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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 resident to utilize the sun to power daily life: running your a/c, washing clothing, seeing TELEVISION, cooking dinner. All while reducing your carbon footprint, and without burning nonrenewable fuel sources or putting a pressure on the electrical grid. And while the ecological advantages of solar power are significant, numerous home owners discover that the convenience, unique features, and cost savings of owning a solar power system are even more enticing.
Leading Benefits of Solar Energy
#1 Dramatically decrease and even eliminate your electrical expenses
Whether you're a property owner, company, or not-for-profit, electricity expenses can comprise a big part of your monthly costs. 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 expenses and you'll still conserve a great deal of loan.
#2 Earn a great return on your investment
Solar panels aren't an expense-- they are among the best ways to invest, with returns matching those of more conventional investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to substantial electricity costs cost savings, the typical American homeowner pays off their solar panel system in seven to 8 years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Safeguard against increasing energy expenses
One of the most clear cut advantages of solar panels is the capability to hedge utility rates. In the previous 10 years, property electrical energy prices have increased by an average of 3 percent yearly. By investing in a solar energy system now, you can fix your electrical energy rate and secure versus unforeseeable increases in electrical energy costs. If you're an organisation or house owner with fluctuating cash circulation, going solar likewise assists you much better projection and manage your expenditures.
#4 Increase your home worth
Multiple research studies have actually discovered that homes geared up with solar energy systems have higher home worths and offer quicker than non-solar homes. Appraisers are significantly taking solar installations into consideration as they value homes at the time of a sale, and as homebuyers end up being more educated about solar, need for residential or commercial properties geared up with photovoltaic panel systems will continue to grow.
#5 Boost U.S. energy self-reliance
The sun is a near-infinite source of energy and a key element of achieving energy self-reliance in the United States. By increasing our capability to generate electrical power from the sun, we can likewise insulate our nation from price variations in worldwide energy markets.
#6 Develop jobs and help your local economy
Inning accordance with The Solar Foundation, the solar market added tasks at a rate nearly 12 times faster than the general 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 tasks tend to be higher paying and can not be contracted out, they are a considerable contributor to the U.S. economy.
#7 Protect the environment
Solar is a great method to decrease your carbon footprint. Buildings are responsible for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the United States, and going solar can significantly reduce that number. A common domestic solar panel system will eliminate 3 to 4 loads of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees each year.
#8 Show your dedication to sustainability
Sustainability and business social obligation are essential elements of an organization's culture and values. They also produce bottom line outcomes. Increasingly, customers and communities are recognizing and rewarding organisations that opt to run properly. Companies are finding that "green" qualifications are an effective motorist of consumer buying choices, developing goodwill and improving organisation outcomes.
#9 Start Conserving from Day 1
Solar purchase power contracts (PPAs) and solar leasing has made it possible for homeowners to go solar for little or no money down.
Many property owners decide to fund their solar panels with among the "pay-as-you-go" funding alternatives. This suggests that a third-party business-- the solar provider-- owns the planetary system and looks after installation, upkeep, monitoring and repairs. You merely pay the solar provider for electrical energy-- less than you would've paid the utility business.
As of June 2013, 75% of all American houses have access to pay-as-you-go solar.
#10. Solar is a Secure Financial investment
The utility companies are notorious for their fluctuating and undependable electrical power costs. There is plainly an upward trend.
With photovoltaic panels and simple mathematics, we can calculate just how much electrical power will be generated, and most significantly, at exactly what rate, for at least the next 20 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
How Much Solar Energy Is Used In The United States?
There are a number of ways to describe what you are asking about. Depending upon the definition you get a different result.
--As percentage of installed electrical generating capacity: about 1% http://www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/alternate/p...
--As a total KWh of electrical generating capacity: 843,054,000 kwh as of 2008 stats: http://www.eia.doe.gov/cneaf/alternate/p...
As the total of solar photovoltaic and solar thermal Solar thermal installed capacity as of 2001 stats was: 17.459 giga watts or 17,459,000,000 watts: http://www.iea-shc.org/collaboration/Pre...
As the total of solar photovoltaic, solar active thermal and solar passive thermal used. How much sunlight comes through US windows? The number will certainly be much larger.
Solar Energy Use In The U.S.?
What Percent Of Electricity Use Does Solar Energy Account For In The U.S.? Which State In The U.S. Has The Leading Solar State? Which Country Is The Dominant Player In Solar Energy ?
With the internet at your disposal, your telling me you can't find this information yourself ?
I've rarely seen solar account for anything in the double digits, even here in California where the 'go green' freaks love to congregate.
But with the issues regarding cost, time to pay back, scam artists trying to sell you how-to manuals but leaving out important components or details, bankrupt cities and states cutting back on thier subsidy programs, Not to leave out the issues regarding transmission lines and such........thereby making it hard for a 'plant' to supply electrical needs.
Might as well face it, regardless of what that moron Obama said, Oil is not the energy of the past, coal and oil are here to stay until we find a better alternative or make one of the one's we have more effective for every persons use
Could The Inner Mantle Of Earth Be Used To Mine Iron And Nickel ?
How Long Would Such Supplies Last ? How Soon Could We Have The Necessary Technology ? What Could Be The Side Effects ?
I like the way Robert's answer starts out, but then it gets a little wild. By mining earth's mantle (or core) its mass does not change. Most of the minerals recovered from the core would be fairly evenly distributed over the surface. Also, gravitation and magnetism are (at present) unrelated forces. The earth would not go spinning off like a deflating balloon.
If we mined a few megatons from the mantle we could recycle that material indefinitely. Nickel and iron do not transmute through common use. As to how long before we develop this technology--it may be quite some time. Mineral extraction from the mantle is bound to prove rather expensive. At the present time what we do is mine minerals coughed up along plate margins (and of course, anywhere else they are found in crustal rock). It takes eons for mantle material to well up through orogeny, and much of that is subducted ocean floor.
I can't think of any particularly bad side effects. The process might entail some sort of strip mining. Huge gouges in earth's crust could be problematic, if we cannot come up with a better way.
Here is one better way--mine mars. Mars has a rich mantle, and because the planet is smaller (square cube law) it should have radiated more heat. Also, mining operations there won't disturb any fragile ecosystem. Mars also has a deep gash, the Valles Marineras, which would facilitate access to its mantle.
We could build a big mass driver on the martian surface to launch raw iron ore into earth orbit, where it could be smelted in giant orbitting mirror furnaces. We would probably be better off leaving this material in orbit, rather than returning it to earth's surface. It will be more useful there in the construction of space stations and habitats.
I once calculated that there is enough sand in the martian desert and iron in its mantle to erect a ring of solar collectors around the sun. Think of what could be done with all that nearly limitless energy!
Where Does Harnessed Wind Energy Go?
Does It Go Into A Generator Or Something Near The Wind Farm/Turbine?
It depends on how it is set up. Each wind turbine is a generator so when it's turning the electricity is being created. Most electric companies don't store electricity, they just distribute. There are a lot of home systems that can store power in batteries for later use. That can be generated by wind or solar. But those big wind farms pretty much pump power into the grid. I don't believe power is stored anywhere. It is probably because it would take mass amounts of batteries (expensive) to store power for many homes/businesses.
Compare The Sources,Benefits, And Disadvantages Of Chemical,Solar,And Nuclear Energy.?
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Questions to consider
Where are the nonrenewable sources of energy located?
How easy is it to gain access to these sources?
What are the consequences of using these sources (fuels)?
What are the costs (direct and indirect) of using these sources?
Are there viable alternative sources of fuel?
What is the current cost of crude oil and other forms of energy?
What else have you learned about these resources?
What is the political environment for these energy sources?
Here are the pros and cons of nuclear power plants:
!. Fission is the most energy for the least fuel with current technology.
2. Less fuel means less waste, and the waste is all accounted for, not released into the atmosphere to become someone else's problem.
3. Uranium is readily available, very common in the earth's crust (about the same as tin)
4. Economical - operating cost about the same as coal, fuel cost is a much smaller percentage of the total, therefore less susceptible to price fluctuations.
5. Reliable - Nuclear power plants have very high capacity factors.
6. No combustion, no Co, CO2 or SO2 released.
7. Creates jobs.
8. Reduce dependence on foreign oil/ fuel. Uranium available domestically and in oceans.
9. High temperature reactors could produce Hydrogen as well as electricity.
10. Fantastic safety record.
1. Irrational fear of all things nuclear.
2. High cost to build and license, large initial investment for long term pay back.
3. Publicly accepted high level storage facility not domestically available.
4. Reprocessing facility not domestically available.
4. High cost of personnel.
5. Security concerns,
Nuclear power, I believe is the best, safest, most reliable, current technology to provide energy. The plants operating now are safe and the new designs are even safer.
Building 100's of new nuclear power plants would improve the economy, reduce or eliminate dependence on foreign oil, create jobs, reduce pollution, and provide for future technological advancement.
I have been working with nuclear power for about 30 years, I would be glad to have a Nuclear power plant or high level waste disposal facility in my backyard. My family and I live in a home within 10 miles of a nuclear power plant. (where I work) I have a great understanding of the risks involved and am completely comfortable with a plant "in my backyard".
Using Chernobyl as a reason not to build is like saying because of the Hindenburg I will never fly in a commercial airliner.
Nuclear power has the smallest environmental impact of any current energy production method per unit of energy produced. One fuel pellet about the size of a pencil eraser produces the same energy as about 1 ton of coal, and if reprocessed 2/3 of what’s left can be reclaimed. Nuclear power is our best option for reliable, environmentally friendly, base-load electrical power.