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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 use the sun to power everyday life: running your air conditioning unit, washing clothing, enjoying TV, cooking supper. All while minimizing your carbon footprint, and without burning nonrenewable fuel sources or putting a pressure on the electrical grid. And while the ecological advantages of solar power are significant, lots of residents find that the convenience, distinct features, and cost savings of owning a solar power system are a lot more alluring.
Top Ten Benefits of Solar Energy
#1 Dramatically decrease or perhaps eliminate your electric expenses
Whether you're a homeowner, organization, or nonprofit, electricity expenses can make up a large portion of your monthly expenses. With a solar panel system, you'll generate totally free power for your system's entire 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you don't produce 100 percent of the energy you consume, solar will decrease your utility costs and you'll still save a lot of loan.
#2 Make a great return on your financial investment
Photovoltaic panels aren't an expenditure-- they are among the very best methods to invest, with returns rivaling those of more conventional investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to significant electrical power bill cost savings, the average American property owner settles their solar panel system in 7 to eight years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Protect against rising energy expenses
One of the most clear cut benefits of photovoltaic panels is the ability to hedge utility prices. In the previous ten years, residential electricity rates have actually increased by an average of 3 percent each year. By investing in a solar energy system now, you can repair your electricity rate and secure versus unforeseeable increases in electrical energy costs. If you're an organisation or house owner with rising and falling money flow, going solar likewise helps you better forecast and handle your costs.
#4 Boost your home or business value
Numerous studies have actually discovered that houses geared up with solar energy systems have higher property worths and sell faster than non-solar houses. Appraisers are significantly 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 homes geared up 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 a crucial component of attaining energy self-reliance in the United States. By increasing our capability to produce electrical energy from the sun, we can likewise insulate our country from price fluctuations in global energy markets.
#6 Develop jobs and help your regional economy
Inning accordance with The Solar Structure, 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 nation. This growth is expected to continue. Due to the fact that solar-related jobs tend to be higher paying and can not be outsourced, they are a substantial contributor to the United States economy.
#7 Protect the environment
Solar is an excellent way to reduce your carbon footprint. Structures are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the U.S., and going solar can significantly decrease that number. A typical property solar panel system will eliminate three to 4 lots of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees every year.
#8 Demonstrate your commitment to sustainability
Sustainability and business social obligation are necessary components of an organization's culture and values. They also produce bottom line outcomes. Progressively, consumers and neighborhoods are recognizing and rewarding companies that decide to run properly. Organisations are discovering that "green" credentials are a powerful driver of customer purchasing choices, creating goodwill and enhancing company results.
#9 Start Saving from Day 1
Solar purchase power contracts (PPAs) and solar leasing has made it possible for house owners to go solar for little or no loan down.
Many homeowners opt to finance their photovoltaic panels with one of the "pay-as-you-go" funding choices. This suggests that a third-party business-- the solar supplier-- owns the planetary system and looks after setup, maintenance, tracking and repair works. You just pay the solar provider for electrical power-- less than you would've paid the energy business.
As of June 2013, 75% of all American houses have access to pay-as-you-go solar.
#10. Solar is a Secure Financial investment
The utility business are well-known for their changing and undependable electricity costs. There is clearly an upward trend.
With photovoltaic panels and basic math, we can compute just how much electrical energy will be produced, and most notably, at what rate, for at least the next 20 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
I Want To Build A Cooler Radio That Will Float A River By Itself (No Inner Tube Required), Any Suggestions?
Estimated Weight Is 75 Lbs. I'M Thinking Of Using Two Coolers, One Upside Down Secured To Wood With A Hole In Center Of Lid. One Right Side Up Also Connected To Wood With A Hole In The Center. Wood Will Be Waterproofed, And Roughly 6 Inches Wider Than The Coolers To Help With Buoyancy. Battery And Amp In Lower Cooler, Speakers In Top. Possibly An Exhaust Fan And Solar Panel
I think that it will flip over and sink without something to distribute the weight over a larger area...like an inner tube. Either that or you are going to have to make some sort of wide platform to put it on. Take a design engineering class at your local college, it will help.
Can An Off Grid Solar System Be Used Without Batteries When The Sun Is Up?
If I Had An Appropriately Sized Dc-Ac Inverter Can I Just Use It Directly Like A Generator?
If So, What Would Happen If Say A Cloud Passed Over And The Load Exceeded The Input Wattage. Would It Be A Sort Of A Brown Out Deal Or Would The Inverter / Solar Panels Be Hurt?
Hey Bobster, no, you can't. This is the Achilles Heal that many grid tied solar buyers found out the hard way when the first storm came through and knocked out the grid where they live. The next day after the storm clears, the sun comes out, but without a grid, they live in a powerless home even though they have 2000 watts of panels on the roof and the sun is shining.
Inverters come in 3 flavors today. Grid tie, which need an existing AC power source to synchronize with. If the utility line goes down, the grid tie inverter shuts down also because as you said, it has no way to regulate the incoming and outgoing energy variations. The second type is the stand alone, or "off grid," as you call it, which is like the inexpensive ones you buy at the auto parts store. They have to connect to a battery or some other continuous DC supply. They convert DC to AC as long as the battery is not dead and the AC load does not draw more than the inverter can convert. The third type is the Utility Interactive, which is more like a hybrid. It is designed as a stand alone, but has a synchronizing program built in that allows it to connect to the grid as well, or parallel with a generator. We have this type in our home now, it has the grid connected and a small battery bank as well. If the grid goes down, the inverter continues operating as a stand alone, so as long as the solar panels are keeping the battery bank sufficiently charged, the AC power continues to flow to the home.
So answering your question directly, no, an off grid inverter needs batteries, and cannot function without one. A grid tie needs the grid, and cannot function without one, and an interactive inverter needs one or the other. A stand alone unit can continue to operate with a large array and a very small battery bank, as long as the battery has a charge controller protecting it from overcharging. In this case, if the cloud passed over as you say, the small battery would have to provide for the inverter for just a few minutes. Our battery bank is nothing more than a couple golf cart batteries, and can run our refrigerator, deep freeze, and a few lights for up to 12 hours, enough to get through the night, which was the plan all along. There is no way to "balance," the power moment to moment between a solar array and an inverter without a battery or grid.
I also want to take a moment and caution you on getting information on these subjects from hacks like me online. I'm always amazed at how many people might answer a question like this with their expertise, having never laid a hand on a panel, inverter or deep cycle battery. In my experience using and teaching solar power the last 12 years, I've learned there are two things in vast supply, sun, and missinformation. Check out some better sources, like the library, and the non profit ones below. Take care Bob, Rudydoo
What Are Disadvantages Of Solar Energy?
Please List As Many As You Can
There is a toxic chemical produced during it's manufacture and although the chemical can be recycled, the costs of the solar cells can be reduced by a factor of 3 if the chemical is merely disposed of. Consequently the cells are made in countries that have lax environmental laws.
Even with the foreign built, less expensive panels, the costs are high and up front. The effective cost of solar power is 36 cents per kwh while that of coal is 0.6 cents per kwh. The costs are dropping but the best you can hopeful today would be parity with natural gas electricity which is about 15 cents per kwh. Unless you have government subsidies, solar power does not compete with the grid except in remote locations. Few people understand the net present value and IRR calculations needed to compare a continuos cost and an up front cost so the price point that most people consider solar to be competitive is still when the grid has the advantage.
Solar panels degrade over time so you lose about 0.5% of power per year hence you should design with the ability to add additional panels when needed or design a surplus for the intended life of the panels.
How Much Will You Save With A Solar Panel?
Please Helppp Me I Dont No Which One Is Better
They can save money for some, especially those who live in areas where electricity is expensive. On some islands, electricity costs $1.00 per kilowatt-hour, for example.
For those who live where electricity is cheap, or where there isn't much sunlight, solar panels won't save money, not at today's prices.
We live in Northern California, and our electricity costs about 15 cents per kilowatt-hour. Our solar array cost $12,000 net, and makes about $600 of electricity every year. So unless rates go through the roof, it will take 20 years to break even. Our neighbor 3 blocks down the street has a different cost equation for their system, they should break even in 12 years or so - but they're big electricity users.
So much for solar electric.
Solar hot water saves money over a much wider area. In Hawaii, a solar water heater displacing an electric pays for itself in 2-4 years.
What Are The Names Of Manufacturers Of Thin Film Solar?
We Are Looking Into Getting Thin Film Solar Shingles But Cannot Find Any Actual Purchasing Site. Just The Info On What It Is. Who Is Actually Making And Selling This Stuff?
UniSolar made some a while back, but they were never popular.
I know of quite a few (hundreds) of residential solar installations, and not one of them used solar shingles. Pretty much, everyone goes with conventional panels that sit above the roof. These stay cooler than shingles, and give more energy. They also cost less, about 1/3 the price.
WIth solar shingles such as the unisolar type, the installation would still need to run conduit down to an inverter, and if you were off-grid, batteries would still be required. No savings on bulky equipment, there.
Every few years, there's talk of AC solar shingles, with a little micro-inverter built into each one. The disadvantage would be that you have to drill a hole in your roof for the leads of each one, and wiring would be complicated. Also, having a micro-inverter would add $100-200 to the price of a small shingle, doubling or tripling the price.
The advantage of micro inverters is that if something takes out one of the panels, like a shadow from a tree, or a stray bullet, the others can keep operating. Conventional panels have answers to these problems, too: don't put up panels where they will get shaded, or if a shadow is unavoidable on one, use bypass and blocking diodes. For the stray bullet, conventional panels are actually more easily repaired and/or replaced than shingles.