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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 house owners to utilize the sun to power daily life: running your air conditioner, cleaning clothes, enjoying TELEVISION, 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 ecological advantages of solar power are significant, lots of home owners discover that the convenience, unique functions, and expense savings of owning a solar power system are even more attractive.
Top Ten Advantages of Solar Energy
#1 Dramatically reduce or perhaps remove your electrical expenses
Whether you're a homeowner, company, or nonprofit, electricity costs can comprise a big portion of your regular monthly expenditures. With a photovoltaic panel system, you'll generate totally free 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 conserve a great deal of loan.
#2 Earn a great return on your financial investment
Solar panels aren't an expense-- they are among the best methods to invest, with returns measuring up to those of more conventional investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to substantial electrical power expense cost savings, the average American house owner settles their photovoltaic panel system in seven to eight years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Safeguard against rising energy costs
Among the most clear cut advantages of photovoltaic panels is the ability to hedge utility costs. In the past 10 years, domestic electrical power costs have actually gone up by approximately 3 percent annually. By purchasing a solar energy system now, you can fix your electrical power rate and secure versus unforeseeable increases in electrical power costs. If you're a service or homeowner with fluctuating capital, going solar also assists you better projection and manage your costs.
#4 Increase your home value
Numerous research studies have actually discovered that homes equipped with solar energy systems have higher home values and sell quicker than non-solar homes. Appraisers are increasingly taking solar setups into consideration as they value houses at the time of a sale, and as property buyers become more educated about solar, need for residential or commercial properties geared up with solar 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 generate electricity from the sun, we can also insulate our nation from price changes in worldwide energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and assist your local economy
Inning accordance with The Solar Foundation, 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 jobs in the nation. This growth is expected to continue. Since solar-related tasks tend to be greater paying and can not be contracted out, they are a substantial contributor to the U.S. economy.
#7 Protect the environment
Solar is a fantastic way to minimize your carbon footprint. Buildings are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the United States, and going solar can significantly decrease that number. A typical property photovoltaic panel system will get rid of 3 to 4 lots of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees every year.
#8 Show your commitment to sustainability
Sustainability and business social duty are necessary components of a company's culture and values. They also produce bottom line outcomes. Progressively, consumers and communities are acknowledging and rewarding companies that decide to operate responsibly. Businesses are discovering that "green" credentials are a powerful chauffeur of consumer getting choices, producing goodwill and enhancing business outcomes.
#9 Start Saving 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.
Many homeowners opt to fund their solar panels with one of the "pay-as-you-go" financing choices. This means that a third-party company-- the solar company-- owns the planetary system and looks after setup, maintenance, monitoring and repair works. You merely pay the solar company for electricity-- 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 companies are infamous for their varying and unreliable electrical energy rates. There is plainly an upward pattern.
With photovoltaic panels and basic math, we can calculate just how much electrical power will be created, and most importantly, at exactly what rate, for a minimum of the next Twenty Years (repaired 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
What Are Some Sub Topics For An Essay About Maximum Carrying Capicity Of The Human Population?
Im Looking For Some Good Sub Topics For My Essay About How The Earth Can Only Support So Many People With The Finite Resources We Have.
1. exponential growth versus s-curve; famous experiments with rats at university of Toronto
2. renewable resources versus non-renewable; is solar the only viable long term energy source?
3. technological progress: will fusion save us? or will it only put off difficult decisions?
4. peak oil; is it real?
5. positive sum versus zero sum games
6. have humans caused global warming? is population control necessary? is expansion into space viable?
Advantages Of Solar Energy?
Solar energy, radiant light and heat from the sun, has been harnessed by humans since ancient times using a range of ever-evolving technologies. Solar radiation, along with secondary solar-powered resources such as wind and wave power, hydroelectricity and biomass, account for most of the available renewable energy on earth. Only a minuscule fraction of the available solar energy is used.
Solar powered electrical generation relies on heat engines and photovoltaics. Solar energy's uses are limited only by human ingenuity. A partial list of solar applications includes space heating and cooling through solar architecture, potable water via distillation and disinfection, daylighting, solar hot water, solar cooking, and high temperature process heat for industrial purposes.To harvest the solar energy, the most common way is to use solar panels.
Solar technologies are broadly characterized as either passive solar or active solar depending on the way they capture, convert and distribute solar energy. Active solar techniques include the use of photovoltaic panels and solar thermal collectors to harness the energy. Passive solar techniques include orienting a building to the Sun, selecting materials with favorable thermal mass or light dispersing properties, and designing spaces that naturally circulate air.
How Familiar Are You With Using Solar Electricity To Power A Residential House?
I Was Wondering How Much The Average Person Knows About Using The Suns Energy To Power The Average Residential Home...
Do You Know Of Any Countries That Already Use The Sun To Power Homes?
Please Tell Me Where You Are From As Well Please...
Hey 0077, to answer your primary question, I am quite familiar with solar power. We've been powering our home from the wind and sun for 11 years now, and for the last 5 or 6 years, we've been going into the local schools and doing seminars on the subject. In some cases, the schools have loaded a bus with kids and brought them out to our home to see it first hand. As for your second question, the average homeowner knows about as much about solar power as they do about the furnace in their basement. Unfortunately, this is where the technology has fallen down. Lots of people want to build a new home, and talk to the builder about solar power. Frequently they are told, "Solar doesn't work," or, "Solar is prohibitively expensive." Generally this is all they need to hear, and the panels are taken off the house plan.
Solar is not for everyone, or everyplace. Just because a home has solar panels does not mean they don't have an electric bill, and that says nothing to the fact that a stand alone solar home that does not have access to utility power has to live with a finite amount of electricity. What do they do on a cloudy week? Most stand alone homes, like ours was, use both wind and solar. The reason for this is that the two compliment each other quite well. In the summer, we have long sunny days, but little wind. In the fall and winter, we have short cloudy days, and high winds. When you have a shortage of one, there is generally a surplus of the other. Trying to decide between the two technologies is like trying to decide between a 3 passenger pickup truck and an 8 passenger van as your sole family car. Each has its advantages, but it probably makes sense for a two car family to have one of each.
There is also the fact that lots of people like to grow their own tomatoes, even if it is cheaper to buy them at the market. They have to learn all about watering, bugs, soil ph and weeding. People who live in a solar powered home have a similar curse, they can tell you just how much sun shined last November, and how much power the stereo uses down to the last watthour. Any self respecting homeowner wouldn't bother with the solar power, or the tomatoes, they would simply buy vegetables at the store, and electricity from the power company, and then sit home and complain about the price and quality of each. That used to be me, now I'm the other guy.
So no, the average homeowner does not know much about solar power, or furnaces. Most homes have furnaces, not many have solar panels. I wish they had both. In the 11 years we have had both, I can tell you that once solar power is installed, it is generally care free. We are on our third wind turbine here, and even though the last one is working better than the first two, it has had its moments. It has shut down 3 times, and had to be repaired twice. In all that time, my first solar panel has continued to make electricity, and I've never turned a screw on it or added a drop of oil. Yet, everyone I talk to about renewable energy wants to learn more about wind turbines it seems. They are neat, they move, they seem to have their own personality. They just require tall towers and routine maintenance. So does a car, and almost everyone has one of those too.
Many countries use solar power, almost all of them in fact, you just never hear about it, or see the panels in service. In the US alone there are over 100,000 homes and businesses using some level of solar power right now to operate at least some of their loads. That number is getting bigger as you read this by the way. I'll list some sources you can check out below if you want to learn more. Take care 0077, Rudydoo
Solar Panels?? I Need Help!?
Lately I Have Been Interested In Solar Power. I Own My Own Home And In Texas It'S Hot, So My A/C Is Always On And That Light Bill Is Like $300.00 A Month. I Was Looking At Other Light Companies But Then I Remembered That There Are The So Called Solar Power But I Dont Knowknow To Start Or How It Would Work To Power The A/C Machine...Pls Help
Solar Power sounds so good and as stated before in another answer I had been looking at this solution myself, not so much for green living but to save on the cost for electricity.
I usually have made fun about any of these project that people think up, but here I would like to give an honest answer.
Look at your electric bill, find out what your daily average consumption in KW/h is. You would have to double these numbers, because at night there is no sunlight.
Once you know the amount of power you have to produce, you can start calculating how many solar panels you need.
As seen in an ad, a 12 Volt 7 Ampere (84 watts) let's round this up to 100 Watts, because the Voltage of a 12 Volt panel is actually higher and would go up to 16 Volts depending on the intensity of the solar radiation. These (1) sell for about $700.
So for one Kilowatt you would need 10 of these, that is already $7000.
Multiply your doubled daily average Kilowatts by $7000.
Then you would have to buy a large battery bank, I didn't even look up the cost for this, neither did I look up the cost for a
TRUE SINE WAVE inverter, the modified sine wave types that sell for cheap would cause problems and destroy one or the other appliance in a short while.
So what I'm trying to say, it is just too much money that is involved, sure you could sell excess power that is not needed to the power company, but at a lesser price as you would buy it.
The whole solar panel idea is not an economically feasible solution because of the fact that the return of investment takes way too long.
In some cases where in an isolated location the connection to the national power grid is not given, it might be the only answer and would work very well, but again at what price.
The only way solar energy could be used efficiently in price versus output is in capturing solar heat to heat a house, this would work very well and could save a lot of money in heating costs, which you aren't looking for in Texas.
Sorry, I have no better answer for this question and probably many experts in this field may agree with me, and of course the green living people will hate me for the rest of my life, because I just shattered their dreams about solar electricity.
It is the inconvenient truth that comes to light here.
Yes Tricia, if you live in England then Solar Electricity makes much more sense because electricity is much more expensive than in Texas and you don't have to power any air conditioners which for a small house would add 4 to 5 Kilowatts per hour, day and night, because it gets as hot as 40 -50 degrees C down there. I've been to England twice, very nice there and nowhere near as hot in summer as here.
Why Is Thermal Energy Bad For Airplanes?
I Was Reading From The Solar Impulse Website:
And They Mentioned That They Had Tried To Minimize The Thermal Energy Generated By Friction And Heating. Why Did They Want To Reduce The Thermal Energy?
It's not that its "bad for airplanes", but losses to do to friction and heating represent an energy loss.
In a fuel powered plane, there is an excess of thermal energy, as internal combustion engines only extract a fraction of the energy created by burning the fuel. The rest of that energy is simply lost.
The link is about creating a solar powered plane, where any energy loss needs to be minimized. Have you ever felt any device with an electrical motor get warm? If you feel the motor housing of a mixer, a drill, a vacuum cleaner - anything with an electric motor -- it will feel warm after the device runs. This is lost thermal energy, some of which is caused by internal friction. If you are on a limited energy budget you do not want to waste energy by dumping it into the air as heat.