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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 house owners to utilize the sun to power daily life: running your air conditioning unit, washing clothes, viewing TV, cooking supper. All while reducing your carbon footprint, and without burning fossil fuels or putting a stress on the electrical grid. And while the ecological benefits of solar power are substantial, many property owners discover that the benefit, distinct functions, and cost savings of owning a solar power system are even more enticing.
Top 10 Benefits of Solar Energy
#1 Drastically lower or even eliminate your electrical expenses
Whether you're a house owner, business, or not-for-profit, electrical power expenses can comprise a big portion of your month-to-month costs. With a photovoltaic panel system, you'll produce complimentary power for your system's whole 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you do not produce 100 percent of the energy you consume, solar will decrease your utility bills and you'll still save a lot of loan.
#2 Earn a terrific return on your financial investment
Solar panels aren't an expenditure-- they're one of the best ways to invest, with returns matching those of more traditional investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to considerable electricity costs savings, the average American homeowner settles their photovoltaic 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 advantages of solar panels is the capability to hedge energy rates. In the past 10 years, property electricity prices have actually increased by approximately three percent every year. By investing in a solar energy system now, you can repair your electrical power rate and secure versus unpredictable boosts in electricity costs. If you're an organisation or homeowner with ever-changing cash circulation, going solar likewise helps you better forecast and manage your costs.
#4 Boost your home value
Numerous studies have actually discovered that homes equipped with solar energy systems have greater home values and sell faster than non-solar houses. Appraisers are increasingly 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 residential or commercial 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 crucial element of attaining energy self-reliance in the United States. By increasing our capability to produce electricity from the sun, we can also insulate our country from price changes in international energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and assist your local economy
According to The Solar Foundation, the solar market included jobs at a rate almost 12 times faster than the general U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all tasks in the country. This growth is expected to continue. Because solar-related tasks have the tendency to be higher paying and can not be contracted out, they are a significant contributor to the United States economy.
#7 Safeguard the environment
Solar is a great method to decrease your carbon footprint. Structures are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the U.S., and going solar can significantly decrease that number. A common property solar panel system will get rid of 3 to 4 heaps of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees yearly.
#8 Demonstrate your dedication to sustainability
Sustainability and corporate social responsibility are essential components of an organization's culture and worths. They likewise produce bottom line outcomes. Progressively, customers and communities are recognizing and rewarding organisations that decide to run properly. Organisations are finding that "green" credentials are a powerful driver of consumer getting decisions, developing goodwill and enhancing organisation outcomes.
#9 Start Saving from Day 1
Solar purchase power contracts (PPAs) and solar leasing has made it possible for house owners to go solar for little or no money down.
Numerous property owners choose to fund their photovoltaic panels with one of the "pay-as-you-go" funding choices. This suggests that a third-party company-- the solar company-- 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.
As of June 2013, 75% of all American homes have access to pay-as-you-go solar.
#10. Solar is a Secure Investment
The utility business are notorious for their varying and undependable electricity costs. There is clearly an upward pattern.
With solar panels and basic math, we can compute how much electrical power will be created, and most importantly, at what price, for at least the next Twenty 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
What Does Solar Panel Output Refer To?
If A Solar Panel Is A 1.5Kw System, What Length Of Time Is It Putting Out That Much Power? Every Hour?
Solar panels are rated under standard test conditions (STC), a certain amount of light at a certain distance, at a certain temperature, etc. A kW, or kilo watt, is 1000 watts. So for the amount of time that the sun meets those conditions, the rate of output is 1500 watts. An average location has an average of 5 sun hours a day, the total time that you produce the rated output.
Watts is a rate, like miles per hour (mph), how fast it is going. Watt hours, or kilo watt hours (kwh) is a quantity, like miles. So if you drive 50 mph for 5 hours, you went 250 miles (50 mph x 5 hours). If you produce 1.5kw for 5 hours, you have the potential to produce 7.5kwh a day. Multiply that by 30 days in a month, you get 225kwh a month. In reality you will lose about 30% of the rated power from less than ideal weather, system losses, etc., so it's more like 150kwh a month. You can look at your electric bill to see how many kwh you use a month, maybe around 1000kwh, and see what percentage of your usage a system like that can power.
Why Are Solar Panels Not That Efficient?
I Don'T Remember What Number Exactly But It'S In The Single Digits. This Number Represents How Efficient Solar Panels Are At Capturing The Sun'S Rays And Converting It Into Electricity.
first off, single digit power conversion are those on bendable cells like the ones used on handheld calculators.
moving on to the question...
in very layman terms, solar cells are inherently inefficient since the basic principles of the solar industry has remained the same for decades. there have been improevments but the full potential of solar energy is still to come in the future when a revolution in either base cell or cell composition is discovered. maybe then we'll be looking at 50% or more efficient cells.
for one reason, solar panel power conversion is very limited by the substrate which they use.
the more economical, sensible and less life-threatening substrates like silicon are usually the ones that give back less power.
solar panels using silicon-based cells are cheaper to manufacture and usually use "less dangerous" industry standard chemicals like phosphorus, aluminum and boron are yet to be more than 30% efficient. the cells i'm working on now (at least the ones that are available in the market) are about 22% (arguably the best in the market although not the cheapest).
if you wish to increase the power conversion, you might use "more dangerous" albeit also industry standard chemicals like gallium and arsenic.
another reason is obscurity. since big oil is still pretty big and solar is still considered as alternative, less scientific effort is focused on developing solar technology.
if you wish to do self-study on device physics for more technical details on solar cells, you can visit this site:
Going Solar For My Home, I Have ?S, And Only Want Answers From People That Have It In Your Home.?
I Know The Monocrystalline Solar Panels Cost More Then The Polycrystalline Solar Panels, But Which One Of The Two Will Last Longer?, And Will They Leak Over Time? And Will They Fade Over Time?
I don't have them in my home, if no-one else on here can answer then I might be the best you'll get :/ I've done a little research on solar panels (we developed CdTe rather than Silicon but we worked with other lab groups that do use silicon).
Most solar panels will degrade slightly with time (a common cause is because solar cells rely on a junction, and thermal energy jiggles about the atoms and can mix up your dopants so that the junction quality goes down a bit over time). Generally speaking, more grain boundaries between crystals speeds up the rate of degradation so polycrystalline panels should degrade more quickly than monocrystalline ones (although if other decay mechanisms are dominant, or the system is generally stable, then the difference will be tiny).
Generally panels are well sealed against the elements so it shouldn't notably fade. Keeping the glass reasonably clean is good for output.
What do you mean 'leak'? Silicon panels are solid state devices, unless you're planning on heating them to hundreds of degrees C they will remain solid and shouldn't 'leak'!
When I say polycrystalline cells should degrade more quickly than monocrystalline, it's all relative. Most solar panels will be guaranteed for somewhere between 20-30 years and over that period they should not fall below 80% of their rated output (many should degrade even less).
EDIT: Moisture underneath the glass isn't a problem I've heard much about (but my experience is with lab tech devices we've grown specially rather than full scale real world ones!). In principle it shouldn't be much of a problem; typically your cells will be 'sandwiched' between two glass layers which are then hermetically sealed. There's a chance of leakage, in the same way double glazing might leak occasionally. This effect shouldn't be that different between mono- and poly- crystalline cells and it should be accounted for when they give you their 20-30yr guarantees!
How Much Electrical Energy Is Generated From One Acre Of Solar Panels?
What I Would Like To Know Is If You Were Using Commercially Available Solar Panels, Clustered As Close Together As Possible And Spread Out On One Acre, How Much Electrical Energy Is Produced? If U Can 'Translate' This Into Terms Of (1 Hour Of Average Daylight = Powering A ____ For X Units Of Time)
In addition to what has been previously mentioned, keep in mind that solar panel production in kilowatt hours (kWh) depends upon the geographical location and the time of year. A solar array in Boulder, Colorado will produce more in a given day and in a given year than an array of the same size in Portland, Maine. That being said you can ballpark the kWh output of an array based on its size in kW. A more refined estimate can be made if you know the location.
For example, in New England, in ideal conditions - no shading - every 1 kilowatt (kW) of solar PV will produce about 1000-1200 kWh in a year. And every 1 kW takes up about 100 square feet of space. You can extrapolate from those numbers to your acre of panels. Identify about how many kW will fit in an acre and then multiply that times the annual production.
A great source is PV Watts from the National Renewable Energy Lab:
Select the array location. Enter the array size in kW, and the program will output the annual kWh generation.
I hope that helps!
My Husband Wants To Build A Wind Turbine And Buy A Couple Of Solar Panels.?
We Looked At The Cost Of Buying A Whole Home Alternative Energy System To Try To Cut Down On Our Home Electric Bill...It Has Been Cold This Winter! Anyhow, The Cost Of A Whole Home System Was Pretty Steep For Even Just A Couple Of Solar Panels And The Cost Of A Wind Turbine Was Kinda Up There Too. Does Anyone Know Of Any Online Resources That He Could Use To Build A Small System That Would Help Us?
I would check out a solar panel forum to get advice from actual people who are already using solar and installed it themselves. Sounds like you are on the right path though, so good luck!