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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 utilize the sun to power daily life: running your air conditioning unit, cleaning clothes, viewing 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 ecological benefits of solar power are considerable, numerous home owners discover that the benefit, distinct features, and expense savings of owning a solar power system are a lot more alluring.
Top Ten Benefits of Solar Energy
#1 Significantly minimize or perhaps eliminate your electrical bills
Whether you're a property owner, service, or nonprofit, electrical energy costs can make up a big portion of your month-to-month costs. With a photovoltaic panel system, you'll generate 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 decrease your utility bills and you'll still conserve a great deal of cash.
#2 Make a terrific return on your financial investment
Solar panels aren't an expense-- they are among the best ways to invest, with returns measuring up to those of more standard investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to significant electrical power bill 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 Secure versus rising energy expenses
Among the most clear cut benefits of photovoltaic panels is the ability to hedge energy rates. In the past 10 years, domestic electrical energy rates have increased by an average of three percent yearly. By purchasing a solar energy system now, you can fix your electrical power rate and secure versus unforeseeable boosts in electricity expenses. If you're a business or property owner with fluctuating money circulation, going solar likewise helps you better projection and handle your expenditures.
#4 Increase your house value
Multiple studies have actually discovered that homes geared up with solar energy systems have greater residential or commercial property worths and offer quicker than non-solar homes. Appraisers are progressively taking solar installations into consideration as they value houses at the time of a sale, and as property buyers become more informed about solar, need for residential or commercial properties equipped with photovoltaic panel systems will continue to grow.
#5 Boost U.S. energy independence
The sun is a near-infinite source of energy and a crucial element of accomplishing energy self-reliance in the United States. By increasing our capacity to produce electricity from the sun, we can also insulate our country from price changes in global energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and help your regional economy
According to The Solar Foundation, the solar market added jobs at a rate nearly 12 times faster than the total U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all tasks in the country. This development is expected to continue. Due to the fact that solar-related jobs have the tendency to be greater paying and can not be contracted out, they are a substantial factor to the U.S. economy.
#7 Safeguard the environment
Solar is a fantastic method to minimize 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 common residential solar panel system will remove 3 to four tons of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees every year.
#8 Demonstrate your commitment to sustainability
Sustainability and business social obligation are essential components of a company's culture and values. They also produce bottom line results. Increasingly, consumers and neighborhoods are acknowledging and rewarding services that opt to operate responsibly. Businesses are discovering that "green" credentials are an effective chauffeur of consumer buying decisions, developing goodwill and enhancing business results.
#9 Start Conserving from Day 1
Solar purchase power contracts (PPAs) and solar leasing has actually made it possible for property owners to go solar for little or no cash down.
Numerous homeowners opt to finance their photovoltaic panels with among the "pay-as-you-go" financing alternatives. This means that a third-party business-- the solar provider-- owns the planetary system and takes care of installation, maintenance, monitoring and repair works. You merely pay the solar provider for electrical power-- less than you would've paid the energy business.
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 companies are notorious for their varying and unreliable electrical energy prices. There is clearly an upward pattern.
With solar panels and basic math, we can determine just how much electrical power will be generated, and most notably, at exactly what rate, for at least the next Twenty 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
How Is Solar Energy Collected?
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Several main ways.
1) Solar heating. Look up 'solar cookers' or solar heating panels. Simply have something dark, and put it in the Sun. It will heat up. In solar heating panels used on people's roofs they're tubes of a liquid that can then transfer the heat to a hot water tank when they warm up enough.
2) 'Concentrating solar power'. Lots of mirrors which focus light on either a central tower full of liquid that heats up & produces steam to drive a turbine, or concentrated on a stirling engine which can use the heat to pump itself and generate electricity.
3) 'Photovoltaic' are solar electricity panels you see on satellites and on some houses etc. Traditional solar panels stick together two blocks of silicon, one doped with phosphorous and one with boron. Phosphorous has a 'spare' electron in its outer shell, boron is 'missing' one. You bring the two pieces together and the spare P electron moves around until it's 'caught' by a B atom. So loads of electrons go from the P to the B block, which generates a voltage. When light hits the blocks of material, electrons are excited from the valence band to the conduction band where they can move. The voltage 'pushes' the electron along. Attach a circuit et voila, you have electricity from light.
How Much Money Will You Save By Switching To Solar Energy. ?
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I don't have statistics, but I can tell you about my system. It cost $26K, I got a $10K rebate from my utility and I will get a $2K fed tax credit (starting this year it will be 30%). I am saving about $2K per year. Electricity rates in my state increase an average of 5% annually (recently it has been more like 8%). I will break even in 6-7 years and will save over $50K in the 25 year life span of my system.
If you are looking at large scale projects you can look at the project being built in CA, I'll put the link. Basically you have the initial costs and maintenance, so it should be cheaper to produce electricity from solar. With carbon based energy there is a constant resource needed to run the plant which is subject to wild costs swings.
How Does Solar Energy Affect The Environment?
The major manufacturing input of PV modules is silicon, one of the most abundant elements on earth. It is easily gathered from the top of the earth’s crust and is available all over the world, eliminating the need to transport heavy raw materials.
From the very first day it is installed and commissioned, a PV system will produce clean, green electricity. Whatever a system produces reduces its owner’s need to purchase “dirty” electricity produced by burning fossil fuels or harnessing the power of a nuclear reactor. Translating an array’s power production to common measures of energy or energy-related items helps to understand PV’s value. For example, a hypothetical 5kW PV array in New England should produce the equivalent energy of 10-12 barrels of oil each year. This is like saving 10,000 pounds of carbon or greenhouse gas emissions. Another way to express this system’s beneficial attributes is to say the greenhouse gas emissions it offsets are equivalent to planting about 20 mature trees each year, or driving your car about 7,000 miles less than you typically would in a year.
How Can Obama Recover A Deficit By &Quot;Cutting&Quot; Spending, But Still Be Increasing Spending At The Same Time?
I Recall That Obama Mentioned During The State Of The Union That He Will Attempt To Recover The Deficit For Fiscal Year 2009, Which He Claims To Be Only $1 Trillion, By &Quot;Cutting Spending On Some Government Programs&Quot; In 2011, Although He Mentioned Specifically That There Would Be No Effect On Top Tier Programs Such As Defense Spending, Military, Social Security And Medicaid Which Would Nonetheless Garner The Most Additional Funding In The Event Spending Was Cut On Them. He Also Apparently Fails To Take Into Account The Estimated $3 Trillion Deficit For 2010, As Well As The $12 Trillion In Debt We Already Owe And Any More That Will Accrue Unnacounted For. Simply Put, Even If Obama Does Cut Spending In 2011 And Is Actually Successful For Some Reason In Recovering The 2009 Deficit, We Will Still At That Point Owe Approximately $15 Trillion And Will Probably Replace The Loophole Several Times Over With The 2011 Deficit. So My Question Is How Can Obama &Quot;Cut Spending&Quot; [Probably On Programs Of Lesser Importance That Are The Least Likely To Produce Any Additional Revenue], Yet Continue To Spend And Still Hope To Recover The Deficit For 2009, And What Difference Would It Make Anyway If He Does Recover That Particular Deficit If We Will Still Owe More Than What Would Fill The Displaced Deficit?
The "increased spending" you refer to -- some of it is investing in other technologies. Biofuel, solar energy, etc. These cost a lot inititally, but 10-20 years in the future, they ultimately create jobs, save us money, and help the environment.
Solar Energy Is Cheaper Than Other Energy But......?
I Think Solar Energy Is Cheaper Than Other Energies, Especially Oil Energy Need Costly Extraction ,But Still Scientists And People Ignoring Sun, Why?
I don't think there is a single answer here, as it's a complicated issue. There are a number of things at work.
To start, it would be extremely difficult to provide all of our energy needs through solar only. Although solar energy can be stored, it adds a huge amount to the cost (economic and environmental, since many batteries contain energy-intensive or environmentally harmful heavy metals). Also, in the act of converting energy into a form that can be stored, some fraction of that energy is lost, which hurts solar's performance. Having said that, though, in most places we can surely get away with using much more solar energy than we currently do.
So why aren't we using more? Well, an important factor is our current reliance on fossil fuels. A large part of our current infrastructure would have to be changed if we were to wean off of oil. Change is expensive and scary. Add to that the fact that big oil companies have a huge amount of money which commands a lot of political power. Money also controls what kind of research is done. Scientists need to pay the bills, too.
I think we're beginning to see solar energy catching on (North Americans are a bit slow to realize), which is great. It should gain more momentum as mass production can bring costs down and make them more competitive with other energy sources. One obstacle is the amount that fossil energy is currently subsidized at a much higher level than the cleaner alternatives. If everything were allowed a level playing field, then things would likely strike a much different balance.
As a side note, it's worth a reminder that many solar photovoltaic technologies rely on materials that, like fossil fuels, must also be mined, which can add a lot to their "embodied energy". It's easy to focus on the energy that can be produced by a device, while overlooking the energy that goes into it's creation. For solar cells, I've heard they have an "energy payback period" of around one or two years, so it's all good. =)