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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 utilize the sun to power everyday life: running your air conditioning unit, cleaning clothing, watching TV, cooking supper. All while reducing your carbon footprint, and without burning nonrenewable fuel sources or putting a strain on the electrical grid. And while the environmental benefits of solar power are substantial, many residents find that the convenience, special features, and cost savings of owning a solar power system are even more alluring.
Top Ten Benefits of Solar Energy
#1 Drastically decrease or even remove your electrical bills
Whether you're a house owner, company, 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 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 reduce your utility costs and you'll still conserve a lot of loan.
#2 Earn a great return on your investment
Solar panels aren't a cost-- they are among the very best ways to invest, with returns rivaling those of more standard investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to significant electricity costs savings, the average American homeowner pays off their solar panel system in 7 to eight years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Secure against increasing energy costs
Among the most clear cut benefits of solar panels is the ability to hedge utility costs. In the past 10 years, property electrical power costs have actually gone up by approximately three percent each year. By buying a solar energy system now, you can repair your electrical power rate and safeguard versus unpredictable increases in electricity expenses. If you're a service or homeowner with ever-changing money flow, going solar likewise assists you much better forecast and handle your costs.
#4 Increase your residential or commercial property worth
Numerous research studies have discovered that houses equipped with solar energy systems have higher property worths and sell more rapidly than non-solar homes. Appraisers are increasingly taking solar setups into factor to consider as they value houses at the time of a sale, and as homebuyers end up being more informed about solar, need for properties equipped 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 element of achieving energy self-reliance in the United States. By increasing our capability to produce electrical energy from the sun, we can also insulate our nation from price variations in global energy markets.
#6 Develop jobs and assist your local economy
Inning accordance with The Solar Structure, the solar market added jobs at a rate almost 12 times faster than the total U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all jobs in the country. This growth is anticipated to continue. Since solar-related jobs tend to be greater paying and can not be outsourced, they are a significant factor to the United States economy.
#7 Protect the environment
Solar is a great way to minimize your carbon footprint. Structures are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the U.S., and going solar can substantially reduce that number. A common residential solar panel system will remove 3 to 4 lots of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees each year.
#8 Demonstrate your commitment to sustainability
Sustainability and business social responsibility are crucial components of an organization's culture and values. They likewise produce bottom line results. Significantly, consumers and communities are acknowledging and rewarding services that opt to run responsibly. Services are discovering that "green" credentials are an effective driver of customer acquiring choices, producing goodwill and improving company results.
#9 Start Conserving from Day 1
Solar purchase power agreements (PPAs) and solar leasing has made it possible for house owners to go solar for little or no money down.
Many homeowners choose to fund their solar panels with among the "pay-as-you-go" funding options. This implies that a third-party company-- the solar service provider-- owns the planetary system and looks after installation, upkeep, monitoring and repair works. You just pay the solar company for electricity-- less than you would've paid the utility business.
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 business are infamous for their fluctuating and undependable electrical energy costs. There is clearly an upward trend.
With solar panels and basic math, we can calculate what does it cost? electrical power will be generated, and most notably, at exactly what rate, for at least the next Twenty 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
How Do We Overcome The Problem That We Don'T Have Electrical Energy Available At Night? ?
Solar Cells Are Only Effective When The Sun Is Out. How Do We Overcome This Problem So That We Still Have Electrical Energy Available At Night?
This is the main reason that solar power (or any other renewable resource) could not be our only source of electricity.
There are a number of ways we can store solar energy however, the main one being batteries--but the number of batteries we would need to power a city is tremendous.
Another solution would be hydrogen. Hydrogen can easily be made by splitting water molecules, but only with the help of electricity. It has been proposed that we could use our solar panels during the day to power our cities, and create hydrogen for when the sun doesn't shine. As you can probably guess, this hydrogen would then be used in fuel cells to make electricity (where it gets turned back into water, which we can use to start the process over again at dawn.)
Another interesting idea is technology called 'solar thermal'--basically, instead of turning solar energy into electricity directly, we concentrate the sun with the help of giant mirrors, focusing it on pipes which heat up to hundreds of degrees. The fluid in these pipes then becomes pressurized, which can be used to turn a turbine in the same way that a coal or nuclear plant works.
The energy from thermal solar plants can be stored as heat in highly insulated containers, normally in the form of molten salt.
...and one last thing to realize, electricity use is typically much lower during the night, so we would only need to store a fraction of the energy that is used during the day.
What Is A Down Side To Solar Energy?
What Is Some Negatives To Solar Energy,
I think the only down side is that no electricity is generated at night.
As for other answer mentioned energy used to produce panel, here is a interesting fact:
The energy payback time (i.e., the time it takes for a PV system to generate the same amount of energy that it took to manufacture the system) for PV systems is 2 to 5 years. Since a well-designed and maintained PV system will operate for more than 20 years, and a system without moving parts will operate for close to 30 years, PV systems produce far more energy over their useful life than we use to manufacture them.
What Is The Best Renewable Energy Source?
Please, Just Answer This If You Really Know :) For A Country That Has Sun, Wind And Geothermal Areas, And Lots Of It All, In Which Order Should These Resources Be Used As Energy Sources, Considering Cost Of Production, Land Use And Amount Of Energy Production
This answer is not as simple as which one is best... There are many factors that would largely be based on geographical Location. For instance it would not make much sense to install solar energy collection systems in areas that too far north because they simply do not get enough direct sunlight to be viable. Likewise placing a wind system in an area where sustained winds are rare would do no good. The other thing to consider is where are the consumers for the energy located in comparison to the locations of the energy system. Placing large wind farms in the Dakotas ( two of the states with the largest wind sources in the nation ) really doesn't do the nation any good because you cannot transport the energy very far. The neighboring states is about all the further the benefit would reach. The same goes for placing large solar collection stations in Arizona or Nevada. You could power nearby cities but you really can only transfer the energy so far.
That is based on large scale energy collection systems. If you are interested in something residential then it is a different story.
Currently the best of the 3 options may surprise you... it is GeoThermal. But not geothermal energy production... merely usage. If you were to install a Ground-source heat-pump in your home you would save up to 70% on the energy you currently use. These systems are proven and have been around a long time. The price range is reasonable NOW unlike other options. Prices can range from $2500 + for install depending on the situation and if you need to tear-out an existing system. The land usage is underground so you just need space to have a crew come in and dig. The unit would pay for itself in savings within a few years. Total amount of energy that the system would save is much more than the amount it takes to put the system in place (thus giving it a smaller Carbon footprint). Even though this system does not produce energy it uses existing energy and greatly reduces the amount of energy that a residence requires.
Photoelectric solar panels are very inefficient and very expensive to produce. The amount of energy that it takes to produce a solar panel is actually MORE than the amount of energy that the panel will be able to produce within it's lifetime. ( given an average lifespan of the panel and current technology ) While the panel may save YOU money and energy, it costs the enviroment more energy than it can recoupe.
A Wind system costs less in money and energy to produce than solar but still has some of the same draw backs. Both systems require battery banks and extra wiring systems before something could be used. Wind and sun are both non-consistent sources so days when the sun is weak or the wind is down you receive no benefit.
All three systems are currently only supplimentary at best. We don't have the technology to use any single source by itself completely. Solar and Wind both require better energy storage techniques to suppliment days of low production. Geothermal heat/cooling systems still require another source of energy. Solar systems need to become much more efficient before they are truly viable except for providing power in very remote locations.
In terms of providing large scale benefits to the masses using industrial sized verions of these energy sources we need to find ways to transport energy over greater distances with better super-conductors or microwave technology or something new.
currently I would list the three sources in order of energy benefit in this order.
When Did Solar Panels Start To Become Popular?
Like When Did You Start To See Solar Panels On Houses And Solar Garden Lights?
It is not in any particular year that these things became popular. It first became popular in the developed world and that too gradually once these things became more effective and started showing some financial gains. And once the govt started rolling out grants for green energy more people started lapping it up. Lot of DIY stuff has further reduced the costs which is making them popular.
Where Can I Find Daily Climate Models Of The Earth'S Shifting Mantle?
Scientists Have Long Known That Heat Can Be Generated By Magnetism. (Look It Up. Search For &Quot;Magnetism Heat&Quot;.) And Differences In Elemental Mass Also Result In Variations Of Pressure Gradients Between Those Masses.
We Know That The Earth'S Mantle Is A Cauldron Of Various Melted Metals That Are Constantly Moving Around Below The Surface Of The Earth. So Logic Says We Cannot Get An Accurate Understanding Of Our Surface Climate Without Examining The Changing Contents, Magnetism, And Pressure Gradients Caused By The Liquid Metals And Magma Below The Crust.
I Heard That Meteorologists Are Beginning To Study That Now Too And They Have Climate Maps Of The Mantle. Is There Anywhere That They Post These Images On A Daily Basis?
(Count Me As Someone Who Believes The Earth'S Climate Is Affected By The Incredible And Yet-To-Be-Fully-Understood Principles Of Nature And Not &Quot;Controlled&Quot; By Some Insignficant Species Roaming Around Its Surface.)
I am not aware of the data that you are requesting. Even if it were available, I would doubt its accuracy and question its value. I believe that what you are really interested in doing is a heat balance on the biosphere. I am not sure how much you have studied thermodynamics, so I'll provide a few details here. I have been working on the details of this because contrary for popular belief, I think that the source of global warming is heat and not greenhouse gases.
The biosphere is where we live. It is the surface of the earth and the lower atmosphere. The earth is essentially in an equilibrium state, Q-dot (the heat transfer rate) in, equals Q-dot out. The primary source of heat is extraterrestrial (the sun). Its effect is like night and day. The average temperature difference between night and day can be directly attributed to the sun. The other factors affecting the temperature of the biosphere are terrestrial (from the heat in the core of the earth) and to a lesser extent man-made. You're question only involve a small portion of the terrestrial sources. Think of the effects of a volcano as opposed to a more pacific ocean or crust.
Greenhouse gases and particulates in the atmosphere affect the heat transfer rates in both direction, but do not create nor absorb heat. The incoming and outgoing heat rates can be affected differently, because the outgoing rate is mostly conduction abetted by convection and the incoming rate is mostly radiation. The rate is slowed in both directions, with I believe a greater short term slowing in the outgoing rate. I don't have access to enough data, but the rates should equalize.
Heat can be absorbed in a number of ways. Trees transfer incoming solar energy into their mass. When a tree is burned you have an indication of the amount of energy that is stored. Burning down trees and not planting more is the largest man-made effect on global warming. 0.2% of the trees in the world are currently being destroyed every year. It is not because of the greenhouse gases that are released by the fires, so much as the heat produced and the loss of solar absorption. Fossil fuels also are a source of stored solar energy.
I think I better stop before I write a book.