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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 utilize the sun to power everyday life: running your air conditioning unit, cleaning clothing, seeing TV, cooking supper. All while lowering your carbon footprint, and without burning nonrenewable fuel sources or putting a pressure on the electrical grid. And while the ecological benefits of solar power are substantial, numerous homeowners find that the benefit, distinct features, and cost savings of owning a solar power system are much more alluring.
Top 10 Benefits of Solar Energy
#1 Considerably minimize or perhaps eliminate your electrical costs
Whether you're a homeowner, business, or not-for-profit, electricity costs can comprise a large part of your monthly expenses. With a photovoltaic panel system, you'll create totally free power for your system's entire 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you do not produce 100 percent of the energy you take in, solar will decrease your utility expenses and you'll still conserve a lot of money.
#2 Make an excellent return on your investment
Photovoltaic panels aren't an expense-- they are among the best ways to invest, with returns equaling those of more standard investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to significant electrical power costs savings, the average American homeowner settles their solar panel system in 7 to eight years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Protect versus rising energy costs
One of the most clear cut benefits of solar panels is the ability to hedge energy costs. In the previous 10 years, property electricity rates have increased by an average of 3 percent annually. By investing in a solar energy system now, you can repair your electricity rate and protect against unforeseeable increases in electricity costs. If you're a service or house owner with fluctuating cash circulation, going solar likewise helps you much better projection and handle your expenditures.
#4 Increase your house value
Multiple studies have actually discovered that homes geared up with solar energy systems have greater residential or commercial property worths and offer quicker than non-solar homes. Appraisers are significantly taking solar setups into factor to consider as they value homes at the time of a sale, and as homebuyers become more informed about solar, demand for homes equipped with solar panel systems will continue to grow.
#5 Boost U.S. energy independence
The sun is a near-infinite source of energy and an essential part of accomplishing 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 rate fluctuations in worldwide energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and assist your local economy
According to The Solar Foundation, the solar market added 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 country. This growth is anticipated to continue. Since solar-related tasks have the tendency to be greater paying and can not be outsourced, they are a substantial factor to the U.S. economy.
#7 Protect the environment
Solar is a great method to reduce your carbon footprint. Structures are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the United States, and going solar can significantly reduce that number. A typical domestic photovoltaic panel system will get rid of three to four 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 responsibility are important components of an organization's culture and worths. They also produce bottom line results. Increasingly, consumers and neighborhoods are recognizing and rewarding businesses that decide to operate responsibly. Companies are finding that "green" credentials are a powerful driver of consumer acquiring decisions, creating goodwill and enhancing business outcomes.
#9 Start Conserving from Day 1
Solar purchase power agreements (PPAs) and solar leasing has made it possible for house owners to go solar for little or no cash down.
Lots of house owners opt to finance their solar panels with among the "pay-as-you-go" funding options. This indicates that a third-party company-- the solar service provider-- owns the solar system and looks after installation, upkeep, tracking and repair works. You merely pay the solar company for electrical energy-- less than you would've paid the utility company.
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 energy companies are well-known for their changing and unreliable electrical energy prices. There is clearly an upward trend.
With solar panels and easy math, we can determine what does it cost? electrical energy will be produced, and most significantly, at exactly what cost, for at least the next Twenty 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
What Is Solar Energy Being Used For?
What Is Solar Energy Being Used For? Any Info And/Or Links?
There are numerous uses for solar energy, including heating water for domestic use, space heating of buildings, drying agricultural products and generating electrical energy.
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How Much Solar Energy Is Australia Currently Using?
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What Is The Actual Source Of Energy?
Is It The Solar Energy(Sun)? I Think I Read Somewhere That It Goes Like This. Plants Use Solar Energy To Synthesize Sugar, Which They Consume For Energy. When Herbivorous Animals Eat The Plants, The Solar Energy That The Plants Absorbed Is Transferred To The Herbivorous Animal. When A Carnivore Eats The Herbivore, The Solar Energy That The Herbivore Has Just Obtained From The Plant Is Now Transferred To The Carnivore. Is This How It Works?
Energy From the sun is converted into complex molecules - Chemical energy, around 2% is converted by the plant.
Of this 2% some is used via respiration. The reason for such a low energy intake by the plant is because most of the suns energy is reflected back into space, some wavelengths are not picked up, and light may not fall on chlorophyll molecules.
Then the primary consumer (herbivore) will eat the plant, around 20% of the plants energy will be transferred into the primary consumer. Then the primary consumer will be eaten by a larger animal, again around 20% of the energy will be transfered.
The reason why it is not 100% energy transfer each time is because sometimes some of the animal is not eaten, some is not digested, and most energy is lost as heat via respiration.
How Can The Process Of Photosynthesis Relate To Solar Panels For Homes?
Solar panels, just like leaves on a plant collect energy from the sun and transform it into a usable form. In the case of leaves, the sunlight converts carbon dioxide into organic compounds, like sugar, that can be use for energy by the plant. The solar panels convert sunlight directly into electricity, which can be stored and used like all electricity.
What Are You The Disadvantages And Problems With Wind, Solor, And Water Energy Sources?
I Am Writing A Paper For My College Writing Class On An Issue In The United States. I Need Different Peoples Perspectives.
My personal opinion of each of these alternative energy is both positive and negative.
Solar power is something I personally would like to embrace, but because I do not own the building the I live in, there is no chance for me to utilize any form of solar energy other than what comes through the windows and grows my house plants. I have used solar for powering my field camps for over a decade, but those areas are miles from any other source of electricity and I only use it for powering a sat-phone, a computer, and a couple of light bulbs for the few hours of battery capacity that I recharge each day with the solar. My local electric utility gets less than1% of its electricity from solar, and obviously this only works during the day.
On a larger scale I think solar is going to grow, but will never be capable of supplying the full energy needs for my community. I'd like to see solar installed on every rooftop, but how realistic is that? At today's costs that would run almost $40,000 per house, and we would still need the infrastructure for delivering other types of electricity during peak demand and during the night. I could afford the $40,000, but I know that 90% of the people in my community cannot afford that. Since my electric bill presently is only about $400 per year, I would NEVER recover the cost of installing solar unless I could sell the electricity it generates, and presently that is not possible due to government regulation. Contrary to popular belief, I expect the cost of solar to rise in the near future as a result of the relationship between solar manufacturing processes and the price of oil. Higher oil prices may possibly increase the cost of solar power equipment.
One of the issues I am constantly frustrated with about solar is that many solar and alternative energy proponents believe that it is somehow going to replace oil. It won't and can't. First of all, making solar panels is so expensive precisely because of the huge amounts of energy consumed in manufacturing. Estimates run between 4 and 20 years for energy recovery (not cost) or energy break-even for solar cells using today's technology. Solar is currently market restricted due to lack of silicon in the grades needed to make solar cells. The solar industry competes with the computer chip industry for this high-priced commodity. Interestingly, several of the largest manufacturers of solar cells happen to be oil companies. Most large oil companies have already begun the transition to being energy companies that build and supply energy infrastructure, whether it be wind power, solar power, geothermal power, or biomass. The current popular political concept that taxing oil companies to generate money for alternative energy is good is very likely to seriously impede the growth of alternative energy rather than hasten it, as the oil companies have more capability in terms of engineering and resources to implement alternative energy than any other industry. In one case, an oil company is the largest contractor installing large-scale solar energy installations in existence in the United States.
Wind power is something else I would be happy to embrace on a personal level, yet again, because I do not own a home, I can't do this. My local utility generates 3% of my electric supply from wind. In an interesting example of my previous point, most of that wind energy comes from wind farms installed, built, and run by an oil company. I have seen instances where well-intentioned people have tried to install wind, and were denied permits due to neighbor complaints about the noise and visual impact. No one seems to like wind power if they can see it. My own community lives within sight of about a dozen offshore oil rigs that would make excellent platforms for generating wind energy, yet most of the very environmentally-minded members of my community are fighting hard to have those oil rigs destroyed (one of these oil rigs is now the home of a new wave-power generation laboratory). The environmental community seems to be schizophrenic on issues like this, where they support it as long as it doesn't affect them in any way. No one seems to be willing to accept that there will have to be sacrifices in life-style and aesthetics in order to use alternative energy sources, especially wind.
Hydropower has long been controversial because it impacts very special environments such as rivers and canyons by flooding them, and has caused problems for many species of migrating fish. I've seen first hand the downstream impact in places like the Grand Canyon, where the upstream hydropower has changed the bank environment and changed habitats. The California population of migratory fish like salmon has almost been completly wiped out, down to 6% of levels 60 years ago, much of it by dam construction. http://www.calalive.org/news/newsletters/?p=37
I don't know the answer. I tend to accept that because society wants to live the way we do, the price we have to pay for this is the temporary (in geologic time) damage to these environments. My own electric utility gets 8% of my power from hydroelectric. I don't see solar as a replacement for hydroelectric because I don't consider the desert environment that might end up covered with solar panels to be any less precious than that of places like Glenn Canyon, although many would disagree with me. I simply think that those who haven't experienced the desert don't understand what diversity of life there is in most deserts (the oldest organism in the word lives in a desert: http://www.ourwindowonnature.com/2007/05/06/the-oldest-living-tree-is-a-bush/
What I am saying, is that I still prefer hydroelectric power over solar, mostly because the economics are so much in favor of hydroelectric.
One energy source that is too often overlooked that has great potential to supply large amounts of energy is geothermal. Much of the US is now embracing local installation of geothermal heat pumps, which are a viable, affordable method of supplying energy to individual dwellings. These systems simply take advantage of the fact that the ground temperature a few feet below the surface tends to reflect average temperature about 6 months behind the current season, so in winter it is a source of heat, and in summer it can act as a heat sink for disposal of heat (air conditioning). These installations cost much less than solar or wind, and can supply just as much energy.
Other exciting geothermal applications that deserve more attention are small commercially sized plants that generate electricity from wells drilled only a few thousand feet deep. In places like Nevada, where there is a high geothermal gradient, it is possible to drill a well, install a small electrical power plant, and hook it up to the grid, generating carbon-free electricity. This technology was first developed back in the 1980's and the only reason it is not used more is that electricity from competing sources is so cheap they have trouble making money with it.
Another type of geothermal that shows high potential is the utilization of depleted oil and gas wells for a similar application. The temperature at the bottom of most oil wells is often several hundred degrees, making it possible to generate steam either directly or indirectly using a geothermal loop. I think that this source of energy shows promise, unless it is killed by the anti-oil sentiment of today's political rhetoric.
Meanwhile, my own assessment and opinion, as someone who is involved in the energy industry, is that the most realistic and most viable solution to reducing carbon-output from power generation is that we have to use natural gas. Unlike oil, natural gas supplies are likely to last us for up to a century before we begin to see depletion. Natural gas emits less carbon dioxide than any other hydrocarbon. As natural gas technology allows us to use LPG (liquefied gas) and CNG (compressed gas) as fuel for vehicles we can begin replacing gasoline with it. If used for power generation, the carbon dioxide generated could be reinjected into the same underground reservoirs that the methane (natural gas) comes from. My local bus company already burns CNG in most of its buses. My regional airport uses CNG to power most of its ground operations vehicles. My local electric company generates 48% of my electricity from natural gas. I'm looking forward to the day I can put a natural gas tank in my car, as many have already done in other countries. I powered a Volkswagen van with LPG 30 years ago. I would gladly spend a few thousand dollars to retrofit to natural gas, while I have no interest in either corn-ethanol or soy-biodiesel because both of these are already have huge negative impacts on both our environment (land use/deforestation) and food supply. Yet at present, it is still impractical because of the distance I would have to travel to fill up my tank. This is actually the only "alternative" energy I could actually use, as the others are all impossible for me to use because they allow me no control over the supply of my own energy. That is probably the most frustrating part of energy issues for most people.