability
Sustainability and business social obligation are essential parts of an organization's culture and values. They likewise produce bottom line results. Significantly, consumers and neighborhoods are acknowledging and rewarding services that decide to operate properly. Services are finding that "green" qualifications are a powerful motorist of customer purchasing choices, creating goodwill and enhancing business outcomes.
#9 Start Conserving 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.
Lots of property owners choose to finance their solar panels with among the "pay-as-you-go" financing options. This indicates that a third-party business-- the solar service provider-- owns the planetary system and takes care of installation, upkeep, monitoring and repair works. You simply pay the solar provider for electricity-- less than you would've paid the energy company.
Since June 2013, 75% of all American homes have access to pay-as-you-go solar.
#10. Solar is a Secure Investment
The utility business are notorious for their varying and undependable electrical energy prices. There is clearly an upward trend.
With solar panels and basic math, we can compute how much electrical power will be produced, and most significantly, at what rate, for at least the next Twenty Years (repaired energy expenses).
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
What Does 1 Solar Panel Power?
How Many Kilowatts? Would It Be Enough To Power My Electric Heat?
Does One Panel Cost About $2000.?
Solar Panels have a large range of prices. You can get a 10W panel for approx. $100 to 200W solar panels at $2000 and beyond.
You would want to figure out how much electric heat you use. Then from there, figure out how many solar panels it would take to compensate that.
If you need help figuring this out, I would suggest reading a Solar Panel How to Guide and/or looking at a Solar Panel Forum.
Best of luck to you!
What Company Leads The Nation In Solar Energy Unit Production?
Who Stands To Benefit The Most If Obama Wins And Gives Tax Credits For Purchasing Solar Energy Products?
No disrespect, but the capless solar tax credit extension already passed as part of the bailout bill.
To me, the most compelling case for solar (both water heating and electricity) is on individual homes, as when that is done, it displaces retail energy. If one makes a giant solar power plant, the energy must be sold wholesale, and transmitted to another place.
So to have a solar boom, individual homeowners must be swayed. There is a large initial investment, so solar might not do very well in a down economy. People will be more worried about their next meal than energy efficiency. Also, the initial cost of a solar array is like a car. And if you look at the impact that tight credit has had on car sales, there is another potential problem.
But after all this, if you're looking for long term investments, I think solar will do well. There are few barriers to entry on the installation business - I think it will be hundreds of small businesses that benefit, not one large one, any more than one company dominates roofing or electrical work nationally. AKNS is the one large installation company, but I personally would not invest in them, because of the lack of barriers to entry.
As far as photovoltaic panel makers, the largest ones are in Asia - Sharp, Kyocera, Suntech, Sanyo, Mitsubishi. There are also literally dozens of small fry, who will probably get killed or absorbed in the next year or two. In the USA, there's First Solar (FSLR) of course, which I think is overvalued, Sunpower (SPWRA), same opinion, and other places like Energy Conversion Devices and Evergreen, that I don't know much about.
What Does It Mean When A Solar Panel Is 100W?
Does It Mean That It Can Get That Much In A Day? Or Like, In An Hour?
more than likely your solar panel puts out around 24 volt dc at maxamuim sunlight so (voltsxamps=watts) therefore you roughly have 4 amps coming from that panel a marine battery charges off a 4amp trickle in roughly 8-12 hours depending on how run down it is. Then what you have to do next is invert the power to AC so that it will be usable by your appliances. so your going to need close to 1000 watt invertor which drains the battery really fast. I dont know everything about this stuff yet Im no engineer but I have been researching alternative power and I have access to every tool out there in order to build things. I have been trying to balance everything out such as instead of regular light bulbs which draw and use a lot of power I have found a LED dealer wher I can get LEDS for about 15 cents apeice. 35 are the equivalent (in lumens) to a 70watt light bulb I will build lamps and light paths to make power consumption less on the other end of getting more power I will also use a generator modified to run on an altenative fuel (ethenol) which I can brew at my house. The trick to it all is to change and modify some applinces to use less power and find alternative sources to make power on cloudy or non windy days(for windmill) The next large problem is where to store all this power I have been getting car batteries for as little as $5 a peice from a mechanic freind (marine batteries are better) Yet there must be a better way to store all this power. Anyway all in all unless you are super out of the ordinary resourcefull in the long run it does not cost less to use solar panels unless of course they are free or you get free materials and make your own (very possible)
How Do I Pick Out Solar Panels To Match My Battery Bank?
If I Have A Battery Bank Of Of 6 L-16 Trojan Batteries, 6V 390Ah, Wired In Series Parallel To Give Me 12V At 1170Ah (Or 14,040Wh) What Kind Of Solar Panels Should I Purchase Assuming I Have 8 Hours Of Sunlight, A Solar Tracking System And I Want To Make Sure I Can Fully Recharge My Batteries Everyday If I Use Up All The Power Every Night?
I Understand There Are Efficiency Issues To Consider Which I Have Not Calculated In Yet.
Hey Feemind, we have a home that is powered by the wind and sun, and we use L-16's also. Our system has 20 batteries, a 1.4 kw solar array and H-40, 1000 watt wind turbine. I have a couple issues with your calculations. You do have about 14 kwh or storage, but if you are planning on using all of it each night, your electronics and inverter will not have access to all that power. The voltage curve of a lead acid battery drops quite low during the last 30% of discharge, even lower when you draw it all out in less than 20 hours. Batteries of this type are rated on a C-20, or 20 hour rate. Your system will shut down before you get through half of the battery capacity. In addition, even if you could discharge those batteries 80 or 90 % each night, they would be shot in less than 2 years. We only discharge ours 15 to 20 pecent each night, and after 11 years, my batteries are toast. We are replacing them even as I write this. That battery bank can reliable give you about 5 kwh each night, then it will need almost 6 kwh the next day to replenish it. Your array will have to produce the needed 6 kwh during the day, and carry all your loads at the same time, maybe another 8 or 10 kwh for your house. In the end you'll need a large array and a quality charge controller.
Here's the good news, since you selected 12 volts as your nominal system voltage, it doesn't matter what panels you choose. Virtually all panels today are wired for 12 volt charging, and have an open circuit voltage of about 17 or 18 volts. You can buy 3 used Solarex VLX-53 panels this week, then find a great deal on BP-120's next month and add them to the first three, and later wire in some Sharp-210's. Solar panels all get along fine with each other as long as they are all set up for the same nominal charging voltage and wired in parallel to the battery or charge controller, and you can buy more of them over time until your reach nirvana.
There are some great resources to learn more about this sort of thing, I will list them below. Make sure you have DC rated overcurrent devices at all points exiting the battery, when you have over 1000 amp hours of battery storage connected to your homes electrical wiring, you have a tiger by the tail. A short circuit in that DC wiring without a DC rated fuse or circuit breaker can melt through monkey wrenches, catch 4/0 welding cable on fire and cause battery enclosures to explode. Also, try to install those batteries in some kind of plastic tub to catch any acid that gets loose for any reason. Make sure you water those L-16's each month with distilled water too, more often in hot weather. You'll be amazed how much water they go through in a month.
We started down the same road you're looking down now some 12 years ago, the two best things I did back then was subscribe to Home Power Magazine and go to an energy fair. The fairs are all over the place, and most of them are listed in the back of Home Power each issue. You can hear talks on batteries, inverters, panels and wind turbines and buy discounted parts on the spot, that's what we did. Spend some time getting more informed on this subject, it will be well worth it. Good luck Free, and take care, Rudydoo
Solar Panel System?
How Can I Install Solar Panel In My House In India And What Should Be The Cost ?
First buy the pannels(depending on how many cost maybe $5k to $15k) buy the battries($1k) and an inverter(mabe $1k to $10k) mount them faceing south(on roof or poles) and wire in.A rule of thumb is generator is cheapest,to go to wind power then X10 cost,to go to solar cell then X 100 cost (of gen)