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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 house owners to utilize the sun to power daily life: running your a/c, washing clothing, enjoying TV, cooking supper. All while reducing your carbon footprint, and without burning fossil fuels or putting a stress on the electrical grid. And while the environmental benefits of solar power are considerable, lots of property owners find that the convenience, unique functions, and expense savings of owning a solar power system are even more enticing.
Top Ten Benefits of Solar Energy
#1 Significantly minimize or perhaps remove your electrical expenses
Whether you're a homeowner, company, or not-for-profit, electrical power expenses can comprise a large part of your regular monthly expenditures. With a photovoltaic panel system, you'll create totally free power for your system's whole 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you do not produce 100 percent of the energy you consume, solar will minimize your utility expenses and you'll still save a great deal of money.
#2 Make a terrific return on your investment
Solar panels aren't a cost-- they're one of the finest ways to invest, with returns equaling those of more traditional investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to substantial electricity expense savings, the typical American house owner pays off their photovoltaic panel system in seven to eight years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Safeguard versus increasing energy expenses
Among the most clear cut advantages of photovoltaic panels is the ability to hedge utility prices. In the past ten years, property electricity costs have increased by an average of 3 percent yearly. By investing in a solar energy system now, you can repair your electrical energy rate and secure versus unpredictable increases in electricity costs. If you're a service or homeowner with changing money flow, going solar also helps you much better projection and handle your expenses.
#4 Boost your residential or commercial property worth
Numerous research studies have discovered that homes equipped with solar energy systems have greater home 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 property buyers end up being more informed about solar, demand for residential or commercial properties geared up with photovoltaic panel systems will continue to grow.
#5 Increase U.S. energy independence
The sun is a near-infinite source of energy and a key part of achieving energy self-reliance in the United States. By increasing our capability to create electricity from the sun, we can also insulate our nation from rate fluctuations in global energy markets.
#6 Develop jobs and help your local economy
Inning accordance with The Solar Structure, the solar industry included tasks at a rate nearly 12 times faster than the general U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all jobs in the nation. This development is expected to continue. Since solar-related tasks have the tendency to be greater paying and can not be outsourced, they are a considerable contributor to the United States economy.
#7 Secure the environment
Solar is a terrific way to minimize your carbon footprint. Structures are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the U.S., and going solar can considerably decrease that number. A common domestic photovoltaic panel system will remove three to 4 heaps of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees annually.
#8 Show your commitment to sustainability
Sustainability and corporate social duty are very important elements of a company's culture and values. They also produce bottom line results. Significantly, customers and neighborhoods are recognizing and rewarding companies that opt to run responsibly. Businesses are discovering that "green" qualifications are a powerful motorist of customer acquiring choices, creating goodwill and improving organisation results.
#9 Start Conserving from Day 1
Solar purchase power contracts (PPAs) and solar leasing has actually made it possible for homeowners to go solar for little or no money down.
Many homeowners choose to fund their solar panels with one of the "pay-as-you-go" funding choices. This suggests that a third-party business-- the solar service provider-- owns the planetary system and looks after installation, upkeep, tracking and repairs. You just pay the solar supplier for electricity-- less than you would've paid the utility company.
Since 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 notorious for their varying and undependable electricity costs. There is clearly an upward trend.
With photovoltaic panels and basic mathematics, we can determine what does it cost? electricity will be created, and most notably, at 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
If We Install Solar Panels, Do We Still Have To Use A Electricity Company?
We'Re Looking To Purchase A Piece Of Land And Build A Home.
There are two options here.
1 - Most people will buy the panels and the hydro company will reimburse them for the power they have generated. The owner of the panels will still use hydro from the company but sell the hydro it generates back to the company and thus their hydro bills will be lowered.
2 - Some people will buy a battery to store the power that their panels generate. This way they are completely "off the grid" and could basically be living where there aren't even power lines. The reason fewer people do this is because the batteries cost way way more than the panels. I think like 20000 dollars.
Grants For Installing Solar Panels?
I Am Thinking Of Installing Solar Panels On My Roof, But They Can Get Quite Expensive. Where Can I Find Grants, Either Federal Or From The State Of Illinois, To Defray Costs?
Most of the programs I have heard about require the homeowner to put up the money up front and get it refunded through various rebate programs. I am curious about grant programs as well.
What Are Some Good Solar Energy Questions?
I'M Giving My Class A Quiz, And I'M In Serious Need Of Some Solar Energy Quiz Questions. Please! Can I Get Some Questions? Anything Will Do That Is Around The 5Th/6Th Grade Level. Thanks A Bunch! Tali.
What are the main two kinds of solar panels used today?
- solar hot water (thermal) and solar electric (photovoltaic)
How much solar energy falls on a square meter of land at bright noon?
- about 1000 watts
How many houses in the USA have solar electric panels?
- hundreds of thousands, but this is less than 1% of the houses.
When did the White House have solar panels?
- President Carter installed them in the late 70's.
Who took the solar panels off the White House?
- President Reagan did in 1981, he thought they looked unattractive.
Which country makes the most solar panels?
Which country uses the most solar panels?
In the USA, which state has the most solar panels installed?
- California, by far.
How does the Sun generate its energy?
- Mostly by fusion.
Which One Will Last Longer?(Solar Panel Or Wind Turbine)?
"last longer" ? I'm not quite sure what you are asking, but a wind turbine will have moving parts, and so it's life (without parts replacement) will be limited by wear. A solar panel has no moving parts, but could be subject to degradation form environmental conditions.
So the answer is: It depends.
It is quite difficult to give a specific answer without a lot of information on the equipment being used and the conditions of use.
Solar Panels For Evs, What Do You Think?
I Dont See How You Can Be A Fan Of Evs And Not Think This Is A Great Idea. I Know The Typical Criticism Is That They Are Not Very Efficient, And Generally Only Add Weight And Maybe A Few Miles In Range.
As You May Have Seen From My Earlier Question A Little While Ago, I Am Beginning An Ev Transformation With A 1986 Toyota Pickup (Although For Some Reason At The Time I Thought It Was A '94... It Isnt), And I Am Using A Neighbor As My Guide.
He Took An Older Ford Ranger Frame From A Junkyard (For Free, I Might Add). It Had The Frame (Very Little Rust, Gotta Love The Sonoran Desert), Manual Tranny, And Axles. He Had To Get Damn Near Everything For It. Anyway, The Donor Car Was In A Rollover And He Had To Rebuild The Roof, So He Figured He Might As Well Put Some Solar Panels On It. After The Car Was Finished, With About $30,000 Invested And Somewhere Near 120 Mile Range, He Decided That He Really Liked The Look (He Is An Electrical Engineer, He Built The Car Mostly As An &Quot;Ad&Quot; For His Company) Of The Solar Panel Roof, So He Decided To Go All-Out And Put Another Panel On The Hood And A Solar Bed-Cover. It Added Another 10 Miles In Range For An Additional $3000, Which Was Mostly Spent In Custom Fabrication So The Car Would Look Nice.
Due To This, He Is Actually Going To Take Another Frame He Has From An Older F150, And Remove The Bed Entirely, And Put A Massive Panel On The Back, And Put Lots Of Batteries Underneath.
His Brother Was In Large Part His Fabrication Expert, Since He Owns A Car Body Shop And Did Quite A Bit Of The Legwork For The Ranger. He Plans To Make A Very Durable Solar Panel Which Will Actually House The Batteries As Well, And Simply Use It As The Back.
All In All, Generating More Range Seems To Be The Pressing Issue With Evs. My Gas-Sucker Can Go Hundreds Of Miles Without Needing To Be Filled, So The More Ev Range Increases, The More Popular Evs Will Get. So Why Not Put A Solar Panel On?
You have told a good story with lots of interest but I am not convinced. I think solar panels are great, some other ways of generating solar electricity may be even more efficient, but I am not sure that the numbers work to put them on the vehicle. In a nutshell my concerns are cost and efficiency. Your neighbor spent a lot of money for those solar panels and it makes sense as advertisement for his business, but could he have done better.
First efficiency: You live in the desert. Your insolation levels are probably uniquely some of the best in the country. Average insolation for the year might be as high as 6 KW-hr / sq meter / day. For a horizontal flat plate PV collector. You can look up values here: http://rredc.nrel.gov/solar/old_data/nsr... The efficiency of the solar panels would be low for flexible panels 6% up to a high (with a high cost) for some rigid panels of about 24%.
At an average a 15% efficient panel is going to get you ( .15 x 6 =) .9 KW-hr / day This site gives dimensions of a later year Toyota pick up as 199" by 66.5" which translates to a total of 8.54 sq meters for the total surface area of the vehicle including all glass and the entire bed. Covering it with solar panels would give you a total potential of about 7.68 KW-hr / day.
In order to get his 120 mile range I am willing to guess that extra batteries were used. Perhaps his battery capacity is 45 KW-hr which would give a usage of .375 KW-hr / mile which would be very very good. (The leaf gets .34 and the Miev gets .39 while the Tesla roadster is closer to .22) A 40 mile day average will then require (40 x .375 =) 15 KW-hr / day. It looks like the expense of covering the vehicle might get you half your days usage or enough power for an additional (7.68/.375=) 20.5 miles.
But what if you parked those same panels on the side of the barn pointing south at the proper angle. They your average insolation level would be perhaps 17% higher.
You want more range? Then just add more batteries. Or perhaps better add some mix of batteries and solar panels. If solar panels cost $10 a watt and when you divide by the effective solar hours in a day you might end up with a 1000 wat system on your car. The cost would be $10,000 for these solar panels. Lithium batteries cost about $400 / KW-hr so the same 7.68 KW-hr of additional battery capacity might cost you $3072. And that range is not dependent upon daytime driving/ time of the year and other variables.