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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 homeowner to utilize the sun to power daily life: running your a/c, cleaning clothing, watching TV, cooking supper. All while decreasing your carbon footprint, and without burning nonrenewable fuel sources or putting a stress on the electrical grid. And while the ecological advantages of solar power are considerable, many residents find that the convenience, unique features, and expense savings of owning a solar power system are even more alluring.
Top Ten Advantages of Solar Energy
#1 Dramatically reduce or perhaps remove your electrical expenses
Whether you're a homeowner, organization, or not-for-profit, electricity expenses can make up a big portion of your month-to-month expenses. With a photovoltaic panel system, you'll create totally 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 reduce your energy bills and you'll still conserve a great deal of money.
#2 Make a great return on your investment
Solar panels aren't an expense-- they're one of the very best ways to invest, with returns matching those of more conventional financial investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to substantial electricity expense cost savings, the typical American house owner settles their photovoltaic panel system in 7 to 8 years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Secure versus rising energy costs
One of the most clear cut advantages of solar panels is the capability to hedge utility costs. In the past 10 years, property electricity costs have actually increased by an average of three percent yearly. By buying a solar energy system now, you can fix your electrical power rate and safeguard against unpredictable boosts in electrical power expenses. If you're a company or house owner with rising and falling capital, going solar also helps you better projection and handle your expenditures.
#4 Boost your home worth
Several research studies have discovered that homes geared up with solar energy systems have greater property worths and offer faster than non-solar houses. Appraisers are significantly taking solar setups into factor to consider as they value homes at the time of a sale, and as homebuyers become more educated about solar, demand for residential or commercial properties geared up with solar panel systems will continue to grow.
#5 Increase U.S. energy independence
The sun is a near-infinite source of energy and a crucial element of achieving energy self-reliance in the United States. By increasing our capacity to create electricity from the sun, we can also insulate our nation from cost variations in global energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and help your local economy
According to The Solar Foundation, the solar market added jobs at a rate nearly 12 times faster than the overall U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all jobs in the country. This growth is expected to continue. Due to the fact that solar-related jobs have the tendency to be higher paying and can not be contracted out, they are a significant contributor to the U.S. economy.
#7 Safeguard the environment
Solar is an excellent method to reduce your carbon footprint. Structures are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the United States, and going solar can substantially reduce that number. A normal residential photovoltaic panel system will get rid of three to four lots of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees every year.
#8 Show your commitment to sustainability
Sustainability and corporate social responsibility are essential elements of a company's culture and values. They likewise produce bottom line outcomes. Progressively, consumers and neighborhoods are acknowledging and rewarding organisations that decide to run responsibly. Services are finding that "green" credentials are an effective chauffeur of consumer acquiring decisions, creating goodwill and improving service 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.
Numerous house owners opt to finance their solar panels with among the "pay-as-you-go" financing alternatives. This implies that a third-party business-- the solar supplier-- owns the solar system and takes care of setup, upkeep, tracking and repair works. You merely pay the solar provider for electricity-- less than you would've paid the utility company.
As of June 2013, 75% of all American homes have access to pay-as-you-go solar.
#10. Solar is a Secure Financial investment
The energy companies are infamous for their fluctuating and unreliable electrical power prices. There is clearly an upward pattern.
With solar panels and basic mathematics, we can calculate what does it cost? electrical energy will be produced, and most notably, at exactly what rate, 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
What Do They Mean By &Quot;Magnify&Quot; Sunlight?
This Article About A Solar Power Startup Talks A Lot About &Quot;Magnifying&Quot; Sunlight. What Do They Mean?
&Quot;Start-Up: Affordable Solar Power Possible In A Year&Quot;, Usa Today, 4/28/08: Http://Www.Usatoday.Com/Money/Industries/Energy/Environment/2008-04-28-Solar-Power-Sunrgi_N.Htm?Csp=1
This Company, They Say, &Quot;Relies On Lenses To Magnify Sunlight 2,000 Times, Letting It Produce As Much Electricity As Standard Panels With A Far Smaller System&Quot; And &Quot;Other Concentrated Photovoltaic Makers Magnify Sunlight About 500 Times.&Quot; Is This Some New Solar-Power-Specific Sense Of The Word Magnify? None Of The Senses In My Dictionary Fit, And I Worry How Unthoughtful People Might Read This.
I'M Half Curious What Concentrated P.V. Is And How Lenses Are Helpful And I'M 80% Curious Whether This Is Bad Terminology Used In The Solar Community Or A Confused Writer. Looking For A Serious Explanation Of Either Or Both.
A better word would be "concentrate". "Magnify" seems to suggest getting something for nothing. I agree that the article doesn't adequately explain the physics of the product. However, it's true that photovoltaic efficiency can be increased by applying more intense light (see ref. 1). If they can get 37%, that's pretty impressive. To me (who's been around the block a few times) it's ironic that we're going back to the first transistor material, germanium, with all its temperature problems.
Incidentally, cost per kilowatt-hour is a very pliable number. It's based on size, efficiency, geographical region (insolation, cloudiness), and cost vs. expected lifetime. See ref. 2. It's much easier to predict 7 cents/kwh than to reach it.
I'd suggest the first answerer consider the alternatives. Wind power is expensive because wind energy isn't well concentrated (consider what a low-power window fan can put out) and winds can be unreliable, just like sunlight. The potential for producing large areas of photovoltaic film at reasonable cost is far greater than for large areas of turbines. Billions have been spent on bio-ethanol (taking food sources out of production and costing excessive amounts of petro-energy); the hydrogen scam (it's free! it's in the water we drink!); and schemes for stashing CO2 in strange forms and places. We are in a desperate situation and can't afford not to work on solar. Also, concentration of sunlight is not "required" to generate electricity, it's just more efficient.
Careers In Solar Energy?
Im Interested In Getting A Job In Solar Energy And I'Ve Been Researching It But All I'Ve Found Is An Installer, Technician, Engineer, Or A Manager. What Are Some Other Jobs In Solar Energy?
The only other career in solar energy is as a graduate student assistant to a scientist performing primary research at your nearest research University. Eventually, you can become a solar energy researcher yourself and compete for grants with which to do studies. You can study solar engineering at that university and become an engineer yourself, or you can find a business that is making and installing the systems and get a job doing it. It depends on your intellectual and mechanical abilities and what skills you can master, what kind of job you can wind up with.
Solar Energy Presentation?
I Am Doing A Solar Energy Presentation And I Want To Add Some Audience Participation With It. Does Any One Have Any Ideas: Like Demonstrations Or Questions Or Whatever...Just As Long The Audience Are Involved
There are some general things that I do to involve the audience when I give technical presentations. Or things that I have seen other people do.
One thing I do is hand stuff around. Can you get your hands on a solar module? Or something more interesting than a solar-power calculator? I do biomass energy presentations, and I hand around wood flour and chipped wood and other pieces and parts of biomass systems. You can't hand around the sun, but anything physical that you can pass around is good.
I've seen people play a game with the audience by putting mistakes or symbols in their presentation. Everytime the audience sees a "mistake" or perhaps in your case, anytime they see a sun symbol, the first one to call out "SUN!" gets some little prize. A fun-sized (as opposed to sun-sized?) candy bar, for example.
I can also imagine demonstrating the angle of incidence on a solar panel by having the audience face forward, and then moving a light around the audience. Or a solar concentrator by giving people mirrors and having them all point at a single spot.
It's great that you want to keep the presentation interesting.
What Would You Do About Agw, On 3 Levels?
Yeah, I'Ve Asked Variants Of This Before, But Since This Is The Only Really Legitimate Area Of Debate Left, I Think It Bears Repeating
Please Only Answer This Question If You Believe, Or At Least Can Temporarily Pretend To Believe, All Of The Following:
1. The Planet Is Warming Significantly, And Will Continue To Warm If We Take No Action.
2. This Warming Is Primarily Caused By Human Co2 (And Other Greenhouse Gas) Emissions, Primarily From Deforestation And Burning Fossil Fuel, Though With Significant Contributions From Methane Generators Like Cows, Rice, And Landfills.
3. This Warming Is Likely To Cause Considerable Economic And Environmental Damage, Likely Including Significant Loss Of Human Life, If It Is Not Dealt With In Some Fashion.
So, Given This:
1. What Did/Will/Do You Do On A Personal Level? What Are Some Of The Things You Do (Or Would/Will Do) In Your Own Personal Life To Reduce Your Contribution To Global Warming?
2. If You Were On A Citizen'S Committee Helping To Draft Laws For Your Nation'S Response To Agw, What Would Your Suggestions For New Laws Look Like? What Restrictions Or Incentives Would You Impose Upon Your Nation To Address The Issue, And/Or What Other Legal Changes Would You Make?
3. If You Were On A Citizen'S Committee Helping To Draft International Treaties For Addressing Agw, What Would Your Treaty Suggestions Look Like? What Do You Think Would Be Fair And Reasonable Restrictions, Incentives, And The Like For Signatory Nations? Would You Try To Include All Nations, Or Just The &Quot;Major Players&Quot;? How Would You Address The Vastly Different Needs And Conditions Of First-World Vs Third-World Nations?
In Short, If You Were Coming Up With An Overall Response To Agw, What Would Your Response Look Like At Each Of These Levels?
Please Only Answer, However Broadly Or Vaguely, What You *Would* Do, Not What You *Wouldn'T*.
1. On the personal level, I would use energy in the most efficient way possible. As soon as I am able to solar panels, I will purchase them.
2. On a citizens committee which drafts national laws;
a. I would pass a law which would require utilities which burn hydrocarbons to produce electricity to develop such zero emission energy sources as hydroelectric, geothermal or nuclear power as a condition of their license to operate their hydrocarbon burning power plants.
b. Transportation would have to switch away from fossil fuels to such zero emission energy source as electricity, hydrogen or non-food based biofuels.
3. On a citizens committee to draft international treaties, I would draft a treaty which has short term goals as well as long term goals. Short term goals must be binding in order for long term goals to have any meaning. Otherwise, many nations fail to do the required reductions before it is to late to meet the long term targets. That is why Canada failed to meet its obligations under the Kyoto Accord and withdrew from the treaty.
All nations would be encouraged to join the treaty. There would be no signitories which would be exempt. Less developed nations could feel free not to join the treaty.
What Are The Energy Transfers For:?
Geothermal Power Station
Solar Furnace Power Station
Wind Turbine Farm
Wave Energy Collectors
Biomass ( Methane Gas Or Fast Growing Wood)
The answer to your question "for" is > Production of electricity. Affect versus effect the ever-complex, often-irregular English language is full of traps.