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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 a/c unit, cleaning clothing, enjoying TV, cooking dinner. All while decreasing your carbon footprint, and without burning nonrenewable fuel sources or putting a strain on the electrical grid. And while the environmental advantages of solar power are substantial, lots of residents discover that the convenience, distinct functions, and expense savings of owning a solar power system are even more enticing.
Top 10 Benefits of Solar Energy
#1 Considerably minimize or perhaps eliminate your electric expenses
Whether you're a house owner, business, or not-for-profit, electrical energy expenses can comprise a large portion of your month-to-month expenditures. With a solar panel system, you'll produce complimentary power for your system's entire 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you don't produce 100 percent of the energy you consume, solar will minimize your energy bills and you'll still save a lot of cash.
#2 Make an excellent return on your financial investment
Photovoltaic panels aren't an expense-- they are among the very best methods to invest, with returns matching those of more conventional financial investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to significant electrical energy bill cost savings, the typical American house owner settles their solar panel system in 7 to eight years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Secure versus rising energy expenses
One of the most clear cut benefits of photovoltaic panels is the capability to hedge energy rates. In the past 10 years, residential electricity prices have increased by approximately 3 percent each year. By buying a solar energy system now, you can fix your electrical power rate and secure versus unforeseeable boosts in electrical power costs. If you're a company or property owner with rising and falling capital, going solar likewise assists you better forecast and handle your expenses.
#4 Boost your home worth
Multiple studies have actually discovered that homes equipped with solar energy systems have higher residential or commercial property values and sell more quickly than non-solar houses. Appraisers are progressively taking solar installations into factor to consider as they value houses at the time of a sale, and as homebuyers become more informed about solar, demand for homes equipped with solar panel systems will continue to grow.
#5 Increase U.S. energy independence
The sun is a near-infinite source of energy and an essential component of attaining energy self-reliance in the United States. By increasing our capability to generate electrical power from the sun, we can likewise insulate our country from rate changes in worldwide energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and help your regional economy
Inning accordance with The Solar Structure, the solar industry added tasks at a rate almost 12 times faster than the general U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all tasks in the nation. This growth is anticipated to continue. Due to the fact that solar-related jobs tend to be higher paying and can not be contracted out, they are a considerable factor to the U.S. economy.
#7 Protect the environment
Solar is a terrific method to decrease your carbon footprint. Buildings are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the U.S., and going solar can significantly decrease that number. A typical domestic photovoltaic panel system will eliminate three to 4 lots of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees every year.
#8 Demonstrate your commitment to sustainability
Sustainability and business social duty are necessary elements of a company's culture and values. They also produce bottom line results. Increasingly, consumers and communities are acknowledging and rewarding businesses that select to run responsibly. Services are discovering that "green" qualifications are an effective chauffeur of consumer acquiring decisions, creating goodwill and enhancing business results.
#9 Start Saving from Day 1
Solar purchase power contracts (PPAs) and solar leasing has actually made it possible for house owners to go solar for little or no money down.
Numerous house owners choose to finance their photovoltaic panels with one of the "pay-as-you-go" financing choices. This means that a third-party business-- the solar company-- owns the solar system and takes care of installation, maintenance, tracking and repairs. You merely pay the solar service provider for electricity-- less than you would've paid the energy 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 notorious for their changing and unreliable electricity costs. There is clearly an upward trend.
With photovoltaic panels and basic mathematics, we can determine just how much electrical energy will be generated, and most significantly, at exactly what rate, for at least 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
How Much Did Your Solar Panels Cost?
How Much Did It Cost To Put Up Solar Power Panels In Your House? (Understanding That It Is Different Per House Etc.)
Just Trying To Get A Ballpark Estimate.
Hey Iona, we live in a home that is powered primarily by the wind and sun. Our panels alone cost $5,200 when we installed them 11 years ago, they make up a 1.4 kw solar array, small for home use by most standards. Our home is only 1200 square feet, and is fairly efficient. We spent 2 years changing lighting, appliances and some other features. Prior to putting in the solar array, our average electric bill was probably 35 to 40 dollars per month, now it is less than 5. Our entire system, solar panels, wind turbine, batteries, inverter and other controls cost around $13,000. We received grants and tax incentives for about one quarter of the cost at the time. Have we gotten our money back? Probably not, but I'd do it again in a heart beat. First of all, our home has not been without electricity for even a minute the last 11 years, what would be the price tag on that? Second, when we do a load of laundry or run the TV, we don't add pollution to the air at our coal fired power plant down the road, most of our neighbors do. Third, with the knowledge we've gained over the years, we now teach solar power seminars at the local schools here, and they bring out a bus load of kids from time to time for a field trip to see an actual working solar and wind powered home. The idea is that one day, they might have a choice how to build their home, and I expect at least some of them will do what we have done. Lots of people grow tomatoes instead of buying them at the store, even though it costs more in dollars and time to maintain a garden, we just grow electrons in ours.
If you're really curious about this stuff, I would suggest not wasting your time asking hacks like us online for information, go to the source, or sources, I will list some below. The one thing the renewable energy business has in vast supply right now is misinformation. Take Yes Man's answer, I'm guessing he has never laid a finger on a solar panel, yet he is willing to offer his advice on the matter to you. Solar panels do earn back their, "embodied energy," in their lifetimes, generally in 2 to 6 years. Embodied energy refers to the amount of energy it takes to mine for raw materials, ship to the factory, build the device, ship to the user point and install it. Studies have been done on this by several sources, but it really makes no difference, I'll explain why. Let's say you make a solar panel that generates 500 watts, then put it along side a coal or natural gas generator of the same size, which will earn back it's embodied energy faster? The answer is the coal or gas generator never does, because once you manufacture and install it, it then has to be fed more coal or natural gas the rest of its life, so it keeps on digging itself a deeper and deeper energy hole that it can never crawl out of. At least the panel has a chance to get even environmentally. The same is true for wind and biomass power.
Virtual Guys story is a no brainer, anyone facing a line extension fee is always farther ahead with renewable energy. I made the same mistake 21 years ago when I spent almost $3,000 extending lines to my property. If I knew then what I know now, I would have spent the money on solar panels instead, and not had to deal with an electric bill every month for the rest of my life. Good luck Iona, and take care, Rudydoo
What Are The Risks And Benefits Of Solar Energy?
Its For A Science Project, And I Have To Give The Environmental, Technological, Social, And Scientific Risks And Benefits, Please Answer As Soon As Possible
Solar exists in two forms, photovoltiac and heat related. The problems with photovoltiac are cost of materials, fragile cells, cells "wear out" and need replacement after about 10 years. Of course, power is only made during the day. With heat plants, the sunlight is reflected with a mirror array to a central tower where a heat exchanger is located. The piping contains a salt which is liquid when hot enough. Heat is stored in the liquid salt in insulated tanks underground. The hot salt is used as the heat source to boil water to turn a turbine generator. Heat stored in the tanks can be used after sunset much like a car battery stores electricity when the car is not being driven. The disadvantage is the salt is highly corrosive and difficult to handle. And, if allowed to cool, becomes a solid. The only bad thing for the environment with the photovoltiac array is the amount of land covered by the array and the exotic chemical processes used for manufacture of the cells. For the heat plant, the bad thing is the salt used, which is corrosive and hard to handle because it is SO hot. After all, salt is a form of rock, and liquid rock salt is a close relative to volcanic lava. Otherwise, the heat plant has the same thermal footprint as any other heat power plant such as coal, gas or nuclear. All steam cycle plants exhibit the same thermal effects, using heat to boil water, and needing cooling from water nearby to condense the steam back into water so it can be fed back into the boiler, which heats the environment where the cooling water comes from. Unlike oil, coal and gas fired power plants which rely on combustion, there are no stack gases from the solar heated power plant. Both types of solar power plant are considered to be GREEN because thermal footprints are not a majority contributor to damage to the environment, as the problems are very local in nature. The major problem why solar is not more widely used is simple economics, the cost of installation is huge compared to other types of power plants. Both types require huge areas of land to collect enough light to make them practical as a utility serving many customers. The solar photovoltiac array on a roof powers only one house, think how much area you need to power 10,000 houses. Houses can also use the sun to heat water and use the heated water in insulated tanks to heat the house on cloudy days. Solar water heating just takes a really big tank per house. Water is cheap and the technology exists to make durable system which will last almost forever. Except for cost again, single house solar heating is practical. A friend back in the years before Y2K, went off the grid. He firmly believed Y2K would be a total meltdown of society, so he had a house built way far away from Seattle in the Olympic Mountians on the coast of Washington. He spent roughly $40,000 on the solar heating and electricity and pays no utility bills except for water. He has a well, but it is metered by the county where he lives. The problem he has is age. The systems are now over 10 years old and he needs a total replacement of the storage batteries and solar cells, to the tune of about $10,000. With the initial cost plus the replacement cost, he has spent $50,000 for 10 years of services, which works out to about $400/month. If he lasts another 10 year and spends another $10,000, his monthly cost will be about $250 per month. The problem is this: his old utility bills rarely ran over at most $200/month in winter and as low as $70 in summer, averaging about $120/month per year. As you can see, the systems he has have not paid for themselves and even after over 20 years, will STILL be costing him more than if he had used the community utility systems to power his lifestyle. The real problem is initial installation and then periodic maintenance and replacement costs. Maybe after 30 years, the systems will equal out and "break even". A utility company is NOT going to invest in such a bad deal to generate power. Utilities need a return on investment much sooner than 30 years. I would love to go solar. I really like the idea of not relying on a power company for lights and heat. It IS the most environmentally friendly source of energy to power things for us... I just can't afford to do it...
How Can Ppl Say Evolution Is True Evolutionists Please Read This!!?
Evolution Assumes That Man Dropped Out Of The Trees 1 To 5 Million Years Ago And Became Fully Human Approximately 100,000 Years Ago. Yet Archeological Records Show Civilization Arising Only About 5,000 Years Ago (Based On Evolutionary Thinking). In Other Words, By Evolutionary Reasoning, It Took Mankind 95,000 Years After Becoming Fully Human To Figure Out That Food Could Be Produced By Dropping A Seed Into The Ground!
It Has Been Estimated By Evolutionary Anthropologists That The Earth Could Have Easily Supported 10 Million Hunter/Gatherer Type Humans. To Maintain An Average Of 10 Million People, Spread Over The Entire Plane, With An Average Life Span Of 25 Years, For The Last 100,000 Years . . . .Would Mean That 40 Billion People Had Lived And Died. Archeological Evidence Clearly Shows That These &Quot;Stone Age&Quot; People Buried Their Dead. Forty Billion Graves Should Be Easy To Find. Yet Only A Few Thousand Exist. The Obvious Implication Is That People Have Been Around For Far Less Time.
Another Indication Of Both A Young Earth And A Confirmation Of The Worldwide Flood Is The Scarcity Of Meteors In Sedimentary Rock Layers. Although Some Meteors Have Been Found In Sedimentary Layers, They Are Relatively Rare. Meteors Are Easily Identifiable, And Many Thousands Have Been Identified And Recovered From Recent Impacts On The Planet’S Surface. If Most Of The Rock Layers Were Laid Down Rapidly During The One Year Period Of A Worldwide Flood, You Would Not Expect To Find Many Meteorites Buried In Only One Year. However, If The Sediment Was Laid Down Over Billions Of Years, There Should Be Multiple Billions Of Meteorites Buried Within This Sediment. The Fact That We Find So Few Is Another Possible Evidence For The Rapid Accumulation Of The Sedimentary Layers And A Young Earth.
Suppose You Walked Into An Empty Room And Found A Smoking Cigar. You Could Assume That The Cigar Was Very Old And That It Had Only Recently Burst Into Flames, But The More Logical Conclusion Would Be That Someone Had Recently Been There To Light It. The Universe Is Full Of Similar &Quot;Smoking Cigars&Quot;:
1.All Planetary Rings Still Exhibit Intricacies Which Should Have Long Ago Disappeared.
2.All Known Comets Burn Up Their Material With Each Pass Around The Sun And Should Have A Maximum Life Expectancy Of 100,000 Years.
3.The Outer Solar System Planets Should Have Long Ago Cooled Off.
4.The Spiral Galaxies Should Have Long Ago Unspiraled, And The Uneven Dispersion Of Matter In The Universe Should Have Long Ago Dispersed.
Scientists Working From The Preconception That The Universe Is 10-20 Billion Years Old Have Suggested Controversial And Complicated Possibilities For How These Types Of Transient Phenomena Could Still Exist But Their Explanations Are Based More On Faith, Not Science. The Simpler Explanation Is That These &Quot;Smoking Cigars&Quot; Are Smoking Because They Are Young.
What About Dating Methods Which Do Seem To Indicate That Things Are Very Old ? As Seen In The First Article On Dating Methods, Assumptions Are Everything. For Instance, Carbon-14 Generation Rate Has Never Significantly Changed. This Method Does Not Date The Age Of The Earth But Understanding It Can Have A Profound Effect On Our Interpretation Of The &Quot;Ice Age&Quot; And The &Quot;Stone Age&Quot;. A Recent Worldwide Catastrophe Would Have Caused An Enormous Change In The Total Amount Of Carbon On Earth'S Biosphere. This Event Would Completely Invalidate One Of The Basic Assumptions Of The Carbon-14 Dating Method (A Known Carbon-14 To Carbon-12 Ratio Throughout The Measurement Period) And Lead To Excessively Old Dates For Organisms Alive Shortly After This Flood. This Problem With Carbon-14 Dating Assumptions Will Be Described In Detail In Another Article.
You make certain assumptions which are not true. I will illustrate:
1. You assume that Civilization arose 5000 years ago. Certain known civilizations have been dated as such; however, the basic elements of civilization (ie; language, tool-making) would have pre-dated civilization. The basis of civilization is not the planting of a seed into the ground.
2. While some stone-age cultures may have buried their dead, it is wrong to assume that every single person on earth would have been buried and had their remains preseverd. Some people would have been consumed by animals. Many cultures throughout history observe cremation. Others were caught in fires and unintentionally cremated. Those that did observe burial may have not buried remains sufficiently deep enough to ensure preservation. Changes in earth's geology would destroy remains or make them inaccessible. Indeed, given all the variables, it's surprising that we're actually able to find ancient remains at all!
3. Most meteors burn up in the earth's atmosphere; only ones of significant size survive entry to make it to the surface. As such, this is the reason why you won't find a whole lot of them in layers of sediment. The fact that we have had sufficient time to evolve to where we are today is indicitive of the scarcity of meteors large enough to cause catostraphic damage and leave evidence.
4. The planetary rings are composed of particles and are caught in a planets orbit, as are its moon. They exist in a vacuum, and obey the laws of physics. There is no reason to assume that they would "Fade." If anything, over time, the "intricacies" that you speak of (I'm assuming you're talking about the gaps between the rings) should become more well-defined, just as undisturbed water becomes clear.
5. The outer planets of the solar system are still caught within the gravity of our sun, and are exposed to the energy radiating from our sun; why would you assume they would cool off?
6. On what basis do you determine that huge spiral galaxies should have long ago dispersed? Evidently, you're attempting to apply your "Small picture" thinking to something so incredibly vast, complicated, and huge, you only serve to demonstrate your own ignorance.
7. Scientists work from information they have learned from the tools of science. If a theory is based on faith, it would be very easy to discredit it and such theory would be dismissed.
Your logic is flawed. I suggest you re-examine the facts, but this time do so with skepticism. It would save you from embarassment in the future.
What Is The Best Way To Go Solar?
Is A Wind Turbine Better Than Solar Panels
If you live at the North Pole, you are likely to find a wind turbine more functional than solar panels. If you live in the deep shade of the forest, you may find unique obstacles to both wind turbine and solar energy. In a desert environment without much for pollution or sand storms, solar energy seems like the better solution. - The first question you should ask yourself is, which does your local climate, topography, and environment support?
There are a whole host of other questions you should be asking in terms of "better" as well. Whether one technology is better than the other for you or not, reality is that both coding/permits and cost are critical. Cost considerations should also include financing possibilities and insurability. Those questions aside, the next set of questions relate to your usage needs including volume/amount of energy and the timing of those needs with respect to season and time of day. There are a number of off-gridders that use a combination of solar, wind, and other energy in concert with each other.
We can take a number of other lessons from off-gridders and almost off-gridders too. Many almost off-gridders are connected to the grid to collect either energy credits or money from the excess energy they produce when the wind is at full tilt or the sun is full height; and often during lesser conditions as well. Meanwhile, they remain connected to the grid for those energy production lean times, to enhance their electrical usage life style, and/or as an emergency back up. A number of the almost off-gridders do have a goal of eventually not needing to use electricity from the grid someday through energy usage reduction, energy usage efficiencies, and additional energy production. Many of those who do end up off-grid did so gradually; they did not install a set of solar panels then immediately disconnect the next day, or year.
Rather, they figured out how to reduce their energy usage through both structural and life style changes, how to more efficiently use the energy they make through structural and life-style changes, and in most cases also use a number of different alternative energies. Primary among all three types of changes are adaptations that maximize what are called passive systems. Passive systems are things that utilize the naturally occurring lighting, heating, and cooling events provided by nature. They include insulative qualities that keep the warm air in and cool air out during the winter and visa versa. Many use water piped from below the frost/freeze line underground to both cool and heat; additionally some seasonally use external water bladders to passively, preheat water prior to energy assisted heating for bathing and dishes. Many off-gridders use some sort of wood, dried manure chip, or other burner for winter heat. Air and/or water ducting is frequently used to fully utilize the heat produced by burning fuel for other purposes including that produced while cooking. Landscaping including vegetation like trees and hedges are part of a passive system as are hard or firm scaped walls and other wind and sun blocks. Over hangs, porches, and covered entrances are part of a passive system as are window coverings and natural air flow through opened windows. Clothing and bedding selections also contribute to a passive system. For some, "green roofs" contribute to their passive systems. You get the idea.
In addition to maximizing their assorted passive systems, some folks find efficiencies by doing things like converting to 12 or 24 volt systems either throughout the house or along specific circuits. This necessitates alternative appliances. Call it a passive system or an efficiency upgrade, when ever possible every use of energy tends to be tied to one or more additional purposes. For example, a lot of food is cooked upon the top of the burner during the winter. Many places have some sort of a shaded, and sometimes netted, outdoor kitchen away from the main house that is used for putting up food for the winter; not only is it cooler but, it doesn't heat up the house either. It is not uncommon for folks sleep outside; those southern mansions called their second storie, covered decks sleeping porches for a reason. Borrowing from the past, some use treadle sewing machines and arrange activities around the available sunlight streaming in a window too.
Today's off-gridders have access to whole libraries worth of human history in which there were no fossil fuels. They often use a combination of energy technology from the Boy Scout solar oven made from metal to animal and human powered, wheel systems generating electicity or mechanically driving a cog or belt.
How To Tie Small-Scale Solar Panel System Into Household Electrical System?
So, I'Ve Seen Cheap Solar Panel Kits For Sale From Harbor Freight, And Regardless Of Whether Or Not I Were To Buy A Set From Them Or Someone Else, I Was Wondering What The Process Of Implementing A Small-Scale Solar System Into Your Household Electrical System Would Be.
I'Ve Read Articles That Started Out Too In-Depth Or Were Speaking Of Systems On A Much Larger Scale.
Can It Be As Easy As Buying The Panels And Inverter, And Plugging It Into A Socket, Or Is There More To It?
Some Of The Articles I Was Reading Had Mentioned Having To Contract With Your Electrical Supplier, Having To Have An Electrician Tie It All In In Some Special/ Necessary Way, Using A Battery Pack (Would This Be Necessary For A Tied-In System?), Or Using The System To Only Power Single Items, Like A Water Heater, Or Plugging Items Into A Connected Battery-Pack, All Of Which I'M Not Sure Is Necessary Or Needed For What My Goals/ Means Are/ Would Be.
Partial/ Single Responses Appreciated As Well. You Don'T Have To Answer Everything, But Please Be Sure You Know What You'Re Talking About/ That What You'Re Replying With Is Fact.
Hey Bobby, your plan is possible, but looking at the answers you have here, such as, "rewire your entire homes electrical system," and, "...seen 24 volt panels so there is at least one other voltage available," Illustrate something I've been saying for years: In solar power there are 2 things in vast supply, sun, and misinformation.
About 14 years ago we were in the same place you are now. I wanted to start growing my own electrons but wasn't sure how. In a nutshell, it can be done simply. All solar panels generate DC power, meaning the current travels one direction all the time. Homes are wired for AC, or alternating current. You can buy a bank of panels, maybe 6, and connect them to a grid tie inverter, which takes whatever your solar array can generate and converts it to match your homes AC voltage and frequency. Now when you watch TV, the power comes first from the solar array, and if the home needs more, it gets it from the grid. You are now offsetting some of your homes use.
For something as small as one panel, a better angle is the, "microsine inverter." These little devices attach right to the back of a panel, convert the power to your homes equivelant, and yes, you can plug it into an outlet. Bear in mind that grid tie, and microsine inverters need a grid source to synchronize with, if your grid goes down, they shut down too, and even if the sun is shining you don't have any power.
There are other ways to access them in this case. You can use a "utility interactive inverter," which can synchronize or produce their own wave, but they need a battery bank to function. Or you can do DC stand alone, so your panel just charges a large 12 volt battery, and that battery runs things like LED strip lights in your kitchen and bath, ipod and cell phone chargers and so on. It all works when the power doesn't, and when it does, saving you a small amount on your bill. We do both here, a 4000 watt interactive setup to run the main wiring, and a small DC system for kitchen/bath lights, nightlights, reading lights and electronics like ipod speakers and chargers.
My point is you don't have enough info to ask the right questions, and your answers are reflecting this. Do what we did 14 years ago, get a subscription to Home Power Magazine, do some searching at better websites, I'll list some, and get to an energy fair, they are listed in the back of HP mag. Today our home is completely powered by the wind and sun, we teach solar power in the local schools, and the schools run field trips out to our home so the kids can see it first hand. Forget posting questions about renewable energy on open forums like this, just confuses the materiel. Take care Bobby, Rudydoo