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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 property owner to use the sun to power daily life: running your air conditioner, washing clothing, seeing TELEVISION, cooking dinner. All while lowering your carbon footprint, and without burning fossil fuels or putting a pressure on the electrical grid. And while the ecological benefits of solar power are considerable, lots of homeowners discover that the convenience, special functions, and cost savings of owning a solar power system are much more alluring.
Top Ten Benefits of Solar Energy
#1 Considerably lower or perhaps remove your electric costs
Whether you're a homeowner, business, or nonprofit, electrical power expenses can make up a big part of your monthly expenses. With a solar panel system, you'll produce complimentary 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 bills and you'll still conserve a great deal of loan.
#2 Earn an excellent return on your financial investment
Photovoltaic panels aren't an expense-- they're one of the very best methods to invest, with returns rivaling those of more standard financial investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to significant electricity bill cost savings, the typical American property owner pays off their photovoltaic panel system in seven to 8 years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Safeguard versus increasing energy expenses
Among the most clear cut advantages of photovoltaic panels is the capability to hedge utility rates. In the previous ten years, domestic electrical energy rates have gone up by an average of three percent every year. By purchasing a solar energy system now, you can repair your electrical energy rate and secure against unpredictable boosts in electrical power expenses. If you're an organisation or house owner with ever-changing capital, going solar likewise helps you better projection and handle your expenses.
#4 Boost your home or business value
Several studies have discovered that houses equipped with solar energy systems have higher residential or commercial property values and sell faster than non-solar homes. Appraisers are progressively taking solar setups into factor to consider as they value houses at the time of a sale, and as homebuyers end up being more educated about solar, demand for homes equipped 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 part of accomplishing energy independence in the United States. By increasing our capability to produce electrical energy from the sun, we can also insulate our country from rate variations in international energy markets.
#6 Develop jobs and assist your local economy
According to The Solar Foundation, the solar industry added tasks at a rate almost 12 times faster than the overall U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all tasks in the nation. This growth is anticipated to continue. Due to the fact that solar-related tasks have the tendency to be higher paying and can not be contracted out, they are a substantial factor to the United States economy.
#7 Secure the environment
Solar is a terrific way to decrease your carbon footprint. Buildings are responsible for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the United States, and going solar can considerably reduce that number. A common residential photovoltaic panel system will eliminate 3 to four tons of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees every year.
#8 Demonstrate your dedication to sustainability
Sustainability and business social obligation are essential components of an organization's culture and worths. They likewise produce bottom line results. Increasingly, consumers and communities are acknowledging and rewarding companies that opt to operate responsibly. Companies are discovering that "green" qualifications are an effective motorist of consumer buying decisions, creating goodwill and improving service results.
#9 Start Saving 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 cash down.
Numerous house owners opt to finance their photovoltaic panels with among the "pay-as-you-go" financing alternatives. This indicates that a third-party business-- the solar provider-- owns the planetary system and looks after setup, upkeep, monitoring and repair works. You just pay the solar 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 Financial investment
The utility companies are well-known for their changing and undependable electrical power costs. There is plainly an upward pattern.
With solar panels and basic math, we can compute just how much electrical energy will be created, and most significantly, at exactly what price, for at least the next 20 years (fixed 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 Are Advantages Of Solar Power Harvesting Over Wind?
What Are The Advantages Of Solar Power Harvesting Over Wind?
Im Putting Together A Project, Mostly On A Future Perspective From An Investment Point Of View, But I Would Welcome Any Information Or Ideas You Have About Solar Technologies Benefits Vs Wind Harvesting Technologies
Both solar and wind store the electricity in batteries, or send it straight into the power grid, and wind works up to 24hrs
Today, these two technologies are not in competition with each other, it's all in where you place them.
At the moment, solar energy is very poor, between 4 and 22% of actual sunlight hitting the solar panel is converted to electricity. Investing in solar research, converting actual sunlight into a higher percentage, will eventually make wind only productive in very high wind areas and low sunlight hours (NS poles).
Also, space. The further one goes out, the less sunlight, but there are certain types of winds. Perhaps not those that turn blades, but it's a wind that solar can not capture, only development in wind technologies.
Jupiter. If you could lower a wind turbine down to windy planets, well again I say there is a place for both technologies. If this is a project on future investments, how far into the future, is it only on earth?
Here on earth solar may end up the dominant, but in space?
So if you invest NOW, invest in solar, wind - you probably wont see a return on your money, your grandkids might!!
What Are The Real Lifetime Costs Of Various Energy Sources?
I Often Hear People Here Talking About How &Quot;Expensive&Quot; Alternative Energy Is. But, Part Of The Problem In Considering Costs Is That It Will Almost Always Be Cheaper In The Short Term To Use An Existing Generating Installation Than To Build A New One, Even If The New One Will Be Much Cheaper In The Long Run. That, And I Suspect A Lot Of People Are Operating On Hearsay, Rather Than Any Actual Analysis Of The Data.
So, In Per-Unit-Of-Energy Terms, I'D Like Some Idea Of The Installation Costs, Operation Costs, And Total Lifespan Of Various Types Of Energy (Or, Just The Total-Lifespan Per-Unit-Of-Energy Costs, If You Have Those Figures), At Present. At A Minimum, I'D Like Figures For Photovoltaic Solar, Wind, At Least One Type Of Nuclear, And Coal. Government Or Scientific Figures Are, As Usual, Generally Preferred To Industry Sources, Which Are In Turn Preferred To Journalists Or Hearsay.
There are hundreds of sub-parts to this very broad question, but you may get some good pieces thereof in other answers. I would like to just mention two good general sources:
2. Stern Review
The second, I think, is rather better (though not the final word) at dealing with present value comparisons of different costs and benefits over long time scales.
The first seems more comprehensive yet concise in covering the logistical and technical pros and cons of a wide range of energy sources and policies, with a clear and consistent methodology. It also addresses, though less thoroughly than Stern, the longevity aspect. It treats the carbon footprint dimension rather minimally, but that is not really part of your question here either.
Edit: "Just" looking at "direct economic costs" relative to "the amount of electricity produced" over the "lifetime" of the energy source, actually requires a ton of calculation, or a large bundle of assumptions, about future resource discoveries and the future development accross huge range of technologies (in order to obtain even a half-way crude guess as to how long the lifetimes are across dozens of different variants of dozens of energy sources), including technologies that improve efficiencies in energy production and distribution (which also affect lifetime), how to discount the future to compare it to the past, etc.
How Do I Go About Outfitting A Home With Solar Energy?
I Am Interested In Terms Of Cost Effeciency, Ease Of Installment And Procurement, Quality Of Products, Length Of Product Life, Energy Output, And Energy Storage.
Here's some info for you....
Solar electric panels are installed on the roof of your home with stainless steel mounting brackets. Each panel is made of solar cells, also called photovoltaics. Most solar cells are very thin rectangular or circular wafers made of silicon, but some consist of a thin film that is sprayed on glass or thin metal. When sunlight hits the cell, electrons are released. The electrons then flow through wires, forming direct current (DC), which is the same kind of current that flows through a regular battery. Current is then sent to your your electrical inverter. The inverter converts the DC to an alernating current (AC) and produces AC power to the standards of your local power company. The inverter is then connected to your circuit breaker and electric meter, which monitors your power usage.
Isn't solar energy expensive to install?
It costs less to build a manufactured home than a conventional home. The costs of initially installing solar components raise the price of a home. However, when you offset the cost of solar instatllation by the savings you incur with a manufactured home, you only pay about 5% more for the construction of the home. Remember, though, the real savings from solar energy is in your monthly utility bills.
Don't solar panels require high maintenance?
No. Your solar-electric system requires little to no maintenance. Photovoltaics have no moving parts and the system needs as much maintenance as your home's main electrical panel. The photovoltaic panels themselves are warranted for 20 years; the electrical inverter for five years. Normal weatherÑrain, wind, and snowÑcleans your panels sufficiently with no significant loss in efficiency.
How Can I Upgrade My Home With Solar Power Or Geothermal Energy With A Limited Budget?
Roof Gets Sun 6Am To 8Pm In The Summer And About 7Am To 6Pm In The Winter. Full Sun!!!!!
This is the same information that I gave another individual, as to the cost of 100% solar. (see below)
Where you live are there incentives for installing solar, is there a net exchange with the utility company? Use these incentives.
If your budget is limited, you can install panels in phases. 25%, 10%, whatever you can safely budget and then expand from there. Also, whatever you decide will be your final kilowatts for the system, ensure you buy the other components up front, that will handle that kW, so that, you do not have to have to upgrade them later. These are items such as converter, inverters, cables, etc...
Warning, if you install a system in phases, ensure you buy compatible panels, I stay with the same brand and ratings. Same with batteries. Let's just say it keeps life simpler.
Batteries are another item that can be bought in phases.
As far as geothermal goes, I am installing a geoexchange system in my home to cover all heating and cooling needs. And yes, I'll have to save a good chunk of change to do this.
I do not feel that it would be a good idea to install this system in phases or to buy cheap.
You'll may already know this but here is a calculation from Gaiam's Real Goods catalog.
Find your daily utility usage by dividing the kilowatt-hours (kWh) used on an average month’s utility bill by 30. Divide that number by 5 (the average number of peak sun hours in the United States), and multiply that number by 1.43 to account for system losses. This is the size of the solar system, in kilowatts, that you will need. Multiply that number by $9000.00 ($9/watt installed) for a good ballpark idea of the gross installed cost.
Please note, the closer you are to the Equator the higher the average peak sun hours and the further away you are the lower. I live in Minnesota, the average peak sun hours there is 4.5.
Please note, this is an estimate. It may be high or low.
Solar To Thermal Energy?
What Is A Specific Example Of Solar Energy To Thermal Energy?
Solar heat, also called solar thermal energy, describes the conversion of solar energy into a technically usable heat.
For example, a heat exchanger on the roof and heat storage in a house can help with the hot water: