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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 air conditioning unit, cleaning clothes, watching TELEVISION, cooking dinner. All while reducing 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 substantial, numerous residents find that the benefit, special functions, and expense savings of owning a solar power system are even more alluring.
Top Ten Benefits of Solar Energy
#1 Drastically lower or perhaps eliminate your electric expenses
Whether you're a homeowner, business, or nonprofit, electricity expenses can comprise a large part of your regular monthly expenditures. With a solar panel system, you'll produce totally free power for your system's whole 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you do not produce One Hundred Percent of the energy you take in, solar will minimize your energy bills and you'll still save a lot of loan.
#2 Make an excellent return on your financial investment
Solar panels aren't a cost-- they're one of the very best methods to invest, with returns measuring up to those of more standard financial investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to substantial electrical energy costs savings, the average American house owner settles their solar panel system in seven to 8 years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Secure against rising energy expenses
One of the most clear cut advantages of photovoltaic panels is the ability to hedge utility prices. In the previous 10 years, domestic electrical power costs have actually gone up by an average of 3 percent each year. By purchasing a solar energy system now, you can repair your electricity rate and safeguard versus unforeseeable increases in electrical power costs. If you're a business or property owner with changing capital, going solar likewise helps you much better projection and handle your expenditures.
#4 Boost your residential or commercial property worth
Several studies have discovered that homes geared up with solar energy systems have higher property worths and sell 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 end up being more educated about solar, demand for homes 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 a key component of attaining energy self-reliance in the United States. By increasing our capability to create electrical power from the sun, we can likewise insulate our country from cost changes in international energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and assist your regional economy
Inning accordance with The Solar Structure, the solar industry 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 country. This growth is anticipated to continue. Since solar-related tasks tend to be greater paying and can not be contracted out, they are a significant contributor to the United States economy.
#7 Secure the environment
Solar is a great way to decrease your carbon footprint. Buildings are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the U.S., and going solar can substantially reduce that number. A typical property photovoltaic panel system will eliminate 3 to four tons of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees each year.
#8 Demonstrate your dedication to sustainability
Sustainability and corporate social responsibility are necessary elements of an organization's culture and values. They likewise produce bottom line results. Increasingly, customers and neighborhoods are recognizing and rewarding organisations that pick to operate properly. Services are finding that "green" qualifications are a powerful chauffeur of consumer buying choices, producing goodwill and enhancing business results.
#9 Start Conserving 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.
Lots of house owners decide to finance their solar panels with one of the "pay-as-you-go" funding alternatives. This suggests that a third-party business-- the solar service provider-- owns the solar system and looks after setup, maintenance, monitoring and repair works. You merely pay the solar service provider for electricity-- less than you would've paid the energy business.
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 fluctuating and undependable electrical power rates. There is clearly an upward pattern.
With solar panels and basic mathematics, we can determine how much electrical energy will be generated, and most importantly, at exactly what rate, for at least 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
Is It Physically Possible To Make Water Run Through A Hose Infinitely In A Loops Such As A Waterfall Without..?
A Pump Or Any Other Aid From Electronic Devices? Im Trying To Make It Loop For A Solar Heater Im Building
Hot water expands and therefore rises, displacing the cold water at the top of a closed loop. The cold water is then forced to the bottom of the loop, where it is heated, expands, and rises to the top. This is a self-circulating closed-loop system.
This would require that you locate the water-filled solar collectors at a LOWER altitude than the building being heated. This is why you'll see a solar house built at the top of a south-facing slope, so the solar-collection panels (or a greenhouse-collector) are located at the lowest elevation, down-slope from the house foundation.
How Prevent Battery To Back Flow Into The Solar Panel At Night?
I Have A Rather Simple Off-Grid System.
20 W Solar Panel
Battery Controller (This One Http://Www.Amazon.Com/Kintrex-Spc0601-Controller-Digital-Display/Dp/B001hwqznq/Ref=Sr_1_2?Ie=Utf8&Qid=1322240762&Sr=8-2)
And Dc To Ac Inverter.
My Question Is:
Does The Charge Controller That I Use, Also Prevents The Battery To Empty At Night, As The Electricity Flows At Night Time From The Battery To The Solar Panel As I Know, When The Solar Is Unused, It Actually Consumes Electricity?
Do I Need A &Quot;Back Flow&Quot; Preventer.
If So I Am Looking For A Cheap One, Can You Recommend? Or Does This Feature Included In My &Quot;Battery Controller&Quot; Already?
First- check your literature for the panel. Many of them do come with what is called a "Back Diode" which prevents the panel from discharging the battery. Sometimes one is needed on the other side of the controller if the batteries seem to discharge too fast as well. More on details on this are here at this blog post:
Even though your controller uses a single MOSFET to regulate power, there is a fair amount of other electronics that bypass the MOSFET in that controller. IMHO- it is better to construct simple controllers with minimal additional "flash" to make them seem they do more than they do. If you want to see what a 7 amp controller looks like inside. It really does not matter who's name is on the label, most are made to the same specs using the same parts and often the same Chinese factory. This is not to dismiss the fact they will work, they will, but to say one is better than another- not really. Not when you get to the nuts and bolts of the unit.
If you want cheap insurance on the matter, go to the first link mentioned above to see how to wire it in, and make the back diode unit from 4- 1N5401 rectifiers wired in parallel to increase their current carrying ability and to reduce their effective series resistance in the circuit. That link also covers other options as well.
Can You Tell Me About Solar Panels For My House?(I Am 15 And Want To Convince My Parents To Get One To Put On Our Roof)
What Are The Benefits?
How Much Will It Cost?
What About Setting It Up?
What Kind Would Be Good? Is It Best To Put On The Roof Or Somewhere In Our Yard? And Are Their Different Kinds For On The Roof And In The Yard?
It depends a lot on your particular location, the size of your roof/yard, your energy consumption. But for starters, here's a good directory of solar panels (both photovoltaic and solar thermal): http://greenhome.huddler.com/products/category/solar-power-system
You might also want to read this article on why solar makes financial sense: http://greenhome.huddler.com/wiki/why-solar-makes-financial-sense
You can also look into getting tax credits for solar panels (check out the Energy Star website). Also, you might find a company like CitizenRE interesting. They basically rent out solar panels so that you and your family don't pay for all those big initial costs. (But they have their pros and cons too)
I Need Advice On How To Get Started Using Solar Power On My Home.?
I Know I Can Do A Fair Amount Of Googling And Hopefully Figure This Out For Myself, But I Don'T Even Know Where To Start.
I Want Solar For 2 Reasons:
1. We Have Well Water, If Electricity Goes Out We Are Without Water. So Eventually I Want To Get Solar Panels On My Well House Regardless Of Cost.
2. To Save Money On My Power Bill. I Live In An Older Home And While We Have Made Massive Energy Saving Improvements (Insulation, Heatpump Instead Of Furnace, Low Flow Faucets, Energy Friendly Appliances &Amp; Light Bulbs, Line Dried Clothes) Its Still Super High.
So My Questions:
*Where Is The Best Place To Get Affordable High Quality Solar Panels?
*How Does One Hook The Power Collected From The Panels To The House?
*How Long Does It Usually Take For The Initial Investment To Pay Off In Energy Savings? We Live Along The 45 Parallel And The Ridge Line Of Our Roof Runs North And South (I Am Assuming Those Details Affect The Power Created By Solar Cells)
*Finally, That Make Your Own Solar Panels, Is That Legit? My Hubby Says You Can Build The Panel But Have To Buy The Cells And They Are Expensive.
Thanks So Much For You Thoughtful Responses.
Hey Knee, where to begin. First, if you just want to have access to the well pump during power outages, a portable generator can accomplish that much cheaper than solar panels and inverters can. If you've made all the improvements to your home and your bill is still "super high," something must be missing. Trying to overpower any shortcomings in your energy saving operation with solar power will just cost you more money.
We live in a home that is powered by the wind and sun now. We still have the grid connected, so at this point, we are using the grid power for our backup source. Prior to installing all the renewable equipment, we did the same thing, replacing appliances, lighting, and so on. Our monthly electric bill was only about $30 USD. It still took over $8000 USD to purchase the panels, turbine, tower and other equipment to recover that $30. If you're trying to save money, you would probably be better off just investing the $8000 in long term bonds and using the interest to pay your electric bill. The reason we did all the extra work was two fold. First, growing your own electrons is a rewarding hobby. Some people grow tomatoes even though it is cheaper to buy them at the store. They have to learn about bugs, soil PH, watering, weeding, and so on, yet there they are each spring in the garden. For us, it's about not being part of the problem. When I watch television, I don't use power from the coal station down the road, adding more CO2 and soot to the air, or mercury to the lake. Second, our home has not been without power for even a minute the last 11 years now, hard to put a price on that. What you want is more reliable power, for less money. For that, I'd say take a number and get in line, everyone wants that too. If it were as easy as installing panels, everyone would be doing it.
Affordable panels can be purchased on ebay, or from dozens of suppliers in many countries. The going rate for good quality panels warrantied for 20+ years is around $1.30 per watt. Our home has 1.4 kilowatts of them, at todays price, maybe $2000 USD, just for the panels. Another $4000 for the turbine, batteries, inverter and charge controller and the system is complete, that does not include labor or repairs.
You don't have to install panels on your roof, ours are in the garden, doesn't matter which way your house faces, as long as you have sun someplace. You can make your own panels, you do have to buy the cells, no home based manufacturing exists today I am aware of. The best panels come from U.S. or European manufacturers, and Japan. Kyocera, BP, Sharp are some good names. Chinese panels seem to have the lowest price, shortest warranty and lightest models, you can draw your own conclusions there.
If you really want to learn more, start with a subscription to Home Power Magazine, then when your first issue arrives, check out the calendar section for an, "Energy Fair," in your area. We went to one in Wisconsin 14 years ago, here we are today. I would warn you against getting info from open forums like this, it always amazes me how many people are willing to impart their knowledge on this subject who have never laid a hand on a panel or inverter. As far as connecting it all to your home, wait until you learn how it all works first, that part is actually pretty easy. Take care Knee, Rudydoo
How To Calculate Electricity Generated By A Solar Panel?
Tell Me The Information I Will Need To Calculate And How To Calculate It?
To the first order, it's simple. Take the peak equivalent sun-hours per day, and multiply it by the panel's rating. The first figure you can get from a local installer, or from a map such as this http://rredc.nrel.gov/solar/old_data/nsr... , or from a software program. Note that the peak equivalent sun-hours per day is much less than the hours that sun shines on the panel. For my area, the sun may shine on the panel for 12 hours, but that's equivalent to 5 hours of peak sun.
The panel's rating you get from the back of the panel. Be wary of panels that do not have a "Standard Test Conditions" (STC) rating, as that means the manufacturer just gave their overly optimistic opinion of what the panel can produce.
Example: Northern California. Average peak sun-hours per day = 5. Panel rating, 200 watts. 5 hours x 200 watts = 1000 watt-hours = 1 kWh. That would be the average production per day.