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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 homeowner to use the sun to power daily life: running your air conditioning unit, cleaning clothing, watching TV, cooking supper. All while reducing 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 substantial, numerous home owners find that the convenience, distinct features, and cost savings of owning a solar power system are a lot more attractive.
Top 10 Benefits of Solar Energy
#1 Drastically reduce and even remove your electric expenses
Whether you're a property owner, organization, or nonprofit, electricity costs can make up a big part of your monthly costs. With a photovoltaic panel system, you'll create 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 lower your energy costs and you'll still save a great deal of loan.
#2 Earn an excellent 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 conventional investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to considerable electrical power expense 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 Safeguard versus increasing energy costs
Among the most clear cut advantages of photovoltaic panels is the ability to hedge energy costs. In the previous 10 years, property electrical power rates have actually increased by approximately 3 percent every year. By purchasing a solar energy system now, you can fix your electricity rate and safeguard against unpredictable increases in electrical power costs. If you're a company or homeowner with fluctuating money flow, going solar also assists you better forecast and manage your expenditures.
#4 Increase your home value
Several research studies have discovered that houses equipped with solar energy systems have greater home values and sell more rapidly than non-solar houses. Appraisers are progressively taking solar setups into consideration as they value houses at the time of a sale, and as homebuyers become more educated about solar, demand for homes equipped with photovoltaic panel systems will continue to grow.
#5 Boost U.S. energy independence
The sun is a near-infinite source of energy and a key component of attaining energy self-reliance in the United States. By increasing our capacity to produce electrical power from the sun, we can likewise insulate our nation from rate changes in international energy markets.
#6 Develop jobs and assist your local economy
Inning accordance with The Solar Structure, the solar industry included tasks at a rate nearly 12 times faster than the overall U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all tasks in the country. This development is expected to continue. Because solar-related jobs tend to be greater paying and can not be contracted out, they are a substantial factor to the U.S. economy.
#7 Safeguard the environment
Solar is an excellent way to minimize your carbon footprint. Structures are responsible for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the U.S., and going solar can substantially reduce that number. A common residential photovoltaic panel system will get rid of three to 4 tons of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees annually.
#8 Demonstrate your dedication to sustainability
Sustainability and business social duty are crucial parts of a company's culture and worths. They likewise produce bottom line outcomes. Significantly, consumers and neighborhoods are acknowledging and rewarding services that opt to operate responsibly. Organisations are finding that "green" credentials are a powerful motorist of customer getting decisions, producing goodwill and improving service results.
#9 Start Saving from Day 1
Solar purchase power arrangements (PPAs) and solar leasing has made it possible for property owners to go solar for little or no loan down.
Lots of house owners opt to fund their photovoltaic panels with one of the "pay-as-you-go" financing alternatives. This means that a third-party company-- the solar supplier-- owns the planetary system and takes care of installation, maintenance, monitoring and repairs. You just pay the solar service provider for electrical energy-- 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 Investment
The utility business are notorious for their fluctuating and unreliable electricity prices. There is clearly an upward trend.
With solar panels and basic math, we can calculate how much electricity will be created, and most notably, at what rate, for at least 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
Brief Question About Solar Cells?
So I'Ve Been Browsing Around For A While, Trying To Get A Basic Hang Of Modern Solar Cell Technology. So Far, I Think I'Ve Gotten A Decent Grip Of How The Things Work, But There'S One Thing That Confuses Me.
At First, I Thought The Power Efficiency Rate Was The Primary Factor To A Good Solar Panel.
But Then, When Reading Up On The Costs Of Solar Panels, I Read That You Pay A Cost Per Watt Of Solar Modules.
I Don'T Really Want To Get Too Deep Into How The Cells Produces Electricity, But I Thought That If The Sun Shine With 1000 W/M^2 Over A M^2 Solar Panel With An Efficiency Rate Of 10%, It Generates 100W. However, Seeing As Different Panels Seem To Have Different &Quot;Watt Outages&Quot;, Would The Watt Of The Solar Module Act Like A Limiter For How Much Energy You Can Generate?
Like, If The Sun Shines With 1500W/M^2 And I Have A 125W, 1M^2 Solar Panel With 10% Efficiency, I'D Only Get 125W?
I'M Sorry If My Question Is Hard To Understand, I Really Wanted To Ask This Before Making Dinner.
Any Answer Is Appreciated! :)
As to the "cost per watt" v.s. "Power Efficiency Rate" part of the question, it comes down to which is more important to you.
If you want to get the most amount of power out of limited space, then "Power Efficiency Rate" would tend to be more important. If you have plenty of space to put panels (and a cheap way to mount them) then "cost per watt" is more important
>Like, if the sun shines with 1500W/m^2 and I have a 125W, 1m^2 solar panel with 10% efficiency, I'd only get 125W?
No. The "watt rating" is supposed to be based on full sunlight (Like noon in New Mexico in July bright while pointed directly at the sun). If you increase the amount of light falling on the panel with mirrors or lenses (while keeping the panel temperature the same), the power output will go up. Solar panels lose efficiency as their temperature goes up.
Watt ratings are not the only thing that matters. Some types of panels do better on overcast days than others; some panels have solid 25 year warranties and some are junk.
Backpacking And Photography A Few Questions About Water Proofing, Cards, Batteries And Other Stuff.. 10Qustions?
I Am Going To A Remote Location In A Kayak To Do Some Photography For About 7-9 Days. No Electricity Minus A Solar Panel That Could Charge My Phone! Just So You Know I Do Plan On Testing Myself. I Really Just Want A Different Point Of View…
1. What Is The Best Way To Water Proof Your Dslr Camera And Lenes?
2. Do You Think Waterproof Kits Are Worth The Money? What One Do You Suggest?
3. What Other Info Should I Learn Or Know About When Taking A Camera Out For A Long Time?
4. How Do Sd Cards Hold Up In Weather? Not In Direct Weather Just In Humid And Damp Conditions?
5. Have You Done Battery Tests To See How Long They Last? Tell Me About If You Have
6. Does Heat And Cold Effect Battery Life?
7. Is There A Solar Charger For Batteries?
8. If You Were Going To Be Away From Electricity For A Few Days And Shooting Long Exposure How Many Batteries Would You Bring Along With You?
9. Lens Recommendation – I Plan On Shooting Landscapes And Wildlife Like A Bird In A Tree.. I Have 18-200Mm Telephoto. I Don’T Want To Change Lenses To Much While In The Wild But Will If There Is A Good Reason To Do That. I Am Considering To Buy A New Lens In The Next 6 Months
10. What Filters Do You Think I Should Bring With.. (Consider That I Have Them All As I’M Willing To Buy Them All) I Also Will Be Shooting Waterfalls.
Last year I took a 4 week kayak trip and this year a 1 week trip plane camping in the Brooks range in Alaska. I used a Nikon D7000. I have also done many two week canoe trips in BWCA/Quetico using the D40, a bridge camera, and various film cameras. Many nature outings ranging from a couple hours to full day using various cameras in all sorts of weather from -5° F (-20° C) to 100° F (38°C). When big rain storms hit, I love hiking and taking pictures.
Water proofing: While paddling, the camera was placed in a small dry bag. The dry bag will protect your camera should you flip and will protect your camera during rain. Don't use the really lightweight bags as the seals aren't as durable. I also wrap the camera back with a micro fiber towel you can find in the automotive section of a big box store. This self cleans nose prints from the LCD screen.
Waterproof kit will add bulk which is your enemy while doing a multi-day kayak trip. Space is at a premium. That said, if you intend to take action shots going through rough water, then a housing would be a good idea. I would choose calm water or go to shore to shoot other members of our group - thus, no need to use a water proof housing.
Camera out for extended period of time:
Don't use live view. That will suck your batteries dry. If you can shoot at fast shutter speeds, turn off VR as that consumes extra power. Don't chimp excessively and don't review your pictures at all. Videos will also suck battery power. I don't care much for video, so that wasn't a problem with me. Learn to tap the shutter button to shut off the LCD screen just after you take your shot. The main thing is to minimize the use of the LCD screen as that sucks power. Contrary to popular belief, turning the camera off doesn't save battery life. When the camera goes to sleep, it draws the same amount of power as being turned off. However, when storing the camera, turning the power switch off is very important so accidental pressure on the power switch won't wake up the camera. During air travel, I'll tape my power switch in the off position with blue tape due to the way I pack my camera (not very well). Following those rules, I got about 900 shots on one battery which lasted 3 weeks. With 20% battery life left, I used my spare battery for the remainder of the trip.
SD cards are pretty bombproof. People have done tests putting SD cards through the wash without problem. I use a lightweight dry bag and put my spare battery, cards, wallet, and other things I infrequently use at the bottom of my clothes bag.
With my D7000, I can get about 900 to 1000 shots per charge. Always carry a spare battery for bush trips. Your manual will tell you how many shots you can get. The Nikon method, as opposed to CIPA, is pretty accurate.
Cold will affect battery life (less shots), but I've shot in -5°F weather without problem. I kept the camera in a backpack, so it was at ambient temperature. Li Ion batteries do pretty well in cold compared to old battery chemistries.
If you are handy with electronics, you could modify your charger to take 5V or 12V power from a solar panel. Not worth the effort. With proper shooting technique (NO live view!!!!) you should be able to get by on one battery for 10 days unless you do a lot of video.
Question 8, not enough info. If you do a few long exposure images, not much of a problem. If you're going to do a 8 hour stack of long exposures, then a box full of batteries.
Your 18-200 is an excellent choice. When out in the bush, you want to minimize your equipment. The 18-140 was an excellent lens for my last trip and all the other trips I did with my D40 I used an 18-55. I felt a bit trapped by the 18-55 as it wasn't long enough at times.
UV filter is a must to protect your lens. Purists will balk at this, but they probably haven't taken trip in the bush for extended periods of time. I always take a circularly polarized filter as it will cut through haze, give you deep blue skies, and useful if you are shooting critters underwater. A ND filter might be handy if you want to shoot water falls, but I use my CP filter to slow things down a tad.
I have found that electronics doesn't do well out in the bush. Too many things to go wrong. If you need to deal with lots of electronics, you'll end up screwing up your trip.
Wiring In Solar Panels?
I Am Looking To Wire In Some Solar Panels Into My Home. I Already Have Plenty Of Wiring, And Some Solar Panels Around. I Just Need To Know What I Need To Do To Wire Them Into My Home So I Can Lower My Electric Bill. This Past Month It Was Six Hundred Dollars.
Can Someone Direct Me To Some Information, Or Tell Me How Without Telling Me To Hire Some Guy To Come Out To Charge Me Thirty Thousand Dollars To Install Two Or Three Thousand Dollars Worth Of Equipment?
The essentials are to connect the panels in a configuration that matches the inverter. My system has twenty 24 volt panels in series, to an inverter that wants to see 480. They could have been in any series-parallel configuration to match an inverter that used different voltage. I chose the high voltage route to reduce IR losses in the connections.
The proper inverter is essential on grid connected systems. It must be able to disconnect from the grid if grid power fails, and to come back on line automatically, and in phase.
There has to be a fused disconnect between the panels and the inverter.
When connecting to the grid, another fused disconnect is required. My power company was very specific about acceptable switches. Just using a good brand doesn't hack it.
Lots of good info on solar panels in the green search box above on this page.
How To Build A Cheap Solar Panel As My Own Renewable Energy Source?
Solar and wind power systems brought from the market are generally expensive but there are guides and different online programs which give you the information that is required to get the same results at a tiny price. You need not have to build a 200 square meter solar panel to save lots of money on energy, a much smaller can be built by following online instructions.
Could You Have A Solar Panel In Space?
Could You Have A Solar Panel In Space That Would Transmit Electricity Remotely? Maybe Have Some Kind Of Receiving Antenna To Pick Up The Energy? Perhaps There Could Be A String Of Them Orbiting The Earth?
Why Wouldn'T That Work?
Absolutely. Many satellites and other spacecraft that have been launched throughout history carry solar panels to power themselves. The International Space Station alone has hundreds of square meters of solar panels.
Transmitting the power from one place to another wirelessly is a bit more difficult, but not fundamentally impossible. So far we don't have any good technology to do it over long distances. But we're getting there. One proposed future source of power is 'solar power satellites', orbiting devices that would collect sunlight and turn it into a microwave laser that would be fired down to the Earth and collected in a giant dish kind of like a radio telescope. The idea is that this would be non-polluting, environmentally friendly, reliable, would help to boost investment in space technologies, and wouldn't take up the large amounts of land area required for traditional solar power. However, some people have argued that it is a bad idea on the basis that if the laser accidentally missed the dish, and came down in an inhabited area, it might cause human fatalities or damage to the environment or human artifacts.