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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 use the sun to power daily life: running your air conditioning system, cleaning clothes, watching TELEVISION, cooking dinner. All while decreasing 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 substantial, many home owners find that the convenience, special features, and cost savings of owning a solar power system are even more enticing.
Leading Benefits of Solar Energy
#1 Significantly decrease and even remove your electrical costs
Whether you're a homeowner, organization, or not-for-profit, electricity expenses can comprise a large portion of your month-to-month expenditures. With a solar panel system, you'll create free power for your system's entire 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you don't produce 100 percent of the energy you consume, solar will lower your energy costs and you'll still conserve a great deal of money.
#2 Make an excellent return on your investment
Photovoltaic panels aren't an expense-- they are among the finest methods to invest, with returns measuring up to those of more standard investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to substantial electrical energy bill savings, the average American property owner settles their photovoltaic panel system in 7 to 8 years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Safeguard against increasing energy expenses
One of the most clear cut benefits of photovoltaic panels is the capability to hedge energy rates. In the past 10 years, property electrical power costs have actually gone up by approximately 3 percent each year. By purchasing a solar energy system now, you can repair your electrical energy rate and secure versus unforeseeable increases in electricity costs. If you're a service or property owner with fluctuating cash flow, going solar also helps you better projection and handle your expenses.
#4 Increase your home or business worth
Numerous research studies have found that homes equipped with solar energy systems have higher residential or commercial property values and sell quicker than non-solar homes. Appraisers are significantly taking solar setups into factor to consider 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 crucial part of attaining energy self-reliance in the United States. By increasing our capacity to create electrical power from the sun, we can also insulate our country from cost variations in global energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and help your local economy
Inning accordance with The Solar Structure, the solar industry included 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 nation. This growth is anticipated to continue. Due to the fact that solar-related jobs have the tendency to be greater paying and can not be outsourced, they are a substantial contributor to the U.S. economy.
#7 Protect the environment
Solar is a great way to minimize your carbon footprint. Structures are responsible for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the U.S., and going solar can substantially reduce that number. A normal residential photovoltaic panel system will eliminate 3 to four lots of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees yearly.
#8 Demonstrate your commitment to sustainability
Sustainability and corporate social duty are very important elements of an organization's culture and worths. They also produce bottom line results. Increasingly, consumers and communities are acknowledging and rewarding services that opt to operate responsibly. Companies are finding that "green" qualifications are an effective motorist of consumer purchasing choices, creating goodwill and enhancing organisation results.
#9 Start Conserving from Day 1
Solar purchase power contracts (PPAs) and solar leasing has made it possible for house owners to go solar for little or no money down.
Numerous homeowners opt to fund their photovoltaic panels with among the "pay-as-you-go" funding choices. This means that a third-party company-- the solar company-- owns the planetary system and takes care of installation, upkeep, monitoring and repair works. You just pay the solar service provider for electrical power-- 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 utility companies are notorious for their fluctuating and unreliable electricity prices. There is clearly an upward pattern.
With photovoltaic panels and simple math, we can determine how much electricity will be created, and most significantly, at what cost, 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
Are There Any Solar Panels Designed To Have Urban Camouflage?
For Instance, Suppose You Live A Colonial Village With Red Brick Buildings That Have A Southern Exposure, Are There Solar Panels That Have A Brick-Like Appearance To Satisfy The Stodgy Town Mothers And Fathers?
There are only a few solar panels designed to have urban camouflage, some have a very thick composite shingle look and extra non-solar shingles are only available from the EPA, at an enormous expense. The others look like Spanish tiles and they sort of work, however, they are only available from the EPA, at an enormous expense.
Stodgy town mothers and fathers had parents that were bombed by the Luftwaffe, you are obviously confusing yourself with the people from IKEA and the now defunct Obammy administration. Thank you.
Current State Of The Art: Solar Panels And Solar Water Heaters??
I Need Some Information On The Current State Of The Art(Recent) On Photovoltaic Cells And Solar Water Heaters. As Much Information As Possible, That Is Also Credible. Looked On The Internet And I Cannot Find Much. Please And Thank You.
Improvements have been small and incremental for the last decade or so. For solar electric (photovoltatic), prices have come down dramatically. We put up our array in 2006, and the panels cost $5 per watt. It's now possible to get panels for $1 per watt. A recent announcement from Panasonic claims they will have the most efficient commercial panel soon. That spot was occupied by SunPower for years, and SolarCity for a short time. Google (solar panel efficiency" in Google News. I'm surprised that you're having trouble finding anything on the internet. Start with Wikipedia, then go to the cited articles - some are considered authoritative.
As far as I know, water heaters are still about the same as 10 years ago. Still a good deal, although not as good a deal vs. natural gas since the US started massive fracking. This cannot go on forever, though. In hot climates where getting enough heat is never an issue, the water heating panel is nothing more than dark pipes in a box under glass. In colder climates, vacuum elements with antifreeze and a heat exchanger make it possible to harvest heat even in winter, if there is sun that is not blocked by snow. Again, start with Wikipedia, then follow the trail to authoritative articles.
Anyone Here Have Residential Solar Panels?
I'Ve Been Looking Into Solar Panels. They Are Fairly Expensive ($35K Or So). My State Has Some Rebates And Grants Available. Is Anyone Aware Of Any Federal Grants And Rebates Other Than The Federal Tax Credit? We Are Subject To Amt Tax And Can'T Take The Credit. (Which Is Ridiculous, Is The Federal Government Committed To Conservation Or Aren'T They??????)
I have some panels on my house and no they are not cheap. If you look around you can buy them for around $4.70 per watt for a 100 plus watt panel, this will make them $470 or more. But you will get a first quality panel. And no I do not know of any fed. government programs for home owners. These kind of programs usually only go to large companies. And it does not look like our government is going to help seeing how the let the large oil companies keep there tax programs but refused to help solar. This just happened today when the senate voted on the energy plane. Good luck go solar
What Are Some Sources Of Solar Power?
Sky Lights, Exc. Please Help, My Sister Needs Help For Work!
Okay.. let us start with the Sun is the Single only source for Large volume Solar Power... aside from that you have the solar power from a candle as an example. Something has to put off light in order to give off Solar Power
Ways to utilize solar power on the other hand appear to me to be what you are needing to know.
The best example is Line-Drying clothing... that actually puts Solar Power & Wind Power to use.. some folks fail to realize that is Solar Power... but it is, in fact, the sun and the air that dry the clothes. In addition, clothes that are line dried last longer & come out with less wrinkles that occur with using a dryer.
There are solar panels intended to store & use solar power. An easy and very small example of this is the Solar Powered garden lighting sold at places like HomeDepot or Lowes and another is Solar Powered Calculators
Larger Solar Panels have been used for Street Lighting (look for the panels in the medians on Interstates), heating water, heating homes, and for generating electrical current
SkyLights are a great example of simply using the sun in place of electic lights & sky lights can also be helpful in bathrooms to help keep the water warm while you bathe
As recently as 1930, houses were built on the lots based on where the sun rose & set in order to utilize the daylight for everything from lighting to home heating. These days that is seen as a smart architect who thinks about the effects of the rising and setting of the sun on a house. Also, overhangs.. one of the original functions of overhangs was to prevent to much sun from getting into a room in the dead heat of summer (before air conditioning)
Solar Power in it's purest form is one of the key components for growth... how many plants do you know grow in total darkness?
Old Times... folks used the sun to dry apples (as an example) instead of dehydrators like are used today. It was common to sprinkle a little sulpher & place slices of apple on the tin roof to dry
Oh yes.... lets not forget that Solar Power is the catalyst that gives a person darker skin (suntan) and lighter hair (mine actually gets both lighter & redder).
If I think of more, I will add to this :)
Why Cant We Fix Solar Panels To Wind Mills?In This Way We Can Produce Electricity By Two Ways At A Time.
Hey Balu, your other answers here are quite correct. The fact that a working wind turbine does not also collect solar electricity is no more a loss than your can not having solar panels on it. We could also fix laundry to the rotating blades of a turbine, there by drying clothes the same time it produces electricity, but it is much easier to hang the clothes on a line outside the back door, so that is what most of us do.
We live in a home that is powered by the wind and sun. Our wind turbine is in the field behind the garage, because that is where the wind and space are, and the solar panels are on the roof of the garage, since the roof just sits there heating up when the sun shines anyway, it makes more sense to put the panels nearer the batteries they are charging then out in the field. Now we are making power two ways, solar and wind. I can't think of a single engineering advantage to fixing the panels to the turbine.
I also keep hearing a lot of talk about the efficiency of a solar panel. Most panels today are about 12% efficient, meaning they convert 12% of the incoming suns energy to electricity. The advantage of a more efficient panel is that you can create the same amount of electricity with a smaller space. This might be of interest on a space station, or skyscraper in a big city. As inefficient as our panels are, they only reqiure the space on our one car carport roof to power our entire home. We really don't need more efficient panels, we just need less expensive ones, then everyone could get involved. Interesting idea though, using solar panels as turbine blades. If you come up with a good advantage to this, post it. Take care, Rudydoo