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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 homeowner to utilize the sun to power everyday life: running your air conditioner, cleaning clothes, watching TV, cooking dinner. All while lowering your carbon footprint, and without burning nonrenewable fuel sources or putting a stress on the electrical grid. And while the ecological advantages of solar power are considerable, lots of homeowners discover that the convenience, unique functions, and cost savings of owning a solar power system are a lot more alluring.
Top 10 Advantages of Solar Energy
#1 Significantly decrease and even remove your electric expenses
Whether you're a homeowner, service, or nonprofit, electrical energy costs can make up a big part of your monthly expenses. With a photovoltaic panel system, you'll generate totally free power for your system's whole 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you do not produce 100 percent of the energy you consume, solar will reduce your energy expenses and you'll still conserve a lot of money.
#2 Make a terrific return on your investment
Solar panels aren't an expense-- they're one of the very best methods to invest, with returns equaling those of more traditional financial investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to significant electricity expense savings, the typical American homeowner pays off their photovoltaic panel system in 7 to eight years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Secure against increasing energy costs
One of the most clear cut advantages of solar panels is the ability to hedge energy rates. In the past 10 years, domestic electrical energy prices have actually gone up by approximately three percent every year. By investing in a solar energy system now, you can fix your electrical power rate and protect against unpredictable increases in electrical energy costs. If you're a service or property owner with rising and falling money flow, going solar likewise helps you much better forecast and handle your expenses.
#4 Boost your house worth
Several studies have actually discovered that homes geared up with solar energy systems have higher residential or commercial property worths and offer quicker than non-solar houses. Appraisers are increasingly taking solar setups into factor to consider as they value homes at the time of a sale, and as homebuyers end up being more informed about solar, need 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 a crucial element of accomplishing energy self-reliance in the United States. By increasing our capability to create electrical energy from the sun, we can also insulate our country from price changes in global energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and help your regional economy
According to The Solar Structure, the solar market added tasks at a rate almost 12 times faster than the overall U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all jobs in the country. This development is anticipated to continue. Because solar-related jobs have the tendency to be greater paying and can not be contracted out, they are a significant factor to the United States economy.
#7 Secure the environment
Solar is an excellent way to reduce your carbon footprint. Structures are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the United States, and going solar can significantly reduce that number. A normal domestic photovoltaic 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 duty are crucial components of a company's culture and values. They also produce bottom line outcomes. Increasingly, customers and communities are acknowledging and rewarding services that opt to run responsibly. Companies are discovering that "green" credentials are a powerful driver of customer buying decisions, producing goodwill and improving organisation 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 money down.
Many property owners opt to fund their solar panels with among the "pay-as-you-go" funding options. This indicates that a third-party company-- the solar company-- owns the solar system and looks after installation, upkeep, monitoring and repair works. You just pay the solar service provider for electrical power-- less than you would've paid the energy company.
As of June 2013, 75% of all American houses have access to pay-as-you-go solar.
#10. Solar is a Secure Financial investment
The energy companies are infamous for their varying and unreliable electrical energy prices. There is clearly an upward trend.
With solar panels and basic math, we can determine what does it cost? electrical energy will be produced, and most notably, at exactly what price, for a minimum of the next 20 years (fixed 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
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.