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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 daily life: running your air conditioner, cleaning clothes, enjoying TV, cooking supper. All while decreasing your carbon footprint, and without burning fossil fuels or putting a pressure on the electrical grid. And while the environmental benefits of solar power are substantial, lots of homeowners discover that the benefit, special features, and expense savings of owning a solar power system are a lot more alluring.
Top 10 Benefits of Solar Energy
#1 Dramatically lower and even remove your electrical bills
Whether you're a house owner, organization, or nonprofit, electrical energy costs can comprise a big portion of your regular monthly expenses. With a solar panel system, you'll produce totally free power for your system's whole 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you don't produce 100 percent of the energy you take in, solar will decrease your energy bills and you'll still conserve a lot of loan.
#2 Earn an excellent return on your financial investment
Photovoltaic panels aren't an expenditure-- they're one of the very best ways to invest, with returns measuring up to those of more standard investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to considerable electricity costs savings, the average American property owner settles their solar panel system in 7 to 8 years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Protect versus increasing energy expenses
Among the most clear cut benefits of photovoltaic panels is the ability to hedge energy costs. In the previous 10 years, domestic electricity rates have increased by an average of 3 percent every year. By purchasing a solar energy system now, you can fix your electricity rate and protect versus unforeseeable boosts in electrical energy expenses. If you're a service or homeowner with rising and falling capital, going solar likewise helps you better forecast and manage your expenditures.
#4 Increase your home value
Numerous research studies have found that homes equipped with solar energy systems have higher home values and offer more rapidly than non-solar homes. Appraisers are progressively taking solar setups into factor to consider as they value houses at the time of a sale, and as homebuyers end up being more informed about solar, need for homes 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 key element of attaining energy independence in the United States. By increasing our capacity to produce electricity from the sun, we can also insulate our nation from rate fluctuations in international energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and assist your regional economy
According to The Solar Structure, the solar industry added jobs 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 growth is expected to continue. Since solar-related tasks have the tendency to be greater paying and can not be contracted out, they are a substantial factor to the U.S. economy.
#7 Protect the environment
Solar is a great way to decrease your carbon footprint. Structures are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the U.S., and going solar can substantially decrease that number. A common 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 dedication to sustainability
Sustainability and corporate social responsibility are essential parts of an organization's culture and values. They likewise produce bottom line outcomes. Increasingly, consumers and communities are acknowledging and rewarding services that pick to operate properly. Services are discovering that "green" credentials are an effective motorist of consumer purchasing decisions, creating goodwill and improving business results.
#9 Start Saving from Day 1
Solar purchase power arrangements (PPAs) and solar leasing has made it possible for house owners to go solar for little or no cash down.
Numerous property owners opt to fund their solar panels with one of the "pay-as-you-go" financing choices. This suggests that a third-party business-- the solar provider-- owns the solar system and takes care of installation, maintenance, monitoring and repair works. You simply pay the solar company for electrical power-- less than you would've paid the utility company.
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 well-known for their changing and unreliable electricity prices. There is clearly an upward trend.
With solar panels and easy mathematics, we can determine what does it cost? electricity will be generated, and most significantly, at what price, for a minimum of 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
Should We Rely On Solar Energy If The Sun Is Going To Burn Out/Explode?
I Mean, I Know It Would Only Take Eight Minutes For The Exploded Sun To Reach Us, But That Would Be A Very Cold Eight Minutes.
With the exception of bacteria, there isn't a single species on Earth that can be expected to last five billion years, at least not unchanged. We would hardly be the humans that you now know by the time the Sun went out unless you traveled to that event by the Tardis. Presumably, even if we've only deposited one cent into a compound interest savings account, we would have enough to build a space ship capable of leaving the solar system by the time the sun went out. We have the technology today to build such a spaceship, we actually had it from before the Apollo missions and funding for such technology was actually diverted to the competing Apollo program for political reasons (Project Orion, a nuclear pulse spaceship). If we wanted to leave the solar system today, we could do so in a few decades, it would just take centuries to reach another habitable solar system.
There has been speculation of what a civilization that has maximize the use of solar power would be like, it's called the Dyson sphere. Star Trek the next generation did an episode where they came across an abandoned Dyson sphere. I doubt that any civiization advanced enough to build a Dyson sphere would so limit themselves to just one solar system, it would be far easier to colonize other solar systems.
Just changing directions now doesn't mean we would stay on that track till it's ultimate destination. By switching to solar panels today does not mean we would go to the extremes of a Dyson sphere but it does mean that we may avoid the fate of continuing to use fossil fuels over the next few decades.
Saying that by going solar now, we would become completely reliant on solar energy in 5 billion years is ridiculous. Electric cars were the preferred choice before the Ford model T and were the first cars to reach 60 mph in the days when gasoline cars would only go 15 mph but we're hardly in a world dominated by electric cars today. The US had agreed with the international community to switch their measurement system to SI with the rest of the world back in the 70's and yet today, kilometres and kilograms are still so alien to Americans that they programmed space probes to fly too low through the Martian atmosphere.
Perhaps, you're the one confusing a tightly related cause and effect versus a distantly related cause and effect where there would be many other causal events in between. Five billion years is an awfully long time for anyone to not change their mind about a choice they've made or for other options to not occur to them, it's not a single chain that begins with a decision today but a chain that bifurcates many many times over five billion years, you'll have more decisions to make between the decision to go solar and the death of the sun.
What Type Of Research Are We Doing For Solar Energy?
There is lots of research being done to improve solar energy use. They are trying to find cheaper materials to replace silicon. they are trying to make them flexible using like flexible nano structures of just cells on a flexible sheet. there are new windows which divert certain wavelengths of radiation from the whole window surface to the edge of the window to focus more energy on a smaller panel. and there is just general research to make panels more efficient.
How Much Would Solar Panels Cost For These?
How Much Would Solar Panels Cost For:
A Cell Phone
A Average House
Hey Adams, the questions are a bit nebulous, and therefore hard to pin down. A panel for a cell phone would of course be small, maybe the size of the touch screen on the phone, but you would also need either a small battery to regulate the panels output voltage, or a regulator itself. I suspect if you built your own, it might cost $20 USD or so. A house, is there such a thing as an "average" house? Ours is 1200 square feet, we have a family of 4 living there. Our home is completely powered by the wind and sun. Our solar array is 1.4 kw, and takes up about as much space on the garage roof as a camping trailer. To buy just the panels today might cost you $4000 USD, but you would need another $3000 in controls and related equipment to make them work. Without them our electric bill would be around $40 a month, our home is probably below average on the energy usage scale. But consider the fact that we have not been without power for even a minute the last 12 years, that's something that's hard to put a price tag on.
Some people grow tomatoes in their garden even though it is actually cheaper and easier to buy them at the store. For them they might like the flavor better, or gardening is a hobby or pastime. We just grow electrons in our garden. There is also the fact that when I make a pot of coffee or watch a ball game on TV, I don't use power from the coal plant in town, so I'm not contributing to the pollution it emits. Again, hard to put a price tag on something like that. Some people I've met think that alone makes them priceless, and others think their worth on that scale is near zero. Interesting how we disagree on things so radically.
The car simply comes down to mileage and speed, but several vehicles have been built over the years with solar power. In almost all cases, unless it was some really high tech low speed single seat experimental vehicle, it is virtually impossible to fit enough panels on the surface of any vehicle to make it self propelling by the sun, and then of course it gets dark after that. For us, we are considering getting a plug in hybrid car next year, and according to my calculations, if I add another 900 watts of panels, it should offset most of our in town driving energy requirements. Those panels would take up the space of about 1 and one half cars, and they will probably cost me $1600 USD to purchase. Take care Adams, Rudydoo
How Is Solar Energy Stored For Later Use?
Solar energy is harvested in two ways:
1. The sun's heat is harvested. This is usually done by heating a liquid. For home owners, the sun's heat can be used to heat your hot water by circulating it through a solar panel on your roof.
2. The sun's energy is harvested and turned into electricity. This works equally well in hot climates as cold - you just need sunlight. Traditionally, silicon panels are used. There is a molecular reaction when photons (think of these as parcels of sun energy) strike the panels. This sets of a flow of electrons = electricity.
Solar energy can be stored:
a) Storing the heat ie. hot water, by keeping it in an insulated container
b) When storing electricity, you can store this in batteries.
a) For hot water, by connecting this to your house plumbing
b) For electricity, by connecting to your home's electricity system. You can also connect your solar electricity to the grid - this is known as net metering.
With net metering, you can sell solar energy back to the grid. (this is when you can watch your electricity meter run backwards.)
this depends on
a) The price of the solar panel system
b) Your power bills - ie. how much power you can save if you used solar energy instead
c) How much sun is available where you live.
Hope this answers your question :)
What Very Efficient, Small Air Conditioner Can I Run On A Few Solar Panels?
I Am Building A Small Cabin In The Woods, Which Will Be Off Grid, And I Was Considering Not Air Conditioning It At All, Because I Am Building It Entirely In The Shade Of A Forest, And It Has Large Overhanging Eaves, High Ceilings, And I Will Have Ceiling Fans In The Upstairs Loft, To Vent The Hot Air Out The High Clerestory Windows, And To Suck Air In From The Cool North Side Of The House Downstairs.
But It Gets Very Muggy Here, And Very Hot In August, And I Was Thinking I Might Want To Run An Air Conditioner For An Hour Or So Each Day During That Month. Also, Air Conditioners Dehumidify The Air, So I Was Thinking It Might Be Nice To Open The Windows At Night And Then Seal Them In The Morning And Then Run The Air Conditioner In Late Afternoon A Bit, And Then Open The Windows Again At Night. Just To Make It Less Miserable.
It Gets Up To 104 Degrees Fahrenheit In August, Usually Several Times, But In The Shaded Wooded Area Where I Am Putting The Cabin, It Will Only Get Up To Maybe 90 In The Shaded Woods, And 80 In The House Midday, If I Keep The Windows Closed Starting In The Morning. I Can Deal With 80 Degrees Inside, But I Know It Will Creep Towards 90 Later In The Day, And I Was Thinking An Air Conditioner Would Help.
The Solar Panels Are Going To Be Set Up In A Clearing In The Woods, Where They Will Get Sunlight Almost The Whole Day, From 8 Am Until Probably 4Pm In The Summer. I Only Need 6 100 Watt Solar Panels To Run Everything Else In The Cabin (All The L.E.D. Lights, The Sundanzer Fridge And Freezer, The Fans, The Stereo, Etc.), Because I Am Buying All Very Efficient Appliances, Or Running Them On Propane (Stove, Backup Water Heater) Or Wood.
I Don'T Want To Spend $3,000 On Solar Panels To Run A Small A/C, So I Am Just Wondering If There Are Any Small A/C Units That Will At Least Sort Of Cool My House, Getting It Down To 80 Degrees Or So In The Afternoons. The House Is 17 Feet By 29 Feet, With A Second Floor Loft That Is 17 Feet By 12 Feet. It'S Basically All One Room, Aside From The Bathroom.
I Am Having A Hard Time Finding Out How Many Watts These Small Air Conditioners Use. The Spec Sheets Usually Just List Their &Quot;Cooling Watts,&Quot; But I Don'T Know What That Means. I Am Hoping I Can Buy A Couple More 100 Watt Solar Panels, And Have That Cover It, But Is That Possible?
The Only Solar Ready A/C Units I Could Find Were Either Thousands Of Dollars Or Only Worked In Dry Climates.
The cheapest way to run air conditioning is with a geothermal heat pump. The cheapest way to install that is using a body of water like a lake.
First you would have to properly size the air conditioner for the space. If it is not sized properly you may be closing windows and then you would still have to sit in front of the ac to even get some relief. Once you sized the unit you need to get your solar electricity to match.
Your space is 17 x 29 plus 17 x 12 which gives a total of 697 sq ft according to the chart here: http://www.consumerenergycenter.org/home... you need a minimum of a 14,000 BTU AC. With cathedral ceilings and high humidity you will need to size even larger and closer to an 18,000 to 24,000 btu AC. Now you are no longer talking about a small AC unit.
This 18,000 btu AC: http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stor... draws 9 amps at 120 volts or 1080 watts = another 10 panels for the time you are using them or some electric storage that you can charge all day and use only for an hour of heavier use. Or how about a ceiling fan instead?