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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 everyday life: running your a/c, cleaning clothes, watching TV, cooking dinner. All while reducing your carbon footprint, and without burning nonrenewable fuel sources or putting a strain on the electrical grid. And while the ecological advantages of solar power are considerable, lots of property owners find that the convenience, unique functions, and expense savings of owning a solar power system are even more enticing.
Top Ten Benefits of Solar Energy
#1 Significantly reduce or even eliminate your electrical bills
Whether you're a property owner, organization, or nonprofit, electrical power costs can comprise a large part of your month-to-month expenditures. With a photovoltaic panel system, you'll create complimentary power for your system's whole 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you don't produce 100 percent of the energy you take in, solar will lower your energy expenses and you'll still save a lot of cash.
#2 Earn an excellent return on your investment
Solar panels aren't a cost-- they're one of the finest methods to invest, with returns rivaling those of more conventional investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to substantial electricity bill cost savings, the typical American property owner settles their solar panel system in seven to 8 years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Protect against increasing energy costs
One of the most clear cut benefits of solar panels is the capability to hedge utility rates. In the past 10 years, domestic electricity prices have increased by an average of three percent yearly. By buying a solar energy system now, you can repair your electrical energy rate and protect versus unforeseeable increases in electrical energy expenses. If you're a business or house owner with rising and falling cash circulation, going solar likewise helps you much better projection and handle your expenses.
#4 Boost your house worth
Multiple research studies have found that homes equipped with solar energy systems have greater home values and offer faster than non-solar homes. Appraisers are increasingly taking solar setups into factor to consider as they value homes at the time of a sale, and as property buyers end up being more informed about solar, demand for residential or commercial properties geared up with solar panel systems will continue to grow.
#5 Increase U.S. energy independence
The sun is a near-infinite source of energy and a key part of achieving energy independence in the United States. By increasing our capability to produce electrical power from the sun, we can likewise insulate our country from rate changes in international energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and assist your regional economy
Inning accordance with The Solar Foundation, the solar industry added jobs at a rate almost 12 times faster than the total U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all tasks in the country. This development is anticipated to continue. Since solar-related tasks tend to be higher paying and can not be contracted out, they are a significant contributor to the U.S. economy.
#7 Safeguard the environment
Solar is a great way to decrease your carbon footprint. Structures are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the United States, and going solar can substantially reduce that number. A typical domestic photovoltaic panel system will eliminate three to four lots of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees each year.
#8 Show your commitment to sustainability
Sustainability and business social responsibility are necessary parts of a company's culture and values. They likewise produce bottom line outcomes. Progressively, consumers and neighborhoods are recognizing and rewarding organisations that choose to operate responsibly. Companies are finding that "green" qualifications are an effective chauffeur of customer acquiring decisions, developing goodwill and enhancing company outcomes.
#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 money down.
Lots of homeowners decide to fund their solar panels with one of the "pay-as-you-go" financing options. This implies that a third-party company-- the solar service provider-- owns the solar system and takes care of installation, maintenance, monitoring and repairs. You merely pay the solar provider for electricity-- less than you would've paid the utility company.
As of June 2013, 75% of all American homes have access to pay-as-you-go solar.
#10. Solar is a Secure Financial investment
The utility companies are infamous for their changing and undependable electrical power rates. There is clearly an upward trend.
With solar panels and basic mathematics, we can compute what does it cost? electrical energy will be created, and most significantly, at what cost, 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
How Green/Eco Friendly Is The Fabrication Of Solar Panels?
How Does The Fabrication Of This Green Idea Impact Our Environment?
Solar panels are quite energy intensive to make, since you need very pure silicon. You then have to dope them with other materials (original phosphorous and boron). Some solar panels use cadmium telluride instead of silicon. Cadmium is toxic.
According to Alsema & Wild (2006), the energy payback time of a solar panel is 1.5-3.5 years depending on where it is, how it's made etc.
Solar panels last for 30-50 years, so they produce between 10 and 33 times the energy needed to fabricate them. This proportion is expected to increase due to better technology (like thin film panels).
Charge Laptop With Solar Panel?
I Really Love The Idea Of Solar And Want To Start Out Small, So I'M New To This.
I Plan On Getting An 85W Panel To Charge My Laptop. What Other Equipment Is Needed To Accomplish This?
Would I Need To Get A Battery Or Does The Solar Panel Hook Directly To The Laptop. Does One End Just Lead To A Conventional Outlet Similar To A Wall Outlet?
Could Someone Please Give Me A Detailed Explanation With Options About This? I Would Greatly Appreciate It.
I'm the guy that wrote the answer from the link the other guy here posted actually, and it just so happens that I have some experience with laptop charging too. I had a design laboratory at my engineering school where we were trying to design a laptop charger this past year. What I said in my other post holds true for this project too, so you should definately follow the link that the other guy posted. You can think of of the laptop as just a bigger battery and disregaurd the laptop portion (although keep in mind there are different ways to charge NiCad and lithium batteries. Laptops are usually lithium). An 85 watt panel should be more than enough, but you'll still need a charging regulator as was needed in the other project. If you don't have a regulator the solar panel will try to keep charging your laptop battery which will ruin it. The regulator tells the charger (the solar panel in this case) how to charge the battery in question. A panel of this size will be fairly large, and very expensive though. You could expect to pay $600 for a panel like that. Making them isn't easy either. That's what I did for my 30 watt panel and it still cost me $150 just for the supplies. A typical laptop uses only about 30 watts, so if you got a 40-50 watt panel you'd be fine. You can get one of these for $350 or so. Still not cheap but it's better. Since this is a higher power application than the other one you should go for a full blown charge regulator. They make them for marine applications such as providing power on a sailboat. If I were you, I would get a car adapter for your laptop. 12 volts is what a car adapter uses, which happens to be a very common voltage for many electrical components. If you have a 12 volt adapter for your computer, you could get a 12 volt charge controller like this one for $20
The problem is that these charge controllers are generally meant for lead-acid batteries and won't work for lithium batteries like that of your laptop. You'll need to look for a charge controller that is meant specifically for lithium.
If you cut the car plug off the laptop car adapter and spliced it into the leads of this controller, you could could then connect the leads from the solar cell into the power leads of the charge controller. If you do not know how to solder GET HELP. If you make a mistake you could ruin your laptop, and I suggest you find an electrical engineer as they could tell you exactly how to do this. My major is mechanical engineering, so I only have a a mediocre grasp of these concepts, as well as what I've picked up from my own projects. I will warn you that solar power is not cheap, and it get's complicated.
Advantages Of Solar Power During Industrial Revolution?
I Don'T Think There Were Any So If U Guys Could Just Come Up With Logical Advantages During That Time Period That Would Be Fine But If There Are Some Just Say So
The advantages of solar power during the industrial revolution were pretty much the same as they are today - it's a clean, carbon-neutral source of power, and it comes for free. But the value placed on those advantages would have been less - environmentalism wasn't a big deal, we didn't have any idea about global warming, and other power sources like coal were also inexpensive.
There were also a number of disadvantages, some of which we still have, and some of which we've addressed. For one, we didn't have the technology to produce photovoltaic cells (i.e. solar panels) on anything like the scale required. That didn't happen until the mid 1950s. (Of course there are other things you can do, like use solar power to heat water to drive a steam turbine, which would have been possible). For another, solar power doesn't work at night, or when it's cloudy, and the amount of power is reduced at higher latitudes (such as in England and the northeastern US, which were at the heart of the industrial revolution). So you need storage capabilities and transmission capabilities, which again didn't exist at the scale required. A third problem is that the industrial revolution (well, the 1st industrial revolution, anyway) was very much a mechanical (as opposed to electrical) revolution. Electric motors weren't developed until the 1830s (at the end of the period identified as the industrial revolution), and weren't really practical until the 1880s (ushering in the 2nd industrial revolution). So, again, we're looking at a solar powered steam engine rather than a solar cell like we usually think of today.
Finally, there's the issue of energy density. Let's say you wanted to use solar power to boil water to drive a steam engine locomotive. A typical steam locomotive will use a firebox with a cross-sectional area of about 4 square meters, which would generate 7000 horsepower, or about 5 megawatts. How much area do you need to collect sunlight to get that same level of power?
Well, the maximum amount of solar energy we can get, with a collector exactly perpendicular to the rays of the sun, is about 1.35 kilowatts per square meter. So, you'd need 5 million / 1350 = 3700 square meters of solar collecting area to power a steam locomotive with solar energy, in the best case scenario! That's just not practical for a train which is generating power on the go.
But note that pretty much all the power used during the industrial revolution, whether it was fossil fuels like coal, gas, and oil, living matter like wood, hydroelectric power (like a dam or water wheel), or wind power, is ALL solar power anyway! The sun provided the energy for the ancient plants which fed the ancient animals, which became fossil fuels; the sun provided the energy for the trees that were cut down for wood; the sun provided the energy to the atmosphere that evaporated water and carried to the top of a mountain to run down and power a water wheel; the sun provided the energy that heated the atmosphere and created wind!
I hope that helps!
Charging Batteries With A Solar Panel?
13.8 Volts Is Required To Fully Charge A Battery. But At 13.8 Volts, The Battery Can Be Overcharged Without The Use Of A Controller Correct? What If I Don'T Care If The Battery Is Fully Charged? In The Case Of Our Family Boat, I Just Installed A New Radio, So I'M A Little Worried About Power Consumption. So Now For The Real Question; If I Hook A 12 Volt Panel To The Batteries, Do I Need To Worry About Overcharging Them? Or Will The Batteries Stop The Charging Process Once They Reach 12 Volt?
I Built The Panel Myself, It'S 18 Volts At 3.5 Amps Open Circuit. I Have Tabs At Every 3 Volt Increment On The Panel So That I Can Use Less Voltage Than 18 If I Want To Power Something Directly, (Ex:12 Volt Radio)
So I'M Using The 12 Volt Tab At 3.5 Amps(Approx) For A Total Of Approx 48 Watts
I have been using solar panels for over ten years & never until recently bothered to use a charge controller, it depends really on how much power your batteries can hold & how often they will be drained from use of the connected dc-ac inverters.
While constant daylight charging at 18v 3.5a/hr is quite heavy it is not excessive, 12v lead acid battery chargers give a voltage output of appx 14.8v but the fluctuating output of a solar panel means you may well charge at 18v for some time but with occasional shade etc it will more likely average at 15v which I think is quite acceptable.
How To Hook Up A Solar Panel Directly To Meter Without Using Batteries?
I Found Plenty Of Information On How To Build Solar Panels And Use Batteries But I Cant Find Any Information On How To Hook Up With Out Batteries.
you need to purchase an Inverter which converts the DC from the panels to AC. The inverters are fairly pricey so check around. A good inverter will have a 10 year warranty. The panels have a 25 year warranty, but should last 40 years with no problem. Just make sure you clean them on a regular basis and if you live in an area with hard water, make sure you squeegee the water off, or the minerals will build up on the panels and lessen their efficiency.