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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 daily life: running your air conditioning system, cleaning clothes, seeing TELEVISION, cooking dinner. All while decreasing 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 significant, many home owners find that the benefit, special functions, and expense savings of owning a solar power system are a lot more alluring.
Top 10 Benefits of Solar Energy
#1 Dramatically minimize or perhaps eliminate your electric bills
Whether you're a homeowner, business, or not-for-profit, electricity expenses can comprise a large part of your regular monthly expenses. With a solar panel system, you'll produce totally free power for your system's whole 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you do not produce 100 percent of the energy you take in, solar will decrease your utility costs and you'll still save a great deal of cash.
#2 Make a great return on your investment
Solar panels aren't a cost-- they are among the very best methods to invest, with returns rivaling those of more traditional financial investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to substantial electrical energy expense cost savings, the typical American homeowner pays off their photovoltaic panel system in 7 to eight years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Secure against rising energy expenses
Among the most clear cut advantages of solar panels is the capability to hedge energy rates. In the previous ten years, residential electricity costs have increased by approximately 3 percent every year. By purchasing a solar energy system now, you can fix your electricity rate and secure versus unforeseeable increases in electricity expenses. If you're an organisation or house owner with fluctuating cash circulation, going solar also helps you much better forecast and manage your expenses.
#4 Boost your home or business worth
Several research studies have actually discovered that homes geared up with solar energy systems have higher property values and offer quicker than non-solar homes. Appraisers are progressively taking solar setups into factor to consider as they value homes at the time of a sale, and as homebuyers end up being more educated about solar, demand for residential or commercial properties equipped with solar panel systems will continue to grow.
#5 Boost U.S. energy self-reliance
The sun is a near-infinite source of energy and an essential element of achieving energy self-reliance in the United States. By increasing our capacity to create electrical energy from the sun, we can likewise insulate our nation from cost variations in global energy markets.
#6 Develop jobs and help your regional economy
Inning accordance with The Solar Foundation, the solar industry included tasks at a rate nearly 12 times faster than the total U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all jobs in the nation. This development is anticipated to continue. Due to the fact that solar-related jobs tend to be higher paying and can not be outsourced, they are a substantial contributor to the U.S. economy.
#7 Safeguard the environment
Solar is a fantastic method to decrease 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 normal residential photovoltaic panel system will get rid of 3 to 4 tons of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees annually.
#8 Show your commitment to sustainability
Sustainability and corporate social responsibility are important components of an organization's culture and values. They also produce bottom line results. Significantly, consumers and communities are recognizing and rewarding businesses that pick to run properly. Companies are finding that "green" credentials are a powerful motorist of customer buying decisions, developing goodwill and improving company outcomes.
#9 Start Conserving from Day 1
Solar purchase power arrangements (PPAs) and solar leasing has made it possible for homeowners to go solar for little or no loan down.
Numerous property owners select to fund their solar panels with one of the "pay-as-you-go" funding options. This implies that a third-party company-- the solar supplier-- owns the solar system and takes care of setup, maintenance, monitoring and repairs. 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 Financial investment
The energy companies are notorious for their changing and unreliable electrical energy costs. There is plainly an upward pattern.
With photovoltaic panels and basic math, we can calculate how much electrical energy will be created, and most importantly, at what cost, for at least the next 20 years (repaired 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
Recycling Solar Panels?
Just Wondering If It Is Possible To Recycle Solar Panels And Where That Would Be Done. If It Is Possible, Is There A Money Refund In Return. Or Would It Be Better To Just Take The Metal Off And Get A Refund In That Way? Looking For Basically Any Answer Here.
It looks like you can.
Although, I haven't been able to find like a drop off location or anything like that.
Here's two phone numbers if you want to ask them. It's Sunday, and I'm assuming they're closed, otherwise I'd just call for you. San Diego (619) 562-7183 or Berkeley (510) 843-1113. It's a company called Borrego Solar. They look like a BIG solar company that specializes in commercial, residential and public sector turnkey, grid–connected solar electric systems. With over 25 years of experience. They sound like they would know about recycling, and at least be able to give you more information.
I think because it's such a specialized item that is being recycled, there aren't going to be many options/drop off locations. Which ever option you choose (disassemble, or recycle as a whole) might depend on if you're looking to "save the environment" or "make a buck."
I got some information from the first link below, and the second link is to that Borrego company.
Can You Give Me Information On Solar Panels? If So Plese Give Me It?
I am not sure what kind of solar panel information you are looking for but the following provides basically how they work. Near the bottom of the page is some more information not on how they work but on other things.
A solar cell converts sunlight into electricity. Photons from the sun strike the solar panel made of a semiconductor material. The most common material used for a solar cell is silicon. The incident photons are absorbed by the electrons in the silicon semiconductor. The big panels of a solar cell are sometimes referred to as a the collectors because they do just that -- collect sunlight.
If the photon give the electron enough energy the electron becomes a conduction electron and can be used to carry energy in the form of electricty. If the electron does not get more than enough energy to "break free" the energy is re-released as a photon and some heat (vibration).
The sun produces photons in a range of energies with and majority in the range of 1 to 2 electron volts. The typical energy needed to create a conduction electron in photo-active semiconductor solar cells is about 1.2 electron volts. It turns out that about 75% of the sun's photons have an energy greater than this minimum energy.
Let's do a quick and approximate calculation. The intensity of sunlight on the earth is about 1000 Watt/meter^2. So we would need a thousand one meter by one meter solar collectors to generate about 750,000 Watts. A typical coal burning power plant is capable of generating 1,000,000 Watts of power for several hundred tons of coal.
Solar cells are ideal for some uses like calculators where a lot of power is not consumed. Another ideal use is in satellites. Out in space, the intensity of sunlight is far greater than on earth because the photons do not have to travel through the atmosphere to hit the collectors.
Unfortunately, the photons with energy below the threshhold reduce the efficiency because of the heating of the sunlight collector makes it less efficient. Worst of all, the semiconductor material degrades with time. The constant absorption of energy makes the material less receptive. Sometimes this degradation can be reversed by reprocessing the material but that can be difficult and certainly is a nuisance.
Materials scientists and private companies are constantly trying to improve solar cells. A huge variety of material compositions has been tried with various advantages. Presently, France, Japan, and Germany are the countries spending the most on research for improved solar cells. Because of the research and manufacturing costs, solar generated electricty still costs more dollars per kilowatt-hour than coal burning power plant electricity but soon it should be competitive. And once the initial cost of installing solar collectors on a house has been absorbed the future cost is very low. Some government incentives have been put in place to help offset some of the initial cost faced by home builders and owners.
At some time in the future (50 years or more) fossil fuels will be depleted and humans will have to turn to other energy sources and solar cells will be a big part of generating electricity.
To provide a clean and healty world for our children we need to use sources that are renewable and do not deplete with use, such as solar and wind power, or energy can be replenished, such as those that use agricultural waste or other material.We hope with this site to bring you information on solar panels, solar energy in the use of solar in pools,homes and calculators.(Thats a little redundant but its some more info)
Using Solar Panels At Home?
Im Very Interested In Things Like Equipping My House To Use Solar Energy. Does Anyone Know Where I Can Find Some Good Resources About How To Go About That, Costs, Things Of That Nature? Perhaps Even Some Other "Green" Suggestions For My Home?
Any Help Would Be Much Appreciated.
I recently had panels installed on my home. I have a great rebate system in my area, my utility paid $10K and I paid $16K. During the summer months it almost zeros out my bill, I don't know about the winter yet, we'll have to see. It was only estimated to reduce my bill by 1/3. I should break even in about 6 years. Less if production keeps anywhere near where it is.
I suggest if you are considering solar, get a no cost no obligation quote, they should be able to give you info on rebates as well as size, cost and break even time for your situation.
There are lots of things you can do to reduce your energy usage. Standby energy was costing me about $50 a month, that is when tv's or other appliances are plugged in but not on, they still use electricity. An easy fix is plug your enetertainment appliances into a powerstrip with a switch, flip it off when the tv isn't on and all the standby energy stops. Same thing with chargers of all types, cell phones, laptops, battery backups and toothbrushes, unplug them when they aren't charging.
Insulation, energy star appliances, shade trees, using natural light and CFL's all help too.
How Do You Help The Environment?
A Lot Of Us Can'T Put Up Solar Panels, Or Buy A Hybrid Vehicle, And There Isn'T Always Public Transit Where We Live. What Are The Little Things You Do To Help The Environment?
I Always Use Public Transit Or Walk, And I Use Ge Energy Smart Light Bulbs. Something I Don'T Do Is Use The Low Flow Toilets And Shower Heads, So That Is My Big Environment Sin.
I use compact florescent in as many light fixtures as I can. I recycle as much as I can. I compost. I grow and make as much as I can by myself. I have a garden, I make my own bread, clothes, soap etc. I figure every time I cut out the factory it has to better for the environment.
How Many Solar Panels Do I Need To Power A Home For One Year?
I Think The Average Household In The Us Uses Approx. 30Kwh Every Day. How Many Solar Panels Would You Need To Power This Home For A Year If The Sun Shines 75% Of The Day And How Powerful Must They Be?
The only information missing is where the house is located. That makes a huge difference. Sun shining for 75% of the days in Maine is different from the 75% of the days in California.
But as a data point, our house is in San Jose, California, and we use half that energy on average per day (closer to 15 kWh). A 3 kW array (about 220 square feet) keeps up with our electrical usage for the year. So make that a 6 kW array for your theoretical house that uses 30 kWh a day, and increase the size more for a more northerly or cloudy location.