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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 conditioner, cleaning clothing, seeing TV, cooking dinner. All while reducing your carbon footprint, and without burning nonrenewable fuel sources or putting a pressure on the electrical grid. And while the environmental benefits of solar power are considerable, lots of home owners find that the benefit, special features, and cost savings of owning a solar power system are even more alluring.
Top 10 Benefits of Solar Energy
#1 Significantly minimize or perhaps remove your electrical expenses
Whether you're a house owner, organization, or not-for-profit, electrical energy costs can make up a big portion of your monthly expenditures. With a solar panel system, you'll produce totally 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 energy bills and you'll still conserve a lot of cash.
#2 Make a great return on your financial investment
Photovoltaic panels aren't an expense-- they're one of the very best ways to invest, with returns measuring up to those of more conventional financial investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to considerable electrical power bill savings, the average American house owner pays off their photovoltaic panel system in 7 to eight years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Secure against increasing energy costs
Among the most clear cut advantages of solar panels is the ability to hedge utility costs. In the previous 10 years, property electrical power costs have gone up by an average of three percent every year. By investing in a solar energy system now, you can repair your electricity rate and secure against unpredictable boosts in electricity expenses. If you're a business or homeowner with changing capital, going solar also assists you much better forecast and manage your expenditures.
#4 Increase your house worth
Numerous studies have actually discovered that houses equipped with solar energy systems have higher residential or commercial property worths and offer quicker 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 property buyers end up being more informed about solar, need for 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 crucial element of achieving energy self-reliance in the United States. By increasing our capacity to produce electricity from the sun, we can also insulate our nation from price variations in global 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 overall U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all tasks in the nation. This development is anticipated to continue. Since solar-related tasks have the tendency to be higher paying and can not be outsourced, they are a considerable contributor to the United States economy.
#7 Safeguard the environment
Solar is a fantastic method to reduce your carbon footprint. Buildings are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the U.S., and going solar can significantly reduce that number. A normal residential solar panel system will eliminate three to 4 tons of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees annually.
#8 Demonstrate your dedication to sustainability
Sustainability and business social responsibility are necessary parts of an organization's culture and values. They likewise produce bottom line results. Significantly, consumers and communities are acknowledging and rewarding companies that opt to operate responsibly. Organisations are finding that "green" credentials are a powerful driver of consumer getting choices, creating goodwill and enhancing business 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 money down.
Lots of property owners choose to finance their solar panels with among the "pay-as-you-go" funding options. This means that a third-party business-- the solar supplier-- owns the solar system and takes care of installation, maintenance, monitoring and repair works. You just pay the solar company 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 business are well-known for their fluctuating and unreliable electricity rates. There is clearly an upward pattern.
With photovoltaic panels and simple mathematics, we can compute how much electrical energy will be generated, 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
It Is Worth Using Solar Panels In England?
Judging On What The Weather Has Been Like The Past Year?
around london, no. considering the amount of rain and cloudy days it gets, it would not be worth it. england is typically a cloudier place, so it would not gain you too much. however, it's always worth a try to say the environment. (: if you don't live around london, i'd say give it a try. however take a look on a weather website and have a look at your city's past precipitation percentage. if it's high then i'd say no, if not i would give it a try.
Is It Ok To Leave A Solar Panel Exposed To The Sun Without A Load?
I Am Installing A Small 40 Watt Panel To Keep A Battery Charged. Have Not Yet Received Charge Controller So Don'T Have It Hooked Up. Will It Hurt The Panel To Be Exposed To Sun Open Circuit For A Few Days?
It won't hurt the panel, it will just have a photovoltaic reaction and produce a protential at the open terminals of the panel (for safety reasons, do not touch them)
Is Solar-Paneling My Roof Realistic?
I Figure I Could Save A Lot Of Money On Electric Bills If I Was Self-Reliant. Sure, I'D Need Something To Cover Them Up When The Weather Gets Bad, But Could You Give A Ballpark Estimate For The Average-Sized House?
Solar electric panels are durable, designed to withstand the elements for decades. There is no need to cover them up in bad weather. They are generally rated for 1" hail, and will withstand a heavy snow load, if your roof is not tilted enough for the snow to slide off.
There is no "average-sized house," unfortunately. A solar electric system could be $4000 to satisfy the electric needs of a very modest user, or 10, 20, even 50 times that for a house of the same size, that consumes a lot. The most common size of system to install is 3-4 kW, and that costs $10-20k net, depending on rebates in the particular area.
A typical system warranty is 20 years, with the panels warranted for 25. Whether you recover the cost of your panels depends largely on the cost of your electricity, and where you live (how much sun). You would generally not get your money back for at least 5 years. It might be never, if you don't get enough sun. The only way to know for sure is to go to a local solar installer. It costs you nothing to get the quote, and you could always say no thanks.
How To Tell If Solar Panel Can Work With Inverter?
What I Would Like To Do Is Use My 12V, 5W Solar Panel To Power Some Small Ac Devices. Those Devices Would Need Between 15W On The Low End To 50W On The High End. Typically, I Will Get Anywhere Between 130-300Ma Out Of My Panel.
My Question To You Is This. I'Ve Checked Out A Number Of Inverters, Mostly 75-120W. But I'M Not Sure How To Tell If My Panel Would Provide Enough Current To The Inverter So I Could Get The Needed Wattage To Power My Devices. Voltage-Wise, My Panel Outputs Anywhere Between 13-21V, So I'M Not Concerned About This.
Looking At The Specs Of Some Inverters I'Ve Seen Online And In The Stores (75-120W) Have Different No Load Currents. Some Are As Low As ≪150Ma. Others Say ≪350Ma Or ≪450Ma. I Don'T Know If The No Load Current Rating Is The Minimum Current The Panel Needs To Provide In Order To Power The Inverter. Or If That'S What'S Needed To Get The 75-120W Out Of The Inverter.
So I'M Having Trouble In Knowing Whether My 5W Panel Will Work With An Inverter. And How To Tell Which Specific Inverter To Get.
For Example, I Have A 5W Inverter That Somebody Had Given Me. I Connected My Panel To It And The Led Lit Up. But When I Plugged In A Small Device, Just A Small Radio, It Wouldn'T Power Up. Since My Panel Is Working Perfectly, As Is The Radio On Batteries And Ac, My Guess Is That The Inverter Itself Requires More Current Than My Panel Is Providing.
So If Anybody Out There Can Help Me Determine How To Tell If An Inverter Will Provide Enough Wattage, That Would Be Great! Once Again, My Thinking Is That I Should Focus On The No Load Current Of The Inverter. And That This Rating Would Tell Me How Much Current Is Necessary To Provide Enough Output From The Inverter. But Perhaps I'M Wrong On This. And Yes, I Do Have A Charge Controller.
Hey Mso, Gintable has some good data, but I'm afraid this setup is simply not going to work without a battery. You actually have two problems there. First, you have to think of a solar panel like a boat, you have a choice of anchoring, or tieing up to the dock, but if you do neither, the boat will drift. The solar panels output voltage is not self regulating, and any power inverter needs voltage input in a small envelope all the time. This is why there are two types of inverters, battery based or utlity intertie. In the second case, the grid acts as the dock, or in the first, the battery is the anchor. When the sun shines on the solar panel, it will force whatever is available out into whatever it is connected to until it reaches its open circuit voltage, then it won't do anything. Unless the inverter and its load is exactly balanced to the panels output, your circuit will have wild voltage swings, and the inverter will simply shut down to protect itself. The little LED that lit up when you hooked it to your panel was likely an overvolt or undervolt indication, so it wasn't putting out AC power anyway.
If you had a small battery to let that panel feed into, then you could connect any size inverter to the battery you wanted as long as the battery could carry its load that was running. Then when the inverter was shut down or not carrying a load, the panel could recharge the battery. The charge controller will not help out either, it is not a voltage regulater, it is a CHARGE controller, it needs a battery to anchor the circuit voltage also, so it can Control the Charge. Utility intertie systems don't use charge controllers because the grid voltage is already regulated by the power company.
The second problem is that panel is designed to keep a car battery at float voltage all the time, with nothing turned on. At 300ma, it can barely run an LED flashlight on its own, so trying to get enough watts out of it for even a radio won't happen. You're basically trying to heat the kitchen with a candle. You might be able to heat one can of soup up with that candle, but it would take all morning. The same is true of your radio. If you ran the radio on the battery for an hour, then in a few days with good sun, that 5w panel might put that small amount of usage back into the battery. All the data you're looking at as far as an inverter using 50ma or 300 ma is its idle load, how much amperage is required to keep the inverter on with nothing running on it. Again, even if you balanced the panel output with the inverter idle load and managed to get it to idle on a sunny day, as soon as you plug in a night light, the balance would be lost, the voltage would sag and the inverter would shut down.
Don't let this information turn you off to your idea though, If you have a small 12 volt battery hanging around, either one from a car or lawn tractor, or a smaller hobby type rechargeable, like you might find in an RC car or a DeWalt rechargeable drill, it will charge on the panel just fine, and it will run a small inverter or radio or light, even when the sun goes behind a cloud momentarily. Try it and see. We did the same thing here 12 years ago, and for a year or two, we ran our 12 volt under cabinet lights on a couple golf cart batteries and one 50 watt panel. Today our entire home is solar powered from our 1.4 kw array. It's been fun and rewarding. Good luck and take care, Rudydoo
Why Dont We Have A Gigantic Solar Panel System In The Warm States,Stretching Miles Across To Supply The Usa?
A Fiber Optic Network Could Distribute Solar Energy From Warm States To The Rest Of The Country. Using A Federally Created Program,The Energy Would Be Used Through A Trust Program To Benefit All Of Our Citizens Equally. It Would Create Thousands Of Jobs And Help Us With Our Dependence On Foriegn Oil Supplies. This Is No Different Than Work Programs Created By The Feds During The 1930'S Depression Era.
As a matter of fact these types of facilities are being built today. People are already hard at work on it. Yes solar is more expensive that conventional electricity sources, but only at first. A solar power plant has no fuel costs and so although it costs a lot more to build at first over its life time it can actually cost a lot less.
That doesn't even count the costs of byproducts from conventional power plants. Most people are not aware that particulate pollution kills between 100,000 and 200,000 people in the United States every year. The majority source of particulate pollution is electrical power production, but our electrical bill does not include the costs of those deaths. If the electric utilities had to pay their fair share of those medical costs electricity produced by fossil fuels would look a lot less attractive.
Some people think solar panels take more energy to build than they every collect from the sun but that is not true. A solar panel generates the energy it takes to make it in between 1 and 2 years and after that the power it generates is basically free. Solar panels are expected to last between 30 and 50 years, so that is a lot of free power.
By the way, I installed solar panels on my house. They cost me about 6000 dollars (after rebates and tax deductions) and saves me about 1000 dollars every year from my electrical bill. I have a 5 bedroom house and a family of three and our electrical bill averages just $35/month. That is in California with some of the highest electrical rates in the country. So I can say that solar works.
There are dozens of companies working very hard to make solar power more affordable and they are being successful. The solar industry is about 7X larger in 2006 than it was in 2000. It is one of the fastest growing industries and has sustained growth of 40% per year for the last five years. Solar power will become the largest industry on Earth, but it will take some time. It is a very encouraging development.