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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 resident to utilize the sun to power daily life: running your a/c unit, cleaning clothes, enjoying TELEVISION, cooking supper. All while decreasing your carbon footprint, and without burning fossil fuels or putting a strain on the electrical grid. And while the environmental advantages of solar power are considerable, many property owners find that the benefit, special features, and cost savings of owning a solar power system are much more alluring.
Top 10 Benefits of Solar Energy
#1 Drastically decrease or even eliminate your electric costs
Whether you're a house owner, business, or nonprofit, electricity costs can make up a big part of your regular monthly expenses. With a solar panel system, you'll produce complimentary power for your system's entire 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you don't produce One Hundred Percent of the energy you consume, solar will minimize your energy expenses and you'll still conserve a great deal of cash.
#2 Earn a terrific return on your financial investment
Solar panels aren't an expense-- they are among the best methods to invest, with returns equaling those of more conventional investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to considerable electricity expense cost savings, the average American property owner settles their photovoltaic panel system in seven 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 photovoltaic panels is the ability to hedge energy prices. In the past ten years, residential electrical power rates have increased by approximately three percent yearly. By buying a solar energy system now, you can fix your electrical energy rate and protect against unpredictable boosts in electricity costs. If you're a service or house owner with changing cash circulation, going solar also assists you better forecast and manage your expenditures.
#4 Boost your residential or commercial property value
Several studies have actually discovered that houses equipped with solar energy systems have greater home values and sell quicker than non-solar houses. Appraisers are progressively taking solar installations into consideration as they value houses at the time of a sale, and as property buyers become more informed about solar, demand for residential or commercial 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 capacity to create electrical power from the sun, we can likewise insulate our nation from cost variations in worldwide energy markets.
#6 Develop jobs and help your local economy
Inning accordance with 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 country. This development is anticipated to continue. Due to the fact that solar-related jobs have the tendency to be greater paying and can not be outsourced, they are a considerable factor to the United States economy.
#7 Secure the environment
Solar is a fantastic way to minimize 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 typical property solar panel system will remove three to four lots of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees every year.
#8 Show your commitment to sustainability
Sustainability and corporate social obligation are important parts of a company's culture and values. They also produce bottom line results. Progressively, consumers and neighborhoods are acknowledging and rewarding services that pick to run properly. Services are discovering that "green" qualifications are a powerful chauffeur of consumer getting choices, producing goodwill and enhancing company results.
#9 Start Saving from Day 1
Solar purchase power agreements (PPAs) and solar leasing has made it possible for homeowners to go solar for little or no loan down.
Numerous property owners choose to finance their solar panels with among the "pay-as-you-go" financing choices. This suggests that a third-party business-- the solar supplier-- owns the planetary system and takes care of installation, maintenance, monitoring and repairs. You just pay the solar company for electricity-- less than you would've paid the energy business.
As of 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 infamous for their changing and undependable electricity rates. There is clearly an upward pattern.
With photovoltaic panels and basic math, we can calculate how much electricity will be produced, and most importantly, at exactly what rate, 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
Electric Tankless Hot Water Heater ?
We Are In The Process Of Building A New Home And It Is Time To Pick Out The Hot Water Heaters. There Is So Much Information Out There And I Need Some Help Choosing The Right One! Here Are Some Details...
We Live On Gulf Coast In Ms (So It's Warm Almost All Year)
Master Bedroom - 2 Sinks, 125 Gal Whirlpool Tub, Separate Shower
2 Other Bathrooms With Tub And Shower, 1 Double Sink, 1 Single Sink
1 Additional Bathroom With Double Sink, Stand Up Shower Only
Kitchen - Sink, Dishwasher (Cant Think Of Anything Else That Would Need Hotwater ??)
Laundry Roomm - Washing Machine (A Larger One - We Are A Family Of 6)
We Do Not Want Gas At All In The House So It Must Be Electric, But I Was Wondering How The Solar/Electric Tankless Units Work Too, And With All Of The Bathrooms And Appliances Using So Much Hot Water How Many Units Would We Need To Purchase.
Thanks So Much! I Cant Wait To Get Some Insight! This Is A Very Important Decision That Must Be Made Soon!
You don't need to use gas for heating water! Note that most dishwashers and washing machines have only a cold water inlet and they heat the water by themselves.
If the climate is sunny (as it is here in Israel) a solar heater works well for most of the year except for the 4 winter months. It is a passive unit without pumps but is a bit ugly and is on the roof. Different sizes and numbers of solar collectors and insulated tanks are available and for a family of 5 who are modest in their showering needs I suggest the tank should be of 180 liter size and two solar panels of about 3 x 6 foot each are necessary. They must face approximately south!
I am not sure what you mean by a tankless solar heater. Here there is no such animal!
Our solar tank also contains an electrical immersion heater for use in the winter, which I regard as wasteful because it takes a while to heat up or it looses heat when running continuously. Instead we have in the two bathrooms an "instant" electrical device also manufactured here, but available in the US. Its performance is not fantastic when the incoming water is very cold, but if you run the water slowly it is effective. Be very carefull about installing this powerful electrical device in the bathroom so that condensation cannot allow water to collect inside or on the internal connections etc. When in use always TURN OFF THE WATER BEFORE CHANGING THE HEATING RATE, or you will blow a fuse. There are at least two models to choose from and it should be planned before the house piping is put in so that it can be used to heat all the bathroom water and not just the shower water (for this an ïn-line"model is needed). For shower water alone, the older kind is suitable. The same applies to the kitchen.
Is It Possible To Get 220 Volts From A Solar Panel?Or Even 110 Volts?
My Thought Is That Most Solar Panels Charge Battery Then You Use An Inverter To Produce The 110 Volts.
Then your thought would be correct, solar panels produce DC voltage which you would charge batteries with and then drive an inverter from the batteries.
With respect to the other contributor although whatever voltage you get from your solar panels is not directly connected to the AC voltage, provided there is sufficient power to supply the inverter any voltage can be produced and I think that you will find that the 2 phases you refer to for 220v on mains are 120 degrees out of line not 180 as standard power generation develops 3 phases over a 360 degree rotation unless of course thats something else you have thats different in the US.
Do Solar Panels Add To Global Warming?
As Far As The Solar Panels Causing Global Warming I'Ll Try To Explain. If You Put A Black Panel On The Ground Or On Your House And Don'T Connect It To Anything, It Will Absorb Solar Energy (Heat) During Daylight And Release It At Night (Radiation). The Net Heat Gain Is Zero. If You Hook Up A Solar Panel In The Same Place But Hook It Up To Batteries, Charge The Batteries During Sunlight Hours And Using That Energy To Electrically Heat The Home At Night. The Panels Will Absorb Solar Energy During The Day But Will Convert That To Electrical Energy In The Batteries Instead Of Radiating It Back Into Space At Night. The Result Is A Net Gain In Earth'S Temperature.
Right Or Wrong?
As far as it goes, you're right: putting up a big black object increases the total amount of energy absorbed from the sun. But that's only part of the story.
If you didn't put up the solar panel, the same radiation would hit the earth. The earth already absorbs 2/3 or so of the energy that comes in (albedo .30), so adding even a perfectly black object increases it only by 50%.
But it's not even that much, because most of the extra energy absorbed is converted into electricity. Solar panels are about 10-15% efficient, so half of the extra energy is turned into electricity rather than heat.
Eventually it's put to use and turned into heat, but that heat was going to come from somewhere else anyway. (Even if it's just powering your DVD player, it turns into heat just the same as if you were using it to heat your house.) If you dig up a gallon of petroleum or fission a microgram of uranium, that's heat introduced into the earth's atmosphere. And these processes are inefficient: between generation and transmission you lose about 75% of the energy, meaning you've introduced 4 times as much energy into the atmosphere as you've actually used.
So with a solar panel, you add extra heat to the earth by about 25% of incoming solar radiation, but you've offset external costs by about 45% of incoming solar radiation. The net effect is to cool the earth.
And that assumes that the solar panel itself is perfectly black, which isn't the case. Real commercial solar panels have an albedo of about .35, which makes them more reflective than dirt and considerably more reflective than asphalt shingles, which have .03 albedo. In other words, even if you didn't actually use the solar panels for electricity, they'd be cooling the earth just by reflecting energy back into space more than your regular shingles.
92 Square Acres Of Ausra Solar Panels Can Power The Intire Country (With Power Lines And Grids Updated.Tell Me
I've Been Following The Presidential Race Closely Wanting To See Who Would Put The Most Into Updating The Grid (My Winner Was Obama) But Anyway Ausra Is A Private Company Located In My Home Town Of Las Vegas I Wan't To Invest In This Company It Would Take 1 Trillion Dollers To Update All Of The Countrys Grids (T. Boon Pickens Has Invested 10 Billion In Windturbines And Has Pressed Congress To Update The Grid .Obama Has Promissed 150 Billion To Updating The Grid (If Your Not Familiar Updating The Grid Enabels Electric Power Generated From Nevada ,Texas Or Werever To Be Transferd Coast To Coast ( A Solar Farm In Nevada Can Power Times Square. Also I Found Out That Google Has Donated Considerable Funds To The Obama Campain Here's Something Interesting( Prior To The Donation If You Were To Google Electric Cars Not Much Would Come Up But Now If You Do So You Will See 10 Private Car Companys That Would Qualify Them For That 300 Million Doller Prize That Mccain Claims Should Be Given To Whoever Can Accomplish Building An Electric Car That Can Travel Long Distances( Curious) Anyhow How Would You Invest In Ausra And How Would You Invest In The Company's That Would Be Updating The Grid And Power Lines? Thanks And Maybe Your Welcome.
The generally accepted value of solar energy hitting the earth is 1000 W/m². That's 1 kW per square meter.
92 acres is 372,307 square meters. At 100 percent efficiency, this can provide 372,307 kW or 372 MW.
One moderate sized coal fired generating plant is around 500 MW. The Hoover Dam produces 2080 MW, nearly six times your 92 acre solar panel farm.
Modern solar cells are only about 30 percent efficient at this time. That drops the electric output of your solar array to around 100 MW.
Also remember that the daily peak sunlight hours are limited and will have less than 8-hours of productive sunshine on most days.
As far as investing in companies that stand to gain from grid modernization, look at companies that design or build transmission lines and substations or the companies that actually make the equipment. This includes high voltage transformers, circuit breakers, conductors, towers, cables, etc.
92 square miles = 238,000,000 m². This is only 238,000 MW.
How To Charge A 9V Rechargeable Battery With A Solar Panel?
Hi, I'M Wanting To Conduct A Little Experiment With A 4X6 6 Volt Solar Panel, To Make A Self Charging 9V Battery Pack.
To Recharge A 9V Battery With The Solar Panel, I Could Directly Hook Up The Positive And Negative To The Battery, But Then I Wouldn'T Know When The Battery Is Fully Charged, Then I Could Over Charge The Battery And Cause Damage Couldn'T I?
How Would I Get Around This Problem?
First off, you need a voltage converter, to convert the 6V to 12V or so, or get two 6V panels and wire them in series.
Once you get enough voltage to charge the panel, you just connect an anti backfeed diode to the panel, and a FET transistor hooked up to a voltage comparator of some sort, and a hysteresis circuit, so it has a bit of a gap between on and off voltage.
I have a solar charge controller which uses a TL431 (if you are a home hobbyist, you can scavenge one from a switch-mode power supply, many use them; next to the opto-isolator, on the low-voltage side). It adds hysteresis by adding a resistor in parallel with the sampling resistor, when the TL431 is "on", which brings down the cutoff voltage point.