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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, watching TV, cooking dinner. All while reducing your carbon footprint, and without burning fossil fuels or putting a strain on the electrical grid. And while the environmental benefits of solar power are substantial, many property owners discover that the convenience, distinct features, and expense savings of owning a solar power system are much more enticing.
Top Ten Benefits of Solar Energy
#1 Drastically decrease or perhaps eliminate your electrical costs
Whether you're a house owner, company, or not-for-profit, electricity expenses can make up a large portion of your monthly expenses. With a solar panel system, you'll generate free power for your system's whole 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you don't produce One Hundred Percent of the energy you consume, solar will reduce your energy expenses and you'll still save a lot of cash.
#2 Earn a fantastic return on your investment
Photovoltaic panels aren't an expense-- they're one of the very best ways to invest, with returns equaling those of more traditional financial investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to significant electrical power costs savings, the typical American house owner settles their solar panel system in 7 to eight years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Protect against increasing energy expenses
One of the most clear cut benefits of solar panels is the ability to hedge utility costs. In the previous ten years, residential electrical energy rates have actually increased by approximately 3 percent each year. By purchasing a solar energy system now, you can fix your electricity rate and protect against unforeseeable increases in electricity expenses. If you're a company or homeowner with ever-changing capital, going solar likewise helps you better projection and handle your expenditures.
#4 Increase your house worth
Several research studies have found that houses equipped with solar energy systems have greater residential or commercial property worths and sell more rapidly than non-solar homes. Appraisers are progressively taking solar setups into consideration as they value houses at the time of a sale, and as homebuyers end up being more educated about solar, demand for properties equipped with solar 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 component of attaining energy independence in the United States. By increasing our capability to generate electrical power from the sun, we can likewise insulate our nation from cost fluctuations in international energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and assist 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 tasks 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 significant contributor to the U.S. economy.
#7 Safeguard the environment
Solar is a great method to lower your carbon footprint. Structures are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the U.S., and going solar can substantially decrease that number. A typical domestic solar panel system will eliminate 3 to four lots of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees yearly.
#8 Demonstrate your dedication to sustainability
Sustainability and corporate social duty are very important elements of an organization's culture and values. They also produce bottom line outcomes. Progressively, customers and communities are acknowledging and rewarding businesses that decide to run properly. Businesses are discovering that "green" credentials are a powerful driver of customer purchasing choices, developing goodwill and enhancing business results.
#9 Start Saving from Day 1
Solar purchase power arrangements (PPAs) and solar leasing has actually made it possible for property owners to go solar for little or no cash down.
Lots of homeowners select to finance their solar panels with among the "pay-as-you-go" financing choices. This means that a third-party business-- the solar company-- owns the solar system and takes care of setup, maintenance, tracking and repairs. You just pay the solar supplier for electricity-- less than you would've paid the energy company.
Since June 2013, 75% of all American houses have access to pay-as-you-go solar.
#10. Solar is a Secure Financial investment
The energy business are well-known for their changing and unreliable electricity costs. There is clearly an upward pattern.
With solar panels and simple mathematics, we can calculate what does it cost? electrical energy will be produced, and most notably, at exactly what price, for a minimum of the next Twenty Years (fixed 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
Which Wavelength Of Light Is Needed To Produce Solar Energy?
I Want To Make An Indicator Which Can Tell The Amount Of Usable Solar Energy Falling On An Area At A Certain Point Of Time
Hey King, there are two types of solar collectors in the world, the solar thermal, which is used to heat water, air, or some other liquid. These types use all incoming wavelengths, they can each heat up, or ''excite," materials they strike. The other type is the solar electric, or, "photovoltiac," panel. These are the flat space age looking panels that turn the sun directly into electricity. They are made using two different silicone wafers that are glued together with an electrical conducting epoxy glue. In this case, it is the photons, which are incoming solar particles, that strike the silicone sandwhich, and cause a reaction that forces the free electrons from one layer onto the other. This causes a voltage to be generated across the two wafers, and by lacing small wires into the wafers, we can wick off those electrons and use them to charge a battery, or operate small DC devices. Each pair of wafers generate 1/2 volt, so by stringing 36 of them together into one panel, we can generate 18 volts, which is more than enough to charge 12 volt batteries and overcome charger controller circuitry. If you look closely at any solar electric panel today, in most cases, you can physically see the individual cells, and in most cases, there are 36 of them.
There is a device called a, "Solar Pathfinder," that is designed to measure available solar power, or, "Solar Insolation," as it is refered to in scientific terms. If you want to make your own, the best way is to simply use a small solar cell connected to a small miliammeter. You can find either one in lots of online order houses, or maybe even at radio shack. One of my favorite places for electronic hobby gear is Marlin P Jones, the link is below. If you can find a cell that puts out maybe one amp, then find a 0 - 1 ammeter, you should have all you need to make your own pathfinder. The real beautty of this is that you are measuring solar power available with the same technology as a panel uses to convert it to electricity. Any anomalies, like edge of cloud effect, solar flares, haze and so on that might affect the output of a panel, will affect the output of your measuring device equally, so there would be no need to make any conversions. If your homegrown pathfinder is sized to put out 1 amp in direct sun, and you are actually getting 1/2 amp on a hazy day, then you'll know that a large array, maybe one measuring up to 40 amps, would be putting out 20 amps on the same day, very useful and accurate information. You might also learn of the temperature coefficient this way. Solar panels today actually produce more power than they are designed for in colder temperatures, exactly opposite to how one might think of them. This is why manufacturers warn people to upgrade the panel wiring in cold climates. A 5 amp panel can easily produce 8 amps in sub zero temperatures, if the panel is clean, and it is sunny out. Your little pathfinder would do the same thing.
There are some good websites to check out to learn more, and one really great magazine on this stuff, called Home Power Magazine. I'll put the links below. Another thing you can do is click on my Avatar, and look at other questions I've answered over the years, you might find something interesting to read about. Good luck King, and take care, Rudydoo
I Have A Homework Assignment Due And I'M Not Sure How To Do This So Please Help Me With Some Questions Regarding Energy And Its Alternatives.
If We Were To Run Out Of Gasoline, What Would Be The Next Most Beneficial Renewable Source Of Energy? Solar Panels, Windmills, Hydro-Power Etc.
How Will This Benefit Global Warming? Or Will It Affect It At All?
How Would It Effect Our Economy? Would It Help Us Financially Or Be Even Worse Than It Is Now?
How Long Will This Technology Take To Create Before Gasoline Runs Out In America?
Okay you got one good one. I'll give you more of an outline for some with pro's and cons
Con- Not above 20% efficiency yet
-not every where is sunny
Con- Can't handle turbulence
-wind isn't always 100% consistent
Pro-Easy to harness
Con- damage to enviorment
Pro- Earth has a good amount of radioactive elements
Pro- Massive energy boost and cheep
Con- Hard to contain the reaction
So there is a quick pro con sheet. Now the Economy is another issue. Oil is still an abundant issue but due to environmental issues and not very efferent engines oil hasn't reached it's full potential. Now these will cause damage in some form and easy is quite easy to see. There economic advantage is cheep energy which makes things cheaper over all in the long run. Although short run switching over is very expensive and some of them require skilled works so it will hurt the economy for awhile.
The Tech on the other hand is already here. We just can't agree and everyone is too picky on every little issue. Now gas in America will not run out for 300 years and coal will last for a mellinia. That is only if we start since we have ton's of reserves all over the country. It's just that we have EPA and NIMBE preventing that for ligitiment reasons. So it's now up to the government and the masses of people taking the steps necessary to make the choice on things. For things will become much worse in the mid part of the century has more nations have developed and require the source.
How Long Before We See Cost Effective Solar Storage Batteries In Queensland Australia?
I Am Getting Quotes For Home Solar Power And I Am Getting Different Opinions On When Cost Effective Storage Batteries Will Be Available
As The Feed In Tarrif Is Now Low I Would Prefer To Be Able To Store The Power And Use It At Night
One Company Has Told Me They Will Have Them In About 12 Months And It Would Be Easy To Connect Them To Their System
Another Company Says It Will Be 3 To 5 Years Away
Also Has Anyone Had Anything To Do With Diamond Energy?
If I Sign Up With One Of The Companies And Sign With D.E. For My Power They Give Me 20 Cents Per K/W Compared To 10 Cents From The Company I Am With Now
There are some very exciting innovations happening in solar battery technology right now. I think it will be about 3 years before we see this translate into a game-changer. It could be a bit longer. About Diamond Energy, yes they offer you 20c for a feed in tariff but what is the cost of their "partners" solar power system as compared to another solar company?
It pays BIG TIME to check out a few quotes.
Is Water Scarcity Really A Problem?
I Have Read In School That There Is Only 1% Of World That Is Drinkable. 2% Is Frozen.
But If The Method Of Desalination Of Water Is Being Used Nowadays, So Why Is It A Scarcity?
We Can Convert Ocean Water To Drinkable. No?
It takes energy to desalinate water. This can be provided by solar power, but the solar panels have to be made somehow and that may not be from a renewable energy source.
However, scarcity is always artificially created or allowed to happen. Whereas there are elements which are only found in a few places, alternatives generally exist or potentially exist provided the right R&D were done. For instance, in this case solar towers can be used where the sun's heat warms air under glass which then rises up a central chimney driving dynamos to generate power or parabolic reflectors could focus the sun onto a Stirling engine. There is essentially never any need for any useful resource at all not to be widely available and the reason it is never comes down to unavoidable technological shortcomings.
Renewable Energy: Solar, Cells, Or Biomass?
We Need To Install A Small System That Is Able To Produce At Least 1Mw/H Of Electrical Energy.
It Does Not Matter If It'S Solar Panels (Active Systems Only), Biomass, Or Fuel Cells, As Far As It'S Able To Produce The Required Amount Of Energy.
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biomass is a small fraction of solar energy, indeed it is solar energy converted to chemically stored energy via photosynthesis. The maximum theoretical efficiency of photosynthesis is only 6.6%, when you take into consideration that first generation bio-fuels only use the food grade part of the plant then you can see that it's only a fraction of a fraction of 1% efficiency that you get. Compare this with the current photovoltaic record efficiency of 42.8% Fuel cells are a matter of storing energy chemically as hydrogen, the energy can be generated through solar photovoltaics, solar thermal, wind, hydro, tidal, geothermal, nuclear or even ancient stored solar (fossil fuels). Unfortunately hydrogen is a terrible way to store energy as it's volumetric energy density is extremely low (405 WH/l for compressed hydrogen compared to gasoline's 9,000 WH/l). It's an irony of nature that a gallon of gasoline contains more hydrogen then a gallon of liquid hydrogen. Hydrogen is also difficult to contain for any period of time as it's the second smallest gas molecule possible and will diffuse through any material you wish to make the pressure vessel out of. When Sandia Labs investigated more efficient ways of obtaining hydrogen from water, they concluded that it would be better to use the methods found to synthesize liquid hydrocarbon fuels such as gasoline and diesel instead of just producing hydrogen. The liquid fuels could be distributed by existing infrastructure and used in existing vehicles and avoid all the containment and density problems of hydrogen.
Ultimately solar is the future but 1 MW of solar photovoltaic panels can cost 5 million to 10 million dollars US. Megawatts is a unit of power which is energy per unit time so there is no MW per hour with it, however a MWh is a unit of energy ie.: power multiplied by time.
You could reduce this cost by going with solar thermal which should be one tenth the cost of solar photovoltaics but then you are producing steam to drive a steam turbine hence have the added cost of the turbine generator and it's maintenance.
Wind power turbines are typically available in 3 MW turbines so that may be an option, but these costs millions of dollars as well plus they have a high maintenance cost.
You could use gasifers to burn biomass in the form of woody matter, trash, old tires, and dried sewage to form syngas which can then be used to run gas turbines. You would have the option of using natural gas for the gas turbines should there be a problem with the logistics of getting the biomass but that is the achilles heel of this method, collecting and handling the biomass.
Small portable gasifiers could be brought out to the biomass sources and portable Fischer Tropsch reactors could then convert the syngas to liquid hydrocarbons like diesel for transport to where you need to generate the power or sold to the nearest refinery to avoid transportation costs and power then purchased as needed with the proceeds. The portable solution will allow you to take advantage of storm debris cleanups. This technique has been proposed for recovering stranded natural gas from remote wells.
Now if it's 1 MWh of energy that you need over a month not 1 MW of power then since there's about 700 hours in a month of which you can expect a third to be useful solar power, you would only need 4.5 KW of generation capability and that would only be 25 thousand to 45 thousand dollars.
As this is a business, and hence not as likely to be subject to home owners associations or deed restrictions then wind power will be the most cost effective, again only expect a third of the time to be useful for generation as the steadiest winds blow at night.
Microhydro is very cost effective provided that you have access to a water resource (stream or river) and that you actually have water rights to tap that energy. Hydro is also more consistently available so the generation capacity can be a third that of solar or wind to achieve the same total monthly energy generated ( i.e.: 1.5 KW instead of 4.5 KW ). The water rights can be very complicated and could result in you having to pay anyone upstream who has the capability of retaining water since their reserves act as reserves for your flow as well.
First, you need to determine if it's 1 MW of power that you need or 1 MWh of energy per month that you need. Some details as to what you intend to do with the power would help us comment on what's suitable.