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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 use the sun to power everyday life: running your air conditioning unit, washing clothes, seeing TELEVISION, cooking dinner. All while minimizing 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 considerable, numerous property owners discover that the benefit, special features, and cost savings of owning a solar power system are a lot more alluring.
Top 10 Advantages of Solar Energy
#1 Drastically reduce and even eliminate your electrical costs
Whether you're a property owner, company, or not-for-profit, electrical power costs can make up a large part of your monthly expenses. With a photovoltaic panel system, you'll generate 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 reduce your energy bills and you'll still save a great deal of cash.
#2 Make a terrific return on your investment
Solar panels aren't a cost-- they are among the best methods to invest, with returns matching those of more traditional investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to significant electrical energy expense cost savings, the average American homeowner pays off their solar panel system in 7 to eight years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Safeguard versus rising energy expenses
One of the most clear cut advantages of solar panels is the ability to hedge energy rates. In the previous 10 years, residential electrical power rates have actually increased by approximately three percent each year. By buying a solar energy system now, you can repair your electricity rate and protect against unforeseeable increases in electrical power costs. If you're a business or homeowner with fluctuating capital, going solar also assists you much better forecast and manage your costs.
#4 Boost your house value
Multiple research studies have actually found that homes equipped with solar energy systems have greater residential or commercial property worths and sell faster than non-solar homes. Appraisers are progressively taking solar setups into consideration as they value homes at the time of a sale, and as homebuyers end up being more educated about solar, demand for residential or commercial properties equipped with solar panel systems will continue to grow.
#5 Boost U.S. energy self-reliance
The sun is a near-infinite source of energy and an essential element of attaining energy independence in the United States. By increasing our capability to create electrical energy from the sun, we can likewise insulate our nation from price variations in global energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and assist your regional economy
According to 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 tasks in the country. This development is expected to continue. Since solar-related tasks tend to be greater paying and can not be outsourced, they are a considerable contributor to the United States economy.
#7 Protect the environment
Solar is an excellent way to decrease your carbon footprint. Buildings are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the U.S., and going solar can considerably decrease that number. A common domestic solar panel system will remove 3 to 4 lots 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 parts of a company's culture and values. They also produce bottom line results. Significantly, customers and communities are acknowledging and rewarding services that opt to run responsibly. Organisations are discovering that "green" qualifications are a powerful motorist of consumer acquiring choices, developing goodwill and improving company results.
#9 Start Conserving from Day 1
Solar purchase power agreements (PPAs) and solar leasing has actually made it possible for property owners to go solar for little or no loan down.
Lots of house owners decide to fund their photovoltaic panels with one of the "pay-as-you-go" financing alternatives. This indicates that a third-party company-- the solar provider-- owns the solar system and looks after installation, maintenance, monitoring and repairs. 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 homes have access to pay-as-you-go solar.
#10. Solar is a Secure Investment
The utility business are well-known for their varying and undependable electrical power costs. There is plainly an upward pattern.
With photovoltaic panels and easy mathematics, we can calculate just how much electrical energy will be generated, and most importantly, at what price, for at least the next 20 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
How Do Solar Panels Work?
I Need As Much Detail As Possible.
It's photoelectric process. When the light hits the panel, it's energy exites the electrons in the panel and they begin to travel along the circuit if one is present. Light is EXTREMELY high frequency energy, so you wind up with a steady smooth DC current.
You can make your own at home very easily. You will need copper sheeting you can find at some hobby shops, salt water, and an acrylic casing like the hard ones like people use to protect baseball cards, or a flexible one like those used to protect comic books, a soldering iron, and flux core solder.
First, you want to burn the copper on the stove. Once it builds a even black coating you can remove it and let it cool. Next use a soft bristle brush to remove the black soot and expose the oxidised surface of the copper. It's really pretty and you don't want to scratch it.
Next, use the soldering iron and flux core solder to tin the very corner of the oxide coating, and the very corner of the back to clean copper. The oxide coating is now the positive of the solar cell. Cover both connections with clear fingernail polish, or even a little silicon.
Next, slip the plate into whatever you chose to use as it's protective casing and fill it with salt water then seal it with the soldering iron. Now connect a ohm meter to the new terminals and face the pretty side towards the sun or light source and see how much your getting from it.
This is a very basic method. It's not very efficient but you can use it to study for a better understanding. The most efficient solar cells available to the general public are silicon.
I Need Some Solar Panels As My Outdoor Energy Source.If I Want A 60 Watt One, Guys Can Give Some Advice?
Not Expensive, Esay To Install And Can Recharges All My Stuff.
60 watts is BIG, AND expensive. You are talking 5 amps at 12 volts! And you are looking at hundreds of dollars! I have a 6 watt panel I use in my RV, which gives 500ma at 12 volts on a clear bright sunny day, which is enough to keep my batteries topped off from minimal use, but NOT something I could use to power this laptop I am using NOW to write this answer! YOU face the exact SAME problem. I have a friend who took the Y2K thing seriously, so seriously he moved off the grid. He bought a house and went solar. He spent over $20,000 on the panels and batteries he needed. And then consider this, the batteries do not last forever, so figure on about another $12K to replace the batteries at about 10 year intervals and another $8K to replace the solar panels as well. Solar panels DO "wear" over time and produce less and lass power per year. So, he is spending about $2K per year to maintain his solar power, which confidentially is about the SAME he would have spent if he stayed tied to the grid and paid for his electricity! There is NO benefit from converting to solar in a cost out of pocket expense, and you have the added time and trouble of maintaining the system. You have to clean the dust off the panels on a regular basis, or the dust blocks light and your panels lose output. So, there is NO inexpensive route that you can take since there is no cost-benefit in your favor. One of two things has to happen, or both before it makes financial sense to convert: the cost of the equipment has to go down or the cost of commercial electricity has to go up. the way things are today, you gain nothing by converting except the knowledge that you are having a slightly greener footprint in greenhouse gasses...
What Is The Best Way To Store Energy From A Solar Panel?
Say I Wanted To Power A Light On My House With A Solar Panel. But, I Want The Light To Be On When It'S Dark Out. Problem - The Solar Panel Will Not Be Generating Energy When It'S Dark Out. What Would Be A Good, Affordable Way To Get The Energy From The Solar Panel During The Day, Store It, And Then Use It When I Please? Thank You!!
Hey Barrett, all your answers here are correct about the battery. I'm guessing none of them have ever actually tried it. We have several systems that run on solar power. Our entire cabin runs on a 1.4 kw solar array and 1 kw turbine, it has batteries too. Here's what I suggest to people that might want to get started, start small, we did 14 years ago and it gave us the experience we needed.
If you get a pair of Trojan T-105 golf cart batteries, you will have a sizeable storage bank, you need two of them because they are 6 volts each. Then look for a panel on ebay that is optimized for 12 volt battery charging, most of them are. Nothing larger than 75 watts. This way you will not need a charge controller. A 75 watt panel optimized for 12 volt battery charging will have an open circuit voltage (Voc) of 18 volts. 75 divided by 18 volts gives you about 4 amps maximum current, less than 2% of the battery amp hour capacity (220 AH for golf cart batteries). This is below the trickle charge rate limit on lead acid batteries. Charge controllers are fine, but they cost more money, are more complication and are the first thing that fails.
We have two T-105's now, and a 53 watt panel. It runs all the LED strip lights under our cabinets, in the bedroom, aquarium, two reading LED lights, and it charges all our cell phones, ipods and ipad with the use of a car USB converter. Besides the fact we learned how all this works, we are already producing our own power, and the cool thing is all this stuff works, while offsetting some of our utility power, saving us a few dollars each month, but it also all works when the utility power is out. As long as we get a couple hours of sun every two or three days, the batteries never run out. We can even plug a portable car DVD player or portable radio into it during a power failure and watch movies in front of the fire while we charge our cell phones.
Check out some sources below, and consider getting a subscription to Home Power Magazine if you are really thinking about trying solar power someday, it's well worth the small price. If you really want to learn a lot in a short time, get to one of the energy fairs listed in the calendar section of Home Power, we did 15 years ago, and here we are today. Take care Barrett, Rudydoo
Who Are The Best Solar Power Installers In The Bay Area, Ca?
We Are Looking To Install Solar Panels On Our Home And Have No Idea Who To Trust In Terms Of Installation Or Systems.
I would get several bids, and evaluate from there. For me, the criteria would be how thorough and considerate they were. High-pressure sales tactics would be a deal breaker, such as an installer that said a price or discount was only valid on the spot.
I have seen a number of installs, and not seen one that was shabby, so would have to go with business practices and price, rather than quality.
My neighbor's brother got a fantastic deal, but I don't have the installer's name on hand. If you email me through my profile information, I could get the name for you. I don't know if you would get the same deal, though - it could have been because the installer felt guilty for all the delays.
Where To Buy Solar Panels?
I Need Some Solar Panels For A Project But I Dont Know Where To Look They Need To Be Smmall Like Can Fit In A Hand And Decently Priced Anyone Know A Store To Look Or Someting
Digikey http://www.digikey.com sells them You have to sort through the "optoelectronic devices" to find them, but they do have them. And they ship globally. These are new stock, not damaged.
If you have an application you want to simplify the assembly- check out what Northern Tool has http://www.northerntool.com Just click on the alternative energy section.