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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 home owners to utilize the sun to power daily life: running your air conditioning system, cleaning clothing, viewing TELEVISION, cooking dinner. All while lowering 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 home owners find that the convenience, special functions, and cost savings of owning a solar power system are much more enticing.
Top Ten Benefits of Solar Energy
#1 Considerably decrease and even eliminate your electric costs
Whether you're a property owner, organization, or not-for-profit, electricity expenses can make up a large portion of your monthly costs. With a photovoltaic panel system, you'll create complimentary power for your system's whole 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you do not produce One Hundred Percent of the energy you consume, solar will reduce your energy costs and you'll still conserve a great deal of loan.
#2 Earn a terrific return on your financial investment
Solar panels aren't an expense-- they are among the very best methods to invest, with returns matching those of more conventional investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to significant electrical power bill savings, the average American property owner pays off their solar panel system in seven to 8 years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Safeguard versus rising energy expenses
Among the most clear cut benefits of photovoltaic panels is the capability to hedge utility prices. In the past ten years, property electricity rates have gone up by approximately three percent each year. By buying a solar energy system now, you can repair your electrical power rate and protect versus unforeseeable increases in electrical energy costs. If you're a company or homeowner with fluctuating money circulation, going solar also helps you better projection and handle your expenditures.
#4 Boost your residential or commercial property worth
Several studies have found that homes geared up with solar energy systems have greater residential or commercial property values and offer quicker than non-solar houses. Appraisers are increasingly taking solar setups into factor to consider as they value houses at the time of a sale, and as homebuyers end up being more informed about solar, demand for properties equipped with solar panel systems will continue to grow.
#5 Increase 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 capability to create electrical power from the sun, we can likewise insulate our country from rate changes in global energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and help your regional economy
According to The Solar Foundation, the solar market added tasks at a rate nearly 12 times faster than the overall U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all jobs in the country. This development is anticipated to continue. Due to the fact that solar-related jobs tend to be greater paying and can not be outsourced, they are a considerable factor to the United States economy.
#7 Protect the environment
Solar is an excellent method to minimize your carbon footprint. Buildings are responsible for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the United States, and going solar can considerably decrease that number. A typical residential photovoltaic panel system will remove three to 4 loads of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees annually.
#8 Demonstrate your commitment to sustainability
Sustainability and corporate social duty are very important parts of an organization's culture and values. They also produce bottom line outcomes. Progressively, customers and communities are acknowledging and rewarding companies that opt to run properly. Companies are discovering that "green" credentials are an effective chauffeur of customer purchasing decisions, producing goodwill and improving organisation results.
#9 Start Conserving from Day 1
Solar purchase power contracts (PPAs) and solar leasing has actually made it possible for homeowners to go solar for little or no loan down.
Numerous homeowners opt to fund their solar panels with among the "pay-as-you-go" funding alternatives. This suggests that a third-party business-- the solar service provider-- owns the solar system and looks after setup, upkeep, tracking and repair works. You simply pay the solar provider for electrical energy-- 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 Investment
The utility business are infamous for their changing and unreliable electricity prices. There is clearly an upward pattern.
With solar panels and easy math, we can calculate what does it cost? electrical power will be created, and most notably, at what price, for a minimum of 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
Solar Power Heating Costs/Advice?
In Nm There Are People On The Navajo Res Who Need Tons Of Firewood Delivered Each Winter So They Don'T Die. Can We Afford To Replace That With Solar Heating? I'M Thinking We Could Raise Under $5000 Per House. These Houses Are Tiny! Under 200 Square Feet Usually With Unlimited Room In Their Yards For Panels ... Or Roofs Would Be Best Because Of Various Livestock.
But Also, Almost Always No Electricity Or Running Water. They Use Their Wood &Quot;Stoves&Quot; Of Various Types For Heat And Cooking So If You Have Any Tips On How We Can Help Them Get A Low-Maintenance, Multi-Generational System Put In, Or Something That Will Be Worth All This, Please Answer Any And A Lot Since I Have Never Installed Something Like This. You Could Say We Have Unlimited Manpower (From 5 To 30) But
The Most Important Thing Is Simply Getting The Abundant New Mexico Sun To Do What A 24/7 Fireplace With A Hot Top Does For Like 100 Square Feet Affordable !
Thanks A Ton! And Extra Love If You Actually Help Us White People :) Keep Helping These Wonderful Native Americans Of Every Age And Belief Who Can'T Haul Like College Kids.
Solar water heating will heat water, sure. However, you asked about solar power heating which I interpreted differently; I thought you meant solar power for heating the air inside their homes.
If this is what you meant, then there are three choices:
1. Water based solar radiant heating with liquid based tubes on the roof which would cycle down to tubes underneath their floor boards to heat the inside floors and thus the inside air
2. Solar air heaters which are placed on the roof or south facing wall of the home and would collect air from inside the home, use the sun to heat it and then recycle it back inside the home
3. Electricity based solar radient heating with solar PV panels on the roof connected to radiant pads underneath the floor inside the home.
However, I believe neither of these three could provide heat at night (the solar air heater and water based solar radient heating for sure) so there would need to be a supplemental heating system for night and on cloudy days....perhaps a combination of 2 and 3.
As well, reduce the amount of heating needed by reducing / eliminating air leaks, increasing attic and wall insullation, and changing a few simple habits.
Wiring Solar Panels In Series Vs In Parallel?
I Bought 1Kw Of Solar Cells That Are &Quot;Broken&Quot;. Some Are Chipped And Some Are Cracked In Half Etc. I'M Not Worrying Much About The Cracked Ones That Are Still Tabbed. The Other Ones, The Chipped And Pieces Of Ones, I'M Thinking About Wiring In Parallel, But I'M Wondering, If I Just Wired The Whole Thing In Parallel Would That Remove Any Of The Issues With Fluctuating Amperage And Voltage Due To Only Being As Good As The Lowest Rated One? And If So, Do I Run Into Any Other Problems? I Guess I Am Trying To Find Out What The Drawback To Just Wiring The Whole Thing In Parallel Would Be. I Am Building My Own Grid Tie Solar Array, I Have 1Kw Of Broken Cells, Blocking Diodes, And All The Stuff For The Panels, As Well As A 1200 Watt Grid Tie Inverter. So If I Just Wired The Whole Thing In Parallel, What Is The Difference? I Can Run Them All Into The Grid Tie Inverter Through Separate Wires And It Should Work Fine Correct? Or Am I Not Seeing A Potential Problem (Besides The Current Being Huge And Dangerous)?
Connecting power supplies in parallel (to increase amp/hours and power capacity) is an issue in some situations. Connecting identical batteries is a sound idea on paper, but if one or more starts to deteriorate they will draw current from the remaining ones and the system, as a whole, will fail prematurely.
Variable electronic power supplies in parallel? A very bad idea for obvious reasons.
But I did some quick searches on solar panels and can find no reason why they shouldn't be connected in parallel. Plus, installing the diodes you have in a strategic manner will prevent panels bleeding current through each other.
As for the current, a higher current-delivering capacity doesn't mean that touching the wrong thing results in the total current flowing through your body. Also, remember that your voltage will decrease. And since current = voltage / resistance ... I bet you get the idea.
Also, you don't to go with an "all parallel" or "all series" configuration. You'll probably need several of the panels connected in series to achieve (at least) the minimum input voltage level required by your particular inverter.
I agree with other answers in that there are additional factors to consider. But I don't agree that it can't be done. Ultimately, that will be determined by the specifications for YOUR hardware. You may have to be creative to pull it off.
How Much Money Would A 245W Solar Panel Save Me Monthly?
Should I Have It Installed? Should I Buy Multiple? Is It A Waste Of Money?
Nothing. When you consider the acquisition cost and the maintenance/replacement cost over time, it is a losing proposition at today's energy prices in the U S. That's why the government pays people to install them ( i e because the stand alone economics aren't favorable). If the cost of gasoline were $7-10/gallon (as Obamas energy secretary, upon appointment, stated as one of his objectives) then it would still be uneconomical since the acquisition/ maintenance/replacement cost of solar panels would rise accordingly.
Solar panels have their applications such as to supply energy where no other source is available such as in areas where there is no established energy distribution networks. Then it would likely be advantageous to use solar panels to avoid the enormous cost of establishing an electrical grid or building roads to deliver petroleum.
Have We Put The Solar Panel Direct To To The Sun Or Its Enough Put Them In Lightning Place By The Sun?
We Live In Very Hot Zone The Temp. Reach To 55 C Under Sun , And As I Knew That The Photo Cells Can Damage And Effectt With Such Weather
Reasons For Installing Solar Panels In A School?
The Physics Club In Our School Is Trying To Convince The Board Of Ed To Install Solar Panels In Our School, And I Was Just Wondering If Anyone With Some Experience Or Real Expertise In Solar Energy. I Need Some Points About Their Usefulness Some Real Pros And Cons On Maintenance, Etc. Anything Will Help. Personally I Would Be Perfectly For The Idea, But I Heard That The Overall Cost Of Installing Them Is Much Higher Than The Cost Of The Energy Saved And Government Subsidies, But Ive Only Heard About This.
Hey Asad, I think you might be looking at this from the wrong perspective. Solar is expensive, and in terms of dollars, your school will never get back its investment. If that is what you are going after, it's more productive to install more efficient lighting and other energy saving devices that trying to produce your own energy. We've been powering our home from the wind and sun for 11 years now, I can speak from experience on this. But here is the thing, the point to installing solar power on a school is not the energy savings, but the education possibilities. We can save energy by installing the same panel on someones home instead, then they would have full control of the costs and other concerns.
If it were me, I'd make an argument that the physics department could better educate the students on how solar energy, and more specifically, the, "photovoltaic" effect works in real life, while producing usuable energy at the same time. Then I would propose a very small system, something on the order of 100 - 200 total watts of solar, with a small stand alone battery bank and inverter. Such a system might cost several hundred dollars, instead of several thousand, and it could easily produce enough power to run LED and other low voltage lighting in your physics lab, a small radio, and with the use of an inexpensive inverter, a couple computers could also work off the system.
We've been running a solar power demonstration course for several years now in the fifth grade here at our local school. I bring in one panel and a trolling motor battery, plus some meters, and a cheap inverter to run LED Christmas lights, a portable CD player and a fan. The kids get to hook everything up, carry the panel outside, and see the fruits of the suns labor first hand. This is worth more educationally than any large array you can fund. Now you need a small group of students to do research on how panels are built, and work, another to write an essay on battery storage, then one on LED and other high efficiency lighting, and so on. By the end of the year, your class will have enough ammunition to show how an entire building might work one day, and have a good working knowledge of all the devices described above.
Solar power has real promise, it can provide energy without polluting the air and water, it is already shipped in to most places on the planet, and in the same quantities in poor countries as rich ones. Oil, coal and shale is generally piled up in a few places on our globe, giving the rich countries and the governments that control them more horsepower than poorer countries on how those resources are doled out. These are the things that wars are made of. So far nobody has died mining for solar energy. Coal, the annual deaths are in 3 and 4 figures depending on what country you live in. Personally, I would like to take all the coal miners out of the ground and put them to work building solar panels. Nobody's Dad would have to die again looking for filthy fuel for our hungry power plants. Since solar power is spread fairly evenly over the middle third of our globe, it puts people in Bogota on an equal footing with people in Boca Raton, and with education, they could learn how to use this abundant resource too. I could go on, but I think you get the picture.
For something even more interesting, google the phrase, "North African Solar Project," and see what the Germans are trying to do in the Sahara Desert. There are endless possibilities, but we need to educate more people first Asad, that would be the real point to your club getting a solar panel, not the energy itself. If you want to see more, try clicking on my avatar and check out some of the other answers I've posted here over time, and look into the sources below. Good luck Asad, and take care, Rudydoo