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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 daily life: running your air conditioning unit, washing clothing, enjoying TV, cooking supper. All while reducing your carbon footprint, and without burning nonrenewable fuel sources or putting a stress on the electrical grid. And while the environmental advantages of solar power are considerable, many homeowners find that the benefit, distinct functions, and cost savings of owning a solar power system are even more enticing.
Top 10 Advantages of Solar Energy
#1 Considerably decrease or perhaps eliminate your electrical bills
Whether you're a property owner, service, or nonprofit, electricity expenses can comprise a large portion of your monthly expenditures. With a solar panel system, you'll create complimentary 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 minimize your energy bills and you'll still save a great deal of loan.
#2 Earn an excellent return on your investment
Solar panels aren't an expenditure-- they are among the very best ways to invest, with returns rivaling those of more traditional investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to significant electricity bill savings, the typical American property owner pays off their photovoltaic panel system in seven to eight years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Safeguard against increasing energy expenses
Among the most clear cut advantages of solar panels is the capability to hedge energy rates. In the previous ten years, domestic electrical energy rates have actually gone up by an average of 3 percent each year. By buying a solar energy system now, you can fix your electricity rate and safeguard against unforeseeable boosts in electrical energy costs. If you're a service or homeowner with fluctuating cash flow, going solar also assists you better forecast and handle your costs.
#4 Boost your home or business value
Numerous research studies have found that homes equipped with solar energy systems have higher residential or commercial property worths and sell faster than non-solar homes. Appraisers are significantly taking solar installations into factor to consider as they value houses at the time of a sale, and as homebuyers become more informed about solar, demand for residential or commercial properties geared up 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 an essential part of accomplishing energy self-reliance in the United States. By increasing our capability to produce electrical power from the sun, we can likewise insulate our nation from cost fluctuations in international energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and help your local economy
Inning accordance with The Solar Structure, the solar market added tasks at a rate almost 12 times faster than the general U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all tasks in the nation. This development is anticipated to continue. Because solar-related tasks have the tendency to be higher paying and can not be contracted out, they are a considerable contributor to the U.S. economy.
#7 Protect the environment
Solar is a fantastic method to reduce your carbon footprint. Buildings are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the U.S., and going solar can considerably decrease that number. A common residential 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 dedication to sustainability
Sustainability and business social responsibility are necessary components of a company's culture and values. They also produce bottom line outcomes. Significantly, customers and neighborhoods are recognizing and rewarding businesses that decide to operate properly. Companies are finding that "green" qualifications are a powerful driver of customer buying decisions, creating goodwill and improving company outcomes.
#9 Start Saving from Day 1
Solar purchase power arrangements (PPAs) and solar leasing has actually made it possible for homeowners to go solar for little or no cash down.
Lots of house owners choose to fund their solar panels with among the "pay-as-you-go" financing choices. This implies that a third-party business-- the solar company-- owns the solar system and takes care of installation, upkeep, tracking and repairs. You simply pay the solar provider for electrical power-- 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 utility companies are infamous for their changing and undependable electrical energy rates. There is plainly an upward trend.
With photovoltaic panels and easy math, we can determine how much electrical energy will be produced, and most importantly, at what price, for at least the next Twenty 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
How Do Solar Panels Work, And How It Can Generate Electricity?
Can U Guys Help On How Solar Panels Work And How It Generates Electricity?
(Or U Can Give Me A Good Website That Has Solar Panel Info On It)
~Thanks In Advance!~
Solar panels are made up of a number of solar cells. A solar cell will generate from 0.5 to 0.55 volts DC and a current depending on the size and type of cell. The current can be milli-amps or amps. We have a list of solar cell manufactures on our blog http://brutuscontry.com under products that are sorted by watts per area. Also go to wikipedia to get more detailed information on solar cells.
When Will The Liberals Give Up On Solar And Wind?
First Neither Are Affordable.
Second Wind Mills Create Noise Pollution.
Third Wind Mills Will Take Up Space On The Earth And If The Animal Activists Are Afraid For The Animals In Alaska Going Near A Pipe Line Then The Same Activists Should Be Just As Afraid Of Wind Mills (Birds Are Killed From Windmills All The Time -And Were Is The Out Cry)?
Fourth Solar Panels Give Off Heat Outside - Will That Not Contribute To Global Warming.
Fifth How Much Room Is Needed To Store The Energy From Wind/Solar And What Happens In The Winter Months When Their Is No Sun And No Wind.
How About Hurricane Seasons? Hmmm
Sixth Wind And Solar Should Only Be Done Through Private Investors And Not Taxing Corporations And Businesses Through Cap And Trade Which The Costs Will Get Passed Along To Us.
Isn'T It Time To Put This Liberal Dream To Bed - At Least Until It Becomes Affordable And All The T'S And I'S Are Crossed And We The Tax Payer Won'T Be Left With The Bill.
Do You Agree ? If Not What Is Your Best Argument?
As administration officials tilt at windmills and talk of painting our roofs white, a real energy solution has emerged from the Arctic deep. So why has only Alaskans noticed... Alaska should be the head, not the tail, to the energy solution.
It ought to be reassuring to Americans that energy can be developed here. Americans are environmentally conscious, and Palin herself has a good record on balancing development with ecology.
The alternative isn't reassuring: If we don't drill, the Russians will. Situated over on the eastern end of the Chukchi Sea, they have global ambitions of dominating the energy trade and no qualms about muscling in on the U.S.
Already, undersea volcanic activity has melted much of the Arctic ice cap and enabled more exploration than in the past. The U.S. has as much claim to the region as the Russians, but only the Russians seem to be taking advantage of the geological bounty.
It's pure energy, not theoretics. That's significant because Steven Chu's Energy Department is spending too many resources trying to figure out how to turn all the weird wind power and switchgrass schemes into viable energy resources.
His latest idea is to paint roofs white. None of this puts significant energy out to consumers. Nor does it come close to matching oil in energy value.
A recent study by Exxon Mobil calculated that even as efforts to develop alternative fuels move forward, oil will remain the dominant energy source through at least 2030.
Domestic oil and gas development is an off-the-shelf (dare we say "shovel ready"?) solution that can serve a bridge to all the green experiments if any someday pan out.
Drilling Alaska energy beats kowtowing to the Saudis or waiting for odd energy sources like wind power to become economical.
Since neither of those are solutions for America's energy security, the best way to handle this is the third way, the Palin way: drilling.
Now that the resources are there, it's time to do it.
Are There Any Microwave Power Transmitters That I Could Use To Transmit Power From A Solar Panel Thru A Window?
To A Battery That Is Connected To An Inverter That Would Power A Fan?
I Need Something Like This For Temporary Uses And Without Having To Put Holes In Walls To Get The Power.
Not cheaply. If you have a few thousand dollars laying around, you can get something made up. But it is way cheaper to open a window and just place a box fan there.
Far as using solar power to drive an AC powered fan, you need to work backwards -
Choose your fan and note its wattage (Voltage x Current)
Find an AC inverter that will drive the fan's wattage (plus maybe a little more). A True sine wave inverter is better that a modified sine wave inverter.
Now find a battery that will power the inverter and fan for as long as you need to (known as watt-hours).
Example: if the fan and inverter consume 20 watts of power while running and you want the fan to run for say 10 hours, that's 20 x 10 = 200 watt-hours of power needed.
At this point you need to find the current draw of the system; 20 watts / 12VDC (battery voltage) = 1.6 amps (round up to 2 amps).
So for this example, you need to supply 20 amps at 12Vdc for 10 hours to drive the inverter and fan.
Now, you don't want to drain the battery completely. It'll damage the cells. Best to have a reserve and let the battery only drain 50%.
20 Amps * 2 = 40 amps. Which isn't much. But you can use a battery like the one below (always round up to next common size) -
This should be fine, even can have a cloudy day and have a little reserve.
To recharge the battery, you need to look at how much power the panels generate. The more current you can shove into the batteries, in the shortest amount of time, the better. Here, be conservative. If your system is sucking up 2 amps of power while it is running, you need to deliver at least 2 amps to the battery to keep it topped off and you need to account for clouds, shade, and hours of darkness.
For our example, you have an average of 5 hours of direct daylight and 2 hours of shade ( for our example, 50% of direct sunlight) or clouds each day. So you have roughly 6 hours of direct light light to recharge the battery so it can run 10 hours.
200 Wh Power consumption and 6 hours for recharging = 200 / 6 = 33 Watts per hour coming out of the solar panels for battery recharging. (round up to 40 watts).
So you can get 2 or 3 of these (more is better) -
For the recharge circuit, you'll need a float controller. This balances the raw power coming off the panels
so that a constant voltage and filtered current is applied to the battery at a metered rate the battery can handle.
Add the wiring and mounting hardware and that's it.
Can You Power Your House Using Solar Panels ?
How Many Would You Need ?
How Effective Would They Work On Cloudy, Foggy Days ?
Asking Those Who Know ?
Sure you can, absolutely, but they must be sized correctly for what you want to accomplish.
The size of a solar panel system depends on a variety of things: how much energy you use, your geographic location, roof ridge line orientation, shading factors, angle of installation, efficiency of chosen panel, average rain fall in your area, etc...
In order to have electricity at night or during a storm, you would either need to connect the panels to the existing electrical grid and use it as a battery backup or install a battery backup (or hydrogen backup) system.
But to answer your question, yes you can definitely run an entire house on solar.
Why Only Photo-Voltaic Solar Panels?
Photo-Voltaic Solar Panels Are Very Expensive.
Most Of A Home'S Energy Needs Are For Heating Water, Heating And Air-Conditioning. All Of These Can Be Met With Thermal Solar Collectors Which Are Much Less Expensive.
The Thermal Solar Panels Would Heat Water Stored In A Hot Water Tank Which Then Can Be Used As Hot Water, To Heat The Home, Or As The Heat Source To A Lithium Bromide Absorption Chiller To Air-Condition A Home.
With The Base Line Needs Met Without Expensive Panels And Without Inefficient Energy Conversions, Only A Small Photo-Voltaic Array Would Be Needed For The Remaining Power Needs And Since Those Needs Are Variable, There Would Still Be Power To Sell To The Grid.
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Just read some of the other posts and I am surprised at the answers. Solar thermal systems typically have a payback of less than seven years on residential system without the tax break. A complete system can be installed for about 5k or less. Compare that to 20k or more for PV with a fifteen to twenty year pay off.
Each home and area is different so a site evaluation must be done for exact figures and pay offs. I am going off my own experience in my above statements
Flat panel collectors work well in most areas for DHW. Evacuated tubes often run too hot which works well for some applications or high usage.
Heating water is the single greatest energy usage other than space heating and cooling. It often surpasses the two above systems based on its widespread usage(every houshold in USA has one) and its the amount it is used(24/[email protected])
The amount of energy spent to heat water is by order of magnitude the greatest number out there.
Having a solar thermal system providing hot water for a average American household is equivalent to taking 40,000 miles off the freeway in a car every year. The BTU's required to heat the water is huge.
So why is this more developed cheaper and more efficient technology behind PV in awareness?
Natural Gas the number one choice for heating water is cheap. It's by product is invisible and misunderstood.
What I find fascinating is if you look at the increase in Natural Gas vs Electricity you will be surprised by how much it has jumped in the last seven years. It is not talked about nearly as much as electricity
It does not get the same level of press that PV does.
So in short the answer is cheap Natural Gas prices and public perception of this product have kept it off the list of many that are turning toward the green trend. It is less sexy than watching your meter spin backwards.
It is the best improvement at the best cost except for conservation which is and was the most cost effective energy saving that can be employed