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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 homeowner to utilize the sun to power daily life: running your air conditioner, washing clothing, enjoying TELEVISION, cooking dinner. All while minimizing your carbon footprint, and without burning nonrenewable fuel sources or putting a stress on the electrical grid. And while the environmental benefits of solar power are considerable, numerous property owners discover that the convenience, special features, and expense savings of owning a solar power system are even more attractive.
Top 10 Advantages of Solar Energy
#1 Significantly reduce or perhaps remove your electric bills
Whether you're a house owner, business, or not-for-profit, electricity expenses can make up a large part of your regular monthly costs. With a solar panel system, you'll produce 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 minimize your utility costs and you'll still save a great deal of cash.
#2 Make a fantastic return on your investment
Solar panels aren't an expenditure-- they're one of the finest ways to invest, with returns measuring up to those of more traditional investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to considerable electricity expense savings, the average American homeowner pays off their solar panel system in 7 to eight years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Protect versus rising energy expenses
Among the most clear cut advantages of solar panels is the ability to hedge utility prices. In the previous 10 years, residential electricity rates have actually gone up by approximately 3 percent every year. By buying a solar energy system now, you can fix your electrical energy rate and secure against unpredictable increases in electrical power costs. If you're a company or house owner with ever-changing cash flow, going solar likewise assists you much better projection and handle your expenditures.
#4 Increase your home or business worth
Numerous research studies have actually found that houses geared up with solar energy systems have greater property values and offer more rapidly than non-solar houses. Appraisers are increasingly taking solar installations into consideration as they value homes at the time of a sale, and as property buyers become more educated about solar, need for residential or commercial properties equipped with solar panel systems will continue to grow.
#5 Boost U.S. energy independence
The sun is a near-infinite source of energy and a key part of achieving energy self-reliance in the United States. By increasing our capacity to generate electrical energy from the sun, we can likewise insulate our nation from price variations in international energy markets.
#6 Develop jobs and help your regional economy
Inning accordance with The Solar Structure, the solar market added jobs at a rate nearly 12 times faster than the general U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all jobs in the nation. This growth is expected to continue. Since solar-related tasks tend to be higher paying and can not be contracted out, they are a significant contributor to the United States economy.
#7 Protect the environment
Solar is a great method to lower your carbon footprint. Buildings are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the U.S., and going solar can substantially decrease that number. A normal residential solar panel system will remove 3 to four lots of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees yearly.
#8 Demonstrate your dedication to sustainability
Sustainability and business social responsibility are essential elements of a company's culture and worths. They likewise produce bottom line results. Significantly, customers and communities are recognizing and rewarding companies that decide to run responsibly. Organisations are finding that "green" credentials are an effective chauffeur of customer purchasing choices, producing goodwill and improving organisation results.
#9 Start Conserving from Day 1
Solar purchase power arrangements (PPAs) and solar leasing has actually made it possible for property owners to go solar for little or no loan down.
Numerous homeowners decide to finance their solar panels with one of the "pay-as-you-go" funding choices. This implies that a third-party business-- the solar supplier-- owns the solar system and looks after setup, maintenance, monitoring and repair works. You simply pay the solar supplier for electrical power-- less than you would've paid the energy company.
As of June 2013, 75% of all American homes have access to pay-as-you-go solar.
#10. Solar is a Secure Financial investment
The energy business are infamous for their changing and undependable electrical power rates. There is plainly an upward trend.
With photovoltaic panels and basic mathematics, we can determine what does it cost? electricity will be produced, and most importantly, at exactly what price, for a minimum of the next 20 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
Solar Panel Storage Batteries.. Are They Hazardous?
Are The Storage Batteries Used In Conjunction With Solar Panels Hazardous? What Do They Contain? Are They Safe For The Environment?
Essentially every battery is hazardous and dangerous to the environment. Every battery from cars, solar panels, phones, and just the normal AA and AAA should all be disposed of properly.
Questions About Solar Panels?
How Much Would It Cost To Make An Average Size House Be Able To Depend On Solar Panels For All Of Its Power?
How Many Solar Panels Would You Need And Wear Would You Put Them? Would The Roof Be Large Enough To Support The Panels Needed?
Do Solar Panels Work Well In Higher Latitudes Like Northern Usa Or Southern Canada? Can You Power Your House For The Whole Year If You Live In These Environments?
What Kind Of Maintenance Do Solar Panels Require?
There are several web sites you can search for and they will provide the answer on how big of a PV Solar Array you would need for your house. Several things need to be known, such as square footage of the home, how well the home is insulated, etc.
The panels come in all sizes and wattage's depending upon application, so yes they should all fit on the roof. If you have a small roof get PV panels with higher wattage's.
Yes, they will work in the northern latitudes but not as efficiently as near the equator. You might need more PV panels to make up the loss in power from the sun hitting at a lower angle.
Generally, all you will need to do is periodically clean the glass covering of the PV Panels to get maximum sun light on the PV cells.
In my region, near the 45 th parallel, a 1600 square foot home with six inch insulated walls and R40 attic insulation can purchase a PV panel system for around $40,000. That includes the equipment to tie it into the power grid and the meter to measure how much you supply the grid during the day and how much you draw from the grid at night when the sun isn't shining. There are tax credits for retrofitting an existing home, but mostly it is new homes being built that are having the PV panel systems installed so the cost is added to the mortgage and the return on the investment is paid off over the life of the System (about 15 to 20 yrs.)
Solar Panel For Your Home?
I Was Wondering If Anyone Had Info On Where To Go To Have Solar Panels Installed On Your House And I Heard There Were All Kinds Of Rebates From The State To Make This Affordable . Please Help . Thanks
In the US, there are tax incentives from the Federal government as well as several state governments. I've included a link below that shows you all the incentives available for each state. Note that there are often different incentives available for solar water heating than there are for solar photovoltaics.
If you are interested in getting an estimate on putting a solar system on your home, I would contact a company that is listed through NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners). There is a spot on their web site that will list certified solar instalers for your state. By choosing someone off the list, you know that you are dealing with someone who has some experience sizing, pricing and installing these systems.
What Is The Best Angle And Direction To Mount A Solar Panel?
I Hear That The New Solar Panel Systems Will Be Affordable And Aimed At The Diy Crowd So I Like To Know If My Home Is Properly Orientated.
Depends on where you are in the country/earth, but generally electrical solar panels are located on the south side of a sloping roof or at an angle that is roughly half way between the high and low points of the sun (summer and winter). Solar heat collectors are usually aimed some what east of south to pick up heat earlier in the day and are aimed lower to get heat directly in the winter and more indirectly in the summer.
Im Looking To Get Solar Panels. What Type Should I Get? Who Is The Best Company To Buy From? Do I Need To Have Someone Come To My House And Evaluate It? And If It Make Any Difference I Live In Southern California In Tulare County
This may help. I dont want to tell you where to go so I have provided you with enough info to make the decision on your own.
Types of technologies
Many technologies have been developed to make use of solar radiation. Some of these technologies make direct use of the solar energy (e.g. to provide light, heat, etc.), while others produce electricity.
Solar design in architecture
Main article: Passive solar building design
Solar design in architecture involves the use of appropriate solar technologies to maintain a building’s environment at a comfortable temperature through the sun's daily and annual cycles. It may do this by storing solar energy as heat in the walls of a building, which then acts to heat the building at night. Another approach is to keep the interior cool during a hot day by designing in natural convection through the building’s interior.
Solar heating systems
Main articles: Solar hot water and Solar combisystem
Solar hot water systems use sunlight to heat water. They may be used to heat domestic hot water, for space heating or to heat swimming pools. These systems are composed of solar thermal collectors, a storage tank and a circulation loop. The three basic classifications of solar water heaters are:
Batch systems which consist of a tank that is directly heated by sunlight. These are the oldest and simplest solar water heater designs, however; the exposed tank can be vulnerable to cooldown.
Active systems which use pumps to circulate water or a heat transfer fluid.
Passive systems which circulate water or a heat transfer fluid by natural circulation. These are also called thermosiphon systems.
A Trombe wall is a passive solar heating and ventilation system consisting of an air channel sandwiched between a window and a sun-facing wall. Sunlight heats the air space during the day causing natural circulation through vents at the top and bottom of the wall and storing heat in the thermal mass. During the evening the Trombe wall radiates stored heat.
A transpired collector is an active solar heating and ventilation system consisting of a perforated sun-facing wall which acts as a solar thermal collector. The collector pre-heats air as it is drawn into the building's ventilation system through the perforations. These systems are inexpensive and commercial models have achieved efficiencies above 70%. Most systems pay for themselves within 4-8 years.
Main articles: Daylighting and Light tube
Solar lighting or daylighting is the use of natural light to provide illumination. Daylighting directly offsets energy use in electric lighting systems and indirectly offsets energy use through a reduction in cooling load. Although difficult to quantify, the use of natural light also offers physiological and psychological benefits.
Daylighting features include building orientation, window orientation, exterior shading, sawtooth roofs, clerestory windows, light shelves, skylights and light tubes. These features may be incorporated in existing structures but are most effective when integrated in a solar design package which accounts for factors such as glare, heat gain, heat loss and time-of-use. Architectural trends increasingly recognize daylighting as a cornerstone of sustainable design.
Daylight saving time (DST) can be seen as a method of utilising solar energy by matching available sunlight to the hours of the day in which it is most useful. DST energy savings have been estimated to reduce total electricity use in California by 0.5% (3400 MWh) and peak electricity use by 3% (1000 MW). However, there is some question whether these estimates are valid. In 2000 when parts of Australia began DST in late winter, overall electricity consumption did not decrease, but the peak load increased.
A solar pond is simply a pool of water which collects and stores solar energy. It contains layers of salt solutions with increasing concentration (and therefore density) to a certain depth, below which the solution has a uniform high salt concentration. It is a relatively low-tech, low-cost approach to harvesting solar energy. The principle is to fill a pond with 3 layers of water:
A top layer with a low salt content.
An intermediate insulating layer with a salt gradient, which sets up a density gradient that prevents heat exchange by natural convection in the water.
A bottom layer with a high salt content which reaches a temperature approaching 90 degrees Celsius.
The layers have different densities due to their different salt content, and this prevents the development of convection currents which would otherwise transfer the heat to the surface and then to the air above. The heat trapped in the salty bottom layer can be used for heating of buildings, industrial processes, generating electricity or other purposes. One such system is in use at Bhuj, Gujarat, India and another at the University of Texas El Paso.
Solar chemical is any process that harnesses solar energy by absorbing sunlight in a chemical reaction in a way similar to photosynthesis in plants but without using living organisms. No large-scale systems have as yet been constructed.
Another chemical (but not photochemical) approach has been to use conventional solar thermal collectors to drive chemical dissociation reactions. Ammonia can be separated into nitrogen and hydrogen at high temperature and with the aid of a catalyst, stored indefinitely, then recombined later to release the heat stored. A prototype system was constructed at the Australian National University.
A promising approach is to use focused sunlight to provide the energy needed to split water into its constituent hydrogen and oxygen in the presence of a metallic catalyst such as zinc.
While metals, such as zinc, have been shown to drive photoelectrolysis of water, more research has focused on semiconductors. Further research has examined transition metal compounds, in particular titanium, niobium and tantalum oxides.
Unfortunately, these materials exhibit very low efficiencies, because they require ultraviolet light to drive the photoelectrolysis of water. Current materials also require an electrical voltage bias for the hydrogen and oxygen gas to evolve from the surface, another disadvantage. Current research is focusing on the development of materials capable of the same water splitting reaction using lower energy visible light.
It is also possible to use solar energy to drive industrial chemical processes without a requirement for fossil fuel.