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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 home owners to utilize the sun to power everyday life: running your air conditioning system, cleaning clothes, watching TELEVISION, cooking dinner. All while decreasing 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 convenience, special functions, and expense savings of owning a solar power system are much more alluring.
Top Ten Benefits of Solar Energy
#1 Dramatically lower or perhaps remove your electric costs
Whether you're a homeowner, business, or not-for-profit, electrical power costs can comprise a big part of your month-to-month expenditures. With a solar panel system, you'll produce complimentary power for your system's whole 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you do not produce One Hundred Percent of the energy you consume, solar will reduce your energy bills and you'll still save a great deal of cash.
#2 Make a fantastic return on your investment
Photovoltaic panels aren't an expense-- they are among the finest ways to invest, with returns rivaling those of more conventional financial investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to significant electricity costs cost savings, the typical American property owner pays off their solar panel system in seven to eight years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Secure versus rising energy expenses
Among the most clear cut benefits of photovoltaic panels is the ability to hedge energy rates. In the past ten years, residential electrical power prices have actually gone up by an average of 3 percent every year. By investing in a solar energy system now, you can repair your electrical energy rate and safeguard versus unforeseeable boosts in electrical energy expenses. If you're a business or property owner with ever-changing cash flow, going solar likewise helps you better projection and handle your expenditures.
#4 Boost your home or business value
Numerous research studies have found that homes equipped with solar energy systems have higher home values 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 property buyers 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 self-reliance
The sun is a near-infinite source of energy and a key component of accomplishing energy self-reliance in the United States. By increasing our capacity to create electrical power from the sun, we can likewise insulate our country from rate fluctuations in international energy markets.
#6 Develop jobs and assist your local economy
According to The Solar Structure, the solar market added jobs at a rate almost 12 times faster than the total U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all jobs in the nation. This development is anticipated to continue. Because solar-related jobs have the tendency to be greater paying and can not be outsourced, they are a considerable contributor to the United States economy.
#7 Protect the environment
Solar is a terrific method to decrease your carbon footprint. Buildings are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the U.S., and going solar can substantially decrease that number. A normal residential photovoltaic panel system will eliminate 3 to four lots of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees yearly.
#8 Show your dedication to sustainability
Sustainability and corporate social duty are necessary parts of an organization's culture and values. They likewise produce bottom line outcomes. Increasingly, customers and communities are acknowledging and rewarding companies that decide to operate responsibly. Businesses are discovering that "green" credentials are a powerful driver of consumer acquiring choices, producing goodwill and improving company outcomes.
#9 Start Saving from Day 1
Solar purchase power contracts (PPAs) and solar leasing has actually made it possible for homeowners to go solar for little or no loan down.
Many homeowners choose to fund their photovoltaic panels with among the "pay-as-you-go" funding choices. This implies that a third-party company-- the solar supplier-- owns the solar system and looks after setup, upkeep, tracking and repairs. You simply pay the solar provider for electrical power-- less than you would've paid the utility business.
As of June 2013, 75% of all American homes have access to pay-as-you-go solar.
#10. Solar is a Secure Investment
The utility business are infamous for their varying and unreliable electricity costs. There is clearly an upward pattern.
With photovoltaic panels and easy math, we can determine how much electrical energy will be produced, and most significantly, at what cost, for a minimum of the next Twenty 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 Long Would It Take A 100 Watt Solar Panel To Charge A 12 Volt Battery ?
I think most of your answers so far have been dreamers.
the problem with the electrical solar panels is they are only any good in places like death valley.
as they do not produce full output power most of the time.
when that one is running flat out it might put something in but it will not charge anything it the potential is not at least 2volts above the battery voltage as it has to drive the voltage in.
so that is the first problem.
now with a power convert or say like a switch mode unit it could charge that battery but it would need to boost the voltage which would reduce the current being put in by about half.
so it's approx 4 amp/hour for when the sun was at it's strongest say about 2 hours and the rest of the time an average of at best 500ma if you are lucky.
so a 100 amp hour battery may be charged in about a week or seven days given that the sun shines every day. that is a real hope not a fact..
Solar Panels For Home?
Me And My Wife Just Saw An Ad On Tv About Going Solar And Saw The Money We Can Save Every Month... Any Here Have Solar Panels? How Much Do You Save Every Month On Energy Bill? Is It True That Your Energy Meter Will Spin Backwards? Lol
You can put a dent in your usage, and save money without having to spend any. Look at the "half program" at http://www.builditsolar.com
The notion of spinning a meter backward has a lot of people plugging in their solar panel via an inverter- but this is a very bad idea and illegal as well- the power company requires a lockout device they control to kill power in their powlines for servicing and repairs- a plugged in solar panel and inverter can cause them injury or death.
If you have about 30,000 dollars to invest (cost will vary), and you are going to be staying in your home for at least 10 years, contact your electric power utility as they will have the progams in place to do the installation on your site, and install the needed equipment for you to be legally grid tied. They will also have your paperwork prepared for your tax person come tax time. Most are actually seeking people out to do this, I won't go into details why, but by listening carefully to the power company in their presentation they will indirectly tell you why.
Any installation that is intended to be grid tied MUST be approved by the power company and meet their specifications. Too many people are ignoring this last detail.
I Want To Help Stop Global Warming, But I Don'T Know How!?
I Really Want To Help Stop Global But I'M 15 And In 10Th Grade. I Really Want To Help Make A Difference, But The Only Thing Is, I Don'T Know How! I Am Part Of My School'S Leadership (Asb) And In Charge Of The Recycling Program. And I Saw This Special On Tv Lasrt Night About How Global Warming Is Affecting The Earth And I Want To Help Make A Difference. Since The Adults Won'T Do Anything To Help It'S Up To Us Kids Now! (No Offence)
Here's a long answer that gives ideas that you, your family and school friends can do to help slow down the effects of global warming. The recycling programme you're involved with is an excellent idea, this is one area which makes a big difference, good luck with that.
You'll be pleased to know that there's an awful lot of adults as well as kids that are keen to see something done about global warming. The skeptics are very vocal but they're few in number (they're outnumbered 12 to 1 by people who think climate change is a serious issue).
Anyway, here's those ideas, I hope they help you...
● BUY ENERGY EFFICIENT APPLIANCES. Appliances usually state how energy efficient they are, look for the Energy Star label or efficiency rating, compare different models and opt for ones with a lower Wattage.
● DON’T USE STANDBY. A device such as a TV or computer still consumed power when put into standby mode, as it’s usually in standby for many hours it consumes a lot of power over time.
● SWITCH OFF WHEN NOT IN USE. If you’re not using something then switch it off, most people probably have far more lights on at any one time then are actually being used.
● USE ENERGY EFFICIENT LIGHTBULBS. Conventional bulbs use considerably more electricity than compact fluorescent lighbulbs (CFLs) or halogen bulbs, they last a lot longer as well. Some local authorities provide them for free or heavily subsidised,
● LOWER YOUR THERMOSTAT. Turning your thermostat down by one or two degrees can significantly reduce power consumption and you’ll hardly notice the difference.
● HEAT ONLY WHAT’S NEEDED. Turn heaters and radiators off in rooms that aren’t used and fit individual thermostats to radiators.
● TURN DOWN THE WATER HEATER. Many people have their water heating turned up too high with the result they need to add cold water to the sink or bath, turn the water heater down so the water temp isn’t too hot.
● INSULATE YOUR PROPERTY. Much heat is lost through insufficient or lack of insulation. Make sure pipes, walls, lofts, hot water tanks are well insulated. It’s cheap and effective, check out the availability of grants.
● TURN THE AIR CON DOWN. As with turning the heating down, large savings on your energy use can be achieved by turning the air conditioning down a bit. Saves on your electricity bill as well.
● SGN UP TO A GREEN ENERGY SUPPLIER. Most power is generated by burning fossil fuels, one of the biggest contributors to global warming. Switch your supply to a provider that generates their electricity from renewable energy sources.
● DRESS APPROPRIATELY. When it’s cold put on a jumper rather than turn up the heating, when it’s warm take it off again rather than use the air con.
● WASH FULL LOADS. When you’re doing the washing wait until you’ve got a full load before running the machine.
● WASH AT LOWER TEMPS. Most detergents these days are just as effective at lower temps – often just 30°C, check the packaging.
● DRY WASHING OUTSIDE. If the weather’s nice dry your clothes outside rather than in a tumble drier. If drying inside then don’t turn heating on just to dry your clothes.
● WHEN THE HOUSE IS UNOCCUPIED. If you’re on holiday then turn off everything apart from the essentials like the fridge and freezer, just have one or two lights come on in the evening by using timer switches.
● WHEN THE WORKPLACE IS UNOCCUPIED. The last person to leave should go round and switch everything off and turn out the lights before leaving.
● AVOID DISHWASHERS. Wash pots and pans by hand, it uses much less water and energy. If you do use a dishwasher then wait until it’s full before running it.
● REDUCE DRAUGHTS. Fit draught excluders round doors and windows, this service may be available for free – check with the local authority.
● GENERATE YOUR OWN POWER. Consider fitting solar panels or a wind turbine to your house. The initial cost can be recouped in time and there’s no greenhouse gas emissions generated (unlike conventional power supplies).
● USE RECHARGEABLE BATTERIES. Batteries are a very poor source of energy, they require much more energy to produce than they provide.
● DON’T OVERCHARGE DEVICES. Don’t leave (re)chargers on for longer than is needed, most devices have an indicator to show when fully charged, leaving the charger on for longer than is needed doesn’t help the device and it wastes power.
● ONLY BOIL THE WATER YOU NEED. When boiling the kettle only fill it with the amount of water you need (ensure the water in the kettle reaches the minimum level), not only is it quicker but it avoids wasting electricity and reduces your bill.
● BUY LOCAL PRODUCE. There's less transportation and the farming methods are more environmentally friendly. Similarly, look where goods were manufactured, avoid buying those that have been shipped long distances.
● RECYLE AND REUSE. Recycling products uses much less energy and natural resources then manufacturing them in the first place.
● REDUCE PAPER CONSUMPTION. Sign up with mail preferential services to stop junk mail. Get your news from the internet rather than buying a newspaper. Opt for paperless billing from utility companies.
● MINIMUM PACKAGING. Avoid products with excessive packaging, especially expanded polystyrene (styrofoam) and plastic wrapping.
● FRIDGES AND FREEZERS. Modern appliances are more efficient than older ones, it may be economically viable to replace old models (check with local authority regarding disposal of old one). Don’t have them set to a lower temp than is recommended, regularly defrost, don’t leave the door open and avoid putting hot food into them.
● WORK FROM HOME. If possible work from home, it saves time and fuel travelling.
● EAT LESS MEAT AND DAIRY PRODUCTS. Modern farming methods produce large quantities of greenhouse gases.
● SHOWER INSTEAD OF BATH. A shower uses a lot less water so there’s less heating involved, if you do bath then don’t fill it so much.
● CONSERVE WATER. The less water you use the less energy is needed to pump it to your home or office and to deal with the waste at a sewerage treatment works.
ENERGY EFFICIENT TRAVELLING
For many people a substantial reduction in greenhouse gas emissions can be achieved by driving a more fuel-efficient vehicle. Each gallon of gasoline burned produces 10kg (20 pounds) of carbon dioxide.
● Drive a fuel efficient vehicle, if you have more than one vehicle use the most economical one more often.
● Walk or cycle to work or when taking the kids to schools, if you have to drive consider car sharing.
● Use public transport where possible
● Take a coach or train instead of using domestic flights.
● When replacing your vehicle look at diesel and liquid petroleum gas models.
● Combine multiple journeys into one and do your weekly shopping in a single trip.
● Stagger journeys where possible to avoid rush hour traffic and hold ups.
FUEL SAVING TIPS FOR DRIVERS
By driving carefully and keeping your vehicle in good condition you can save up to 30% on your fuel bills and cut greenhouse gas emissions at the same time. Below are some tips for increasing fuel efficiency, there's more information on the Eartheasy Website - http://eartheasy.com/live_fuel_efficient...
● Avoid harsh braking, accelerate gently, drive at a steady speed.
● Keep tyres properly inflated.
● Remove bike and ski and roof racks when not in use.
● Carrying unnecessary weight wastes fuel, declutter your vehicle.
● Use the correct gear, use cruise control if your vehicle has it.
● Keep your vehicle regularly serviced.
● Turn the engine off when stopped or waiting.
Carbon Offsetting is one way to reduce or eliminate your carbon footprint, in most cases this involves calculating your greenhouse gas emissions and planting trees so as to absorb an equivalent amount of carbon dioxide. Some websites where you can calculate your carbon footprint and purchase offsetting are...
The Woodland Trust
Carbon Footprint - http://www.carbonfootprint.com/USA/calcu...
The Carbon Neutral Company - http://www.carbonneutral.com/pinfo/carbonoffsetting.asp
Natural Resource Defense Council
Energy Saving Trust
Alliance to Save Energy
Salt River Project
How Can I Help?
How Can I Help The Enviroment? I Do All That I Can, I Just Wanna Convince My Parents To Stop Driving For A Week Or Get Solar Panels. Any Websites?
the United Nations announced that the best way for an individual to help the environment is by becoming a vegetarian. the meat industry 1) produced more polution last year than transportation in america 2) relies on cattle that produce large amounts of methane 3) cuts down the rainforest to make space for cattle which eliminates a huge source of carbon-offsetters (fact: the cow is the most populous large mammal in the amazon rainforest) 4) feeds the cattle so many crops that would be better used if fed to impoverished and starving people.
i know it doesn't sound enjoyable but there are so many good alternatives today...they make soy burgers, soy sloppy joes, soy nuggets (that taste terribly similar to chicken nuggets and I think they're better...they're my favorite food) soy meatballs, whatever. just get creative, you can do it. and there's always peanut butter.
good luck, and thanks for your concern!
Are Solar Panels A Good Idea In Seattle Wa?
I Am Interested In Solar Energy, But Am Not Sure How Eficiant It Would Be In The Northwest? Any Comments Would Be Apriciated.
Are solar panels a good thing to do for the environment? - Yes. Can you recoup the cost your investment in the solar cells/panels in any reasonable amount of time in Seattle? - most likely - not.
I know it's been a miserable spring in Seattle, but, I think we got 3 sunny days last month. With the number of cloudy/rainy days here, solar will only really benefit you in June, July, August and September.
There are two kinds of solar panels - electric or water based.
The electrics - photovoltaics - are costly to purchase and it's difficult to store the electricity once you make it.
A water heater type solar panel initially cost less and can provide some benefit even on partly cloudy days. I have even seen instructions on how to build your own (if you are frugal and handy)
I just do not think it's worthwhile in Seattle - if it was Denver or Phoenix we were talking about - then it would be a different story.