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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 everyday life: running your air conditioner, cleaning clothing, enjoying TELEVISION, 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 environmental advantages of solar power are significant, lots of property owners find that the convenience, unique functions, and cost savings of owning a solar power system are even more alluring.
Top Ten Benefits of Solar Energy
#1 Drastically minimize and even remove your electric expenses
Whether you're a homeowner, service, or not-for-profit, electrical power expenses can comprise a large part of your regular monthly expenditures. With a solar panel system, you'll produce totally free power for your system's entire 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you don't produce One Hundred Percent of the energy you consume, solar will lower your utility expenses and you'll still save a lot of money.
#2 Make a terrific return on your financial investment
Solar panels aren't a cost-- they are among the very best ways to invest, with returns measuring up to those of more traditional investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to considerable electrical power expense savings, the average American property owner settles their solar panel system in seven to 8 years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Secure against increasing energy expenses
Among the most clear cut benefits of photovoltaic panels is the ability to hedge utility rates. In the past 10 years, residential electrical energy rates have increased by approximately 3 percent each year. By investing in a solar energy system now, you can fix your electrical energy rate and secure against unforeseeable increases in electricity costs. If you're a business or property owner with changing capital, going solar likewise helps you much better forecast and handle your costs.
#4 Increase your residential or commercial property value
Numerous studies have found that homes equipped with solar energy systems have higher property worths and offer more quickly than non-solar houses. 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 educated about solar, need for 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 key component of attaining energy self-reliance in the United States. By increasing our capability to generate electrical energy from the sun, we can also insulate our country from cost variations in worldwide energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and assist your regional economy
Inning accordance with The Solar Structure, the solar industry added 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 nation. This growth is expected to continue. Since solar-related jobs have the tendency to be higher paying and can not be contracted out, they are a significant factor to the United States economy.
#7 Safeguard the environment
Solar is an excellent way to minimize your carbon footprint. Structures are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the U.S., and going solar can substantially decrease that number. A normal domestic solar panel system will remove three to 4 tons of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees every year.
#8 Demonstrate your commitment to sustainability
Sustainability and corporate social duty are very important components of an organization's culture and worths. They also produce bottom line results. Progressively, customers and communities are recognizing and rewarding services that opt to operate responsibly. Businesses are discovering that "green" credentials are a powerful driver of customer getting decisions, creating goodwill and enhancing company outcomes.
#9 Start Conserving from Day 1
Solar purchase power agreements (PPAs) and solar leasing has actually made it possible for house owners to go solar for little or no loan down.
Many homeowners choose to finance their solar panels with among the "pay-as-you-go" funding choices. This implies that a third-party company-- the solar provider-- owns the planetary system and takes care of installation, maintenance, tracking and repairs. You just pay the solar company for electrical energy-- less than you would've paid the energy 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 business are infamous for their fluctuating and unreliable electrical energy rates. There is plainly an upward pattern.
With solar panels and basic mathematics, we can compute just how much electricity will be produced, and most significantly, at exactly what price, 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
Why Aren'T Solar Panels For Your House More Affordable?
Home Depot Has Solar Panels But They Are So Expensive? Were Is The Best Place To Get Them?
Technology needs to pay for itself, in other words people have put a lot of money into clean energy alternatives and they need to make that money back. Solar is becoming more affordable than it used to be, and its also more efficient than it was 30 years ago.
Our current energy sources are highly subsidized by the government. If you were to go to Canada or Europe, their energy prices are closer to the world market price, which means that they pay a lot more than we do for their energy.
You should check into tax credits you may be able to receive after you buy some kind of alternative energy source. For example, where I live (MT), if you put $5000 into solar panels, in about 2 years they will pay for themselves. This is because, number one, you save money on your electricity bill, and number two, tax credits, some states give pretty generous tax credits for clean energy alternatives. The catch for that is that you either have to put the money up front.
Some alternative energy companies are also starting to let you make payments (like rent to own sort of thing).
If you have a professional installer (someone who is certified), they are more likely to guarantee their work, so if there is some maintenance, then they would have to fix their mistakes or charge a nominal fee for routine maintenance.
You may want to check out realgoodssolar.com
Using A Solar Panel To Make Energy?
When People Buy Small Solar Panels, What Are The Steps To Making It Actually Charge Or Run Something.. I'M Completely New To This Of Course And Im Curious. What Kinda Of Wire And Other Devices Are Needed And How Do You Attach The Wire And Everything..
Small solar panels produce almost no power that matters to anything. A whole square meter may produce 80 Watts when facing the noon sun in Arizona. take that down to 28 Watts in Erie Pa.
The 80 Watts can charge a 12 volt battery at about 8 amps times 6 hours, or 48 Amp hours per day in Arizona or perhaps 15 amp hours/day in Erie.
The amount of energy you can save declines as the battery is more charged so you need to use up the power stored before you have more to save.
To do that charging you need a circuit that will carry 8 amps, including a voltage regulator. So, if your circuit can stand 20 amps the person in Arizona can run 2 square meters of panel. It may seem strange but the same is true for the person in Erie. The person in Erie has to allow for the maximum output of the panel, not the expected average. The person in Erie will occasionally have really clear skies and put out maximum rated amps.
The amperage that the batteries can put out at maximum should not be used. That will destroy the battery. One puts a breaker on each output circuit to protect the circuit and a breaker that limits battery output to 120 amps based on a battery rated at 800 amps. That 800 amps is surge capacity.
One or two panels does not really justify having this capacity for battery and circuitry. I can think of using it to provide an emergency LED lighting system.
Battery For 12V 1.5W Solar Panel?
I Have A 12V 1.5W Solar Panel And I Want To Get A Battery That Can Be Charged By The Solar Panel That Can Then Be Used To Power A 12V 1.5W Fan. Ideally I Want All The Components To Be Connected And Able To Run Without Interaction. I Have Very Little Knowledge In Regards To This Field Which Is Why I Have Come To Yahoo Answers. Any Help Would Be Greatly Appreciated.
A 1.5 Watt fan powered by 12 Volts will use 1.5W / 12V = 0.125 Amps or 125 milliAmps.
Now there are (2) parts that you must consider with any energy and they are Wattage and Time of use (hours). So you will need to define the number of hours (in a solar day) that you need to use the fan.
Let's assume it is for work and that you want 8 hours of fan use. Then 0.125 Amps * 8 hours = 1 Amp*hour or 1 Ah. The typical recharage batteries can easily handle this loading with many 12V batteries up to 1000Ah ! So choose a 12V rechargable Sealed Lead Acid (SLA) or gel type battery that has at least 1 Ah.
Next you will need to find a charge controller that can handle at least 0.125 Amps charging rate with an assumed 8 hours of sunlight. The charge controller may have some losses so consider at least a 0.25 A capability at the minimum. Many start at 1 Amp, so not to worry. Morningstar or BatteryMinder has some small ones that can meet your needs.
Finally you will need a solar panel that can deliver at least a 0.250 Amp even when it is cloudy outside, so consider a 1 Amp type of panel if possible. The real problem is that you will need over 12V since the charging voltage on the battery is typically 13V ~ 14V, so you solar panel output voltage will need to have a minimum of about 15 Volts.
Since a solar cell creates about 0.7V per cell you will need a panel that has 15V / 0.7V = 21 solar cells (about a 3 x 7 array panel). The cells may be small but the overall output voltage will need to be met. A solar cell also typically generates about 1/4 the current as well so a 20W panel would probably meet your needs.
Here's a 20W system that would seem to meet your needs:
Anybody Got Any Info On Solar Panels For Energy Savings?
Looking For Alternative Ways To Save Energy Money And Thinking About Solar Panels. Anyone Know Anything About It And How Expensive It Is To Install Them?
Installing solar panels is now much more affordable than most people realize. Depending on where you live, new financing mechanisms such as the Sungevity Solar Lease, PACE (property-assessed clean energy) and PPA (Power Purchase Agreements) allow you to get solar with zero money down--you pay off the system on a monthly basis, and your monthly payments are likely to be less than you're paying for electricity right now. Also, if you go with one of these financing mechanisms, you'll be guaranteed a fixed rate for 10-15 years so you won't have to worry about utility rate hikes. Last but not least, there are some great rebates and tax credits available right now for PV systems and solar hot water heaters--check out http://www.dsireusa.org/ for details. I've had solar panels on my roof for years but wish this kind of creative financing had been available to me (oh well). I'm going to see if I can find an installer who will put up panels on my son's school using some kind of PPA. (Oh, and if you live in New Jersey, check out this article about how installing solar can actually be a get-rich-quick (while saving the planet) scheme because of an amazing incentive program mandated by the state--http://solarpowerrocks.com/new-jersey/im-moving-to-new-jersey-just-to-buy-homes-and-put-solar-on-them-seriously/).
What If Solar Panels Were 100% Efficient?
How Much Energy Would They Produce?
The total energy from the sun depends on where you are on the Earth. However, the energy available in the most ideal locations is only about 350 BTU per hour per square foot. If the photo-voltaic collector efficiency was 100%, this is approximately 100 watts per hour per square foot of collector. Now, if you were able to collect and store this energy with 100% efficiency for 10 hours each day, you would have stored 1000 watts (1 KW) per square foot of solar collector. This is not very much power and storage is a significant problem. In fact, you would need about 10 square feet of 100% efficient collectors just to keep your refrigerator running 24 hours per day. Then there is the oven, the lights, and so forth.
Then you need to convert this stored energy back to useful energy (such as residential voltages and current handling) with 100% efficiency. Currently, these efficiencies are above 85%.
Bottom line: SOLAR POWER IS NOT THE PANACEA ENERGY SOLUTION PEOPLE HOPE FOR.