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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 use the sun to power everyday life: running your air conditioner, cleaning clothes, viewing TELEVISION, cooking supper. All while decreasing your carbon footprint, and without burning nonrenewable fuel sources or putting a pressure on the electrical grid. And while the environmental advantages of solar power are considerable, lots of residents discover that the benefit, special functions, and cost savings of owning a solar power system are a lot more enticing.
Top 10 Advantages of Solar Energy
#1 Drastically decrease and even eliminate your electric costs
Whether you're a homeowner, service, or not-for-profit, electricity expenses can make up a big part of your monthly costs. With a solar panel system, you'll produce free power for your system's whole 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you don't produce One Hundred Percent of the energy you consume, solar will minimize your energy costs and you'll still save a lot of loan.
#2 Make an excellent return on your investment
Photovoltaic panels aren't an expense-- they are among the best methods to invest, with returns equaling those of more traditional investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to considerable electrical power costs cost savings, the typical American house owner settles their solar panel system in 7 to 8 years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Protect versus rising energy costs
Among the most clear cut benefits of photovoltaic panels is the ability to hedge utility prices. In the past 10 years, domestic electricity costs have gone up by an average of three percent annually. By investing in a solar energy system now, you can fix your electrical energy rate and safeguard versus unforeseeable boosts in electrical power costs. If you're a service or property owner with rising and falling capital, going solar likewise helps you much better forecast and handle your expenses.
#4 Boost your property value
Several research studies have actually found that homes geared up with solar energy systems have higher home worths and sell quicker than non-solar houses. Appraisers are progressively taking solar setups into factor to consider as they value houses at the time of a sale, and as property buyers become more informed about solar, need for properties geared up with photovoltaic 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 capability to produce electricity from the sun, we can likewise insulate our nation from cost fluctuations in global energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and help your local economy
According to The Solar Foundation, the solar market added tasks at a rate almost 12 times faster than the overall U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all tasks in the country. This development is expected to continue. Because solar-related jobs have the tendency to be greater paying and can not be outsourced, they are a significant contributor to the U.S. economy.
#7 Protect the environment
Solar is an excellent 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 decrease that number. A common residential solar panel system will get rid of 3 to four tons of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees every year.
#8 Show your commitment to sustainability
Sustainability and corporate social duty are essential elements of an organization's culture and worths. They likewise produce bottom line outcomes. Progressively, customers and neighborhoods are acknowledging and rewarding services that opt to run responsibly. Companies are discovering that "green" credentials are a powerful chauffeur of consumer buying decisions, developing goodwill and improving company results.
#9 Start Conserving from Day 1
Solar purchase power agreements (PPAs) and solar leasing has made it possible for house owners to go solar for little or no loan down.
Many house owners opt to fund their solar panels with one of the "pay-as-you-go" funding alternatives. This suggests that a third-party business-- the solar service provider-- owns the planetary system and takes care of installation, upkeep, monitoring and repairs. You merely pay the solar company for electricity-- less than you would've paid the utility company.
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 business are notorious for their fluctuating and unreliable electricity rates. There is clearly an upward pattern.
With photovoltaic panels and basic math, we can calculate what does it cost? electrical power will be created, and most importantly, at what rate, 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 Quickly Do Solar Panels Repay Their Purchase Price?
Return on investment (ROI) for solar panels was between 12-15 years when I looked at them a few years ago.
Of course, this will vary based on how much it will cost to put in your system, what tax breaks or rebates you can get from the state (California has some big rebates, for instance), as well as how many kilowatts your system will generate each day, and how much a kilowatt costs.
There's also a lot of talk about new panels which should drastically reduce the cost of installing such systems to the point where you could see a ROI in 5 years or less. One such panel I just read about can be mounted directly on your roof, as opposed to using those metal frames that need to be attached with screws. Instead, these panels can literally be glued to your roof like standard shingles which should result in about a 30% savings per panel. Another idea is literally is a solar shingle. You would literally just shingle your roof with these instead regular shingles. They're more durable and cost about 1/3rd as much compared to traditional glass solar panels.
After Seeing Videos Like These, Do You Still Think More Wind Turbines Are A Good Idea?
Or Are They Still Good Until They Are Brought Into Your Own Neighborhood?
Headaches, Dizziness And Nausea Cause By The Unnatural &Quot;Flicker Effect&Quot; Of The Giant Shadows Cast By The Giant Turbine Propellers:
People Being Forced Out Of Their Homes Because Of Health Health Problems Cause By &Quot;Wind Turbine Syndrome&Quot; Caused By The Flickering, Emf Energy Pollution Emitted, Noise, And Vibrations.
Hmm...strange, because we have wind farms where I am and I have not heard of this. At all. I have not felt massive vibrations, I have never seen shadows that large cast anywhere near residential housing, and I know of no animals who have suffered dangerous reactions to the stimuli. I have never experienced hearing much noise from them either. It isn't like you can compare a wind farm with an international airport, a train station, a bus depot, a nuclear energy plant, an oil rig, a coal processing plant, a shooting range, a major waterway, a large city (more than a million), barges, lock and dams, a major grain plant, rendering plant, hog or chicken farm, or distillery (they all smell to high heaven) or even a military base where they set off ammunition--all of these are way worse (trust me--I have lived near all of these items at some time or another in my life).
If you do not trust my accute assessment (since I am not a scientist or an energy advocate of any kind), then try reading up on the views of wind energy from communities that have lived with it for many years. You will find that the level of satisfaction in this method of energy production is superior to that of energy created by other methods. Not everything you see on youtube can be trusted as comnplete fact--if you believe everything you see on there, then I would be worried. As for them not being attractive...well, not everything can be aesthetically pleasing, now can it. If you can't seem to live near it, then move--people do it every day, especially when they live near noisy or obstructive things (airports are a great example). Otherwise, get over it--unless we want to spend billions of dollars in solar panels, or geo-thermal energy systems, this is one of the cleanest energy solutions we have available.
How To Maintain A Battery With A Solar Panel?
I Have Several 6V 4.5A Sealed Lead Acid Batteries. I Would Like To Hook One Of Them Up To A Solar Panel And Have It Stay Charged From The Solar Panel All The Time, But Not Overcharged. Is There A Simple Way To Do This With An Ic Or Something? I Am Only A Beginner With Circuits So I Want It To Be Something Very Easy To Make. Basically, I Want It To Stay Charged All The Time So It'S Available If I Need It For A Power Out Or Something.
What I would suggest is that you find a panel that is rated for 100 mA, at any voltage higher than 8 volts. A 12 or even 18-volt panel will do, because the voltage will drop to match the battery. Then I would get a diode to put in series with the panel to prevent the battery from discharging through the panel at night. That's called a blocking diode.
At such low currents, a charge controller is not worth it. There is not enough power to overheat the battery, which is principally what a charge controller protects against in a larger system.
Be aware that you could also simply plug a trickle charger for the battery into the wall outlet, at a cost of less than a penny a day in electricity.
Solar Panel For Window Want To Add Junction Box?
I Want To Add A Junction Box. Is It Okay? It Goes Up To 140 Degrees But Dont Know The Watts. I Also Want To Get A Charge Controller. Will It Charge Up Long W/ Battery?
the size you can fit in an ordinary window, you will be lucky if you get 50 watts. And only for a few hours a day.
Why do you want to add a junction box? what kind of junction box? Do you mean a 120 vAC outlet? First you need a battery, and an inverter. The inverter will come with a 120 VAC outlet (or 240 in europe) so I don't see the need for a junction box.
The time it takes to charge the battery depends on the size of the battery, it's previous state of charge, and how much power the solar panel is generating. At 50 watts, an ordinary sized auto battery will charge up in about 20 hours. At 4 hours per day, that's 5 days. At best.
How Do I Tell When A Car Battery Is Fully Charged And Can It Be Over-Charged?
I Am Using A Lead/Acid 12 Volt Battery Made For Riding Mowers To Power Various Electronics While Camping. At Night It Powers A Fan And Some Lights And During The Day I Recharge It With A 5W Solar Panel.
I Used A Multimeter To Check The Voltage Before And After A Night Of Running The Fan For 5 Hours And The Volts Started At 12.60 And Dropped To 12.35. I Left The Battery Sitting There Without Charging It For A Couple Of Hours And The When I Checked It Again It Had Climbed Back Up To 12.5 Volts.
I Have Read That A Battery Of This Sort Should Be Somewhere Around 13V When Fully Charged But I Am Not Sure If I Need To Unplug The Solar Panel When It Gets To 13V Or If It Is Safe To Leave It On All Day. When I Tested The Solar Panel Output With The Multimeter I Got 23 Volts In Direct Sunlight Which Is Higher Than An Alternator Puts Out So I Am Worried That It May Overcharge The Battery. How Do I Know When The Battery Has Full Charge And Is It Bad To Leave The Panel On After That?
It can be over-charged and that would damage the battery, cause gassing, and possibly a fire or explosion if it's overcharged too long. This is why the created smart-chargers.
But it sounds like you are only using a solar panel? At 5 watts a solar panel (usually these are used to continously maintain batteries on less used ATVs, boats, and such) shouldn't have too much danger of over-charge, 13v isn't too bad. Most cars charge up to 14v continously. If you get more panels that push more than 1 amp (12 watts) you should consider getting a charge controller that will monitor the power but I don't think it's needed if the solar panel is the only thing charging the battery.
You may want to get a deep-cycle battery if you only use it for powering those lights and fan. These are designed to put out low power for a long time (amp-hours) whereas a car battery is designed to put out very high power (engine cranking amps) for a very short time. The other option would be a sealed lead-acid (or gel) battery because those won't leak if they tip over...whereas a car (or lawnmower) battery or deep-cycle wet battery can leak dangerous acid if it leaks.