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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 house owners to use the sun to power daily life: running your air conditioning system, cleaning clothing, enjoying TV, cooking supper. All while lowering your carbon footprint, and without burning fossil fuels or putting a stress on the electrical grid. And while the environmental advantages of solar power are substantial, numerous homeowners discover that the benefit, distinct functions, and cost savings of owning a solar power system are much more enticing.
Top 10 Benefits of Solar Energy
#1 Considerably minimize and even remove your electrical bills
Whether you're a homeowner, business, or not-for-profit, electrical energy expenses can make up a large part of your regular monthly expenses. With a solar panel system, you'll generate totally free power for your system's whole 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you don't produce 100 percent of the energy you consume, solar will lower your energy bills and you'll still conserve a lot of money.
#2 Make a fantastic return on your investment
Photovoltaic panels aren't a cost-- they are among the finest ways to invest, with returns matching those of more traditional investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to substantial electricity costs savings, the average American property owner pays off their solar panel system in seven to eight years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Secure versus rising energy costs
One of the most clear cut benefits of solar panels is the capability to hedge energy prices. In the previous 10 years, property electrical energy prices 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 electrical energy costs. If you're a business or homeowner with changing capital, going solar likewise helps you better forecast and manage your expenditures.
#4 Boost your home value
Multiple studies have found that homes equipped with solar energy systems have higher property worths and offer quicker than non-solar houses. Appraisers are significantly taking solar installations into factor to consider as they value houses at the time of a sale, and as property buyers become more informed about solar, demand for residential or commercial properties equipped with photovoltaic panel systems will continue to grow.
#5 Increase U.S. energy independence
The sun is a near-infinite source of energy and an essential part of achieving energy independence in the United States. By increasing our capacity to produce electrical power from the sun, we can likewise insulate our nation from rate fluctuations in global energy markets.
#6 Develop jobs and help your regional economy
According to The Solar Structure, the solar industry added tasks at a rate nearly 12 times faster than the general U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all tasks in the country. This development is expected to continue. Since solar-related tasks have the tendency to be greater paying and can not be outsourced, they are a substantial contributor to the United States economy.
#7 Protect the environment
Solar is a fantastic method to reduce your carbon footprint. Buildings are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the U.S., and going solar can significantly decrease that number. A common residential solar panel system will eliminate 3 to four heaps of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees annually.
#8 Demonstrate your commitment to sustainability
Sustainability and business social responsibility are very important components of a company's culture and worths. They also produce bottom line results. Significantly, consumers and neighborhoods are recognizing and rewarding businesses that decide to operate properly. Businesses are discovering that "green" qualifications are an effective chauffeur of consumer purchasing choices, developing goodwill and enhancing service results.
#9 Start Saving from Day 1
Solar purchase power agreements (PPAs) and solar leasing has made it possible for property owners to go solar for little or no cash down.
Lots of property owners decide to fund their solar panels with one of the "pay-as-you-go" funding options. This indicates that a third-party company-- the solar service provider-- owns the solar system and looks after installation, upkeep, tracking and repair works. You merely pay the solar supplier for electrical power-- less than you would've paid the utility company.
Since June 2013, 75% of all American homes have access to pay-as-you-go solar.
#10. Solar is a Secure Financial investment
The utility companies are well-known for their fluctuating and undependable electrical energy prices. There is clearly an upward pattern.
With photovoltaic panels and basic math, we can determine what does it cost? electrical energy will be created, and most significantly, at what cost, for a minimum of the next Twenty Years (repaired 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
Will The Debt With China Delay Battery Power Cars And Solar Energy?
Honestly who cares its all a scam anyway!!!!!!
Mechanical Engineering Vs Nuclear Engineering?
I Am Currently In My Last Year Of Highschool And I Am Applying To Universities In The Near Future.
I'M Not Sure Of What I Want To Do Yet, But I Have Narrowed It Down To Mechanical Engineering With A Specialization In Energy Engineering Or Nuclear Engineering. I Am Interested In Working In The Energy Sector. Oh, And I Live In Ontario, Canada.
1. If I Specialize In Energy Engineering, Will That Help Me A Lot To Get A Job In The Energy Sector ?
2. How Is The Demand For Each Field Of Engineering? (If You Don'T Know The Demand For Both, Just Tell Me For One).
3. How Difficult Is Each Program? From What I'Ve Heard, Nuclear Engineering Is Quite Difficult.
Feel Free To Add Any Additional Notes.
These questions come up a lot. As you are in Canada, I suppose you would eventually want to work at a CANDU reactor, but few countries use that design, so just be aware. Keep in mind that nuclear engineering as a college option and degree is much more limiting than mechanical engineering. Also, even nuclear power plants employ more mechanical and electrical engineers than nuclear engineers. Nuclear engineers can work as mechanical engineers, but mostly at nuclear power plants where they might be slightly more respected regarding some reactor related matters.
Nuclear engineers need to be really good a math as they primarily are most useful at a nuclear power plant in determining how to rearrange the fuel or deal with reactivity issues of the reactor. That effort does not require very many people and is pretty boring to most engineers, and you could easily become a geeky math guy if you get really good at criticality calculations.
All power plants have lots of mechanical and electrical systems best understood by mechanical engineers and electrical engineers. Of course, a lot is leaned on the job and is more or less already in place, so there is not a lot of real basic design work involved with any of this. Design work that involves all the things you learn in college is seldom undertaken anywhere, much less at nuclear power plants. Your college learning will help you appreciate how and why things work as they do and, if you are good, help you do troubleshooting and maintenance.
Engineers onsite or at the corporate engineering department do have to do calculations, but many are repetitive and don't require much originality. In fact, when I used to inspect nuclear plants, the biggest issue often seemed to be a lack of generic handbooks in their engineering libraries. They fixed that after I had inspected a few plants as they talk to each other about what outside inspectors are saying about them.
Each program is as hard as you want to make it. You might set your sights on nuclear, then decide it is not for you and opt for mechanical after the first couple of years in college. Most if not all of your courses would likely transfer. Also, as a mechanical student, you might also take courses in nuclear, gas turbines, solar, and wind energies. You will in the end realize that nuclear is the way to go for long term reliable energy production, but not necessarily the best thing for a student to focus on for 4 or 5 years.
Is This Accurate ??????????
This Is An Excerpt From A Short Introductory Speech I'Ve Written On Climate Change. If I'Ve Made Any Errors, Please Point Them Out. Any Suggestions/Comments Are Also Welcome.
&Quot;...For Example, Consider An Interdisciplinary Analysis Of Global Warming. I’Ll Begin With A Short Technical Note, As It'S Important To Understand The Cause Of Global Warming.
The Natural Greenhouse Effect:
The Earth'S Surface Absorbs 168 W/M2 Of Incoming Solar Energy. To Be In Equilibrium, An Equivalent Amount Of Energy Must Leave The Earth’S Surface. Heat Leaves The Surface Through Three Processes: Evaporation, Convection, And Emission Of Thermal Infrared Energy. About 17% Of Incoming Solar Energy Leaves The Surface As Thermal Infrared (Ir) Radiation. However, The Amount Of Thermal Ir Radiation That Directly Escapes To Space Is Only About 12% Of Incoming Solar Energy. The Remaining Fraction--5% Of Incoming Solar Energy—Is Absorbed By Greenhouse Gas Molecules In The Atmosphere. When Greenhouse Gas Molecules Absorb Thermal Ir Energy, They Reemit Ir Radiation In All Directions. Some Of This Thermal Ir Radiation Spreads Downward And Ultimately Comes Back Into Contact With The Earth’S Surface, Where It’S Absorbed. However, Some Of The Ir Radiation Emitted By Greenhouse Gasses Spreads Upward. As Altitude Increases, Greenhouse Gasses Become Sparser, And Thermal Ir Radiation Can Escape To Space.
Adding Greenhouse Gases To These High Altitudes Means That More Thermal Ir Radiation From Lower Levels Will Be Absorbed. Therefore, More Thermal Ir Radiation Will Be Radiated Downward, And Eventually Be Absorbed By The Surface. Suddenly, The Planet Will Be In An Energy Imbalance, Since The Earth Will Be Absorbing More Energy Then It'S Radiating Into Space. As The Earth’S Surface Accumulates Heat, Its Temperature Rises.
The Earth Is Currently In An Energy Imbalance.
Now Back To Looking At The Interdisciplinary Aspects Of Global Warming. We’Ll Look At How Different Scientists Study The Phenomena Of Global Warming.
Atmospheric Scientists Estimate The Earth'S Energy Imbalance By Calculating The Difference Between Absorbed Solar Radiation And Outgoing Longwave Radiation. In Looking At This Imbalance, Atmospheric Scientists Analyze Global Surface Temperature Data, As Well As Stratospheric Temperature Data.
Most Scientists Agree That Human Carbon Dioxide Emissions Are The Cause Of This Imbalance. Atmospheric Scientists Have Identified A Rising Trend Is Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide, A Potent Greenhouse Gas. Furthermore, Atmospheric Chemists Have Shown That The Rise Is Anthropogenic, Through The Analysis Of Specific Carbon Isotopes. There Are 3 Different Carbon Isotopes: 14C, 13C And 12C. Co2 Produced From Burring Fossil Fuels Has A Unique Isotopic Composition. Fossil Fuels Are Derived Form Ancient Plants; Therefore, They Have A Lower 13C/12C Ratio. This Is Because Plants Prefer Lighter Isotopes, That Is They Prefer 12C Versus 13C. Thus, Plants Have Lower 13C/12C Ratios. When Fossil Fuels Are Burned, Co2 From These Ancient Plants Is Released Into The Atmosphere, Thereby Lowering The Average 13C/12C Ratio Of The Atmosphere. Once Again, It’S This Lowered 13C/14C Ratio That Supports The Theory That Supports Anthropogenic (Man-Made) Global Warming.
Oceanographers With Expertise In Chemistry Study Ocean Acidification. When Co2 Is Dissolved Into The Ocean, It Joins With Water To Form Carbonic Acid. Most Carbonic Acid Then Turns Into Hco3-. This Loss On An Hydrogen Ion Lowers The Ph Of The Ocean, Thereby Causing Ocean Acidification. Marine Biologists May Study The Effect Of Ocean Acidification On Oceanic Creatures. For Example, The Amount Of Dissolved Oxygen May Decline As The Ocean Acidifies. They Could Have Devastating Effects Of Marine Life. Other Oceanographers May Study Sea Level Rise Or Increasing Ocean Heat Content.
Glaciologists Study The Effects Of Global Warming On Glacier Mass And Flow Rates.
Other Scientists Develop Simulations Of The Atmosphere, Ocean, And Land. These Simulations Are Complicated And Based On The Laws Of Physics, Fluid Motion, And Chemistry. They Can Predict How Anthropogenic Forcings Will Influence Future Climate Changes...&Quot;
Regarding carbon isotopes, you are right to ignore the very short lived isotopes 10C and 11C, which do not occur naturally on earth. The lowred 14C/12C ratio confirms that the added carbon dioxide comes from some ancient source, and the 13C/12C ratio confirms that that source is fossil fuel rather than, say, vulcanism. But we know all that anyway simply from mass balance (chemists' word for bookkeeping). Strictly, all this supports is anthropogenic CO2. You need the temperature data to show that warming is happening, together with the reasoning you give, and the lack of other credible explanation, to connect it to warming.
Water vapour is the most effective greenhouse gas, but it is controlled by temperature, so if temperature increases for any reason, water vapour will provide a positive feedback. For this reason among others, the effect of carbon dioxide is amplified.
You have confused two separate problems regarding the oceans. More CO2 in the atmosphere leads to more dissolved CO2, and to ocean acidification (falling ocean pH) which makes it more difficult for sea creatures to build shells containing calcium carbonate. You can also think of this in terms of the equilibrium
CaCO3(s) + H2O + CO2(dissolved) <=> Ca2+ (dissolved) + 2 HCO3- (dissolved)
Warming of the ocean surface reduces mixing between surface and lower layers, and also reduces the solubility of oxygen in water, and these are the factors that lead to less dissolved oxygen.
There are also important points raised by some of the other answerers; I think you know enough to tell what is and what is not valid among the various points they raise.
Trevor and d/dx are better qualified than I am to evaluate your account of heat transfer. As I understand it, more of a greenhouse gas means that the final emission of radiation to space, at the wavelengths that the gas absorbs and re-emits, will take place from a higher level and therefore, in general, from a level where the gas is cooler and emits less.
Hope this helps
Do Solar Pannels Actually Make Enough Energy To Power A House?
Not Worried About Cost, Just Want To Be Non Reliant On Energy Company.
Depends on location, pattern of demand, energy consumption and area available for panels.
In the UK, the average house consumes ~3600kWh electricity/yr (plus about 20,000kWh in gas).
To generate 3600kWh you'll need about 4kWp of panels, which can be fit on most detached houses. However, UK energy consumption tends to peak in Winter, when there is less sunlight. You can put in enough batteries to power yourself during the Summer for many days with 4kWp, but to power yourself at night during Winter you'd need significantly more panels. Maybe 16kWp or so, but I can't find insolation patterns yet.
Then during Summer, unless you're grid tied to send the electricity into the grid, you'd have to dump a lot of the power.
Right now a 4kWp system in the UK, grid tied, would mean that you produce about as much electricity in a year as you use. Efficient energy use can help here (our 4 person house used 2900kWh). But you'd have to sell it in the Summer and buy back during Winter.
This is more cost effective in the UK, as new solar systems qualify for 37.5p/Watt 'Feed in Tariff', being introduced in 2 yrs.
What Can Be Done/ Are We Doing To Combat Climate Change?
Like I Know The Number One Concern Is Overpopulation But What Else Are We Doing...Are We Developing Devices That Use Less Energy, More Fuel Efficient Cars, Desalinization Plants, Ect...Is There Really Any Good News In The Near Future Or Does It Look Bad?
I'll take a stab at actually answering the question. Right now, there isn't much economy-wide cooperation (particularly globally) on accelerating the deployment of efficiency and alternative energy technologies. There are several that could help get a real transition going at moderate cost, with long-term dividends in terms of energy savings and avoidance of climate impacts. Some ideas here:
Part of the solution is putting a market-based price on fossil carbon pollution and providing incentives to give alternative approaches a boost.
Jrock, here's a question: If plants are absorbing all our emissions, then why are CO2 concentrations rising rapidly?
If you think it's natural, where's the scientific evidence? Looks to me like mass balance calculations and isotopic analysis indicate otherwise. Nature remains a net SINK for carbon, absorbing all natural emissions and about half of ours (subject to change with warming). So it's nearly 15 gigatons (4 Gt carbon equivalent) of OUR output annually (from power plants and many millions of vehicles etc.) that's accumulating in the atmosphere. And there still isn't any "proof" of a GLOBAL cooling TREND vs. a recent modest anomaly fluctuation.