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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 conditioning system, washing clothing, enjoying 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, lots of residents discover that the convenience, special features, and cost savings of owning a solar power system are even more alluring.
Top 10 Advantages of Solar Energy
#1 Significantly reduce and even remove your electrical expenses
Whether you're a property owner, organization, or not-for-profit, electricity costs can comprise a big part of your regular monthly costs. With a photovoltaic panel system, you'll create complimentary power for your system's entire 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you don't produce 100 percent of the energy you consume, solar will minimize your energy bills and you'll still save a great deal of cash.
#2 Earn an excellent return on your financial investment
Solar panels aren't a cost-- they are among the very best ways to invest, with returns matching those of more conventional investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to substantial electrical energy expense cost savings, the average American house owner settles their photovoltaic panel system in seven to 8 years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Secure against increasing energy costs
One of the most clear cut benefits of solar panels is the capability to hedge energy costs. In the past ten years, residential electrical power costs have actually increased by an average of 3 percent yearly. By investing in a solar energy system now, you can fix your electricity rate and protect against unforeseeable increases in electrical energy costs. If you're a business or homeowner with ever-changing capital, going solar also assists you much better projection and manage your costs.
#4 Increase your home or business value
Several research studies have discovered that homes equipped with solar energy systems have higher residential or commercial property worths and offer faster than non-solar homes. Appraisers are increasingly taking solar installations into consideration as they value houses at the time of a sale, and as homebuyers end up being more educated about solar, demand for homes equipped with photovoltaic panel systems will continue to grow.
#5 Increase U.S. energy self-reliance
The sun is a near-infinite source of energy and an essential part of attaining energy independence in the United States. By increasing our capacity to create electricity from the sun, we can also insulate our nation from rate changes in worldwide energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and assist your regional economy
According to The Solar Foundation, the solar market included jobs at a rate nearly 12 times faster than the general U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all tasks in the nation. This growth is expected to continue. Due to the fact that solar-related tasks tend to be greater paying and can not be contracted out, they are a significant contributor to the United States economy.
#7 Protect the environment
Solar is a fantastic method to reduce your carbon footprint. Buildings are responsible 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 get rid of three to 4 lots of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees each year.
#8 Demonstrate your dedication to sustainability
Sustainability and business social duty are necessary parts of an organization's culture and values. They also produce bottom line outcomes. Significantly, consumers and neighborhoods are recognizing and rewarding companies that pick to operate properly. Services are finding that "green" qualifications are an effective motorist of customer getting choices, producing goodwill and enhancing service results.
#9 Start Saving 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 loan down.
Many homeowners decide to finance their photovoltaic panels with among the "pay-as-you-go" funding choices. This indicates that a third-party business-- the solar provider-- owns the planetary system and takes care of setup, maintenance, monitoring and repair works. You simply pay the solar supplier for electrical power-- less than you would've paid the energy company.
Since June 2013, 75% of all American homes have access to pay-as-you-go solar.
#10. Solar is a Secure Investment
The energy business are infamous for their changing and undependable electrical power costs. There is plainly an upward pattern.
With solar panels and simple mathematics, we can calculate what does it cost? electrical power will be produced, and most importantly, at exactly what cost, 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
As More Light Input Is Added To A Solar Panel, Does The Energy Generated Continue To Increase? Or Is There A Limit?
I See That Most Solar Panels Are Labeled With A Certain Efficiency. Most Are Between 10-20% Efficient, And The Highest Anyone Has Really Been Able To Get So Far Is Around 40%. What Does This Mean Exactly? That 40% Of The Total Light Input Is Converted Into Usable Energy?
If So, Does This Mean That Adding More Light Would Yield More Energy? Say It'S A Very Sunny Day. X = The Amount Of Light On A Abnormally Clear, Sunny Day. If I Was Using A 20% Efficient Panel, Does That Mean That The Energy Produced Would Be .2X?
I Was Wondering About Focusing Light On The Panel With A Lens Or Something. What If You Took A Giant Lens And Somehow Focused Twice As Much Light Onto That Same Panel (2X). Would It Now Produce .4X Units Of Energy? Or Is A Typical Panel Capped At A Certain Generation Rate? So Despite Having Twice The Input, The Output Can Only Reach .2X?
I Assume It Doesn'T Work That Way. If It Did, I Wonder Why People Are So Focused On Creating Panels With Higher Efficiency And Not Creating Ways To Focus More Light On The Panel.
thre are a lot of separate issues rolled into this question. so i'll try to unwind it a little.
1) 1.4kW/m^2 -- that's the average power density of sunlight hitting the earth. if you had 100% efficient harvester, and perfect weather conditions, on an average day, the most you can get is 1.4kW/m^2. Genearally, you get a lot less due to cloud cover, shadows (occlusion) and weather.
2) if you focus light, to increase the power density far beyond the design 1.4kW/m^2, the temperature on the panel will increase far above the design expectation. high temperature tends to be the enemy of most engineering products -- that's why cooling systems are one of the most important parts of a high performance computer or car/jet engine. increasing the temperature on a panel too far above design expectation can cause (1) things to melt, (2) electrical contacts to burn out or otherwise break. as the panel breaks down under the artificially high temperature condition, the efficiency plumets to zero.
this is why you need to look at the datasheet for a real solar panel -- the instruction specifically tell you whether or not the panel is rated to handle having light focused on it -- be it using a fresnel lens or a field of mirrors -- and how much you can increase the energy density before the panel fails. also, most consumer panels specifically say "do not use mirrors or lenses to focus additional sunlight onto this panel."
(3) so the answer to the OQ is "yes, up to a point."
if it's a cloudy day, and your energy density focusing effort doesn't exceed the design expectations of the panel, then you will get more electricity out than if you didn't focus. but if you exceed that energy density expectation, expect that you will have permanently damaged your (expensive) panel.
also, it is worth noting that the conversion is not linear (a*x). if it were, then MPPT solar charge controllers wouldn't be very worthwhile. again, look at the datasheet for a real solar panel and more specifically, look at the V/I diagram. You should find a nonlinear relationship exists, and that the curve doesn't have a closed-form analytic expression for it.
furthermore, if you pull the datasheet for an MPPT solar charge controller, you can get a sense of how the MPPT charge controller tracks the maximum power point and decides how to adjust its internal settings to either (1) get the maximum power out of the panel or (2) throttle the power from the panel so as not to overtax the battery system receiving the charge.
turns out that capturing and utilizing solar energy is a synergistic problem -- you have to look at the consumption side (battery banks, microinverters, point consumption or sent to the local grid) as well as the production side (solar panels, microinverters, temperature compensation) to begin to get a sense of what the charge controller needs to do to ensure the maximum amount of energy can be extracted safely (without causing permanent damage to any of the components.)
anyway, that's why it seems a little odd to only consider the solar panels by themselves. you need to use a more integrated systems analysis approach and incorporate more knowledge from the various datasheets and operating/installtion instructions in order to really understand what's going on, and why it is so.
Power Calculation About Car Battery - Solar Panel?
Car Battery (12 V, 2 Amp) How Many Hours Will Work To Glow 100 Bulb In 12 V ? And How Long Will Take To Full Charge This Battery By 100 W Solar Panel ? Hope The Experts Can Reply
Is that a 100 watt bulb rated at 12 volts? The last is important, as a 100 watt bulb rated at 120 volts will not light up on 12 volts.
100W / 12v = 8 amps
Batteries are not rated in amps, but in amp hours. Assuming that is a 2 amp-hour battery.
2 amp-hour / 8 amps = 1/4 hour. That is at the most, typical will be perhaps 10 minutes or less. Actually I suspect the 8 amps will be too much current for that battery and it will not work at all.
100 watt panel, if it is controlled by the proper charge controller, and in bright sunlight, will deliver about 6 amps at 15 volts, which is the required voltage. That will be much too high a current for that battery, and it will be overheated and damaged.
But I had to make at least 3 major assumptions, so my numbers could be all wrong.
80 Watt Solar Panel ? What Dose That Mean?
Ok So When A Solar Panel Is Marked As A Certain Wattage Dose That Mean It Makes That Much In A Day In An Hour Or Constant, Dose It Still Work At Night Or What ? Is It Worth It Or Is It More Of A Pain? Can Some One Tell Me What All The Watts And Volts Mean ?? And Can Some One Tell Me What A Kilowhat Is In Refrence To Some Thing I Understand Like Howmany Loads Of Laundey Can You Do Wt A Watt? I Need Help Understanding This Stuff?
Quick lesson. A watt measures power. You don't want technical, so let's just say that this is an instantaneous type of thing. A kilowatt is just a fancy way of saying 1000 watts. A kilowatt-hour is a measure of energy. This is simply power multiplied by the amount of time the power is "applied". So, if you had 1000 watts, and you "applied" it for 1 hour of time, you would have 1 kilowatt-hour of energy. (man, this is kinda hard to do without getting too technical!)
Back to your panel. 80 watts means that, as long as your panel is facing directly into the sun, it will produce 80 watts of power at any given instant in time. This is enough to run a 60 watt light bulb plus a little left over. But don't try to run a 60 watt light bulb on your solar panel because 60 watt bulbs are designed to run on 120 volt AC current, and your solar panel is likely a 12 volt DC panel. (Do you want me to explain volts, AC and DC? I didn't think so.)
Your solar panel will not work at night, and will not be able to do much laundry for you. But if you connect it to a charge controller, and a few more miscellaneous things, it would make one heck of a good battery charger.
If you want me to explain volts, AC, and DC to you, or you want help finding a good use for your 80-watt solar panel, contact me at [email protected]
How Many Solar Panels?
Ok - I Want To Put My Green House On 100% Solar - What Do I Need To Know About Solar Panels And What Do I Look For?
Then I Was Curious About My Home - If I Wanted To Offset Some Costs What Do I Look For. I See Lots Of Kits Just Don'T Know Which To Get.
Lastly - Storage Can You Store Solar Energy In A Battery Of Some Sort.
There are lots of books you can get at the library for free or at amazon.com that go into the detail you need to be self-sufficient in greenhouse growing with only solar heat or electric for a source.
The problems arise in the winter. Often the sun is out with any intensity for only around 5 hours in dec-jan. The electricity production or generation of solar heat are very low during these months. Also the glass used in a greenhouse is very low in insulative properties so it loses more heat than it gains especially during the long nights.
What you need is some extras. Maybe a wood fired heater in the greenhouse, or a windmill if you have any windpower in the winter in your region.
You may also want to consider slide on insulating coverings. These would be either foam panels or fiberfill batts that you can slide over your glass at night to help retain heat much better.
There is a magazine I've been getting for 30 years that is now online and gives many many stories of self sufficiency in energy (and food, home and work for that matter). They have many articles in their archives for making greenhouses and solar panels and solar heated water.
Solar heated water is the most cost effective and best use of the sun's energy in comparison to solar electric panels. In a greenhouse you are worried about heat more than electricity. A 3000 btu heater in solar might only cost $200. To make enough electricity to run a 3000 btu heater in electric might cost $2,000 and be more complicated and need batteries and so forth.
With solar heat you can just heat up a big tank of water during the day, with some black painted glass covered panels and blow the stored heat over some large rocks or bubble thru some water and let the stored mass give off it's heat during the night. (You still need to cover the greenhouse with some roll-on roll-off insulation panels.
How Much 'Energy' Do I Get Out Of A 10W Solar Panel?
I Want To Get Some Electricity Going In My Shed, I'M Thinking About Using Solar Panels. How Much 'Energy' Would I Get Out Of A 10W Solar Panel? Would It Be Enough To Run 5-6 Light Bulb All Day?
>How much 'energy' would I get out of a 10W solar panel<
This is really complex stuff. You will get 10 watts from a 10 watt panel! LOL!!
>Would it be enough to run 5-6 light bulb all day?<
No. Not unless you can find light bulbs that use 1 to 1.5 watts each!
Solar panels are rated with according to their power output. The other responder is applying the typical efficiency of a panel to the panel's rating, which already takes into account it's efficiency.