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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 utilize the sun to power everyday life: running your a/c, cleaning clothes, enjoying TV, cooking dinner. All while reducing your carbon footprint, and without burning nonrenewable fuel sources or putting a stress on the electrical grid. And while the environmental advantages of solar power are substantial, many property 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 Considerably decrease or even remove your electric expenses
Whether you're a homeowner, business, or nonprofit, electrical energy expenses can make up a large part of your regular monthly expenses. With a solar panel system, you'll generate complimentary power for your system's whole 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you do not produce One Hundred Percent of the energy you take in, solar will minimize your utility costs and you'll still save a great deal of loan.
#2 Earn a terrific return on your financial investment
Solar panels aren't a cost-- they're one of the best ways to invest, with returns rivaling those of more standard financial investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to significant electricity costs cost savings, the typical American house owner settles their photovoltaic panel system in seven to 8 years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Protect against rising energy expenses
One of the most clear cut advantages of solar panels is the capability to hedge utility rates. In the past ten years, domestic electrical energy costs have increased by approximately 3 percent every year. By investing in a solar energy system now, you can fix your electrical power rate and protect versus unforeseeable increases in electrical power costs. If you're a company or homeowner with ever-changing cash flow, going solar likewise assists you much better forecast and handle your expenses.
#4 Boost your house value
Multiple studies have actually discovered that houses equipped with solar energy systems have higher property worths and sell quicker than non-solar houses. Appraisers are progressively taking solar setups into factor to consider as they value houses at the time of a sale, and as property buyers end up being more educated about solar, demand for residential or commercial properties geared up 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 key element of accomplishing energy self-reliance in the United States. By increasing our capacity to create electrical energy from the sun, we can also insulate our nation from rate fluctuations in worldwide energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and assist your regional economy
Inning accordance with The Solar Foundation, the solar market added tasks at a rate almost 12 times faster than the general U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all jobs in the country. This growth is expected to continue. Due to the fact that solar-related jobs have the tendency to be higher paying and can not be outsourced, they are a significant factor to the U.S. economy.
#7 Protect the environment
Solar is an excellent method to lower your carbon footprint. Buildings are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the United States, and going solar can considerably decrease that number. A common residential photovoltaic panel system will eliminate three to four heaps of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees yearly.
#8 Demonstrate your commitment to sustainability
Sustainability and business social obligation are essential elements of an organization's culture and worths. They also produce bottom line results. Increasingly, customers and communities are recognizing and rewarding companies that choose to operate properly. Businesses are finding that "green" qualifications are a powerful chauffeur of consumer buying choices, producing goodwill and enhancing business results.
#9 Start Saving from Day 1
Solar purchase power agreements (PPAs) and solar leasing has made it possible for homeowners to go solar for little or no loan down.
Many homeowners opt to fund their solar panels with among the "pay-as-you-go" financing options. This means that a third-party business-- the solar company-- owns the planetary system and takes care of installation, maintenance, tracking and repairs. You simply pay the solar company for electrical power-- less than you would've paid the utility company.
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 business are well-known for their changing and undependable electricity costs. There is clearly an upward pattern.
With solar panels and easy mathematics, we can determine how much electrical power will be created, and most significantly, at exactly what cost, for at least the next Twenty 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
How Much Space Do I Need For A Home Solar Photovoltaic System?
There are too many variables for a meaningful answer. And you haven't provided any additional information. How energy efficient is your home? What do you use electricity for? Do you have all electric heating and air or do you use natural gas? Do you have an electric water heater, or gas? Do you also have a Tesla Roadster or two in the garage that you need to charge or are you basically just running the lights? Will you have a grid tie in system or an off the grid system? Will you just have solar or also wind? Do you want to power your entire home or just reduce your power bill? Do you live in Arizona where there's plenty of sunlight or do you live in Washington where it's cloudy almost every day? Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. You only "need" a few square feet facing South (in the northern hemisphere) for a solar panel. But you won't get much out of it.
Selling Solar Panels Online - A Good Idea?
So...Do You Think An Online Store Dedicated To Selling Solar Panels/Systems Will Be A Good Business Idea? Since Green Energy Is The 'Hottest' Growing Business Area Recently With Usage Growing About 30% Per Annum And Investors Putting All Their Money Into Solar Energy, Wind Farms, Biofuel, Etc.
I Think When You Sell Solar Systems Online This Will Be The Most Appealing Business Model To The End Customer...Especially If You Offer Free Installation On Orders Of Say $1000. I Mean Homedepot And Walmart Sell Panels But Buyers Will Have Nor The Skills Nor The Enthusiasm To Install Them. Factories On The Other Hand Are Perhaps The Best Business Model For This Thing - But Unfortunately Will Cost A Lot And At The Moment I Have About $60K At Most To Invest In Some Small Business.
Speaking About Competition, There Are Just 3-4 Online Shops At The Moment, Such As Solarhome.Org And Their Prices Seem Too High - For Instance The Very Best Price On The Market Currently Per Watt Is Less Than $0.8 While Their Prices Start At $2.35 - Which Is Some Difference...Of Course The Price Of $0.8 Is Wholesale...But Even Then. If I Manage To Sell Them For $1.5 And Offer Free Installation I Think There Will Be Some Buyers. 10X!
Your idea is good in theory but probably is not practical. The cost of installation is the biggest cost of any solar system. Did you consider all your costs for doing the installation work? You will need a license and insurance (probably required by law). Additional certifications might be necessary. You will also need to consider you cost for equipment (tools, ladders, etc), materials for the installation, and your transportation costs to get materials to the job site. This will also include vehicles and the associated licenses and insurance for each vehicle. Then there is the fuel and maintenance for each vehicle. Don't forget marketing and advertising. These are only the most basic costs to get started. You will probably need more money just to get started.
Is Solar Energy Affordable?
Why Can'T Solar Energy Be Put Into Widespread Use? Is It Because It'S Unaffordable? If So,What Can Be Done In Order To Make It More Affordable So More People Can Use It?
A very good question. Here's an overview of th esituation.
First of all--the operating cost of solar energy is VERY affordable--in fact, even allowing for the maintainance of the equipment, it produces electricity at much lower cost. From taht perspective--its worthwhile even in a climate like the NorthWest, where theres a lot of cloud cover.
The big thing is the start-up cost. It can cost a LOT of money. Systems large enough to provide all or most of the power for a good-sized home can run over $20,000. That can pay for itself--eventually. But its a lot to invest ina home.
Now, the cost is coming down. Solar panels used to cost around $7.50/watt genrating capacity (in 2000). By 2006 that had dropped to about $4. That's about $4000 for panels that can genrate up to 1kilowatt--down from $7500 in about 5 years. And the cost is going to drop further--a LOT further--in the next decade. There is a whole range of new technologies being developed--and the main push is to get that cost down. The other thing that will make solar energy more affordable is jsut having a bigger market for it. As the market grows, economies of scale help to bring down costs.
Here's a couple examples of things scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs are working on:
>new manufacturing processes. It turns out that solar cellls require technology very similar to computer circuits--so methods are being developed to use the same sort of "printed circuit" methods of manfacturing the solar panels. That would cut the cost of panels--drastically.
>My favorite is this (and its still experimental--so it may not prove feasible, though technically it does work): "Painting" a house roof with aspecial matieral that will generate solar energy. The idea is that the roof is first covered with a layer of conducting material (basically, heavy gauge aluminum foil). then the special compound (actuallly its a highly sophisticated nanotech matieral) that will act like a conventional solar cell when dry. Then you just attach conducting leads to a current regulating system tha tsends the electricity on into yur howme.
Like I said--that one's experimantal. BKut it DOES work (whether it can be made commercially feasible is still up in the air). But you gotta love the idea of just "painting" your electriccity gnerating system on the roof of your house!
Hello From So Tx.. I Would Like To Know If Anyone Out There Has Solar Panels On Their Home?
I Have A 850 Sq Ft. House. I Called Austin To A Company That Offers Panels And Installation. The Cost $18,000.00, For 10 Panels . The Rep Said We Would Save About 21 To 25% On Our Electric Bill /Mo. We Use Approximately 980 Kw/Mo. Our Bill Is Around $140.00 / Mo...I Really Don'T Think That'S A Good Enough Savings. We Figure It Would Take 25 Years To Recoup Our Investment.
And Where We Live In Tx It Does Not Offer Any Incentives. The Gov. Allows You A $2000.00 Tx Break.
You are wasteful in your power usage. To use 980 kWh per month in such a small home is just unbelivable. Chage your lights to CFL (a 28 watt cfl is = to a 100 watt bulb) and use space heating and window A/C units. Unplug that tv set when not in use and same for other items. I found that our tv set alone uses amost 12 watts when turned off. You may say that is not much.. Well add in 4 tv sets and a couple of stereos and other items and do it for a years time. lots of waste. Our home is twice the size of yours and we only use on a heavy month about 500 kWh. With 1860 watts in solar power my last months electric bill was 19 dollars and most of that was meter fees.
18K is really about right and not bad. You will get back 2000 dollars if installed before the end of 2008 but it looks like we may be Bushed and they may not extend the tax credits.
Just have to wait for John McCain to get in office and hope he will do something about it. But McCain is running for a 3rd bush term. Hillary is not going to make it in to office an every time Obama gets under pressure he gets so scared he starts stuttering. So he will just get walked on by big oil and big money. So better do it now while you can get something back.
Just to clear something up about the cost.. If you rent power you have nothing in 30 years but if you buy a system you have a system in 30 years.
As far as new lower priced solar modules.. BS!!! Big time
If they can make a 3000 watt solar module for 1 cent they can sell it for the current market price. So it would take a FOOL to drop the prices. So don't waste your time setting on your thumb waiting for this great lower price.
Ask Evergreen Solar if they lowered prices when the used OUR TAX DOLLARS to find a new way to make their panels. Well they found a cheaper way and did it and charge the same as anyone else. But that don't stop them from braging. If they can get your money and don't take it they woudl be fools.. Would you drop your price if people would pay the higher price? Plus someone would by them out and bring the prices back up anyway..
How Much Do Solar Panels Cost?
I Am Planning To Install Solar Panels On My Roof Top. Just Wondering Is There Any Website That Provides Free Estimate Of Solar System Cost According To Roof Space. I Am Living In Palo Alto (California). What Are The Incentives/Tax Rebates And Financing Options Available In Our Area.
There are many websites available that provide online tool to estimate the cost of solar panel system. I would recommend SolarBuddy.com. Its easy to use solar savings calculator not just provide the estimate of solar system cost but also gives great information on tax rebates and financing options depending on your location. You can also check how much you can save on electricity bills by going solar. SolarBuddy is a one stop destination for those who want to go solar.