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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 everyday life: running your a/c, washing clothes, viewing TV, cooking supper. All while lowering your carbon footprint, and without burning nonrenewable fuel sources or putting a pressure on the electrical grid. And while the ecological benefits of solar power are substantial, numerous residents find that the benefit, unique features, and expense savings of owning a solar power system are even more alluring.
Leading Advantages of Solar Energy
#1 Considerably reduce and even eliminate your electric expenses
Whether you're a house owner, organization, or not-for-profit, electrical power costs can comprise a big portion of your monthly costs. With a photovoltaic panel system, you'll produce totally free power for your system's whole 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you don't produce One Hundred Percent of the energy you take in, solar will reduce your energy costs and you'll still conserve a lot of money.
#2 Make a great return on your financial investment
Solar panels aren't an expense-- they're one of the very best ways to invest, with returns matching those of more standard investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to significant electricity expense savings, the average American house owner settles their photovoltaic panel system in 7 to eight years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Protect versus increasing energy expenses
One of the most clear cut advantages of photovoltaic panels is the ability to hedge energy prices. In the previous 10 years, domestic electricity rates have gone up by approximately three percent each year. By buying a solar energy system now, you can fix your electrical power rate and protect against unpredictable increases in electricity costs. If you're an organisation or property owner with fluctuating money circulation, going solar also assists you much better forecast and manage your expenditures.
#4 Increase your home or business worth
Several research studies have actually found that homes geared up with solar energy systems have greater home values and sell more quickly than non-solar homes. Appraisers are significantly taking solar installations into factor to consider as they value houses at the time of a sale, and as homebuyers end up being more educated about solar, demand for residential or commercial properties geared up with solar panel systems will continue to grow.
#5 Boost U.S. energy independence
The sun is a near-infinite source of energy and an essential component of achieving energy independence in the United States. By increasing our capability to generate electrical energy from the sun, we can also insulate our nation from cost variations in international energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and help your local economy
According to The Solar Foundation, the solar market added tasks 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 anticipated to continue. Since solar-related jobs have the tendency to be greater paying and can not be outsourced, they are a substantial factor to the U.S. economy.
#7 Safeguard the environment
Solar is a terrific way to minimize your carbon footprint. Structures are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the United States, and going solar can considerably decrease that number. A common residential photovoltaic panel system will get rid of 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 obligation are important parts of an organization's culture and values. They also produce bottom line outcomes. Progressively, consumers and neighborhoods are recognizing and rewarding businesses that opt to operate responsibly. Services are discovering that "green" qualifications are a powerful motorist of customer getting choices, creating goodwill and enhancing organisation results.
#9 Start Conserving from Day 1
Solar purchase power contracts (PPAs) and solar leasing has made it possible for homeowners to go solar for little or no money down.
Many property owners choose to fund their solar panels with among the "pay-as-you-go" financing alternatives. This means that a third-party company-- the solar company-- owns the planetary system and takes care of installation, maintenance, monitoring and repair works. You just pay the solar provider for electricity-- less than you would've paid the utility company.
Since June 2013, 75% of all American houses have access to pay-as-you-go solar.
#10. Solar is a Secure Financial investment
The energy companies are well-known for their changing and undependable electrical energy costs. There is plainly an upward trend.
With solar panels and basic mathematics, we can compute what does it cost? electrical power will be generated, and most notably, at exactly what price, for at least 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
Why Are Solar Company Stocks So Low?
Is Now A Good Time To Buy Into Them?
If you do buy, I would not do it as an investment. Maybe buy 100 shares of something, if you can afford to lose it ALL. There is a glut of solar panels now, driving down prices. None of the solar companies are really making much money. That could change if the anti-dumping suits are successful. None of the asian memory manufacturers were making money in the 80's either, until the US insisted that they do. I doubt this will happen though - hopefully we learned our lesson. Everybody wants cheap solar panels, except domestic solar panel manufacturers.
And if you do make a wild bet like this, have an exit strategy. Like maybe, if you double your money, get out. And stick to the plan.
Anyvolt Micro Load Problems?
I Am Using An Anyvolt Micro (Google It) With Power From A 3V Solar Panel And To Charge A Series Of 4 Caps Total Of 10V At 11F(The Caps Are 2.5V 55F Each). The First Time I Used An Anyvolt Micro, It Burned Out Because Either The Solar Panel Was Putting Over .5A On It Or It Couldn'T Handle The Capacitors Current Draw.The Guy At The Store I Bought It From Replaced It For Free, So I Have Another One Now. I Am Stepping Up 3V To 10V, And I Need To Know How To Lower To Current Draw From These Caps Because I Already Just Covered One Section Of The Solar Panel To Get It Under .5A, But Now Need To Power The Capacitors Without It Burning Out. Is There Any Way To Charge Up The Caps Under The Current Limit Without The Anyvolt Micro Burning Out, Because Last Time I Think I Exceeded The Current Limit And That Is What Destroyed It.
The capacitor represents a short circuit until it is charged. I assume you mean 110F @ 10V. It will be like a battery connected to the output too, once charged. Some DC - DC converters will not like this. The charge current can be limited by a series resistor. As it is 10V and 0.5A maximum, you may think V/I = 20 ohms, but that means the converter would need 3V @ approx 2A (consider it as a "DC transformer, 75% efficient"). The data sheet explains this calculation. The input current rating is 0.5A also, and the "data sheet" goes to some length to explain how to make certain you keep it below 0.5A by limiting the output current to control the input current. The load should not exceed 100-112mA when converting 3V to 10V. Add a series resistor of 100 ohms to charge the capacitors. This should be a 1W or more power rated resistor as the dissipation is about 1W initially. Now the input current will be within limits, if it is at least 3V and the output is not more than 10V.
The solar panel
Covering one portion of the panel (I think you mean part of one cell) is not the best way to limit the current as it causes heating of one cell, and probably loses more voltage at a given current. Covering the whole panel with a semi transparent sheet is better. However you don't want to cover it. The current it delivers depends on what the converter device draws. As long as the panel output is over 3V that is going to be OK. However, I don't know whether your panel can be 3V when supplying 0.5A. If it is less than 3V, the current will increase beyond 0.5A. If it is less than about 2.4V the converter stops working. You didn't say what the panel current rating is with 3V output. Look up the I/V curve for this panel.
Now what happens as the sun drops off? The current produced by the panel is reduced, so if the converter wants to draw more current than the panel provides, the voltage must fall. That means the converter tries to draw more current still. Voltage falls more. Etc. Until it grinds to a screeching halt. I don't know whether this is able to damage the converter or not. There is really no solution to this except to have an automatic disconnect when the voltage is below 3V. Incidentally I have doubts the panel can provide 3V with 0.5A, so it may help a little to have 2 panels in series (so 6V nominal). It might also help to have a higher charge resitor, but it will take longer still to charge, and ofcourse that resistor wastes energy.
I suppose we can say the converter is not very suitable for this situation, and was never intended for it. It will work, sort of, but the efficiency is not high using that resistor. If you were chaging a 3V battery, and running the inverter from that, it would make much more sense, and the "reduced sun" problem is eliminated.. Once again you may need a 6V panel though, maybe to charge a 3.6V (3 cell Nicad) battery.. The panel could be straight across the batteries. A charge controller is needed probably, to switch off the panel when the battery is charged. This could be reasonably simple, along the lines of off when > 4.2V, on when < 3.7V.
What Is Most Potent Type Of Solar Panel Inch For Inch To Power Things Directly Without A Battery In Da Circuit?
I'Ll Have About An 8Ft X 4Ft Space To Power A Fan, Lights And A Netbook. Thanks For Reading.
You will need some batteries in any case.
Or in other words, you will need some electronics to stabilize the power output of the solar panel and use it for your appliances, and these electronics require at least some minimal batteries.
I would suggest in any case an inverter: it will allow you to plug in a laptop, but also any other appliance that you may need in your trailer.
How Much Money Do You Save If You Use Solar Panels?
If you use enough solar panels you can theoretically power your entire house. So what you would save is what your paying for an electric bill. Now you will have to wait a while to see a saving as the capital costs for solar panels is still high at the moment.
Also another savings is the reduction of your reliance on fossil fuels for electricity. Although you may not see significant financial savings immediately, you will have the satisfaction that the energy your using is renewable and better for the environment.
Hope that helps
I Am Doing A Solar Panel Diy?
I Am Doing A Big Project For School, And I Have Decided To Do It On Solar Panels. I Am New To The Subject But Have Done Some Research On It; I Would Like To Buy A Single Panel, A Charge Controller, An Inverter And A Battery, To Charge A Simple Lamp. My Question Is If The Items In The Links Will Work Together And If The Panel Will Produce Electricity?
The Charge Controller:
I Haven'T Yet Found A Battery. Also, If You Know Any Way To Get Cheaper Items But For The Same Efficiency, Please Tell Me. Thanks.
Sounds like fun.
A 1-watt panel doesn't need a charge controller, though. In fact, it may take more than 1 watt to power the charge controller. With a low-wattage panel, you can just connect the panel directly to the battery. A 7 amp-hour gel cell (the kind used in burglar alarms) would be good for this purpose. The panel is too small to charge a car battery.
The gel cell should power that inverter, but only for a few minutes. If you want to be more impressive, look for a low power, 12-volt device. An iPod plus a 12-volt car adapter would be an example.