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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 everyday life: running your air conditioning unit, washing clothing, viewing TELEVISION, cooking dinner. All while minimizing your carbon footprint, and without burning fossil fuels or putting a strain on the electrical grid. And while the ecological advantages of solar power are considerable, lots of property owners discover that the benefit, unique functions, and cost savings of owning a solar power system are a lot more enticing.
Top Ten Benefits of Solar Energy
#1 Drastically reduce or perhaps eliminate your electric costs
Whether you're a homeowner, business, or nonprofit, electricity expenses can make up a big portion of your month-to-month expenditures. With a solar panel system, you'll generate complimentary power for your system's whole 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you don't produce One Hundred Percent of the energy you take in, solar will decrease your energy expenses and you'll still save a great deal of money.
#2 Earn a great return on your financial investment
Solar panels aren't an expense-- they're one of the best methods to invest, with returns equaling those of more standard investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to considerable electrical power costs savings, the average American house owner settles their photovoltaic panel system in seven to 8 years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Secure against rising energy expenses
Among the most clear cut advantages of photovoltaic panels is the ability to hedge utility prices. In the previous 10 years, property electrical energy costs have gone up by approximately 3 percent yearly. By investing in a solar energy system now, you can fix your electrical power rate and secure versus unforeseeable boosts in electrical power costs. If you're a company or homeowner with ever-changing capital, going solar also assists you better forecast and manage your expenditures.
#4 Increase your house worth
Several research studies have actually discovered that homes geared up with solar energy systems have higher residential or commercial property worths and offer quicker than non-solar homes. Appraisers are progressively taking solar setups into consideration 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 an essential element of accomplishing energy self-reliance in the United States. By increasing our capability to create electricity from the sun, we can likewise insulate our nation from price fluctuations in international energy markets.
#6 Develop jobs and help your local economy
Inning accordance with The Solar Structure, the solar industry included tasks at a rate almost 12 times faster than the total U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all tasks 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 substantial contributor to the U.S. economy.
#7 Secure the environment
Solar is an excellent way to lower your carbon footprint. Buildings are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the United States, and going solar can considerably decrease that number. A typical residential photovoltaic panel system will get rid of three to 4 tons of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees annually.
#8 Show your dedication to sustainability
Sustainability and business social obligation are necessary components of a company's culture and worths. They likewise produce bottom line outcomes. Progressively, consumers and communities are recognizing and rewarding services that opt to operate properly. Services are finding that "green" qualifications are an effective chauffeur of customer purchasing decisions, producing goodwill and improving organisation outcomes.
#9 Start Conserving from Day 1
Solar purchase power agreements (PPAs) and solar leasing has actually made it possible for property owners to go solar for little or no cash down.
Many homeowners choose to fund their solar panels with among the "pay-as-you-go" funding alternatives. This implies that a third-party company-- the solar supplier-- owns the solar system and takes care of setup, upkeep, monitoring and repair works. You simply pay the solar supplier for electrical power-- less than you would've paid the energy business.
Since June 2013, 75% of all American homes have access to pay-as-you-go solar.
#10. Solar is a Secure Investment
The energy companies are infamous for their varying and undependable electrical power costs. There is clearly an upward pattern.
With solar panels and basic mathematics, we can determine what does it cost? electrical energy will be produced, and most notably, at exactly what cost, for a minimum of 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
Would You Be Interested In Saving Money & Helping The Environment By Making & Installing Your Own Solar Panels?
We already have solar panels, and are already saving money.
I would caution you against internet schemes that suggest you can save huge amounts of money by making your own panels, though. Those are borderline, if not outright, scams. If it were practical or even possible, wouldn't there be at least a few people doing it in your neighborhood?
http://www.nlcpr.com/Deceptions6.php is a good thing to check before buying diy solar e-books.
Why Does Nobody Seem To Care About The Environment?
Ok, This Is Just Statistical Purposes. I Would Like To Know What You Guys Think Why Many People Don'T Care About The Environment (Your Home) As Much As They Probably Should.
Like I Said This Is Just For Statistical Purposes For My Own Use And Would Like To Know What You Guys Think About It.
And If You Could, Provide Some Sort Of Solution To The Problem Or If We Can Fix It At All.
Thanks For Your Time =)
Why does nobody seem to care about the environment? Because it's a trait of human nature that information doesn't cause change. It's a scary idea I know, but you can look at all cultures of all time and nowhere will you find an irrefutable example of information being the sole cause of change. The spreading of new information alone does not tend to lead to big changes in human behavior at all.
Scientists have been warning about human caused global warming for about fifty years now and the vast majority of people know about the issues at least to some extent. Such information is now very widely published and a mandatory part of school curriculums, yet in practical terms this is only reflected in the lifestyles of a small minority. People are increasingly aware of the ways in which our society is unsustainable, so why don't we get on and make the changes whilst we still can? My best guesses are:
• Consumerism and consumerist culture currently dominate the globe. The belief that to be happy we must constantly get new stuff is drilled into us from such an early age that we know no other way. Owning the latest model of car, television, computer etc has more about status symbol than about a real need for these items- a way of measuring social success that drives the economy by motivating people to work, and to work long hours. Strong materialist values, although adding very little to people's real wellbeing, are required for the current system to function and so the current system is not going to allow the spreading of opposing values.
• A blind faith in science and technology. Humans will believe whatever they want to believe, even when massive scientific evidence is pointing in a contrary direction. Belief in technology has become a kind of religion for many people to the extent that they truly believe our current culture is so clever we have become almost invincible- that it doesn't matter how we treat our environment, new technology will overcome any problems that arise.
• People don't like bad news. Although climate change issues are now feature very frequently in the news, the majority of stories occur only because something really bad has happened. On a subconscious level people are scared that by paying too much attention to these negative stories they'll draw this negativity into their lives. If the human race stands a chance we are going to need a lot more positive messages in the media about sustainable development, spreading ideas that we do still have enough time to change things for the better, that if everyone does lots of little things to help it will be enough.
Here's what we need to do:
• Start using less resources NOW. In the richer parts of the world this means eating less especially meat, travelling less, buying fewer imported goods, heating our houses less and using less airconditioning. It means more and better recycling schemes particularly for materials which are most worthwhile recycling such as glass and aluminium. It also means world peace, as fighting of any kind is a ridiculous waste of resources. And a discontinuation of other schemes that do nothing for anyone's standard of life either such as rockets into outerspace etc.
• Invest in renewable technologies NOW. This means building such as wind farms and wave farms etc on a scale much greater than we are seeing now whilst we still have the resources to do so. It means a solar panel/heater for every house that would benefit. It means stopping subsidising car and flying cultures and provide alternatives to these with more sustainable forms of transport such as trains. It means designing buildings to require less energy.
• Voluntary reduction in human population. For example, if every couple in the world were to agree to use contraceptive means to limit their offspring to only one for a couple of generations there would then be a much more decent supply of resources for the humans that remain.
• The reruralisation of relocalisation of communities. With technologies such as the internet we can still have many of the benefits of global society without the extreme use of resources by returning to a culture that produces more locally and exports less, particularly food. It would require a turn away from mass scale monocropping agricultural methods and the development of techniques such as permaculture and biodynamic farming.
• A responsible approach to the world around us. Years of fertiliser and pesticide use have depleted much of our soil and its growing capabilities. We are still continuing to destroy massive areas of irreplaceable rainforest habitat every day and in doing so are releasing vast amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. We need to face up to the fact that activities such as these are unsustainable and replace them with organic farming methods and leave natural resources alone as much as possible.
What Type Of Solar Panel Is Needed To Power A 5W/2Amp Camera?
What Type Of Solar Panel Is Needed To Power A 5W/2Amp Camera?
The Camera Will Be On 24/7, It Will Use A Maximum Of 5W, But Usually Less Than That. The Solar Panel Will Be Charging A 9300Mah Battery Which The Camera Is Connected To. Do I Need A High Capacity Battery? I Live In Southern Ca.
Assuming the camera runs off 2.5 volts, ie, 5W/2a = 2.5 volts (and your additional comments didn't clear that up at all)
And assuming the battery is a 2.5 volt battery (unlikely, but you choose to keep half the numbers secret), then the battery will supply 9.3 amps for 1 hour, or 4,6 amps for 2 hours, or 2 amps for 4.6 hours. So the battery will not be good enough, you will need one perhaps 10 times more powerful, depending on how many hours without sunlight you want it to operate.
If you can supply some of the missing info, such as DC voltage needed for the camera, DC voltage of the battery, how many hours with no sun you want this to operate (note that you can have many days with no sun, when there are overcast days), then you can get better info.
Once you have that, you can calculate the size panel you need. My first guess, based on the 2.5 volt, 2 amps numbers, is about a 20 watt unit, although more would be better. Again, depends on how many hours of direct sunlight you can expect per day at the worse case.
You will need a charge controller between the panel and the battery also.
I Wanted An Estimate Of How Many Solar Panels I Will Be Needing And How Much Will They Cost, And Their Lifetim?
Hi, I Wanted An Estimate Of How Many Solar Panels I Will Be Needing And How Much Will They Cost, To Run A Whole Hospital On Them. This Hospital Has Over Hundred Rooms With At Least Two Tube Lights And A Fan And A Tv In Each Room. I Want To Use Solar Panels Without Having To Use Electricity, &Quot;Ever&Quot;! I Know Solar Panels Have A Lifetime Period, But I Can Get New Ones When These Stop Working, I Also Want To Know Their Lifetime Period. I Need Them Here In Pakistan, There Is Plenty Of Sunlight. I Want A Rough Estimate. Please, Can Someone Help Me? Thank You In Advance! Also, The Hospital Has Air Conditioners All Over! I Don'T Want To Use Normal Electricity At All, I'M Talking About Living On Solar Energy(Alone).
It is not practical to run the whole hospital on solar alone. This is because the solar system produces no electricity when the sun is down. You would need a massive battery set.
Also it is not practical to run the hospital during daylight hours on solar alone. To verify this you could determine the electrical demand at a busy time of day, when air conditioners are running. I expect it will be over 100 kilowatts. At 100 kW per panel, and with 200 watt panels, you would need 500. And that would be if they were 100% efficient. Considering losses due to voltage drop in conductors and losses in inverters, 75% efficiency is what might be expected. And then you must realize that the system generates maximum power only around noon. As the sun rises and sets the output goes from zero to maximum and back to zero again. With that many panels the system would supply sufficient power for only a few minutes each day.
If you want to utilize solar for part of your electricity you can look under solar panels to determine how much they would cost. To that you would need to add the cost of inverters and installation. You might consider installing the panels as shade structures on the parking lot.
I am sorry to disappoint you.
Physics: Science & Technology Project?
I Need Ideas To Come Up With A Science & Technology Project.
Something That A High School Student Can Do.
I'Ve Thought Ideas But, None Of Them Are Quite Possible To Make For Me.
I Came Up With An Idea To Make A Solar Panel. Is It Too Hard?
You could make certain types of solar panels. One method, used in regions with a lot of intense heat and space like desert power plants, is to use mirrors to focus sunlight on water to heat it up and use that heat to generate power. I'm sure you could find plans for that online somewhere at a level you could do. Chemical panels that try to mimic photosynthesis are probably too difficult to create.
My personal favorite is a Van der Graff generator (lightning machine). I made one when I taught high school physics (I did that for 1 year right out of college). I made it almost entirely out of products I bought from Bed Bath and Beyond. Here's essentially how it works:
A Van der Graff generator works by generating and collecting static electricity. The two best methods of that are to rub silk and glass together or to rub plastic and rubber together. Either way, a static charge is built up between them. This is just like the static charge built up between your hair and a balloon when you rub a balloon on your head. The balloon retains enough charge to cause an attraction to the wall (it pushes away the similar charge and then sticks to the different charge). Your hair retains enough charge to stand up (the similar charges in your hair try to get as far away from each other as possible, making the strands of hair repel and stand up, works best with very fine hair, usually blonds have a better effect since blond hair is usually thinner). A Van der Graff generator multiplies this effect.
The way you do it is to use either a rubber belt and a plastic rod or a silk belt and a glass rod and drive the belt around the rod with a motor. (Specifically I used a rubber palates belt and a rolling pin covered in scotch tape, I forget how I got the ends of the belt to stick together, but that part was rather difficult.)
Then, attach a small wire to the top to carry away the charge. The charge will flow along the wire as long as the other end is someplace that can hold more charge than the place it is coming from. The other end of the wire should be attached to a metal sphere. I used two strainers, 1 upside down, ties the end of the wire to the mesh in the strainer, then covered the whole thing in aluminum foil.
There's a few details I left out. For example, a ground wire can be made by using a power cord and removing the positives and negative prongs, then cut open the wire and use only part attached to the ground prong (you'll have to look up the color coding of the wires). Just be sure to use a LOT of proper electrical tape to cover the prongs you removed, then stick that single prong into a surge protector and use more electrical tape to hold them together. Now the surge protector can be plugged into the wall to create a safe ground.
Be sure to get adult supervision, since a mistake on this part can be very dangerous.
Here's another one that's challenging, but doable: Build a telephone. I built a homemade speaker once. It worked a little bit. A homemade microphone works essentially the same way. All a telephone is is a speaker hooked up to a set of incoming wires and a microphone hooked up to a set of outgoing wires. The receiver (the box that's attached directly to the wall and used for dialing and hanging up, etc.) and system for routing calls and stuff is complicated, but just the handset (which is attached to the receiver) is pretty simple. With a few parts at radioshack, you could attach your homemade phone to a standard receiver and actually use it. Your reception won't be very good, but it will work. Of course, you'll need a landline with a corded phone, which is harder and harder to find these days.