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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 conditioning system, washing clothing, seeing TV, cooking supper. All while reducing your carbon footprint, and without burning fossil fuels or putting a strain on the electrical grid. And while the ecological benefits of solar power are significant, numerous property owners find that the benefit, distinct features, and expense savings of owning a solar power system are even more alluring.
Leading Benefits of Solar Energy
#1 Considerably minimize and even eliminate your electrical expenses
Whether you're a homeowner, company, or not-for-profit, electrical power costs can make up a big portion of your monthly expenditures. With a solar panel system, you'll produce complimentary power for your system's entire 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you don't produce One Hundred Percent of the energy you take in, solar will lower your utility costs and you'll still conserve a great deal of loan.
#2 Make a terrific return on your investment
Solar panels aren't a cost-- they're one of the very best methods to invest, with returns matching those of more traditional investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to substantial electrical power expense cost 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 Secure versus rising energy expenses
Among the most clear cut advantages of solar panels is the capability to hedge utility costs. In the past 10 years, residential electrical energy rates have actually increased by an average of three percent annually. By purchasing a solar energy system now, you can fix your electricity rate and protect against unforeseeable boosts in electrical energy expenses. If you're a company or homeowner with rising and falling cash circulation, going solar also helps you better forecast and manage your costs.
#4 Increase your home worth
Several research studies have actually discovered that homes geared up with solar energy systems have higher residential or commercial property values and sell faster than non-solar houses. Appraisers are progressively taking solar installations into consideration as they value houses at the time of a sale, and as homebuyers become more informed about solar, demand for properties equipped with photovoltaic panel systems will continue to grow.
#5 Boost U.S. energy self-reliance
The sun is a near-infinite source of energy and an essential component of accomplishing energy self-reliance in the United States. By increasing our capability to generate electricity from the sun, we can likewise insulate our nation from rate fluctuations in global energy markets.
#6 Develop jobs and assist your local economy
According to The Solar Foundation, the solar industry included 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 growth is anticipated to continue. Because solar-related tasks tend to be greater paying and can not be contracted out, they are a considerable contributor to the U.S. economy.
#7 Safeguard the environment
Solar is a great method to minimize your carbon footprint. Structures are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the U.S., and going solar can substantially reduce that number. A normal domestic solar panel system will remove 3 to 4 lots of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees every year.
#8 Show your commitment to sustainability
Sustainability and business social duty are crucial parts of a company's culture and values. They also produce bottom line outcomes. Significantly, consumers and communities are acknowledging and rewarding companies that pick to run properly. Services are discovering that "green" qualifications are a powerful driver of customer buying decisions, creating goodwill and improving business outcomes.
#9 Start Conserving from Day 1
Solar purchase power arrangements (PPAs) and solar leasing has made it possible for house owners to go solar for little or no loan down.
Numerous house owners decide to finance their photovoltaic panels with one of the "pay-as-you-go" funding options. This suggests that a third-party business-- the solar company-- owns the planetary system and looks after setup, upkeep, monitoring and repairs. You just pay the solar service provider for electricity-- less than you would've paid the energy business.
Since June 2013, 75% of all American houses have access to pay-as-you-go solar.
#10. Solar is a Secure Investment
The energy companies are notorious for their fluctuating and undependable electricity rates. There is plainly an upward trend.
With solar panels and easy mathematics, we can compute what does it cost? electricity will be created, and most importantly, at exactly what price, for a minimum of the next Twenty 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
What Does Solar Panel Output Refer To?
If A Solar Panel Is A 1.5Kw System, What Length Of Time Is It Putting Out That Much Power? Every Hour?
Solar panels are rated under standard test conditions (STC), a certain amount of light at a certain distance, at a certain temperature, etc. A kW, or kilo watt, is 1000 watts. So for the amount of time that the sun meets those conditions, the rate of output is 1500 watts. An average location has an average of 5 sun hours a day, the total time that you produce the rated output.
Watts is a rate, like miles per hour (mph), how fast it is going. Watt hours, or kilo watt hours (kwh) is a quantity, like miles. So if you drive 50 mph for 5 hours, you went 250 miles (50 mph x 5 hours). If you produce 1.5kw for 5 hours, you have the potential to produce 7.5kwh a day. Multiply that by 30 days in a month, you get 225kwh a month. In reality you will lose about 30% of the rated power from less than ideal weather, system losses, etc., so it's more like 150kwh a month. You can look at your electric bill to see how many kwh you use a month, maybe around 1000kwh, and see what percentage of your usage a system like that can power.
Why Are Solar Panels Not That Efficient?
I Don'T Remember What Number Exactly But It'S In The Single Digits. This Number Represents How Efficient Solar Panels Are At Capturing The Sun'S Rays And Converting It Into Electricity.
first off, single digit power conversion are those on bendable cells like the ones used on handheld calculators.
moving on to the question...
in very layman terms, solar cells are inherently inefficient since the basic principles of the solar industry has remained the same for decades. there have been improevments but the full potential of solar energy is still to come in the future when a revolution in either base cell or cell composition is discovered. maybe then we'll be looking at 50% or more efficient cells.
for one reason, solar panel power conversion is very limited by the substrate which they use.
the more economical, sensible and less life-threatening substrates like silicon are usually the ones that give back less power.
solar panels using silicon-based cells are cheaper to manufacture and usually use "less dangerous" industry standard chemicals like phosphorus, aluminum and boron are yet to be more than 30% efficient. the cells i'm working on now (at least the ones that are available in the market) are about 22% (arguably the best in the market although not the cheapest).
if you wish to increase the power conversion, you might use "more dangerous" albeit also industry standard chemicals like gallium and arsenic.
another reason is obscurity. since big oil is still pretty big and solar is still considered as alternative, less scientific effort is focused on developing solar technology.
if you wish to do self-study on device physics for more technical details on solar cells, you can visit this site:
Going Solar For My Home, I Have ?S, And Only Want Answers From People That Have It In Your Home.?
I Know The Monocrystalline Solar Panels Cost More Then The Polycrystalline Solar Panels, But Which One Of The Two Will Last Longer?, And Will They Leak Over Time? And Will They Fade Over Time?
I don't have them in my home, if no-one else on here can answer then I might be the best you'll get :/ I've done a little research on solar panels (we developed CdTe rather than Silicon but we worked with other lab groups that do use silicon).
Most solar panels will degrade slightly with time (a common cause is because solar cells rely on a junction, and thermal energy jiggles about the atoms and can mix up your dopants so that the junction quality goes down a bit over time). Generally speaking, more grain boundaries between crystals speeds up the rate of degradation so polycrystalline panels should degrade more quickly than monocrystalline ones (although if other decay mechanisms are dominant, or the system is generally stable, then the difference will be tiny).
Generally panels are well sealed against the elements so it shouldn't notably fade. Keeping the glass reasonably clean is good for output.
What do you mean 'leak'? Silicon panels are solid state devices, unless you're planning on heating them to hundreds of degrees C they will remain solid and shouldn't 'leak'!
When I say polycrystalline cells should degrade more quickly than monocrystalline, it's all relative. Most solar panels will be guaranteed for somewhere between 20-30 years and over that period they should not fall below 80% of their rated output (many should degrade even less).
EDIT: Moisture underneath the glass isn't a problem I've heard much about (but my experience is with lab tech devices we've grown specially rather than full scale real world ones!). In principle it shouldn't be much of a problem; typically your cells will be 'sandwiched' between two glass layers which are then hermetically sealed. There's a chance of leakage, in the same way double glazing might leak occasionally. This effect shouldn't be that different between mono- and poly- crystalline cells and it should be accounted for when they give you their 20-30yr guarantees!
How Much Electrical Energy Is Generated From One Acre Of Solar Panels?
What I Would Like To Know Is If You Were Using Commercially Available Solar Panels, Clustered As Close Together As Possible And Spread Out On One Acre, How Much Electrical Energy Is Produced? If U Can 'Translate' This Into Terms Of (1 Hour Of Average Daylight = Powering A ____ For X Units Of Time)
In addition to what has been previously mentioned, keep in mind that solar panel production in kilowatt hours (kWh) depends upon the geographical location and the time of year. A solar array in Boulder, Colorado will produce more in a given day and in a given year than an array of the same size in Portland, Maine. That being said you can ballpark the kWh output of an array based on its size in kW. A more refined estimate can be made if you know the location.
For example, in New England, in ideal conditions - no shading - every 1 kilowatt (kW) of solar PV will produce about 1000-1200 kWh in a year. And every 1 kW takes up about 100 square feet of space. You can extrapolate from those numbers to your acre of panels. Identify about how many kW will fit in an acre and then multiply that times the annual production.
A great source is PV Watts from the National Renewable Energy Lab:
Select the array location. Enter the array size in kW, and the program will output the annual kWh generation.
I hope that helps!
My Husband Wants To Build A Wind Turbine And Buy A Couple Of Solar Panels.?
We Looked At The Cost Of Buying A Whole Home Alternative Energy System To Try To Cut Down On Our Home Electric Bill...It Has Been Cold This Winter! Anyhow, The Cost Of A Whole Home System Was Pretty Steep For Even Just A Couple Of Solar Panels And The Cost Of A Wind Turbine Was Kinda Up There Too. Does Anyone Know Of Any Online Resources That He Could Use To Build A Small System That Would Help Us?
I would check out a solar panel forum to get advice from actual people who are already using solar and installed it themselves. Sounds like you are on the right path though, so good luck!