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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 unit, cleaning clothing, watching TV, cooking supper. All while minimizing your carbon footprint, and without burning nonrenewable fuel sources or putting a stress on the electrical grid. And while the environmental benefits of solar power are significant, lots of property owners find that the benefit, distinct features, and expense savings of owning a solar power system are a lot more attractive.
Top Ten Benefits of Solar Energy
#1 Significantly decrease or even eliminate your electrical expenses
Whether you're a property owner, service, or nonprofit, electricity expenses can make up a big portion of your month-to-month expenses. With a photovoltaic panel system, you'll create totally free power for your system's entire 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you do not produce One Hundred Percent of the energy you consume, solar will lower your energy expenses and you'll still conserve a great deal of cash.
#2 Earn a great return on your investment
Solar panels aren't an expense-- they're one of the best ways to invest, with returns equaling those of more traditional investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to substantial electrical energy expense savings, the typical American property owner pays off their solar panel system in 7 to 8 years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Safeguard versus increasing energy costs
One of the most clear cut benefits of solar panels is the capability to hedge energy rates. In the previous 10 years, property electrical energy prices have increased by an average of three percent each year. By investing in a solar energy system now, you can fix your electrical power rate and safeguard versus unforeseeable increases in electricity expenses. If you're a company or property owner with ever-changing cash flow, going solar also assists you much better projection and handle your costs.
#4 Increase your home or business value
Several research studies have actually found that homes geared up with solar energy systems have higher home values and sell quicker than non-solar houses. Appraisers are significantly taking solar setups 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, demand for properties equipped with solar panel systems will continue to grow.
#5 Increase U.S. energy self-reliance
The sun is a near-infinite source of energy and an essential element of achieving energy self-reliance in the United States. By increasing our capability to generate electrical energy from the sun, we can also insulate our nation from price variations in global energy markets.
#6 Develop jobs and help your regional 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 tasks in the nation. This development is anticipated to continue. Because solar-related jobs have the tendency to be higher paying and can not be contracted out, they are a considerable contributor to the United States economy.
#7 Secure the environment
Solar is a great way to lower your carbon footprint. Buildings are responsible for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the U.S., and going solar can substantially reduce that number. A normal property photovoltaic panel system will remove 3 to 4 lots of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees annually.
#8 Show your commitment to sustainability
Sustainability and corporate social responsibility are necessary parts of an organization's culture and values. They likewise produce bottom line results. Increasingly, consumers and neighborhoods are recognizing and rewarding businesses that decide to operate properly. Organisations are finding that "green" qualifications are an effective driver of consumer acquiring choices, producing goodwill and improving business results.
#9 Start Saving from Day 1
Solar purchase power agreements (PPAs) and solar leasing has made it possible for property owners to go solar for little or no money down.
Many property owners pick to fund their solar panels with among the "pay-as-you-go" funding options. This suggests that a third-party company-- the solar provider-- owns the solar system and takes care of setup, upkeep, monitoring and repairs. You simply pay the solar supplier for electrical power-- less than you would've paid the energy business.
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 notorious for their changing and undependable electrical energy costs. There is clearly an upward pattern.
With photovoltaic panels and easy mathematics, we can calculate how much electrical power will be produced, and most importantly, at what cost, for at least the next 20 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
Who Removed The Solar Panels That Jimmy Carter Installed In White House Back In The 1970'S?
And Why?......Why Also Did The Country Not Heed Carters Warnings That We Needed To Plan For Alternative Energy Way Back In The 1970'S.
That Jimmy Carter..What A Bad President He Was. Lol
Reagan removed the solar panels because Reagan, like all GOP, was a corporate stooge who did what he was told no matter who it hurt. As long as Ronnie and Nancy got taken care of with a crony paid for home, free designer clothes, and all sorts of other perks, Raygun didn't care what happened.
Efficiency Of Solar Panels?
How Efficienent Are Solar Panels? I Mean, Suppose We Install A 1Kw Panel.. Wil It Produce 5Kw In 5 Hours Of Good Sun Light?
Or Like If Its 80 Percent Efficient, Wil It Produce 4Kw And So On.
Also, Do The Chinese Solar Panels Give The Same Results As Compared With Panels From Other Countries?
I Live In India, So We Get Plenty Of Sunlight During The Day.
Panels are labeled as to their nominal output. Efficiency can be viewed in two different ways.
First- conversion efficiency. The panels themselves are only about 15 ro 18 percent efficient at converting the suns energy to electricity currenlty. This according to manufactuers data sheets.
Second is your efficiency of mounting. Ideally you want the panels to be prependicular to the suns rays at all times. For various reasons this is not always the case. Compromises are made in the mounting that tries to optimize the panels for their location. This could be considered efficiency, but is difficult to measure accurately because you were limited in the manner of how could mount them, so compairing each installation to the ideal is at best a guess if you wanted to generate numbers.
Usually when a panel is mounted in a fixed position,
*you want to mount them at an angle that is the same as your lattitude plus 12 to 23 degrees
depending when you want your peak output.
*facing "Solar South"- which is not always ordinal south on your compass. It is the mid point of the period where the sun is unobstructed. In the southern hemisphere- Solar North.
In your question- the ony way to achieve 4 kilowatts is to find the same size panel with a conversion efficiency of 60 to 80 percent- shich does not yet exist.
The Chinese made panels compare comparably oor favorably to those made in Japan, Korea or the US, and most other countries. There is a Belgian company that has been boasting a 20 percent efficient panel, but they are not widely available.
With your location in India, you will see measurements higher than the nominal ratings, within certain liimits. At certain times of the day when the panel is in optimal or near optimal position, your 12 volt rated panel could output slightly more than 20 volts, and maybe more current than the nominal rating. So a 1 Kw panel could at times be actually producing 1250 Watts for short periods. Not much more than that though.
Yes, 1 Kw of panel will have produced 5KW/hrs after 5 hours have passed.
A website and a blog that may help some:
How Effective Is Solar Power?
I Am Very Concerned About Global Warming, And When I Grow Up (I'M Only Fourteen) I Plan On Using Solar Power To Power My Home (And I Hope That When I Grow Up It'S Customary). How Efficient Is Solar Power? How Many Square Feet Would It Take To Power A 2,000 Square Foot Home? How Much Would It Cost?
Comment to "Ed" added...
There are two main types of solar power. One produces electricity, the other produces heat.
The electrical type are called "photovoltaics", the heat type are "thermal".
Photovoltaics are not presently very efficient, converting less than 15% of the suns energy to electricity, but by the time you build, they should be better, and cheaper. Thermal solar is much more efficient, especially if you use it to heat your water, because the system runs all year. Home heating is not as good, because winter is not a good time to collect solar. When you design your house, you can take advantage of "passive" solar, which is basically putting a lot of good windows on the south side (or north side if you are south of the equator!) and letting the winter sun shine in. These windows need to be very good, or have an insulator to cover them at night and cloudy days or they will gain energy all day, only to lose all of it at night.
As far as your house goes, it's not so much a matter of how big it is, as how well insulated it is. If you "super insulate" it, you will need very very little heating or cooling energy.
The other cost you will have is for things like computers, refrigerators, TVs, sound systems, lights, fans, cooking equipment and water heating. By picking the most efficient, you can reduce the size of the photovoltaic system you would need, and using solar water heating will handle 50% of the yearly amount with present technology for about $3500. A photovoltaic system to handle all your electrical needs would be quite expensive now, in the $10,000 to $20,000 range, but that cost will continue to fall, and by the time you build it should be closer to $5000.
Hey Ed....I don't know when you bought your system, or what other costs were associated with it...but 6KW systems don't cost 40K anymore...this from Solar Today "A 25-year warranty accompanies the Sharp panels. In 2003, we paid $18,000, which included the eight batteries, two inverters, hardware, 6,000 watts of solar panels and labor."....and King solar sells a "whole house" package for $11,000... but they don't say how big it is. The average home in California uses about 7000 KW per month...so to get that much is going to be more expensive. Our young friend here is thinking ahead. If a house is located right and designed well, then the most efficient appliances and lighting is selected, it would be easy to live well on half that 7000KW.
Good luck, and good thinking!
Solar Panel For A Science Project? Lamp As Light Source? How Will This Work?
Hi There. I'M Helping My Sibling With A Science Fair Project By Constructing A Power House In Which Demonstrates The Harnessing Of The Sun'S Energy. We Want To Build A Small House, With Some Solar Panel Cells On The Top. These Solar Panels Will Have Wires/Alligator Clips Running Through Into The House Into A Small Compartment, And From There We Are Wanting It To Turn Something On Electrically. We'Re Hoping To Have A Small Light Bulb In The House Turn On, And A Windmill Outside The House. If I Were To Buy A Windmill, How Can I May It So It Turns On When The Solar Panel Gets Energy And Runs It Through?
For The Project Demonstration, Would I Be Able To Use A Lamp As The Light Source Instead Of The Sun - As This Will Be Indoors? If Someone Has Some Information On How We Could Go About This Project, And What Parts (Cells And Watts) We'D Need, We Would Be Greatly Appreciated. We'Re Willing To Spend Up To $50.00Usd For This Demonstration.
10 Points To Best Answer. Hope Someone Can Help Out. Thanks!
Solar panels are rated for conditions around 1000 watts per square meter (1000W / m^2).
A lamp has much less visible light power. We can say that an incandescent lamp produces less than 10% of its output as light, the rest is heat (near infra red) that may be only partly utilised by the solar cells. Thus a 100W bulb provides less than 10W of light. If all this light is collected and evenly directed to the cell/s it wll be able to produce 10W/cell-area_m^2 in watts per square meter. Probably a PAR lamp is the closest to achieving this. An example, if the cell is 5cm square and illuminated by all the light from the lamp, it could be 10W / 0.0025m^2 = 4000W/m^2. This is better than the sun because it is a much smaller area with 10W on it. The spectrum is different to the sun, so you cannot expect an exact result.
Try this, maybe with a separate PAR lamp for each cell, or whatever it takes to get even illumination. Heat will be a problem, you may need a fan. This will drive the windmill too.
Adjust the height of the PAR lamps to suit the coverage of the cells. If all the light falls on cells that is good. Remember, even illumination.
You can use leds as lights because they need little power. The white type need about 3.6V and 10 milliamps to operate. The illumination on the cells can be adjusted to get this current. Measure cell current with a multimeter connected as a short circuit across the cell on the milliamp current range. The voltage may be around 0.5V per cell and is reasonably constant, so you need 8 cells in series to get enough voltage. No resistors etc are needed, because the cell current is limited by the illumination. The led is polarity conscious. It must be connected around the right way. Several leds can be connected in parallel if the panel supplies more current, 10mA per led, and each led has its own ballast resistor, about 100 ohms.
In theory you could have a small efficient electric motor driving the windmill, driven by the solar cells. I think better to use the fan. If you cannibalise solar garden lights these give the led and the solar cells. These often use a small electronic board to increase the voltage so (for example) 2 leds can be driven from only 5 cells. You need cells to produce around 50mA for this. These components allow a cheaper battery arrangement basically (just 2.5V).
When Obama Forces Industry To Use Solar/Wind Energy, Will Rest Of American Jobs Go To China & Will The Us ..?
... Become A 3Rd-Rate Country Compared To China?
if u say obama FORCE people to use wind and solar then yes
jobs will go to China, because wind and solar technologies so far are not mainstream nor mass produced so they are very very expensive. if we get China to manufacture solar panels and wind turbines, then these sources of energy will become much more affordable and benefit the world