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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 utilize the sun to power daily life: running your air conditioning system, cleaning clothing, viewing TV, cooking dinner. All while lowering your carbon footprint, and without burning nonrenewable fuel sources or putting a strain on the electrical grid. And while the ecological benefits of solar power are significant, lots of home owners discover that the convenience, special functions, and cost savings of owning a solar power system are even more enticing.
Leading Benefits of Solar Energy
#1 Dramatically lower or even eliminate your electrical expenses
Whether you're a property owner, company, or not-for-profit, electricity costs can comprise a large portion of your monthly expenses. With a photovoltaic panel system, you'll create free 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 minimize your utility costs and you'll still conserve a lot of loan.
#2 Make a terrific return on your financial investment
Solar panels aren't an expense-- they are among the very best ways to invest, with returns equaling those of more traditional investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to substantial electrical power costs cost 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 Protect against rising energy expenses
Among the most clear cut advantages of photovoltaic panels is the ability to hedge energy rates. In the previous 10 years, residential electrical power rates have actually increased by approximately 3 percent annually. By investing in a solar energy system now, you can fix your electricity rate and secure against unpredictable increases in electrical power costs. If you're a business or property owner with changing capital, going solar likewise assists you much better forecast and manage your expenses.
#4 Increase your home worth
Multiple studies have found that homes equipped with solar energy systems have higher property values and offer quicker than non-solar houses. Appraisers are significantly taking solar setups into consideration as they value houses at the time of a sale, and as homebuyers become more informed about solar, need for properties geared up 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 attaining energy self-reliance in the United States. By increasing our capability to produce electricity from the sun, we can likewise insulate our nation from rate variations in worldwide energy markets.
#6 Develop jobs and help your local economy
According to The Solar Structure, the solar market included jobs at a rate almost 12 times faster than the overall U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all tasks in the nation. This development is expected to continue. Due to the fact that solar-related tasks have the tendency to be higher paying and can not be contracted out, they are a significant contributor to the U.S. economy.
#7 Protect the environment
Solar is an excellent method to reduce your carbon footprint. Structures are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the U.S., and going solar can considerably decrease that number. A normal property photovoltaic panel system will get rid of three to 4 lots of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees annually.
#8 Demonstrate your commitment to sustainability
Sustainability and corporate social obligation are very important elements of an organization's culture and values. They also produce bottom line results. Progressively, customers and neighborhoods are acknowledging and rewarding businesses that opt to run properly. Organisations are discovering that "green" credentials are an effective chauffeur of customer buying choices, producing goodwill and enhancing business results.
#9 Start Conserving from Day 1
Solar purchase power agreements (PPAs) and solar leasing has actually made it possible for property owners to go solar for little or no loan down.
Many property owners decide to finance their solar panels with among the "pay-as-you-go" funding options. This indicates that a third-party company-- the solar supplier-- owns the planetary system and takes care of setup, upkeep, tracking and repairs. You merely pay the solar provider for electrical power-- less than you would've paid the utility business.
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 unreliable electricity rates. There is plainly an upward trend.
With solar panels and basic mathematics, we can determine just how much electrical power will be created, and most significantly, at what cost, for at least the next 20 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
How Do Solar Panels Work?
Hi, I Am Very Interested In Solar Panels And Would Like To Know More.
Can Someone Please Give Me A Basic Explanation Of How Solar Panels Work?
Solar panels collect solar radiation from the sun and actively convert that energy to electricity. Solar panels are comprised of several individual solar cells. These solar cells function similarly to large semiconductors and utilize a large-area p-n junction diode. When the solar cells are exposed to sunlight, the p-n junction diodes convert the energy from sunlight into usable electrical energy. The energy generated from photons striking the surface of the solar panel allows electrons to be knocked out of their orbits and released, and electric fields in the solar cells pull these free electrons in a directional current, from which metal contacts in the solar cell can generate electricity.
Solar Energy Land Question?
What Makes Land More Valuable For Purchasing If You Are Wanting To Put Up Solar Panels Or Wind Generators On The Land? Does The Presence Of Power Lines Make A Big Difference In The Value Of The Land?
If you are speculating about buying land with the idea you could sell it at a higher price to someone who want to put up a solar energy generating facility, don't.
Here are some interesting facts.
Go to the following website to get solar potential for specific locaitons accross the USA.
Find the city closest to you and select teh genearl panel type you might be considering.
This will give you the average daily solar value per square meter per day for that location.
Know that good solar PV panels have an efficiency rating of 14.1%
So you hit you daily average value by a multiplier of 0.14 to get the total power available for your land.
Now understand that without incentives and other measures to help ruduce the cost of your system your simple payback will be measured in decades.
Not a good financial investment. No if politics are involved it becomes something else...
I can send you a spreadsheet with directions on how to calculate the economic vlaue of a slaor array in your region if you are interested.
What Is Solar Panel?And What Is Solar Cell?Do Solar Cells Compose Solar Panels?
You may want to think about building your own solar panels…
Let me start off by saying we (Agua-Luna) are a non-profit organization that live, promote & teach 100% “off grid” living & complete self sufficiency”. To give you an idea of this, we typically don’t leave the Ranch but once or twice a year.
The following steps were taking directly out of a DIY guide I offer to those who would like to run their homes on solar power, reducing their monthly utility bills or even selling power back the electrical companies. The entire guide is available at http://www.agua-luna.com/diy_guides.html. It’s pretty simple but if you have any problems feel free to email us directly at [email protected] we can walk you threw the process.
Materials you will need…
A sheet of copper flashing from the hardware store. This normally costs about $5.00 per square foot. We will need about half a square foot.
Two alligator clip leads.
A sensitive micro-ammeter that can read currents between 10 & 50 microamperes. Radio Shack sells small LCD multimeters that will do, but I used a small surplus meter with a needle.
An electric stove. My kitchen stove is gas, so I bought a small one-burner electric hotplate for about $25. The little 700 watt burners probably won't work -- mine is 1100 watts, so the burner gets red hot.
A large clear plastic bottle off of which you can cut the top. I used a 2 liter spring water bottle. A large mouth glass jar will also work.
Table salt. We will want a couple tablespoons of salt.
Sand paper or a wire brush on an electric drill.
Sheet metal shears for cutting the copper sheet.
The first step is to cut a piece of the copper sheeting that is about the size of the burner on the stove. Wash your hands so they don't have any grease or oil on them. Then wash the copper sheet with soap or cleanser to get any oil or grease off of it. Use the sandpaper or wire brush to thoroughly clean the copper sheeting, so that any sulphide or other light corrosion is removed.
Next, place the cleaned & dried copper sheet on the burner & turn the burner to its highest setting.
As the copper starts to heat up, you will see beautiful oxidation patterns begin to form. Oranges, purples, & reds will cover the copper.
As the copper gets hotter, the colors are replaced with a black coating of cupric oxide. This is not the oxide we want, but it will flake off later, showing the reds, oranges, pinks, & purples of the cuprous oxide layer underneath.
The last bits of color disappear as the burner starts to glow red.
When the burner is glowing red-hot, the sheet of copper will be coated with a black cupric oxide coat. Let it cook for a half an hour, so the black coating will be thick. This is important, since a thick coating will flake off nicely, while a thin coat will stay stuck to the copper.
After the half hour of cooking, turn off the burner. Leave the hot copper on the burner to cool slowly. If you cool it too quickly, the black oxide will stay stuck to the copper.
As the copper cools, it shrinks. The black cupric oxide also shrinks. But they shrink at different rates, which makes the black cupric oxide flake off.
The little black flakes pop off the copper with enough force to make them fly a few inches. This means a little more cleaning effort around the stove, but it is fun to watch.
When the copper has cooled to room temperature (this takes about 20 minutes), most of the black oxide will be gone. A light scrubbing with your hands under running water will remove most of the small bits. Resist the temptation to remove all of the black spots by hard scrubbing or by flexing the soft copper. This might damage the delicate red cuprous oxide layer we need to make to solar cell work.
Cut another sheet of copper about the same size as the first one. Bend both pieces gently, so they will fit into the plastic bottle or jar without touching one another. The cuprous oxide coating that was facing up on the burner is usually the best side to face outwards in the jar, because it has the smoothest, cleanest surface.
Attach the two alligator clip leads, one to the new copper plate, & one to the cuprous oxide coated plate. Connect the lead from the clean copper plate to the positive terminal of the meter. Connect the lead from the cuprous oxide plate to the negative terminal of the meter.
Now mix a couple tablespoons of salt into some hot tap water. Stir the saltwater until all the salt is dissolved. Then carefully pour the saltwater into the jar, being careful not to get the clip leads wet. The saltwater should not completely cover the plates -- you should leave about an inch of plate above the water, so you can move the solar cell around without getting the clip leads wet.
now place in the sun with the magnified on top.
The solar cell is a battery, even in the dark, & will usually show a few microamps of current.
That’s it it’s that simple. If you’d a more detailed process & some pics (could
How Many Or What Kind Of Solar Panel Do I Need To Charge A Cell Phone?
I Need To Know How To Charge A Cellphone Or Small Radio Using Solar Panels, For My Homework. Help Please!
Cell phone and "small radio" are two different things. Actually, you don't want to charge either one of those things, you want to charge their batteries.
Charging modern batteries is somewhat of a black art. If you want to charge the battery in your cell phone, I would strongly reccomend that you use the charger that came with it. If it came with a "car charger," great! You can use a nominal "12V" solar array to power the charger, and use the charger to charge the phone's battery.
If you just try hooking up solar cells directly to your cell phone, and you don't know the detailed specifications of the phone and its battery, then your likely outcomes range anywhere from "nothing happens" to "the battery catches fire or explodes."
If you google for "solar charger" you will find a variety of ready-made solar products into which you can safely plug your cell phone's car charger.
What Size Solar Panel Would Be Needed To Opperate A Small Device Needing 2 Amps. To Run For A Short Times ....?
I Asked This Question And Did Get A Good Answer , Thought I Would Be More Detailed About What I Am Trying To Do. A Security Camera That Needs 2 Amps. To Run. That Is Connected To A 400 Watt 8 Amp. Power Inverter. That Would Be Attached To A Rechargeable Sealed 18 Ah 12 Volt Battery. Note : I Already Have Camera, Inverter And The Battery. The Camera Would Only Be On Drawing Power When Viewing Being It Can Be Remotely Turned Off And On. Average Sun Light During The Day - (Est. 6-8 Hours Daily). So With The Detailed Info. : Need 2 Amps. To Run My Wireless Camera . I Have A 12 Volt 18 Ah Sealed Rechargeable Battery And A 400 Watt 8 Amp. Inverter. Camera Only On A Few Times Daily For Short Periods To View.
In Simple Terms ( New To Solar Stuff ).... What Size Solar Panel To Keep Things Charged Up And Running When Needed ? What Size Panel In Watts And Amp. Output ?. Am I Correct That Amp Output Of Panel Could Be Slightly Less Then The 2 Amps.That'S Needed To Run Camera Being It Would Get The Power ( The 2 Amps) From Battery And Then Panel Would Recharge Battery When Not On And Drawing Power ?. Thank You In Advance For Any Help And Advice. Please Keep Simple If Possible !
The most important design criterion is the wattage and the hours for the load. All other design features are optional.
Since the camera voltage is 5V and the current is 2A, the power necessary for the camera is 10 Watts. Since you mentioned that the "Camera only on a few times daily for short periods to view", i will assume a worst case of 4 continous hours, therefore there needs to be 10 Watts * 4 hours = 40 Watt*hours or 40 Wh.
A typical Sealed Lead Acid battery typically should not go below 25% of rated capacity for long life, therefore the minimum capacity of the battery should be 1 / 75% = 1 / 0.75 = 1.3333 times larger than the minimum watt hours, therefore 40 Wh * 1.3333 larger = 53.3333 Watt hours.
Since you don't want to have power losses from battery to camera voltage conversions, the battery voltage should be as close as possible to the camera voltage, therefore a 6V rechargable SLA battery is recommended. And with 6V divided into the 53.3333 Wh yields about 9 Amp*hours or 9 Ah.
The capacity of a battery is directly related to the charging rate of the battery, and charging at a slower amperage rating is not only recommended but will lower the charge controller cost as well as the panel cost. Considering that there is typically a minimum of 6 hours of sunlight per day, a charging rate of 9Ah / 6 hours of sunlight = 1.5 Amps per hour.
Next find a charge controller that can charge a 6V battery, which is typically about 10% ~ 15% over the working voltage, therefore the charging voltage is about 6.6V ~ 6.9V. Again the 6V charge controller will need to deliver about 1.5A ~ 2.0 A maximum.
Now in choosing the solar panel, it will need to deliver the 7V minimum and 1.5A minimum or 7V * 1.5A = 10.5 Watts as a minimum. Since solar panels are rated for their peak power, you may want to find a 16W ~ 20W solar panel to assure a constant voltage and constant current to your charge controller.
Finally there will need to be a 6V @ 2A input to 5V @ 2A output switching regulator to provide the stable and 5V that your camera needs. The higher the switching frequency, typically the better the power conversion and the smoother the voltage ripple. There are many to be found on the internet that are low cost.
The DC to AC inverter is completely unnecessary since it adds much complexity and cost that is not required for a DC voltage panel to a DC voltage camera. Keep it for a project that requires an AC voltage load. It's rating of 400W maximum is really only 400W / 120VAC = 3.33 Amps, so i am not sure where the 8 amp rating comes from unless it is for surges only, but then the voltage will sag and not including the conversion efficiency (e..g. only 90%) . So only consider a maximum of 3A @ 120VAC if you decide to use it for an AC load.
You said to keep it simple so the minimum shopping list would be:
1. 6V, 9Ah rechargable SLA battery
2. 6V, 2A solar to battery charge controller
3. 16W ~ 20W solar panel
4. 6V, 2A voltage input to 5V, 2A voltage output switching power supply