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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 use the sun to power everyday life: running your a/c, cleaning clothing, watching TV, cooking dinner. All while decreasing 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 substantial, many home owners find that the benefit, unique functions, and cost savings of owning a solar power system are much more alluring.
Top Ten Benefits of Solar Energy
#1 Drastically minimize or even eliminate your electrical expenses
Whether you're a homeowner, business, or not-for-profit, electricity expenses can comprise a large part of your monthly costs. With a photovoltaic panel system, you'll create 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 lower your energy bills and you'll still save a great deal of money.
#2 Earn a fantastic return on your financial investment
Photovoltaic panels aren't an expenditure-- they are among the very best ways to invest, with returns measuring up to those of more conventional financial investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to considerable electricity expense savings, the typical American property owner pays off their photovoltaic panel system in seven to eight years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Protect versus increasing energy expenses
Among the most clear cut benefits of photovoltaic panels is the ability to hedge energy costs. In the previous 10 years, residential electrical energy prices have actually increased by an average of 3 percent yearly. By purchasing a solar energy system now, you can repair your electricity rate and safeguard against unpredictable increases in electrical energy costs. If you're a business or homeowner with ever-changing money flow, going solar likewise helps you better forecast and handle your costs.
#4 Boost your home value
Multiple research studies have actually found that homes equipped with solar energy systems have greater residential or commercial property values and sell faster than non-solar homes. Appraisers are progressively taking solar setups into factor to consider as they value homes at the time of a sale, and as homebuyers end up being more educated about solar, demand for properties geared up with solar panel systems will continue to grow.
#5 Increase U.S. energy independence
The sun is a near-infinite source of energy and a crucial part of achieving energy independence in the United States. By increasing our capability to create electricity from the sun, we can also insulate our nation from price fluctuations in international energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and assist your local economy
According to The Solar Foundation, the solar industry included tasks at a rate nearly 12 times faster than the overall U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all tasks in the nation. This growth is anticipated to continue. Because solar-related jobs have the tendency to be higher paying and can not be contracted out, they are a considerable contributor to the U.S. economy.
#7 Secure the environment
Solar is a terrific way to minimize your carbon footprint. Structures are responsible for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the United States, and going solar can considerably decrease that number. A common domestic solar panel system will remove three to 4 lots of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees each year.
#8 Demonstrate your dedication to sustainability
Sustainability and corporate social duty are very important components of an organization's culture and values. They also produce bottom line results. Progressively, customers and communities are acknowledging and rewarding companies that decide to operate properly. Businesses are discovering that "green" credentials are an effective driver of consumer buying decisions, producing goodwill and improving business outcomes.
#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 money down.
Many homeowners decide to finance their solar panels with one of the "pay-as-you-go" funding choices. This suggests that a third-party business-- the solar supplier-- owns the solar system and takes care of installation, upkeep, monitoring and repairs. You simply pay the solar supplier for electricity-- less than you would've paid the utility company.
As of June 2013, 75% of all American houses have access to pay-as-you-go solar.
#10. Solar is a Secure Investment
The utility companies are infamous for their changing and unreliable electrical power costs. There is clearly an upward pattern.
With solar panels and simple mathematics, we can compute what does it cost? electrical energy will be produced, and most notably, at exactly what rate, for at least the next Twenty Years (fixed 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
Solar Power ???
I Would Like To Install Solar Power To My House To So I Dont Have To Rely On Electric Companies Any More, Would I Be Able To Be 100% Self Reliant Just Using Panels And Where Can I Get More Information From?Does Any One Have Information On This?
In order to figure out if you could be entirely self reliant for your energy needs using solar power, a whole study would have to be done. This study would include the projected "radiation gain" from your location, the number and position of panels, your normal energy usage, etc. It is unlikely to be free of the "Big Companies" with just solar panels.
You also could consider many small windmills as an addition to the Solar Panels. Another thing to consider is the way your house, with it's main large windows faces, it is north, east, south or north?
One thing that is incredibly cost effective is Geo Thermal Heat or cooling. If you have the land, you can dig up an area and place pipes in the ground a few feet deep. . .again, it depends on where you are located. The piping system gets connected to another piping system that runs throught the floors of your house. The temperature in the ground after you go down a few feet should be about a constant 50 degrees. With the pipes connected to the ones in the ground, you use a small pump (that can be powered by solar or wind) to move the water throughout the floors of your house. In the winter, heating the water from the pipes outside to 70 degrees from 50 degrees is much cheaper than any other way of heating your house. In the summer the coolness of the 50 degree temperature water running through the pipes in the floor will really help keep the house cool.
Ideally, a house that is going to be energy efficient should be built with these ideas in mind, but it still can be done to a good sustainable amount in an older house too! Enlarging some windows, shrinking others, etc can also really help to make your house more energy efficient.
There is another source of geothermal energy, but I don't know if you will require permits, but that is to dig a fairly small hole, way down into the Earth. In many places of the Earth there is a tremendous amount of Steam that could be tapped. Just one small pipe, put in the right place could be harnassed to supply you with enough energy to power your house for many decades.
In many places on Earth the Energy Companies MUST buy any excess energy from you.
Many countries will actually subsidize the purchase of all these types of Alternative Energy Systems.
So, depending on how you place the Solar Panels, and how many you can put on your property, it can be well worth it. And keep in mind that the other methods combined could make your house totally independent, but incase of failure of one of your systems you should always remain a 'customer' of you local energy company.
There are also many other things you can do to reduce your usage of Electicity!
Have fun with your project!
Solar Power, Number Of Panels Needed?
I Visited A Site That Has A Solar Panel Calculator To Calculate The Number Of Panels I Need To Power The House. It Said I Would Need Enough To Produce About 16,000 Watts. I Don'T Understand This As The Inverter I Plan To Use Would Only Require 12 Volts Dc. If I Send 16,000 Watts From All Those Panels Into The Charge Controller, It Would Be Reduced To 12 Volts Dc Before Going To The Inverter. It Seems To Me That If The Inverter Requires Only 12 Volts Dc, I Could Use Just Enough Panels To Keep The Batteries Charged And Feed The Inverter It'S 12 Volts Dc.
As I Understand It, The Solar Panels Don'T Power The House, The Inverter Does. So If I Get A 5000 Watt Inverter And Feed It The Required 12 Volts Won'T I Get 5000 Watts Out Of It. My Question In A Nut Shell Is: Why Do I Need So Many Panels To Power A 12 Volt Inverter And Keep The Batteries Charged?
You seem to be confusing volts and watts, so let's review some definitions:
A 'volt' is a unit electrical "pressure". It has its uses but it's a minor player here. In this context, it should be used to see that the parts all match up. And a 26.6 volt panel doesn't sound like a match to a 12 volt inverter! As you probably well know, you don't try to power a 6 volt anything with a 12v battery. You can damage it.
Make sure the inverter can handle the voltage of the panels. Buy the panels first. See the wiki link on inverters.
A 'watt' is a unit of _power_. A computer might take 70 watts. A hair dryer typically consumes 1500 watts. If you run a hair dryer for 2 hours straight, you've used a certain amount of _energy_ and, for our purposes, we can use the term 'kilo watt hours'; the hair dryer would have used 3 kWh (2 hrs x 1500 watts / 1000).
The starting point of your calculation should be your electric bill which'll define how much energy you use per month; the value will be in kWh. I'm starting you here because 16 kW (kilowatts, not kWh) is a lot and I'm suspicious that there's been an error along the way.
Suppose your electric bill says your household used 720 kWh in a peak month. Divide that by (roughly) 30 days and 24 hours/day (720 hours) to find that your average power is 1000 watts (you can see why I chose 720 kWh). So you have to add in some fudge factors to account for overcast days and solar collection inefficiencies. Don't go crazy with the overcast days thing (unless you live on the Oregon coast); I'll return to this topic later. The 'solar collection inefficiencies' result, usually, from the panels not being pointed at the sun all the time - and the sunlight gets weaker as the sun nears the horizon (extinction coefficients...). The solar industry says that, for my latitude of 38 degrees, a stationary solar panel will produce energy as though it got direct sunlight for 4.3 hours. So our 1st fudge factor is 24/4.3 or 5.5; the panels would have to produce 5.5 kW. But wait, there's more...
Everytime you store or retrieve energy from batteries, you lose about 10%. It's a corollary of the "no free lunch" rule. So multiply the 5.5 by 1 / .8 = 6.9 kW. And your inverter might dump 10% of its efforts into heat. 6.9 kW / .9 = 7.7 kW.
7700 watts / 210 w = 37 panels. That's a bunch but this midpoint calculation is just to get an idea of 'near worst case'. So, still ignoring the overcast day issue, we got to about 1/2 of the 16kW. But my starting point of 720 kWh wasn't wimpy. The house that came from has a hot tub, 3 computers, air conditioning in a hot climate etc.
You have options:
1. If you have the land etc, why not have the panels track the sun? You can improve greatly on the 4.3 hour value.
2. Consider only doing part of your house's appliances, the really necessary ones: refrigerator etc. If air conditioning is a major energy sink, look into alternatives (smart vents that let hot air out, for instance).
3. Ebay frequently sells panels for about $2/watt. Pay an expert to make sure you're getting a high quality set of panels. $2/watt x 7700 watts is $15400 and you still need mounting, an inverter, etc. Still way shy of $125000. You could pay the expert $800 and still make out like a bandit.
4. The amount of money considered here is substantial enough for you to consider other sources of energy savings, such as double paned windows, thicker insulation, modern and more efficient air conditioner, refrigerator etc.
Regarding the overcast days, you don't have to just multiply by 2 or whatever. You can make your own "energy plan" such that you gleefully use all solar energy when it's available but use the grid to supplant it when it's overcast. Much of the time, you'll likely have an excess of energy which you can sell to the power company.
In the above, I _presume_ you're not building a house in Timbuktu where there is no power company. Obviously some of your options change for such a locale (but you'd sure have lotsa sun!).
I've also assumed in the above that the solar panels are being kept clean. Another reason to keep them off your roof.
How Much Electricity 3 Bedroom House Use In The Month? I Would Like To Put Solar Panels On The Roof. If Solar?
I F Solar Panels Produce 600 Watts In Hour. It Is Real? It Would Cover Electric Usage?
3 Bedroom House Has 6 Tv, 4 Computers 2 Refrigerators, 6 People, 4 Air Conditioners.
If saving money is your goal, spending on insulation for the house and more efficient air conditioners is a better route to take.
To get your energy usage, check the bill from the electric company. Somewhere on there it should show how many kilowatt-hours (kWh) you used in the month. It is probably a lot, with that kind of appliances.
Since you mention appliances today, I assume you are connected to the grid. The most common kind of system today stays connected to the grid, and uses no batteries. That saves a lot of cost and maintenance.
As a guide, a 3 kW grid-tied system where I live will provide about 550 kWh on average per month. That would not be enough to support a house as you describe, unless the applicances were off most of the time. Such a system will cost about $9000 before rebates, $6000 after the federal tax credit, NOT COUNTING INSTALLATION. 3 kW in fact describes the system that we have had in place since 2006. It takes up 220 square feet, of the 2000 square feet or so of roof that we have.
There are kits sold at various places on the internet.
Are Solar Panels Worth The Expensive Charge In The Beginning?
Solar Panels Are Very Expensive To Purchase And Install. Is It Worth The Hassle In The Beginning, Or Is The Product Too Small To Make A Difference?
Solar panels and associated systems cost a lot to build install and maintain.
You will get years worth of electricity from the grid for the same cost.
It's not worth retrofitting a house with solar. It might be worth building a new house designed for solar energy use depending on where you live in terms of amount and intensity of sunlight as well as the cost of electricity from the grid.
What Is The Most Efficient Type Of Solar Power?
A Parabolic Dish Reflecting Sunlight Onto A Stirling Engine (Or A Similiar Form Of Concentrating Sunlight And Using Heat Energy From That), A Standard Photovaltaic System, A Solar Updraft Tower( The Kind That Places The Turbines At The Edge Of The Base, Not Directly In The Tower, Or The Kind With Both Turbines, Or Even More Throughout The System)
If you are talking strictly making electricity from solar, then a concentrating solar power (CSP) solution is far more efficient than a silicon based solar panel. If you are talking bigger picture, solar water heating and solar air heating are far more efficient than any form of solar electricity.