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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 use the sun to power everyday life: running your a/c unit, washing clothing, watching TELEVISION, cooking supper. All while lowering 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 considerable, numerous property owners discover that the convenience, special functions, and expense savings of owning a solar power system are a lot more attractive.
Top Ten Advantages of Solar Energy
#1 Dramatically decrease and even eliminate your electric costs
Whether you're a homeowner, company, or not-for-profit, electrical power expenses can make up a big part of your monthly expenditures. With a photovoltaic panel system, you'll produce complimentary power for your system's entire 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you don't produce One Hundred Percent of the energy you take in, solar will minimize your utility bills and you'll still conserve a great deal of money.
#2 Make an excellent return on your investment
Photovoltaic panels aren't an expense-- they are among the very best ways to invest, with returns rivaling those of more standard financial investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to significant electricity bill cost savings, the typical American property owner pays off their solar panel system in 7 to 8 years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Secure against increasing energy expenses
Among the most clear cut advantages of photovoltaic panels is the capability to hedge energy prices. In the past 10 years, residential electrical energy costs have actually gone up by approximately 3 percent annually. By investing in a solar energy system now, you can repair your electricity rate and secure versus unpredictable boosts in electricity expenses. If you're a business or homeowner with changing capital, going solar also helps you better projection and manage your costs.
#4 Increase your residential or commercial property value
Several studies have found that homes geared up with solar energy systems have higher residential or commercial property values and offer quicker than non-solar houses. Appraisers are progressively taking solar installations into consideration as they value houses at the time of a sale, and as property buyers become more informed about solar, need for homes geared up with photovoltaic panel systems will continue to grow.
#5 Increase U.S. energy self-reliance
The sun is a near-infinite source of energy and a crucial component of attaining energy self-reliance in the United States. By increasing our capacity to create electrical power from the sun, we can likewise insulate our country from price fluctuations in global energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and assist your local 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 jobs in the country. This development is anticipated to continue. Since solar-related tasks have the tendency to be greater paying and can not be outsourced, they are a considerable factor to the United States economy.
#7 Safeguard the environment
Solar is a great way to decrease your carbon footprint. Buildings are responsible for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the United States, and going solar can significantly decrease that number. A typical residential photovoltaic panel system will eliminate 3 to 4 tons of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees every year.
#8 Show your dedication to sustainability
Sustainability and corporate social duty are necessary elements of an organization's culture and worths. They likewise produce bottom line outcomes. Progressively, consumers and neighborhoods are recognizing and rewarding organisations that opt to operate properly. Organisations are discovering that "green" credentials are an effective motorist of customer purchasing decisions, developing goodwill and enhancing company results.
#9 Start Saving from Day 1
Solar purchase power contracts (PPAs) and solar leasing has actually made it possible for house owners to go solar for little or no loan down.
Numerous house owners select to finance their photovoltaic panels with among the "pay-as-you-go" funding options. This indicates that a third-party business-- the solar company-- owns the planetary system and takes care of setup, upkeep, monitoring and repair works. You simply pay the solar supplier for electrical power-- less than you would've paid the utility business.
Since June 2013, 75% of all American homes have access to pay-as-you-go solar.
#10. Solar is a Secure Financial investment
The energy business are notorious for their varying and undependable electrical energy costs. There is clearly an upward trend.
With photovoltaic panels and basic math, we can calculate what does it cost? electricity will be produced, and most notably, at what rate, for a minimum of 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
Has Anyone Actually Bought Solar Panels? I Have Questions.?
I Spend Roughly About $250 A Month In Electricity.
1. About How Much Panels Am I Going To Need For This?
2. Is There A Good And Average Priced Online Company That Can Send Me The Product? I Dont Want To Spend 10,000 Cause I Bought And Had It Installed.
3. How Much Amps/Watts Do I Need To Power An Average House?
Whether or not the investment is worth the price can be calculated by the internal rate of return. For example, in the example of the gentlemen who says the government incentives brought the price of his 4,800 watt system to $8,000 and if we assume 8 hours of usable light a day, 25 year life and 10 cents a kwh, that would have an IRR of 18.45% which makes that $8,000 a very respectable investment. However had the price been $20,000 then the IRR would've been 4.96% which is still a reasonable investment but not necessarily one that you would want your money tied up in.
As to powering an average house, you probably don't have the roof space to do that.
If you actually knew anything about electricity, you would realize that batteries are more an electrocution threat than AC power. Also you would realize that modern solar installations are typically grid tied to avoid using batteries. Please let us know which low voltage cabling company you own so we know which idiots to stay away from.
Why Are Solar Panels Placed On The Roof Of Houses?
Why Are They Placed There? How Come They Aren'T Placed On The Floor Or Window.
My Fiance And I Are Interested In Putting Solar Panels On Our New Home. I Was Really Curious And Google Wasn'T Giving Me The Answer. My Roof Is Pretty Small In Our New House And I Don'T Think It Would Fit There. Why Is It Usually Placed There And Is There Another Place? You Will Be Chosen As Best Answer If You Answer All My Questions. Thanks In Advance, And I Would Appreciate If Nobody Is Rude. Otherwise, I Will Have To Report Abuse.
Solar panels are placed on the roof because many times the roof has good exposure to the sun providing the roof is not blocked by trees or something else so that sufficient sunlight wouldn't be absorbed. Also the panels would more likely not get damaged on the roof opposed to being in the yard. If they were mounted on the windows, how could you see? And, the windows could easily break and then what would happen to the panels? Placing the solar panels on the floor would not be practical. A lot of sunlight is needed for the cells to produce electricity and how much goes on the floor? Most roofs are at an angle which could perhaps improve the amount of sunlight the panels would get, and roofs provide a lot of unused space. The roof is the best place. Furthermore, roof solar panels are available now to blend in better with the roof so that they are more pleasing to the eye. Even if you have a small roof, some panels could be placed there provided the roof is not blocked so that the sunlight it gets would be sufficient (about 4 or 5 hours of sunlight a day is needed). And, if you needed addition panels, they could be mounted in your yard as long as the mount was close to your power box and received sufficient sunlight.
I applaud your desire to use solar panels. You could possibly save 50 - 90% on your electric bill and help your environment at the same time! A Win - Win situation!!
How Do I Make A Solar Panel To Charge A Car Battery?
I Know That Wiring In Parallel Will Increase Amperage And That Wiring In Series Will Increase Voltage. I'M Not Sure If 13 Volts Or 14 Volts Would Be Best To Charge A Car Battery, But Would That Mean That If I'M Using 0.5V, 0.6Amp Cells I Would Have To Wire 28 Cells In Series In Order To Make A Panel That Makes 14 Volts At 0.6Amp? Then Would Wiring 10 Of Those Panels In Parallel Give Me 14 Volts At 6 Amps?
I'D Really Like To Know If Charging A Car Battery With 13 Volts Would Work As Well As Charging It With 14 Volts?
And I Just Thought Of Another Question While Typing This, What Would I Need If I Want To Use Stuff That Would Require Less Voltage At The Same Amperage? I Think That Would Be A Converter But I Don'T Know What The Differences Are Between Different Converters. I'Ve Noticed Some Say They Can Handle Different Voltages At Different Amps, But I'M Not Sure How I Would Control That.
Obviously, the higher the voltage, the faster the battery will charge. A car will typically charge the battery a 18v to 24v but charging higher than 13.8v to 14.1v will damage a fully charged battery. You used to account for this by topping off each cell in the battery with distilled water once a week but modern sealed batteries are supposed to recombine the hydrogen and oxygen produced back into water, of course this produces heat which may also damage the battery. A good safe slow charge voltage is 13.4v.
A typical 100 watt to 400 watt solar panel would be wired to give you 18v of power. You're supposed to have an intelligent charge controller which knows when to reduce the charge to a float charge.
A resistor would not prevent an overcharge.
HHO generators don't work, they are a scam. If you intend to have them, you basically already do, each 12v battery consists of six electrolytic cells wired in series. All a HHO generator is, is one such cell, you could drill a hole in the top of each cell and collect your hydrogen, you will of course have to add distilled water every week to compensate. The only advantage is that hydrogen has an octane rating greater than 130 so you could advance your timing but the amount of hydrogen produced by an electrolytic cell such as a HHO is minimal, you would have better results just adding a little E85 to boost your octane rating, most fuel injected cars are programmed to handle up to E33 so a gallon or two of E85 should take you up to E30 ( put the E85 in first so it gets stirred up ). Not all cars will advance their detonation unless tuned, Honda's VTEC will advance it's detonation dynamically. That HHO is doing you absolutely no good.
Why Is Silicon Prohibitively Expensive For Solar Panels?
Isn'T Silicon A Very Abundant Commodity Because It'S In The Dirt Everywhere? Does It Take A Lot Of Processing Effort To Purify It?
Yes, silicon is very cheap, even purified. And in fact, silicon is used to make solar panels.
So I guess I don't understand the question.
If I Am Doing A Study On Solar Panel Efficiency, How Can I Measure The Amount Of Electricity Produced?
I Am Going To Try To Collect Data On If The Angle Or Direct Exposure To The Sun Affects The Panels Efficiency. My Teacher Has Accepted The Project, And I Am Looking At Solar Panels Right Now, But I'M Not Sure If I Need To Purchase Another Device That Will Tell Me The Watts.
Hey Colin, Rick and Gwen are correct, you want to measure the output in watts. Specifically, here is how you get there.
It doesn't matter what panel you have, say you round up a 20 watt panel for example that is designed to charge a 12 volt battery. Any panel set up to charge 12 volt batteries will be wired for about 18 volts open circuit. You can see this by looking at the face of the panel. An individual solar cell puts out 1/2 volt in direct sun. Most panels have 36 cells inside that are all wired in series, hence, the 18 volts. A panels watt rating is arrived at by multiplying the open circuit voltage, 18 for example by the short circuit current, or amps, in this case 1.1 amps. 18 X 1.1 = 20 watts.
The device you need to measure this is a digital multimeter. It sounds expensive, but I have seen very cheap ones at Harbor Freight for less than $10, other places have them too, like building supply stores, Radio Shack, hobby shops and so on. You don't need an impressive one, as long as it has a 10 amp current measuring feature it will work on any panel up to 150 watts in size.
Now take your panel on a sunny day and prop it up against a lawn chair so it is facing directly at the sun. Using your meter (DMM), set it up for DC volts and measure the output voltage, then write it down. Next, plug your meters probes in and set the dial for 10 amp current. Then check the panel using the same output wires, and write down the amps in column 2. In column 3, write "direct sun" for the description, and multiply the amps and volts to get watts in column 4. Now repeat the procedure with the panel angled exactly 10 degrees away from direct sun, and write down all your results again, but in the description column wirte " 10 degrees North" for example. Continue doing this until you are 80 degrees away from direct sun. It would be best to do this about noon. As a further study, write "Noon" on top of the chart. Then wait until 3pm and make an entire new chart. Then make another at 5pm, and so on. For fun, take a noon measurement on an overcast day. There won't be much power, but there will still be some. Our array is rated at 1400 watts, or 1.4 kw. On a cloudy rainy grey day, it still puts out 30 to 50 watts. Some of the suns energy is still making it through the clouds and rain.
Two things will jump out at you, first, the voltage almost never changes more than just a few tenths. This is because the "photovoltiac effect" occurs at a predetermined rate, but the amps will decay with the panel angle, giving you a decreasing wattage as you turn away from the sun. Second, as you work your way later in the day, like 5pm, you'll see that even reaiming the panel directly at the sun will still yield something less than full power. This is because the sun is arriving at your location through a deeper slice of atmosphere, so some of the energy is reflected away by the air particles. This is why virtually all fixed arrays, like the one on our roof is facing directly south, it gives you the best overall production.
There is a known amount of energy from the sun that should hit the earths surface at noon, at sea level, it is around 100 watts per square foot, but you can find the exact answer by doing some research. This measurement is called "insolation." A good quality panel will only develope around 12 watts per square foot, which would indicate that it is operating at 12% efficiency, and this is correct. Don't let this figure deter you from this technology, many things work in this range. Incandescent light bulbs are only 4% efficient, and almost everyone uses them today. Good luck with your project Colin, and take care. Rudydoo