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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 resident to utilize the sun to power daily life: running your a/c, washing clothes, enjoying TV, cooking supper. All while lowering your carbon footprint, and without burning nonrenewable fuel sources or putting a stress on the electrical grid. And while the ecological benefits of solar power are significant, numerous residents find that the benefit, distinct functions, and expense savings of owning a solar power system are a lot more alluring.
Top 10 Advantages of Solar Energy
#1 Drastically lower or perhaps eliminate your electrical bills
Whether you're a property owner, service, or nonprofit, electrical power expenses can make up a large part of your monthly expenditures. With a photovoltaic panel system, you'll generate free power for your system's entire 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you do not produce 100 percent of the energy you consume, solar will reduce your utility bills and you'll still save a great deal of money.
#2 Make an excellent return on your financial investment
Photovoltaic panels aren't an expense-- they are among the best methods to invest, with returns equaling those of more traditional investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to substantial electrical energy costs cost savings, the typical American homeowner pays off their photovoltaic panel system in seven to eight years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Protect against rising energy expenses
One of the most clear cut advantages of solar panels is the ability to hedge energy rates. In the previous 10 years, property electrical power prices have gone up by an average of 3 percent annually. By purchasing a solar energy system now, you can fix your electrical power rate and secure versus unforeseeable increases in electricity expenses. If you're a service or homeowner with fluctuating money circulation, going solar also assists you much better forecast and handle your expenditures.
#4 Increase your residential or commercial property worth
Several research studies have found that homes geared up with solar energy systems have greater property worths and offer quicker than non-solar homes. Appraisers are increasingly taking solar installations into factor to consider as they value homes at the time of a sale, and as homebuyers become more educated about solar, demand for properties equipped with photovoltaic panel systems will continue to grow.
#5 Increase U.S. energy self-reliance
The sun is a near-infinite source of energy and a crucial part of attaining energy self-reliance in the United States. By increasing our capacity to produce electricity from the sun, we can likewise insulate our nation from price changes in worldwide energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and help your local economy
Inning accordance with The Solar Foundation, the solar market included tasks at a rate nearly 12 times faster than the overall U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all tasks in the country. This growth is anticipated to continue. Because solar-related tasks tend to be greater 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 way to minimize your carbon footprint. Buildings are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the U.S., and going solar can significantly reduce that number. A normal domestic solar panel system will get rid of 3 to 4 lots of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees each year.
#8 Show your commitment to sustainability
Sustainability and corporate social obligation are necessary parts of a company's culture and values. They likewise produce bottom line results. Progressively, customers and communities are acknowledging and rewarding organisations that pick to operate properly. Services are finding that "green" qualifications are a powerful chauffeur of consumer acquiring choices, developing goodwill and enhancing company 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 cash down.
Many house owners pick to fund their solar panels with one of the "pay-as-you-go" financing options. This means that a third-party company-- the solar supplier-- owns the solar system and takes care of setup, upkeep, tracking and repair works. 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 Investment
The utility business are well-known for their varying and unreliable electrical power costs. There is plainly an upward pattern.
With solar panels and easy mathematics, we can compute just how much electrical energy will be produced, and most notably, at exactly what price, 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 The Life Expectancy Of Solar Panels?
.... And How Well Do They Stand-Up Against Hail And Storms?
about 20-40 years and yes.
You may want to think about building your own solar panels…
Let me start off by saying we (Agua-Luna) are a non-profit organization that live, promote and teach 100% “off grid” living and complete self sufficiency”. To give you an idea of this, we typically don’t leave the Ranch but once or twice a year.
The following steps were taking directly out of a DIY guide I offer to those who would like to run their homes on solar power, reducing their monthly utility bills or even selling power back the electrical companies. The entire guide is available at http://www.agua-luna.com/diy_guides.html. It’s pretty simple but if you have any problems feel free to email us directly at [email protected] we can walk you threw the process.
Materials you will need…
A sheet of copper flashing from the hardware store. This normally costs about $5.00 per square foot. We will need about half a square foot.
Two alligator clip leads.
A sensitive micro-ammeter that can read currents between 10 and 50 microamperes. Radio Shack sells small LCD multimeters that will do, but I used a small surplus meter with a needle.
An electric stove. My kitchen stove is gas, so I bought a small one-burner electric hotplate for about $25. The little 700 watt burners probably won't work -- mine is 1100 watts, so the burner gets red hot.
A large clear plastic bottle off of which you can cut the top. I used a 2 liter spring water bottle. A large mouth glass jar will also work.
Table salt. We will want a couple tablespoons of salt.
Sand paper or a wire brush on an electric drill.
Sheet metal shears for cutting the copper sheet.
The first step is to cut a piece of the copper sheeting that is about the size of the burner on the stove. Wash your hands so they don't have any grease or oil on them. Then wash the copper sheet with soap or cleanser to get any oil or grease off of it. Use the sandpaper or wire brush to thoroughly clean the copper sheeting, so that any sulphide or other light corrosion is removed.
Next, place the cleaned and dried copper sheet on the burner and turn the burner to its highest setting.
As the copper starts to heat up, you will see beautiful oxidation patterns begin to form. Oranges, purples, and reds will cover the copper.
As the copper gets hotter, the colors are replaced with a black coating of cupric oxide. This is not the oxide we want, but it will flake off later, showing the reds, oranges, pinks, and purples of the cuprous oxide layer underneath.
The last bits of color disappear as the burner starts to glow red.
When the burner is glowing red-hot, the sheet of copper will be coated with a black cupric oxide coat. Let it cook for a half an hour, so the black coating will be thick. This is important, since a thick coating will flake off nicely, while a thin coat will stay stuck to the copper.
After the half hour of cooking, turn off the burner. Leave the hot copper on the burner to cool slowly. If you cool it too quickly, the black oxide will stay stuck to the copper.
As the copper cools, it shrinks. The black cupric oxide also shrinks. But they shrink at different rates, which makes the black cupric oxide flake off.
The little black flakes pop off the copper with enough force to make them fly a few inches. This means a little more cleaning effort around the stove, but it is fun to watch.
When the copper has cooled to room temperature (this takes about 20 minutes), most of the black oxide will be gone. A light scrubbing with your hands under running water will remove most of the small bits. Resist the temptation to remove all of the black spots by hard scrubbing or by flexing the soft copper. This might damage the delicate red cuprous oxide layer we need to make to solar cell work.
Cut another sheet of copper about the same size as the first one. Bend both pieces gently, so they will fit into the plastic bottle or jar without touching one another. The cuprous oxide coating that was facing up on the burner is usually the best side to face outwards in the jar, because it has the smoothest, cleanest surface.
Attach the two alligator clip leads, one to the new copper plate, and one to the cuprous oxide coated plate. Connect the lead from the clean copper plate to the positive terminal of the meter. Connect the lead from the cuprous oxide plate to the negative terminal of the meter.
Now mix a couple tablespoons of salt into some hot tap water. Stir the saltwater until all the salt is dissolved. Then carefully pour the saltwater into the jar, being careful not to get the clip leads wet. The saltwater should not completely cover the plates -- you should leave about an inch of plate above the water, so you can move the solar cell around without getting the clip leads wet.
now place in the sun with the magnified on top.
The solar cell is a battery, even in the dark, and will usually show a few microamps of current.
That’s it it’s that simple. If
Please Explain Kw Solar Panels. What Does It Mean.?
If I Wanted To Get A 5 Kw Solar Panel Does It Mean It Produces 5Kw A Day/Hour/Year!?!?
I Need 2555.315Kw A Week And I Don'T Know How Many Or What Kind Of Solar Panels I Need.
Please Somebody Help Me
The standard definition is KWH or Kilo Watt per Hour. Since you seem to have an idea about how much power you need in a week, simply divide that by the number of hours in a week.
As for what type - the panels are basic. More panels means more power. It depends on how much power a single panel produces, and I'm sure they vary with manufacturer.
I'm interested in knowing how you came up with 2555.315 KW per week. I've designed several power systems for NASA, I'm an engineer. Power generation / distribution / management engineer. However, I've never given any consideration to solar panels on my own home. The cost has so far been rather prohibitive. Otherwise they'd be everywhere. And they ARE coming down in price.
Here's another thing to consider: You may be using on average 15 KWH, but you need to calculate your "Peak Demand" needs. 15 KWH isn't very much power. And during the peak cooling periods, running the refrigerator longer because people are in and out of it more often getting something cold to eat or drink and the demands on power goes up. Add to that running a dish washer, washing machine or dryer (especially electric) and suddenly you're using a lot more power than you think.
Go out to your meter during a time when you're running a heavy electrical load. Read it at the top of the hour, then again at the top of the next hour. NOW you have a better idea of what you're going to need. 10,000 circuits on the ISS (International Space Station) may all be "Low Power" circuits, but when they're all running at the same time - that's a lot of energy being used. That's the reason the solar array's on the ISS are so large. Plus, there's a 50% built in "OVER engineering" factor. That means that if you're going to need 15 KWH peak, you need to design to handle nearly 23 KWH supply. You NEVER run at true max performance. Same applies for your appliances, if engineered properly. Medical equipment is engineered at 150% rating while most standard appliances are rated at 133%. However, I have encountered some appliances that have been designed at 102%. They break down a lot.
Hope this helps.
'av'a g'day mate.
What'S The Most Efficient Method Of Micro- Electricity Generation?
For Example, Would I Be Better Placing A Solar Panel In My Roof, Or A Windmill In My Garden? (Scotland)
Most efficient or most economical?
Wind is from thermal gradients in the atmosphere because different areas are warmed to a different extent by the sun. In this respect it's a terribly inefficient method of converting sunlight energy to electrical energy (much less than a fraction of 1%) but a wind turbine is inexpensive.
Solar photovoltaic used to have efficiencies of 5% to 15% but the current record is 42.8%. However, solar panels are expensive.
Currently, wind turbines are less expensive per watt then solar photovoltaics (photovoltaics are dropping in price fast). The problem is that your neighbourhood may not allow wind turbines due to the visual impact and the noise that they create.
What Type Of Solar Panel Should I Use?
I Need A Solar Panel That I Can Use For My Koi Pond Because The Pump Is Using Too Much Electricity.
I Need One That Can Supply Up To 350 Watts (The Pump Is 286 Watts And Uv Light Is 40 Watts) That Will Run Over 24 Hours That Is Cheap And Comes In A Whole Kit. I Am Looking To Pay Around 1000 Dollars For It Please Help Me.
You can build an efficient solar panel on your own for less than $200. You could be saving up to $800.
So why not make your own? It's not as hard as it may look.
Anyone Read This Solar Panel Ebook Before?
I Have Come Across An Ebook Which Talking About Building Own Solar Panel And Wind Generator In Less Than $200. Anyone Read This Ebook Before? Is The Method Taught Inside It Working? My Friend, Who Is An Engineer Is Thinking To Purchase One And Would Like To Know Some Review From Those Who Have Read It Before. Thanks.
This Is The Website For The Solar Panel'S Ebook: Http://Ourguide.Brinkster.Net
The only people I trust, since they have been into alternative energy since 1969 , is the folks who run a magazine called Mother Earth News. I've got the magazine now for 30 years and several times a year they publish information on how to make your own solar panels, wind generators, hydroelectric and solar drying and dehydrators, and tons of great ideas.
They also have an extensive library, including e-books, of authors who have published articles in their magazine. Get their magazine, like I said I've been getting it for 30 years or more and I still eagerly await every issue. It's all about sustainable living and doing things yourself. Plus it's only about $10 a year subscription.
Look at their online site to get some ideas and maybe look at their alternative energy library. Whatever books or DVD's I purchased from them have always been excellent