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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 a/c unit, washing clothing, enjoying TV, cooking supper. All while minimizing your carbon footprint, and without burning nonrenewable fuel sources or putting a stress on the electrical grid. And while the environmental advantages of solar power are considerable, many property owners find that the convenience, unique features, and cost savings of owning a solar power system are much more attractive.
Top 10 Advantages of Solar Energy
#1 Significantly lower or even remove your electrical expenses
Whether you're a homeowner, service, or not-for-profit, electrical energy expenses can make up a big part of your regular monthly expenditures. With a photovoltaic panel system, you'll create totally free power for your system's entire 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you do not produce 100 percent of the energy you consume, solar will reduce your utility expenses and you'll still save a lot of money.
#2 Make a terrific return on your investment
Photovoltaic panels aren't a cost-- they're one of the very best methods to invest, with returns matching those of more traditional investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to significant electrical power bill cost savings, the average American homeowner settles their photovoltaic panel system in seven to eight years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Secure versus rising energy costs
One of the most clear cut advantages of photovoltaic panels is the capability to hedge utility rates. In the previous 10 years, domestic electrical energy costs have gone up by an average of 3 percent each year. By purchasing a solar energy system now, you can repair your electrical energy rate and safeguard against unpredictable increases in electricity expenses. If you're a business or house owner with ever-changing cash circulation, going solar likewise helps you much better projection and manage your expenses.
#4 Boost your home value
Numerous research studies have found that houses geared up with solar energy systems have greater residential or commercial property worths and sell quicker 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, need for residential or commercial properties 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 crucial component of achieving energy self-reliance in the United States. By increasing our capacity to generate electricity from the sun, we can also insulate our country from cost variations in global energy markets.
#6 Develop jobs and help your local economy
Inning accordance with The Solar Structure, the solar industry included jobs at a rate almost 12 times faster than the general U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all jobs in the nation. This development is anticipated to continue. Due to the fact that solar-related tasks have the tendency to be greater paying and can not be outsourced, they are a significant factor to the United States economy.
#7 Safeguard the environment
Solar is a fantastic way to minimize your carbon footprint. Structures are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the United States, and going solar can substantially decrease that number. A common property solar panel system will remove 3 to 4 heaps of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees annually.
#8 Show your dedication to sustainability
Sustainability and business social responsibility are essential components of an organization's culture and values. They likewise produce bottom line outcomes. Progressively, customers and communities are acknowledging and rewarding organisations that opt to run properly. Organisations are discovering that "green" credentials are a powerful chauffeur of customer purchasing decisions, creating goodwill and improving organisation results.
#9 Start Conserving from Day 1
Solar purchase power arrangements (PPAs) and solar leasing has actually made it possible for homeowners to go solar for little or no cash down.
Many property owners decide to fund their photovoltaic panels with among the "pay-as-you-go" funding alternatives. This suggests that a third-party company-- the solar company-- owns the planetary system and looks after setup, maintenance, monitoring and repair works. You merely pay the solar supplier for electrical power-- less than you would've paid the energy business.
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 companies are well-known for their varying and unreliable electrical energy costs. There is plainly an upward pattern.
With solar panels and easy math, we can determine just how much electrical power will be created, and most significantly, at exactly what rate, for at least the next 20 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
Has America Lost It'S Innovation Edge?
Government Funding Of Basic Research Has Been Astonishingly Productive. Over The Past Five Decades It Has Led To The Development Of The Internet, Lasers, Global Positioning Satellites, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Dna Sequencing, And Hundreds Of Other Technologies.
With The End Of The Cold War, Americans Stopped Worrying About The Soviet Threat And, As A Result, Research & Development Funding For Applied Science Plummeted, Dropping 40 Percent In The 1990S. It Has Picked Up Since Then, But The Government'S Share Of Overall R&D Spending Remains Near Its All-Time Low. And While Corporations Still Spend On R&D, They Do Not Fund The Kind Of Basic Research That Leads To Breakthroughs.
China Has Declared That 60 Percent Of Its Gdp Will Be Related To Science And Technology Within Two Decades.
Can Abstinence Only And Creationism Education Save Us From A Bleak Future?
America'S Decline Is Most Evident In The One Realm Of High Technology Where The U.S. Government Has, Until Recently, Seemed Most Uninterested: Energy. The Three Most Important Areas Where Current Technology Could Yield Big Results Are Solar, Wind, And Battery Production (The Latter Because The Energy Has To Be Stored Somewhere). According To The Investment Bank Lazard Frères, The World'S Largest Wind-Turbine Manufacturer (By Revenue) Is A U.S. Company: General Electric. But The Other Nine Companies Among The Top 10 Are Scattered Around The World, Including Germany (Nordex), Denmark (Vestas), India (Suzlon), And Spain (Acciona).
The Situation In Solar Is Similar: U.S. Companies Take Up Two Slots On The Top-10 List (First Solar At No. 2, And Sunpower At No. 7), But Japan And China Both Occupy Three Slots.
Without dumping on Reagan personally, my take on this is that we reached a point in his administration where private wealth and public poverty became a virtue. At the same time the needs of the rapidly expanding multinational corporations were catered to and the needs of the American wage earner were ignored. Tax breaks for corporations led these corporations to use their wealth to invest in overseas production and used the American consumer as a dumping ground for that production. Worse, the Reagan administration and the GOP in general supported Big Oil and coal and ignored and even laughed at newly emerging power technologies like wind and solar. Right there we lost a generation of new technology, not to mention hundreds of thousands of good union jobs. The American public, urged on by right wing radio...a product of the Reagan administration, sold out their productive birthright for 'Everyday Low Prices'. We bought on credit, they sold for cash. We built up a massive, bloated WW2 type military, the Chinese invested our dollars in the future. We believed that 'communism' couldn't compete. We were wrong. Now we find ourselves broke and reliant on coal and oil to keep the lights on and the wheels on the road even as the cost of keeping the lights on rises beyond the means of many of our citizens and the roads and highways fall apart from neglect. Bill Clinton saw this clearly, as does Barack Obama. Clinton was brought down, Obama is fighting for his life and the working people of United States now stare permanent poverty in the face, sold out by the profit mongers that exported our future for a few dollars more. I still have high hopes for Barack, but my gut tells me that his administration is a last ditch stand, the Alamo of our national existence. We're broke, the Chinese are rich. Money talks and bull #$%^ walks. It didn't have to be this way. Lenin said that on the day that we hang the capitalists they'll be the ones who sell us the rope. Something to think about!
Without Global Warming Subsidies, How Much Would Solar Power Cost Per Kilowatt Hour?
A somewhat dated source, but this should give you an idea as to just how big a mistake solar energy is.
"At the Pacific Northwest Regional Economic Conference this year, one utility energy planner reported that solar costs about 80 cents per kilowatt hour (kwh) compared to the national average of about 10 cents per kwh.
Then why is solar popular? Huge taxpayer subsidies hide the actual cost. Other renewables receive a subsidy of about one cent per kwh, solar energy receives about 96 cents per kwh. We pay solar’s cost in the form of taxes instead of as electric rates.
A new study co-authored by William Nordhaus, a man Krugman calls a “mentor,” noted how ineffective subsides are, saying “very little if any GHG reductions are achieved at substantial cost.”"
What Are Areas That Can Be Improved Or Limitations Of A Solar Panel?
If you are talking about design, then increasing energy density would be the main objective - getting more out for the same surface area. This has already happened from the early days, and has also happened to battery design fairly recently, but there is room for more I think.
One way of increasing the surface area is to form prisms. By angling the corners and using a prism then the sunlight gets split two ways onto the larger surface area. Instead of one big one it can be an array of smaller strips.
Another way is to focus sunlight from another area onto the same panel. If you think of using tracking technology to use mirrors from the area next to the panels you will effectively get 2x the sunlight onto the panel, or maybe 4x if you use more mirrors.
Next - These things get hot! This is not god for the longevity of the design, so water cooled panels may be next - and provide homes with free hot water as well as power.
Storage. At present the only way to store energy from panels is in large lead acid batteries, or other similar wet type batteries. But these panels are large enough to contain their own lithium flat battery - so they could store the energy they produce within the panel themselves. Thus they could regulate their own output and provide energy on tap when needed - whether it is day or night.
Many systems do not make use of the very low light levels, and only start to convert power when they reach a limit. For example a simple car battery solar charger may be designed for a peak of 14v, but when the panel is only giving out 6v it does nothing. By using a boost circuit this power could be utilised at the low light levels.
More room for development is in transparent panels. These may not be as efficient, but if they are able to replace glass - then they win by larger surface areas.
Renewable Vs. Nonrenewable: Briefly Distinguish Between These Two Types Of Energy.?
I Already Know What Is The Difference But I Would Like Other Points Of View To Make My Answer More Accurate...Thanks For Your Help By The Way.
Renewable energy effectively utilizes natural resources such as sunlight, wind, tides and geothermal heat, which are naturally replenished. Renewable energy technologies range from solar power, wind power, and hydroelectricity to biomass and biofuels for transportation.
A non-renewable resource is a natural resource that cannot be re-made, re-grown or regenerated on a scale comparative to its consumption. It exists in a fixed amount that is being renewed or is used up faster than it can be made by nature. Fossil fuels (such as coal, petroleum and natural gas) and nuclear power are non-renewable resources, as they do not naturally re-form at a rate that makes the way we use them sustainable and consumer materials to produce electricity
Photosynthesis Is Used By Plants And A Semiconductor Based Solar Cell Both Harness Solar Energy?
Photosynthesis Is Used By Plants And A Semiconductor-Based Solar Cell Both Harness Solar Energy. What Are Three Ways These Two Systems Are Similar And Three Ways They Are Different?
Also What Is Thermodynamics And How Does It Apply To Each System?
Absorb solar energy
Transform into useful from
Best oreinted perpendicular to suns rays
chemical vs electrical
self produced vs factory produced
ridged vs fexable
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