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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 use the sun to power everyday life: running your ac system, washing clothing, seeing TELEVISION, cooking dinner. All while minimizing your carbon footprint, and without burning fossil fuels or putting a pressure on the electrical grid. And while the ecological advantages of solar power are substantial, many homeowners discover that the benefit, unique functions, and expense savings of owning a solar power system are even more alluring.
Top 10 Benefits of Solar Energy
#1 Drastically minimize and even eliminate your electrical expenses
Whether you're a house owner, company, or nonprofit, electricity costs can make up a big portion of your monthly costs. With a photovoltaic panel system, you'll produce complimentary power for your system's entire 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you do not produce 100 percent of the energy you take in, solar will decrease your utility bills and you'll still save a lot of loan.
#2 Make a terrific return on your financial investment
Solar panels aren't an expenditure-- they are among the finest ways to invest, with returns matching those of more conventional financial investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to substantial electrical power bill cost 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 Protect against increasing energy expenses
One of the most clear cut advantages of solar panels is the ability to hedge energy costs. In the previous 10 years, domestic electrical power rates have gone up by an average of three percent yearly. By buying a solar energy system now, you can repair your electricity rate and secure against unpredictable increases in electrical power costs. If you're an organisation or house owner with ever-changing cash flow, going solar also helps you better forecast and manage your expenses.
#4 Increase your home or business worth
Several research studies have found that homes equipped with solar energy systems have greater home worths and sell faster than non-solar houses. Appraisers are significantly taking solar setups into consideration as they value homes at the time of a sale, and as homebuyers become more informed about solar, demand for properties equipped with photovoltaic panel systems will continue to grow.
#5 Boost U.S. energy independence
The sun is a near-infinite source of energy and an essential element of achieving energy independence in the United States. By increasing our capacity to produce electrical power from the sun, we can also insulate our nation from cost fluctuations in global energy markets.
#6 Develop jobs and help your local economy
Inning accordance with The Solar Foundation, the solar market included tasks at a rate almost 12 times faster than the total U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all jobs in the country. This growth is anticipated to continue. Because solar-related jobs tend to be higher paying and can not be contracted out, they are a substantial contributor to the U.S. economy.
#7 Safeguard the environment
Solar is a fantastic method to minimize your carbon footprint. Buildings are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the United States, and going solar can significantly decrease that number. A normal residential photovoltaic panel system will get rid of three to 4 lots of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees yearly.
#8 Show your commitment to sustainability
Sustainability and corporate social obligation are necessary elements of an organization's culture and values. They also produce bottom line results. Significantly, consumers and neighborhoods are recognizing and rewarding services that select to run properly. Organisations are finding that "green" qualifications are a powerful driver of customer buying decisions, producing goodwill and enhancing organisation results.
#9 Start Saving from Day 1
Solar purchase power agreements (PPAs) and solar leasing has actually made it possible for house owners to go solar for little or no cash down.
Lots of property owners opt to finance their solar panels with among the "pay-as-you-go" financing choices. This suggests that a third-party company-- the solar company-- owns the planetary system and looks after setup, upkeep, tracking and repair works. You simply pay the solar provider for electricity-- less than you would've paid the energy 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 utility business are infamous for their changing and undependable electrical power prices. There is plainly an upward pattern.
With solar panels and basic mathematics, we can compute just how much electrical power will be created, and most importantly, 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
What Direction Do Solar Panels Usually Point?
What Direction Do Solar Panels Usually Point? North? East? South? West?
The general answer is toward the equator, so south when the array is north of the Tropic of Cancer, and north when south of the Tropic of Capricorn. In the equatorial zone, one would often still point towards the equator, but other factors such as wanting the panels to efficiently drain rain and dew come into play.
But wait, not so fast. Financial considerations dominate in some areas. When afternoon electricity costs more than morning electricity, it may pay to have panels oriented southwest in the northern hemisphere. Where electricity costs the same all day long, it may pay to orient the panels southeast, to harvest more in the morning, when temperatures are cooler, and the panels are more efficient.
For solar hot water, SW is usually optimal in the northern hemisphere, because of higher ambient temperatures, and also the usage pattern of most people using the hot water when they get home in the evening.
A local installer that has been around for several years will know what orientation is optimal for your area.
How Much Solar Panels Would I Need To Power Up Our Whole House?
We Are Considering Buying And Installing Solar Panels On Our House... I Don'T Know How Much It'Ll Cost Us. Anyone Knows Where I Could Find A Free Quote? Thanks
Unfortunately without knowing your energy usage it is impossible to give an estimate on total system costs for a solar electric system. You can find out more about sizing your system by reading this article.
Can You Hand Make A Solar Panel?
Solar Panels Are Way Too Expensive To Buy, Can They Be Homemade Cheaply? I Want At Least 500 Watts. Everyone On The Web Sells These Instructions, But I'D Like A Link To Free Info, If It Is Really Possible For A Non-Sciencey Person To Make. Thank You
The following steps were taking directly out of a DIY guide I offer to those who would like to run their homes on solar power, reducing their monthly utility bills or even selling power back the electrical companies. The entire guide is available at http://www.agua-luna.com/diy_guides.html. It’s pretty simple but if you have any problems feel free to email us directly at [email protected] we can walk you threw the process.
Materials you will need…
A sheet of copper flashing from the hardware store. This normally costs about $5.00 per square foot. We will need about half a square foot.
Two alligator clip leads.
A sensitive micro-ammeter that can read currents between 10 & 50 microamperes. Radio Shack sells small LCD multimeters that will do, but I used a small surplus meter with a needle.
An electric stove. My kitchen stove is gas, so I bought a small one-burner electric hotplate for about $25. The little 700 watt burners probably won't work -- mine is 1100 watts, so the burner gets red hot.
A large clear plastic bottle off of which you can cut the top. I used a 2 liter spring water bottle. A large mouth glass jar will also work.
Table salt. We will want a couple tablespoons of salt.
Sand paper or a wire brush on an electric drill.
Sheet metal shears for cutting the copper sheet.
The first step is to cut a piece of the copper sheeting that is about the size of the burner on the stove. Wash your hands so they don't have any grease or oil on them. Then wash the copper sheet with soap or cleanser to get any oil or grease off of it. Use the sandpaper or wire brush to thoroughly clean the copper sheeting, so that any sulphide or other light corrosion is removed.
Next, place the cleaned & dried copper sheet on the burner & turn the burner to its highest setting.
As the copper starts to heat up, you will see beautiful oxidation patterns begin to form. Oranges, purples, & reds will cover the copper.
As the copper gets hotter, the colors are replaced with a black coating of cupric oxide. This is not the oxide we want, but it will flake off later, showing the reds, oranges, pinks, & purples of the cuprous oxide layer underneath.
The last bits of color disappear as the burner starts to glow red.
When the burner is glowing red-hot, the sheet of copper will be coated with a black cupric oxide coat. Let it cook for a half an hour, so the black coating will be thick. This is important, since a thick coating will flake off nicely, while a thin coat will stay stuck to the copper.
After the half hour of cooking, turn off the burner. Leave the hot copper on the burner to cool slowly. If you cool it too quickly, the black oxide will stay stuck to the copper.
As the copper cools, it shrinks. The black cupric oxide also shrinks. But they shrink at different rates, which makes the black cupric oxide flake off.
The little black flakes pop off the copper with enough force to make them fly a few inches. This means a little more cleaning effort around the stove, but it is fun to watch.
When the copper has cooled to room temperature (this takes about 20 minutes), most of the black oxide will be gone. A light scrubbing with your hands under running water will remove most of the small bits. Resist the temptation to remove all of the black spots by hard scrubbing or by flexing the soft copper. This might damage the delicate red cuprous oxide layer we need to make to solar cell work.
Cut another sheet of copper about the same size as the first one. Bend both pieces gently, so they will fit into the plastic bottle or jar without touching one another. The cuprous oxide coating that was facing up on the burner is usually the best side to face outwards in the jar, because it has the smoothest, cleanest surface.
Attach the two alligator clip leads, one to the new copper plate, & one to the cuprous oxide coated plate. Connect the lead from the clean copper plate to the positive terminal of the meter. Connect the lead from the cuprous oxide plate to the negative terminal of the meter.
Now mix a couple tablespoons of salt into some hot tap water. Stir the saltwater until all the salt is dissolved. Then carefully pour the saltwater into the jar, being careful not to get the clip leads wet. The saltwater should not completely cover the plates -- you should leave about an inch of plate above the water, so you can move the solar cell around without getting the clip leads wet.
now place in the sun with the magnified on top.
The solar cell is a battery, even in the dark, & will usually show a few microamps of current.
That’s it it’s that simple. If you’d a more detailed process & some pics (couldn’t put them here) it’s available along with some other DIY alternative energy projects at www agua-luna com
Hope this helped, feel free to contact me personally if you have any questions if you’d like assistance in making your first self sufficient steps, I’m willing to walk you step by step threw the
How Can I Build A Large Solar Panel For My Home In Country Like Pakistan?
I Am Very Interested In Making Solar Panels In Karachi, Pakistan. But Cant Figure Out Where I Get Solar Cells? If There Is Some Diy Methods Please Tell Me.
you do google search and contact the companies which manufactures solar panel..or contact an expert in this field..
Is There A Solar Water Heater System That Works For Both The Pool And The Home?
I Am Thinking About Buying An Old House That Has A Pool. The Pool Heater Is Broken. Since It Is In A Warm Climate, I Am Wondering If I Should Use Solar Power Instead. That Way, The Pool Could Be Heated In The Winter. Since I Don'T Know Much About Solar Heating, I Have A Lot Of Questions...
1) Will Having The Black Tubing On Top Of The Roof Tend To Cool The House During The Summer By Blocking Some Of The Heat? Will It Tend To Weaken The Shingles Due To The Weight?
2) Is There A Kind Of Pipe System I Can Use That Allows Me To Choose Where To Send The Heated Water? That Way, I Could Use The Hot Water During The Summer And Then Direct The Heat Towards The Pool In The Winter.
3) Is There A Certain Distance Limitation For The Pool? The Pool Is Around 25 Yards Away From The House. Will There Be A Lot Of Heat Loss? Will The Pipes Going To The Pool Be A Tripping Hazard? Will It Need To Be Buried Under The Patio? Are There Folks Who Set Up A Small Hot Water Solar Platform Near The Pool?
4) Are There People Who Set Up Two Different Kinds Of Solar Power, One For Heating And A Separate One For Electricity?
Thanks For The Answers.
The solar heating system, if properly installed will not damage your roof. Improperly installed, it can cause leaks. The weight on the roof is not a problem. Any cooling would be negligible. You can however reduce your AC costs by installing more attic insulation and one or more "whirly bird" vent fans to remove hot attic air.
I don't believe you can install a 2-way valve to direct pool water and/or potable water through the solar heater. The pool chemicals would pollute your potable water. Since I like my pool water heated even in summer, I have a heat exchanger on my AC that directs the waste heat from the AC into heating my pool. In winter, I use a heat pump augmented by our home-built solar panels.
If you put the solar heater on the roof of the house, then run the water 25 yards to the pool, I think there will be so much heat loss as to make the project ineffective. You could, of course, insulate and bury the pipes. Laying the pipes above ground would likely be an unsightly tripping hazard if run across a patio. I did see a setup in Venice, Florida last year where the owner had erected a privacy fence on the south side of his pool and used the fence to support a network of black pvc pipes to solar heat his pool. This would only work if the layout of the yard was just right.
If you wish to make the capital outlay, there is no reason you can't have solar panels to produce electricity and solar-heated water for your pool. You're limited only by the size of your south-facing roof. You should, however, crunch the numbers. Given the quotes I was given in SW Florida for a contractor to install the systems, there could never be a "payback" in the lifetime of the systems.
We assembled and installed our own home-designed system which has substantially reduced our pool-heating costs but we managed to damage our roof when installing it so paid $800 extra to have the roof repaired.