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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, washing clothes, enjoying TV, cooking dinner. All while reducing your carbon footprint, and without burning fossil fuels or putting a stress on the electrical grid. And while the ecological advantages of solar power are substantial, many homeowners discover that the convenience, unique features, and expense savings of owning a solar power system are much more attractive.
Top Ten Advantages of Solar Energy
#1 Drastically lower or perhaps eliminate your electrical bills
Whether you're a property owner, business, or not-for-profit, electrical power expenses can comprise a big part of your regular monthly costs. With a solar panel system, you'll create free 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 decrease your energy expenses and you'll still conserve a lot of cash.
#2 Earn an excellent return on your financial investment
Photovoltaic panels aren't a cost-- they are among the best methods to invest, with returns rivaling those of more traditional financial investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to considerable electrical power expense savings, the average American house 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 costs
One of the most clear cut advantages of solar panels is the capability to hedge energy rates. In the previous 10 years, domestic electricity rates have increased by an average of three percent each year. By investing in a solar energy system now, you can fix your electricity rate and protect against unpredictable increases in electrical power costs. If you're a business or homeowner with fluctuating capital, going solar also helps you better projection and handle your costs.
#4 Increase your home value
Numerous research studies have actually discovered that houses geared up with solar energy systems have greater property worths and offer quicker than non-solar houses. Appraisers are significantly taking solar installations into consideration as they value homes at the time of a sale, and as homebuyers become more educated about solar, need for properties equipped with photovoltaic 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 component of achieving energy self-reliance in the United States. By increasing our capacity to generate electrical power from the sun, we can likewise insulate our nation from rate fluctuations in global energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and help your local economy
According to The Solar Foundation, the solar market added jobs at a rate almost 12 times faster than the general 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 tend to be greater paying and can not be contracted out, they are a substantial factor to the U.S. economy.
#7 Protect the environment
Solar is a fantastic method to lower your carbon footprint. Buildings are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the United States, and going solar can considerably reduce that number. A normal residential solar panel system will get rid of 3 to four lots of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees yearly.
#8 Show your dedication to sustainability
Sustainability and corporate social responsibility are crucial parts of a company's culture and worths. They likewise produce bottom line results. Increasingly, consumers and communities are recognizing and rewarding services that opt to operate properly. Organisations are finding that "green" qualifications are an effective motorist of consumer buying choices, producing goodwill and enhancing service outcomes.
#9 Start Conserving from Day 1
Solar purchase power agreements (PPAs) and solar leasing has actually made it possible for homeowners to go solar for little or no cash down.
Numerous house owners pick to fund their photovoltaic panels with one of the "pay-as-you-go" financing alternatives. This implies that a third-party business-- the solar supplier-- owns the solar system and takes care of installation, maintenance, tracking and repairs. You just pay the solar company for electrical power-- less than you would've paid the utility business.
As of June 2013, 75% of all American houses have access to pay-as-you-go solar.
#10. Solar is a Secure Investment
The energy companies are notorious for their varying and unreliable electrical energy rates. There is plainly an upward pattern.
With photovoltaic panels and basic mathematics, we can determine just how much electricity will be created, and most significantly, at exactly what cost, for at least the next 20 years (fixed 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
Can I Use A 250 Watt Solar Panel To Power A Medium Sized Upright Fridge?
I Need To Reduce The Average Monthly Home Electricity Bill By Powering Some Of The Household Appliances Using Solar Panels. Can I Use A 250 Watt Solar Panel To Power A Medium Sized Upright Fridge?
Solar panel alone? No.
With the appropriate storage system and inverter, perhaps.
You will need to do the calculation - as follows:
In a solar day that averages about eight hours, you will generate about 67% of your rated output over those 8 hours. That means you will have made 1340 watts.
Your refrigerator will run for about four (4) hours per day on average if you are very careful about opening and closing. If you have a 400-watt (average-when-running) fridge, you will have a small cushion that will be absorbed by inverter losses, charger losses and so forth.
So, with an adequate set of storage batteries, a good charger and a good inverter, you just might be able to operate that small fridge. No icemaker, no other power drains. But, two 250-watt panels would be better.
How Do You Add A Solar Panel To Your Energy Supply?
I Was Wondering If Anyone Has A Solar Panel To Sublement Their Electricity Needs And If They Delt With Their Electricity Company At All.
Contact a provider of solar panel installation in your area. They can answer all your questions. Get price quotes. Some may be cheaper than others.
How Environmentally Friendly Are Solar Cells *Really*?
How Much Electricity Is Used To Make A Solar Cell, And How Much Can One Produce In It'S Useful Lifetime?
I Was In Japan, Staying With A Researcher Who Worked For The Military. We Got Onto The Subject Of Solar Cells, And He Said Even At The Theoretical Peak Efficiency Of The Technology, It Would Always Take More Electricity To Produce One That It Would Generate In It'S Lifetime.
He Said The Process Of Making Them Involved Heating A Mixture Of Silicon And Other Materials To An Extremely High Temperature And High Pressure. To Do This Takes A Massive Amount Of Electricity, And Even If The Process Were Nearly 100% Heat Efficient It Would Still Far Outweigh The Electricity Produced By The Cells.
In Addition To This, Though Not Exactly On Topic, The Waste Byproducts Produced By The Cells Include Several Highly Toxic Substances.
To Reiterate, My Question Is:
How Much Electricity Is Used To Make A Solar Cell, And How Much Can One Produce In It'S Useful Lifetime?
Rich, your researcher friend working for the military is off target for two reasons, I'll explain. What you are referring to is the, "Embodied Energy," in a solar panel. It is the total amount of energy used to dig up raw materials, ship to the plant, make the product, ship to the user point, and install. Obviously it is a bit difficult to quantify exactly, but several studies were done in the 90s about this subject, probably the best work was done by Solar Energy International, a non profit group that does research and education on the subject. Most commercially manufactured solar panels in the US have a range of embodied energy that would take between 1.5 and 6 years for the panel to earn back in normal use. Virtually all panels available today are warrantied for 25 years, and most work well beyond this time frame. But in the end, none of this matters, here's why:
Electricity has been around for over a century now, and each year we find newer and more exciting things to do with it, so it isn't going away anytime soon. The question becomes, "What is the best way to produce it?" Let's assume you take a 250 watt solar panel and put it alongside a highly efficient conventional power source, like a natural gas fired turbine generator that also produces 250 watts at peak power. Which device will earn back it's embodied energy faster. The answer is the gas fired turbine never does. You have to remember that no matter how small the embodied energy is in the turbine, once you build it and install it, it now has to be fed natural gas for the rest of it's life, and then it converts that fuel to electricity at an efficiency rate something less than 100%. So the turbine simply keeps digging itself a deeper and deeper energy hole that it can never crawl out of. At least the panel has a chance to get even some day. The discussion is the same when comparing any conventional power source, such as a coal, oil or gas power plant to anything renewable, such as a solar panel, wind turbine or hydro plant, the numbers are just a bit different.
This is the real reason that the drive to renewable has gotten so much steam built up lately, we can finally see all these technologies for what they are. Were you around 30 years ago when we were still arguing about whether cigarette smoking was bad for your health? Can you find anyone still willing to carry that argument? Imagine 30 years from now what people will be saying about burning coal to make an airconditioner run.
Hope this adds a little horse power to your next discussion. I'm curious, what does a military "researcher," research exactly? I don't think they are in the energy business anywhere. Good luck, and take care, Rudydoo
Why Is Solar Energy Becoming Popular And What Are Its Pros And Cons?
Why Is Solar Energy Becoming More And More Popular As A Source Of Household Energy In Many Countries?
What Are The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Solar Energy?
Nowadays, Which Countries Use Solar Energy The Most?
Fossil fuels are limited. So is high grade uranium for nuclear power. A lot of oil comes from politically unstable countries. Fossil fuels cause a lot of pollution, greenhouse effect etc. Some countries have no coal, oil or uranium. All countries get some sunshine.
Remember to distinguish solar energy from solar electricity. Solar energy can include things like solar water heaters and passive solar design. Solar water heating is cheap and low tech, solar water heaters can even be improvised with black hosepipes, plastic bottles, tin foil etc. Passive solar design means designing houses to make the most of solar energy for heating. A black roof, sloping at the right angle to the south can cut heating bills significantly. A trombe wall is a way to use weak sunlight. In many places these kind of technologies are no brainers, even if they are not the only source of heating.
I've also seen solar powered ovens for tropical countries, but I find these time consuming to use and impractical.
Growing wood for fuel is also a way to use solar energy.
When most people think of solar energy, they think of photovoltaic panels. These turn sunlight into electricity. They are expensive require rare elements and a significant amount of energy to construct. The best books and websites about solar panels spend a lot of time explaining about fixing them securely to walls and roofs. If they bust in a gale after five years of use there is little or no environmental benefit. The technology may become cheaper in future, but IMO reducing electricity use should be a high priority, especially its use for heating purposes. Germany has invested heavily in solar power
Some other methods for generating electricity from solar energy have been invented. These include using mirrors to focus solar heat to boil water or some other liquid to turn turbines. There are also solar towers which use solar energy to heat air which rises up a column, turning turbines in the process. These are very large, but good in deserts.Sandstorms can be a problem. One collapsed when the steel cables holding the tower wore through from corrosion and sand. Solar energy can be unreliable, like wind. Storing energy and coping with changing demand are issues electricity engineers wrestle with.
How Much Would It Cost To Build A Solar Panel &Quot;Farm&Quot; In The Sahara Desert- Of About 15 To 50 Squared K?
Or Even Bigger?
This Is Not Homework I Was Just Wondering That There Must Be A Huge Budget Required To Not Only Make It But Maintain It. The Size I Said Was Just A Rough Estimate.
Multiple billions to be sure. More likely trillions, more akin to our current US national debt. Might be a way to put people back to work however and export most of our illegal immigrates and prison population to work on it, thus we could kill three birds with one stone.
Only a few problems and questions remain: Why would we want to do it over there? How would we get the power from there to here? Is it even doable, knowing we have no rights to the land?
A better idea is one I fell upon the other day, convert our US federal highway system to solar and thus solve our own energy problems with Green Energy right here in the USA! An engineering firm in Idaho already has a prototype and an idea of how to do it.
Imaging plugging your house into the street out front, eliminating the power lines all over our neighborhoods? Check it out! Be sure to watch the linked video pages. Cool stuff, environmentally friendly to boot!