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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 use the sun to power daily life: running your air conditioning unit, washing clothes, seeing TELEVISION, cooking dinner. All while decreasing 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 considerable, lots of home owners discover that the convenience, unique features, and cost savings of owning a solar power system are a lot more enticing.
Leading Advantages of Solar Energy
#1 Considerably reduce and even remove your electric costs
Whether you're a house owner, business, or not-for-profit, electrical power costs can make up a big portion of your month-to-month expenses. With a photovoltaic panel system, you'll generate complimentary power for your system's entire 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you don't produce 100 percent of the energy you take in, solar will decrease your utility costs and you'll still conserve a great deal of loan.
#2 Make a great return on your investment
Solar panels aren't a cost-- they're one of the finest ways to invest, with returns matching those of more conventional financial investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to significant electricity expense cost savings, the average American homeowner pays off their solar panel system in seven to eight years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Protect versus increasing energy costs
Among the most clear cut benefits of solar panels is the capability to hedge utility prices. In the past ten years, residential electricity prices have actually increased by an average of 3 percent yearly. By buying a solar energy system now, you can repair your electricity rate and secure against unforeseeable boosts in electrical power costs. If you're a service or house owner with changing capital, going solar also helps you better projection and handle your expenditures.
#4 Increase your residential or commercial property value
Numerous research studies have actually found that houses geared up with solar energy systems have greater residential or commercial property worths and sell faster than non-solar homes. Appraisers are progressively taking solar installations into consideration as they value homes at the time of a sale, and as property buyers end up being more educated about solar, demand 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 attaining energy independence in the United States. By increasing our capability to create electrical energy from the sun, we can also insulate our nation from rate fluctuations in international energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and help your regional economy
Inning accordance with 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 jobs in the nation. This development is expected to continue. Because solar-related tasks have the tendency to be greater paying and can not be outsourced, they are a considerable factor to the United States economy.
#7 Safeguard the environment
Solar is a terrific method to reduce your carbon footprint. Buildings are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the U.S., and going solar can substantially reduce that number. A typical domestic solar panel system will remove three to 4 loads of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees yearly.
#8 Demonstrate your dedication to sustainability
Sustainability and corporate social duty are crucial parts of a company's culture and values. They also produce bottom line outcomes. Significantly, consumers and communities are recognizing and rewarding companies that choose to run responsibly. Services are discovering that "green" credentials are an effective chauffeur of customer buying choices, creating goodwill and improving business outcomes.
#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.
Lots of property owners pick to fund their solar panels with one of the "pay-as-you-go" financing options. This suggests that a third-party company-- the solar service provider-- owns the solar system and looks after setup, upkeep, tracking and repair works. You simply pay the solar company for electrical energy-- less than you would've paid the utility company.
As of 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 well-known for their changing and undependable electricity prices. There is plainly an upward trend.
With photovoltaic panels and basic mathematics, we can calculate just how much electrical power will be generated, and most notably, at what price, for at least the next Twenty Years (fixed 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
Why Don'T They Build Acres And Acres Of Solar Panels To Supply Power To The Us?
Why Doesn'T The Us Government Build Acres And Acres Of Solar Panels Around The Us Such As Deserts In New Mexico And Arizona And Where Ever Land Is Available And Build Wind Mills Around Them And Supply Power To The Us That Way?
One reason is the amount of land taken up. As the questioner pointed out... "acres and acres" of land would be needed. Open land (what there is left of it) is needed for crops (read: FOOD) for forests (read: CARBON SINK --and human sanity!), for habitat for animals and birds. (For an eye opener do some research on how many bugs we'd have if we didn't have birds -- O! M! G! Without lots of birds, we will either drown in hordes of insects or in toxic chemicals trying to kill the insects, and end up killing ourselves instead.)
Even in the desert, habitat is destroyed by building acres and acres of solar panels, then you still have the inefficiency and huge cost of the transmission lines to get that power to where it's wanted. Even the more-efficient parabolic reflector method takes up a lot of space, and still requires the large -- and ugly -- transmission towers marching across miles and miles of the countryside.
As was pointed out by others, solar makes more sense when done by individuals or small groups.
Now think of all the rooftop space in cities! You have people living and working directly under a possible site for solar panels. The panels would also create shade that would lessen the cooling needs of the same buildings. In Europe I understand there are cities and towns where almost every roof has solar panels. That is space that is NOT habitat or used for crops! (Except some buildings' rooftops are now being used for rooftop gardens for FOOD! Another creative and wonderful idea!)
Solar could be just one answer. There will be many answers. Some large-scale, some done individually-- home by home, building by building. But huge solar "farms" probably are not going to be a final answer.
Wind towers take up a lot of space too. They make noise that, if close to a home, is considered by many to be quite objectionable. The towers are huge, the blades are huge. They often kill birds that try to fly past. If you think it's ok to kill birds, read up on the status of many bird species (declining), and where we'll be insect-wise if we lose too many of our birds!
Wind turbine towers need to be very carefully sited in order to catch the winds, but not sited on the birds' flyways. And of course they are very often the same, because birds use consistent wind current flows during migration to be able to travel so far without using as much of their own energy. Consistent wind currents are what the wind towers need also. There is a new design that is shaped different, more like a thick vertical tube, that operates something like the "squirrel-cage" fan, as opposed to a "blade" fan. These could be safer for birds. I do not know enough about them (yet) to say any more.
Wind power would need the same miles and miles of inefficient transmission lines as solar power needs when done in large "wind farms." Even if an individual puts up a wind turbine, he/she will have to deal with huge batteries (I saw one installation that had a 2- or 3-car garage-sized building for the batteries) and they'll also need transmission lines to get the power to their own home, even if it's nearby.
I personally don't like the wind towers on the landscape. They're very tall, much taller than they look in pictures. I also know that we need, NEED the birds to keep insect populations down, if for no other reason!
Conservation (just plain using less) almost always is the most efficient way to save energy. That comes first. Do everything you can to simplify your lifestyle. Insulate and tighten your home; turn the heat down a bit in the winter, and the cooling up a bit in the summer. Drive less, share rides, drive slower, choose a fuel-efficient vehicle, and keep it well-maintained. Don't do it alone, do it all with friends: compare notes, check how you're doing. Make it a group or neighborhood thing. Don't think of it as a YOYO (You're On Your Own) project; it's for all of us to do, and it's easier when done together.
What Are The Pros And Cons Of Obama And Romney?
romney: is against gay and lesbian marriage, he is againt using solar panels and wind farms to create energy (instead he fathers using petroleum and pollute even more) with less taxes, the average american will struggle to pay medical bill (the tax cut is only benefitting the rich) He will end all social services. in other words, if you get into and accident or you get cancer, you will have to pay for all your medical bills with no help whatsoever from the government. He will let failing schools fail and not help them. Romney wants to make life hell for illegal immigrants to that they will go back to their country where they will never find a job. He wants to destroy another country (therefor iranians will hate us more and there will be even more terrorists)
Obama: he wants to raise taxes for the rich and lower them for the poor. in other words, the rich don't NEED all that money and giving some away isn't going to affect them that much and the less fortunate who already struggle to pay for taxes will have to pay less and still have health care. (i am from a wealthy family and we believe it is right for us to pay more taxes to help others who need the tax money more). he created obama care, you are guaranteed social services (if you get into an accident you will not have to pay every medical cost) he believes in gay and lesbian marriage and ecology. Obama will not let any school fail because he has faith in every child. Obama is willing to let children who are illegal immigrants stay if they were raised here because they have an american culture. One sad but important thing is that illegal immigrants do the jobs that nobody wants to do (because they are better options that the ones they have in their country) without many of them, who would want to do these jobs? nobody so the enterprises would fail. obama wants to make peace with iran and solve the problems.
People are getting fooled by romney's tax cuts. so yes, you will not have to pay as many taxes, but we pay taxes for a reason. for our health, for our education. you might think, I'm healthy and i won't get into an accident so I'm fine. you never know and if romney is elected and you get into an accident you are SCREWED (unless you are really rich). I and my whole family will vote for obama. The reasons the economy fell when he was president was because he was cleaning up the mess bush did! and that doesn't take a day. vote obama and don't get fooled. unless you're a selfish rich person who only cares about his money
Is There Any Solar Panel Which Can Heat The Water And Also Charge The Batteries Simultaneously?
If Any Body Knows About A Solar Panel Which Can Perform Both The Operation In A Single Panel I.E Heating Up The Water As Well As Charging The Batteries For Electricity In A Single Panel. Please Describe Me About That And Let Me Know Where To Look For It.
The proper operating temperature for solar cells is too low to produce hot water that is worth the cost of plumbing. Water cooled solar cells exist, especially when a lens to concentrate the sun is added, but the output water is below 110F to preserve the efficiency and pumping the relatively small volume of not very hot water as input to a hot water heater or house heat doesn't gain much against the cost and maintenance of pump and piping and heat exchanger if in a freezing climate.
Why Not More Solar Power?
Why Are People Bothering With These Other Alternatives When Solar Power Is The Only Way To Obtain More Energy Then When You Started With I Saw A New Product That Could Produce Solar Power On Cloudy Days And Wondered Why Don't We Run Everything Off This. Is Solar The Eventual Future? We Can't Run Out Of The Sun And If We Do We Will Be Dead Anyway.
Solar power is a wonderful idea but is extremely insufficient. With today's solar-energy technology, we are not able to withdraw enough power from solar panels to reasonably yield enough energy to power everyday items. Things like cars are limited in size and therefore, can't have enough surface area for photovoltaic cells to yield enough power to power vehicles even with a large amount of batteries for storage, an automobile is a high-energy machine.
Does Anyone Know Of A Place I Can Buy An Outdoor Solar Panel With An Electrical Outlet?
I Need A Power Source For A Small Heat Lamp Outside; I'Ve Looked Everywhere And Can'T Find A Solar Panel With A Electrical Outlet On It..Do They Exist? I Saw A Neighbor Of Mine Had A Christmas Wreath Hung On Their Front Gate And It Appeared To Be Plugged Into To A Solar Panel.
Portable solar panels are readily available via many high-street outlets and the internet but I don’t think you’re going to get the power you need.
I spend quite a lot of time in remote parts of the world and we use portable solar power for many things. We use 12 panel military spec photovoltaic arrays but they only generate about 50 Watts, not enough to power a heat lamp but fine for a laptop, sat phone, recharging portable devices, and other low Wattage devices.
This is the type of panel I’m referring to: http://www.selectsolar.co.uk/uploads/pro... very robust and simple to operate but at around $800 a piece they’re not cheap. There’s other portable panels available: http://www.selectsolar.co.uk/cat/21/expe...
What you can do if you’re using the lamp intermittently is to use the solar panels to charge a portable power pack or inverter, this is rather like a motor vehicle battery encased in a portable housing and has multiple inputs and outputs. You could charge it from the solar panels (low input) then use it to power your heat lamp (higher output).
If you’re using a 100W heat lamp then for each 2 hours of charging you’ll get one hours usage of the lamp, if your lamp is 500W then you’d need to charge the inverter for 10 hours to get one hours usage.
You should be able to find them in any decent outdoor / adventure store, some building trades suppliers stock them, good garden centres and the bigger electrical appliance retailers. An online search for Portable Solar Panels should bring up some local stockists.