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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 daily life: running your air conditioner, cleaning clothing, enjoying TV, cooking dinner. All while decreasing your carbon footprint, and without burning fossil fuels or putting a strain on the electrical grid. And while the environmental benefits of solar power are significant, many home owners find that the benefit, distinct features, and cost savings of owning a solar power system are even more attractive.
Top Ten Benefits of Solar Energy
#1 Considerably decrease or perhaps eliminate your electric expenses
Whether you're a house owner, service, or not-for-profit, electricity expenses can comprise a big portion of your month-to-month costs. With a photovoltaic panel system, you'll create complimentary power for your system's whole 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you don't produce 100 percent of the energy you consume, solar will decrease your utility bills and you'll still save a great deal of money.
#2 Make an excellent return on your investment
Solar panels aren't an expense-- they are among the best methods to invest, with returns rivaling those of more conventional financial investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to significant electrical energy costs savings, the typical American homeowner settles their photovoltaic panel system in seven to 8 years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Protect versus increasing energy costs
Among the most clear cut advantages of solar panels is the capability to hedge energy rates. In the previous 10 years, residential electrical power rates have increased by an average of three percent yearly. By buying a solar energy system now, you can fix your electricity rate and safeguard against unforeseeable increases in electricity costs. If you're a service or property owner with changing capital, going solar likewise helps you much better projection and manage your expenses.
#4 Boost your home or business value
Multiple studies have found that homes geared up with solar energy systems have greater home worths and sell faster than non-solar homes. Appraisers are increasingly taking solar setups into factor to consider as they value homes at the time of a sale, and as property buyers become more educated about solar, demand for residential or commercial properties equipped 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 a crucial part of achieving energy self-reliance in the United States. By increasing our capability to create electrical energy from the sun, we can also insulate our nation from rate fluctuations in international energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and help your local economy
According to The Solar Structure, the solar market included jobs at a rate almost 12 times faster than the overall U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all tasks in the nation. This development is anticipated to continue. Due to the fact that solar-related tasks have the tendency to be greater paying and can not be outsourced, they are a substantial factor to the United States economy.
#7 Safeguard the environment
Solar is a great method to minimize your carbon footprint. Structures are responsible for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the United States, and going solar can considerably decrease that number. A common domestic solar panel system will get rid of three to 4 heaps of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees yearly.
#8 Demonstrate your commitment to sustainability
Sustainability and business social duty are very important parts of a company's culture and values. They likewise produce bottom line results. Increasingly, consumers and communities are acknowledging and rewarding organisations that opt to run responsibly. Businesses are finding that "green" qualifications are an effective motorist of consumer getting decisions, producing goodwill and improving service 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 loan down.
Lots of house owners decide to finance their photovoltaic panels with one of the "pay-as-you-go" funding options. This indicates that a third-party business-- the solar supplier-- owns the solar system and looks after installation, upkeep, tracking and repairs. You just pay the solar company for electrical energy-- less than you would've paid the energy business.
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 infamous for their varying and undependable electricity rates. There is clearly an upward pattern.
With photovoltaic panels and simple math, we can calculate just how much electrical power will be generated, and most importantly, at what rate, for at least the next 20 years (repaired 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 Much Co2 Is Reduced By Solar Panels Compared To How Much Co2 Is Required To Manufacture Them?
I Was Reading An Article That Stipulated That Much Of The Co2 Issues Purported To Be Reduced Were Practically Negligible When Compared To How Much Co2 Was Expelled In Their Manufacturing. The Idea Was That Many Of The Attributes Of Solar Technology That Relate To Climate Change And Going Green Were In Effect Totally Moot And Considerably Over-Stated.
Is This True?
Hey WLTK, that article you read is probably dating itself, I'll explain why. There was an argument that solar power is a bad idea back in the 90's because it was estimated that a solar panel will never produce as much power as was used in manufacturing it. There were several studies done on the subject, probably the most indepth was done by Solar Energy International. What they are referring to is the, "Embodied Energy," in the panel, that is, the amount of energy used to mine for the raw materials, ship to the factory, make the product, ship to the user point and install. It is difficult to quantify, but using a range of variables, it turns out that the average solar panel does actually earn back its embodied energy in 1.5 to 6.25 years, well within the life expectancy of the panel. But in the end, none of this matters.
Electricity has been around for over a century now, so it isn't going away anytime soon. As a people we simply need to ask ourselves, "What is the best way to produce it?" Suppose you built a 200 watt solar panel, and put it along side a 200 watt modern conventional electric generator, something efficient, like a natural gas fired turbine generator. Which will earn back its embodied energy first? Turns out the natural gas generator never does. We forget that while both the solar panel and the generator are subject to the use of embodied energy to manufacture them, the natural gas generator also has to be fed fossil fuel in order to operate for the rest of its life. It converts the natural gas to electricity at some rate less than 100%, so in the end, it keeps on digging itself a deeper and deeper energy hole that it can never crawl out of. The same is true of coal and oil, in addition to the embodied energy in the plant, it needs fuel to run. Solar and wind power simply draw their energy out of thin air once you have manufactured the devices.
It's a shame it has taken us so long to see the point here, but with the number of wind farms being erected today, it's clear that the power companies have finally figured it out. While a wind farm takes capital to build, once it is running, it looks really good on the balance sheet because they never need to buy fuel again. This says nothing for its environmental benefits.
We actually live in a solar and wind powered home. It might sound uncommon, but there are over 100,000 homes and businesses using some level of renewable energy in the US alone today, and virtually all the equipment used to provide that power is paying for itself, financially and environmentally. Forget the article, that was someones last stab at the new frontier. What's unfortunate is that most of the people doing most of the talking on the renewable energy front have actually never laid their hands on a solar panel or a wind turbine. When we started on our home over 10 years ago, it was really hard getting good information on the subject. It's gotten better over time, but there are still the articles that keep popping up, turning people in the other direction. I'm including some other sources for articles below you might find interesting. Good luck, and take care, Rudydoo
So, Was Solyndra Just A Money Laundering Program For Corrupt People Associated With The White House?
It Seems Clearer With Each Week That This Is Most Likely The Case, Does It Not? This Surely Should Be An Impeachable Offense If Any Of This Is Proven, Correct?
Top Executives At Solyndra Have Refused To Tell U.S. Officials Whether They Received Executive Bonuses After The Company Began To Fail, And They Have Frustrated Bankruptcy Proceedings By Refusing To Answer Questions About The Solar Firm'S Sudden And Dramatic Shutdown, According To Papers Filed By Justice Department Lawyers Late Friday.
In March, Abc News, In Partnership With The Center For Public Integrity'S Iwatch News, Began Reporting On Simmering Questions About The Process That Led The Obama Administration To Make Solyndra The First Company To Receive A Loan Under A Program Designed To Provide Government Support To Companies That Would Create Jobs While Generating Energy From Cleaner Sources, Such As Solar, Wind And Nuclear. President Obama Personally Visited The Solyndra Complex, Hailing It As A Leader In This Emerging Field.
In August, Though, Solyndra Abruptly Shut Its Doors, Laying Off 1,100 Workers. And Within Days It Declared Bankruptcy. The Fbi Raided The Plant Days Later, Part Of An Investigation That Involves Inspector Generals For The Energy Department And The Treasury Department. In Addition, Republicans In The House Energy And Commerce Committee Have Been Working To Dissect The Deal And Understand How Signs Of Solyndra'S Financial Trouble Had Been Overlooked By The Department Of Energy.
What they need to do is confiscate george kaiser & solyndra's management personal wealth. The company may be out of money but not them. They used tax payers money to fund the company, not their personal wealth.
Another solar panel company receive 10 million & hired 6 workers to manufacture rooftop solar panel. But since the cost of manufacture is so high that government steps in to bribe or pay Buyers (well to do or very rich people) to buy solar panel with tax payers money. It's the same with chevy volt & tesla motors in which the rich or very rich buyers who can afford to buy these so called green products are being subsidies or bribed with tax payers money so they can buy it very cheaply. (Batteries, Mercury, Rubber insulators, Coolants, Plastics, Lubricants, & chemical inhibitors are not Green).
Green jobs aren't for the poor or unemployed, but for the rich, cronies, unions & even colleges to satisfy their self righteous ego & pocket where everyone are forced to buy a product they didn't buy though their taxes. People didn't voluntarily put their money in & receive interest in return as in investment where they can full out anytime they feel their investment are going sour.
Training people to earn dozens of certificates to fill jobs that doesn't exist only creates jobs for the administration & staff who gets funding to train people on jobs that will never be filled. Subsidies, Grants, & the dream act works in the same manner of bailouts, subsidies, tax credits & entitlements for the dept. of education which is to keep the demand for education high by by artificially creating demand for education for citizens, legal or illegals that don't really care much for the academics, but the piece of paper. That leads to dumbing down education where more than half of those enrolled aren't serious about school work, labs, attendance, & exams stealing & plagiarizing other people's work that are being moved along & passed without really earning it. Schools needs to keep enrollment high without reducing tuition cost, salaries, & profit.
They can tax & spend all the way to 99%, the spending & borrowing will not end cause when it does end no more free money & services. Entitlements are like the childless woman will be willing to have a neighbor or sisters baby cut in half just so neither of them will have a baby to raise in the end. Basically if it's not your earned money & sacrifice who cares how much deeper in debt you get into. The business of self righteous, sanctimonious image is what sustains debt through over indulging entitlements, community reinvestment act, sub prime loans, over spending, debt ceiling increase, foreign aid, & nation building is to flood the world with currency created through debt. Debasing currency & inflating cost or value of goods & commodities.
When andrew jackson paid off the deficit there were no social entitlement spending.
The incumbent & inner circles of billionaire cronies (worth 1k-47k more than millionaires) talks high & mighty about the very affluent to pay their share to sell the image of their self righteousness & gladly take all subsidies, tax credits, & deduction they can get/write off cause it won't be them who will pay for it, but everyone especially the consumers with a chance to eliminate, hinder success, & gobble up smaller efficient competitors bellow the top 10 or outside the inner circle.
Motorola get tax credits to stay due to a 66% income tax hike.
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Is Using A Thick Cardboard Backing For A Solar Panel Ok?
I'M Building A Solar Panel For The First Time And Have The Tabbed Solar Cells. I Put Together 4 Strings Of 9 Cells. And The Cells Are Each 0.55V, 3.6A.
Because I'M Going To Be Using The Panel Indoors And Leaning It Up Against A Window Pane, I Put Them In A 24X36 Inch Poster-Size Frame. The Frame Has A Plexiglass Cover And A Thick Cardboard Backing.
My Question To You Is This. Will The Cardboard Backing Up Against The Metal Underside (Positive Side) Of The Solar Cells Be Ok? I Don'T Know If It May Catch Fire Or If Holes May Burn Through When There'S Full Sun.
My Guess Here Is It Should Be Ok. But Maybe I'M Wrong. If I Am Wrong, Or If Something Should Be Put In Between, Please Let Me Know What I Should Use.
In commercial panels some sort of polymer is often used for backing. With a 12V panel there are 36 cells, which means they can still output about 14V for charging a 12V battery even when hot. The voltage reduces about 2.2mV per degree C per cell. Commercial panels are meant to work up to about 60 degrees C, which is quite normal in the sun. I have found just lying them on the grass the air circulation is reduced, and they get too hot to charge a 12V battery. This means the backing should have good thermal conductivity while being an electrical insulator, as well as mechanical strength. The cells are often encapsulated in a thermosetting plastic first, then laid face down so a liquid polymer can be poured as backing.. I have removed commercial panels from their frames and re-packaged them to work in a very wet environment.
I suppose cardboard would work, but it is unlikely to have good cooling so the expected voltage would be lower. As you intend to only operate indoors I suppose it is unlikely you have full sun most of the time anyway, so there could be less heating and less output current accordingly. I think the cardboard is only useful for a short time, and is not strong enough. Temperature wise it is marginal.
The link below uses plywood for the backing. The backing is supposed to provide strength too. A sheet of some sort of plastic or laminate (including melamine laminate as in kitchen bench tops) comes to mind too. The cells are supposed to be bonded to the backing for better thermal conductivity. Use silicon RTV to stick cells to the backing, very thinly.
Why Are Solar Batteries Used Rather Than Batters In Spacecraft?
(we suppose you mean solar panels.)
... and how would you recharge the battery. Where would you plug the charger into?
And every kilogram you have to take up from the ground costs several kg of fuel. And its that many kg of more useful stuff you can't take.
What Do I Look For In Solar Panels? Which Are The Best?
The Question Says It All
I'M A Girl Of Little Words :)
The Amps output the panels produce
has a huge collection
but the technology isn't that advanced yet,
solar panels pay for themselves in 10 years
but don't last past 5, wait until the technology is better