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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 utilize the sun to power everyday life: running your air conditioning system, cleaning clothing, seeing TELEVISION, cooking dinner. All while reducing your carbon footprint, and without burning fossil fuels or putting a strain on the electrical grid. And while the environmental benefits of solar power are considerable, lots of home owners discover that the benefit, distinct features, and expense savings of owning a solar power system are much more alluring.
Top Ten Advantages of Solar Energy
#1 Drastically minimize or perhaps remove your electric expenses
Whether you're a homeowner, service, or nonprofit, electricity costs can make up a large part of your month-to-month expenses. With a photovoltaic panel system, you'll create totally free power for your system's whole 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you do not produce 100 percent of the energy you take in, solar will minimize your utility expenses and you'll still save a great deal of cash.
#2 Earn a great return on your investment
Solar panels aren't an expenditure-- they're one of the best methods to invest, with returns rivaling those of more conventional investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to substantial electricity bill savings, the average 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
Among the most clear cut advantages of solar panels is the capability to hedge energy prices. In the previous 10 years, domestic electricity costs have gone up by an average of three percent each year. By buying a solar energy system now, you can fix your electrical energy rate and secure versus unforeseeable increases in electrical energy expenses. If you're a service or property owner with rising and falling capital, going solar likewise helps you much better projection and handle your expenditures.
#4 Increase your home or business value
Numerous studies have discovered that houses equipped with solar energy systems have higher property values and sell faster than non-solar houses. Appraisers are progressively taking solar setups into factor to consider as they value houses at the time of a sale, and as property buyers end up being more informed about solar, demand for residential or commercial properties equipped with solar 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 achieving energy self-reliance in the United States. By increasing our capacity to generate electrical energy from the sun, we can also insulate our nation from price variations in worldwide energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and assist your local economy
Inning accordance with The Solar Structure, the solar industry included jobs at a rate nearly 12 times faster than the general U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all tasks in the nation. This development is anticipated to continue. Because solar-related jobs have the tendency to be higher paying and can not be outsourced, they are a significant factor to the United States economy.
#7 Secure the environment
Solar is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. Buildings are responsible for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the United States, and going solar can substantially reduce that number. A normal domestic photovoltaic panel system will remove three to 4 loads of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees each year.
#8 Demonstrate your dedication to sustainability
Sustainability and business social duty are essential components of a company's culture and worths. They also produce bottom line outcomes. Increasingly, customers and communities are acknowledging and rewarding services that opt to run properly. Organisations are finding that "green" qualifications are an effective driver of customer buying choices, developing goodwill and enhancing business outcomes.
#9 Start Saving from Day 1
Solar purchase power contracts (PPAs) and solar leasing has actually made it possible for homeowners to go solar for little or no loan down.
Lots of property owners opt to finance their solar panels with one of the "pay-as-you-go" financing choices. This means that a third-party business-- the solar supplier-- owns the solar system and takes care of installation, upkeep, tracking and repairs. You just pay the solar provider for electricity-- less than you would've paid the utility company.
Since June 2013, 75% of all American houses have access to pay-as-you-go solar.
#10. Solar is a Secure Investment
The utility business are infamous for their changing and unreliable electrical energy prices. There is plainly an upward pattern.
With solar panels and simple mathematics, we can determine just how much electrical power will be created, and most notably, at exactly what price, for at least the next Twenty 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
Self Build Solar Panel ?
Im Looking At Making A Self Build Ipad Solar Panel Charger, Is It Possible To Get A Small Solar Panel, A Battery To Hold Charge And Then A Usb Output? Nothing Fancy, Just Power In And Power Out?
Lithium ion cells are very finichy about the rate of their charging, and the voltage applied. A simple solar panel can be attached to modest battery, Likely an AGM due to it not likely to see fully discharged conditions. You also need to have the means of regulating the voltage into the AGM and you need to regulate the output voltage applied to USB Vcc terminals.
It can be done, and it is not difficult to do it effectively, it just take s a little time and research with the items you need to use. A great deal of the feasibility is how much electronic theory do you have? It is a little more involved than "tab A into Slot B...."
If you know way around a circuit board, this blog with free info can be of some help to you:
For USB power, there are some references you should seek out from the websites of Fairchild, On Semiconductor, Texas Instruments, National Semiconductor, just to name a few. There are others, and if your IPad has the control circuitry for the accurate charging of their batteries, and you just need the USB port to have the right power available, a high compliance regulator such as an LM7805 should do just fine. Spec sheets for that regulator are available through the above mentioned manufacturers websites as well. For the USB pinout
You need to know which generation you have, or need, although 3.0 should readily accept 2.0 plugs, and 2.0 should accept 2.0 plugs for charging purposes.
Please Tell Me Can Solar Panel, Used To Heat Water, Be Used For Lighting Purpose, If Yes, How?
I just wrote a rather lengthy answer to another solar power question:
The short answer is...solar panels capture light energy and send the power to an inverter that converts it to the kind of power electrical devices need. Excess power is stored in batteries. The capacity of the inverter and the amount of stored energy determines how much power you can use and for how long. A 120W inverter, for example, will only power rather small devices, while a 750 or 1200W inverter can handle more. At the same time, larger draw devices will drain the batteries quicker, requiring larger battery banks for longer use.
That's about the simplest I can explain it.
Many people heat water using solar (radiant) heat via water-filled tubes on the roof. (Most of the homes in my residential neighbourhood have this...except us. We have geothermal at home. My next door neighbour has both solar/radiant heat tubes on his roof AND a geothermal heating system. We're planning to move soon, but our next home will probably have it all: geothermal heating/cooling like we have now, but also radiant water heating tubes on the roof, as well as solar panels.)
Solar power can, of course, be used to power the home, and any appliances within (such as the water heater, fridge, television, computer, etc.). Probably our lowest-draw item at our solar powered cottage are the CFL lights. (We specifically chose lighting fixtures that could accommodate the CFL bulbs, since not all do.) Those bulbs barely use any power and, if that's all we used, I doubt we'd ever run out of power. We could probably run our lights 24/7 on just solar. They're that efficient.
What Do I Need To Install A 40 Watt Solar Panel?
I Am Researching Several Solar Panels To Install In My House. I Would Like To Use A 40 Watt Panel To Connect, Through A Solar Battery Controller, To A Battery Or Two. I Would Then Like To Use The Solar Panel (40 Watts) To Charge The Battery(Ies) For Emergency Use. Once Charged, And When Needed, I Would Like To Use The Battery(Ies), 12 Volt Deep Cycle, To Power Several Led Lamps.
Since I Am New To Solar Power I Had Several Questions...
Is A 40 Watt Panel Strong/Large Enough To Charge A 12 Volt Deep Cycle Battery Or Two?
How Long Would It Take To Charge One Of These Batteries?
What Would Be The Expected Cost To Purchase Necessary Supplies? (With The Solar Panel, Battery Controller, And Mc4 Cabling I'Ve Found I Have An Expected Cost Of Roughly $100.00 With Batteries)
Would This Be Difficult For Someone With Little Experience In This Field?
Hey A S, we have a set up at our cabin just like this. Ours uses two Trojan T-105 golf cart batteries for storage and a 53 watt panel. You said $100 will cover cables, controller, panel and battery, that sounds really inexpensive to me. Batteries have gotten expensive the last couple years, the battery you have in mind might be pretty low capacity.
T-105 batteries are 6 volt, that's why you need a pair of them wired in series to make 12 volts. But if you have 2 of them, the total capacity is 220 amp hours (AH). Our home has a dozen LED strip lights in various places, under cabinets in the kitchen, over the shower, and so on. The real beauty of this is that the LED strip lights work when the power is out, and they also work when the power is on, either way they get their power from our panel, so they reduce the cost of your electric bill a bit. This works really well partly because we have such a large storage bank. With 3/4 of our strip lights on, the battery bank only has to deliver 1.6 amps, or about 20 watts. Even if it is cloudy for 4 or 5 days, the battery can keep up fine. Good place to find those T-105 batteries is any golf cart repair/parts place, look in the phone book.
A 53 watt panel will have to work pretty hard to replace all of that however, most panels are wired for 18 volts open circuit, which means it only delivers 53 / 18 = 3 amps. If I use 1.6 amps for 30 hours, the panel will need 20 good hours of sun to replace it. It's enough, but just barely. The real reason we have it set up this way is to avoid using a charge controller. There is a rule of thumb that says if your panels amp rating is less than 2% of your battery amp hour rating, you cannot overcharge the battery. Charge controllers cost money, and in our research, it appears they are the first thing to break down. Our system has been running 13 years like this with no problems. The only real maintenance is to trim the trees south of your panel, and add distilled water to your batteries once each month. Just keep a gallon near by.
Using this rule, you can go as high as 80 watts of panel with 2 trojan T-105 batteries. The only thing you need to make it work is a diode between the panel and battery. A diode is just an electrical check valve, allowing the panel to charge the battery, but not allowing the battery to discharge into the panel at night. Most panels come with diodes installed in the junction box when you buy them, but if not, you can get one good up to 6 amps at Radio Shack for less than one dollar. You can use number 14 romex wire from the panel to the battery, just get the polarity correct. If you find it isn't charging, try turning the diode around, it might be installed backwards.
Some good LED strip lights and other lights can be found online, link is below. Another cool thing to do is have a cigarette lighter outlet someplace in the house that connects to this battery bank, then go to Walmart and get a splitter that has 3 outlets and a USB plug to plug into the outlet. You can charge cell phones, ipods and such from your solar panel, we do it here all the time. Again, this works when the power is out, or anytime. It will work fine off the battery at night, you don't have to have sun at that moment. I also like to have a set of Harmon Kardon HK-206 computer speakers plugged into the battery bank, they are the only type that work on 12 VDC, you can find them on Ebay pretty cheap, then plug your ipod into them and crank out some good music on solar power, that's how I listen to my MP3 here. Take care AS, Rudydoo
Should The Value Of Solar Panels Be Included When Appraising A Home?
According To Zillow.Com My Home Is Estimated At $216,882. I Paid For An Appraisal And The Home Was Valued At $215,000. The Problem I Have With This Is My House Is Equipped With Solar Panels. I Paid About $25000 For Them. A Comparable House Sold For $225,000 4 Months Ago. Same Amount Of Rooms, Bathrooms, Square Feet, Lot Size And Curb Appeal (Landscaping). But No Solar Panels. Home Prices In My Neighborhood Have Also Gone Up. I Would Like To Know If There Is Any Way I Can Dispute This As I Feel I Just Wasted A Lot Of Money On A Incorrect Appraisal.
Normally solar panels are listed as part of the house that supply heat, like a water heater or furnish.
Your house would be appraised the same without the solar panel.
Since the house you are references sold 4 months ago this might not be a comp your appraiser would have used. Normally a house would have to be sold within the past 90 days to be used by an appraiser.
You are able to challenge the appraisal of the house you paid for. The appraiser would take a second look at the cops he/she used in coming up with the valuation of the property and see if here was something that was over looked.
If you want to challenge the appraisal based on the fact that you have solar panels, it is doubtful there would be any changes.
By adding the solar panels to your house might have been over built your house for the neighborhood. Look around your neighborhood to see how many other houses have solar panels. Normally in an area where houses are valued at around $200K or so would not normally be equipped with solar panels.
This would not add value to your house as other houses in your neighborhood would still appraise for the same, since they would not have solar panels as the house you indicated in your statement did not have.
I hope this has been of some benefit to you, good luck.
Why Is The Solar Power Still So Expansive?
First, because solar panels are expensive. There is a limit to how cheaply you can grown silicon crystals, put them into panels, and ship them to where you need them. Why don't cars cost $100 each? Why don't computers cost $1? There is simply a minimum cost to produce this technology.
Now there are some interesting technologies on the horizon that may reduce that cost of production. Thin film solar, for example, will likely cut the cost of solar power dramatically. But it is not quite fully commericalized yet.
Second, it is expensive because we compare it to other ways of producing electricity, like coal. Coal is very very cheap. So in comparison, solar seems very expensive. Ground beef is an expensive food if you compare it to pasta. But compared to lobster, its quite cheap.
Once our energy costs increase, as they certainly will, then solar energy will seem less and less expensive.