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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 air conditioning system, cleaning clothing, watching TV, cooking dinner. All while decreasing your carbon footprint, and without burning fossil fuels or putting a stress on the electrical grid. And while the ecological advantages of solar power are significant, numerous residents discover that the benefit, distinct features, and cost savings of owning a solar power system are even more alluring.
Top 10 Benefits of Solar Energy
#1 Considerably reduce or even eliminate your electrical bills
Whether you're a property owner, organization, or not-for-profit, electricity costs can make up a large portion of your month-to-month expenditures. With a photovoltaic panel system, you'll create complimentary power for your system's whole 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you do not produce One Hundred Percent of the energy you take in, solar will minimize your utility expenses and you'll still conserve a great deal of cash.
#2 Make a terrific return on your financial investment
Photovoltaic panels aren't an expenditure-- they're one of the best ways to invest, with returns matching those of more traditional investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to significant electrical energy bill cost savings, the typical American property owner pays off their solar panel system in seven to eight years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Protect against rising energy expenses
One of the most clear cut benefits of photovoltaic panels is the ability to hedge energy prices. In the past 10 years, residential electricity rates have actually gone up by approximately 3 percent annually. By buying a solar energy system now, you can fix your electrical power rate and safeguard against unforeseeable increases in electrical power costs. If you're a company or house owner with fluctuating capital, going solar likewise assists you better projection and handle your expenses.
#4 Increase your house value
Numerous research studies have actually discovered that homes equipped with solar energy systems have higher residential or commercial property worths and offer more quickly than non-solar homes. 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 educated about solar, need for homes equipped with solar panel systems will continue to grow.
#5 Increase U.S. energy self-reliance
The sun is a near-infinite source of energy and an essential component of attaining energy independence in the United States. By increasing our capacity to create electrical energy from the sun, we can also insulate our nation from rate changes in international energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and help your local economy
Inning accordance with The Solar Foundation, the solar market added tasks at a rate nearly 12 times faster than the total U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all jobs in the country. 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 contracted out, they are a substantial factor to the United States economy.
#7 Secure the environment
Solar is an excellent way to decrease your carbon footprint. Buildings are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the United States, and going solar can significantly decrease that number. A common domestic solar panel system will get rid of three to four loads of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees yearly.
#8 Demonstrate your dedication to sustainability
Sustainability and business social obligation are necessary components of an organization's culture and values. They also produce bottom line results. Progressively, customers and communities are acknowledging and rewarding companies that opt to operate properly. Companies are discovering that "green" credentials are an effective chauffeur of consumer getting choices, developing goodwill and enhancing organisation outcomes.
#9 Start Saving from Day 1
Solar purchase power agreements (PPAs) and solar leasing has made it possible for homeowners to go solar for little or no money down.
Lots of house owners opt to fund their photovoltaic panels with among the "pay-as-you-go" financing alternatives. This indicates that a third-party company-- the solar provider-- owns the solar system and takes care of installation, upkeep, tracking and repair works. You merely pay the solar provider for electrical power-- 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 Financial investment
The utility companies are well-known for their changing and unreliable electricity costs. There is plainly an upward pattern.
With photovoltaic panels and simple math, we can calculate what does it cost? electrical power will be created, and most notably, at exactly what cost, for at least the next Twenty Years (repaired 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
Question About Solar Panels?
If A Solar Panel (Using 36 3X6 Solar Cells) Puts Out 60 Watts, How Many Panels Would I Need (For A House) If I Use A Max Of 2300 Kwh In A Month? I Checked My Electric Usage For The Past 2 Years And The Kwh Is Usually Lower But I Wanted To Use The Most Kwh Used (2300) For My Question. Thanks!
Something to keep in mind is that modern solar electric works _alongside_ the grid, so you don't need to displace your entire 2300 kWh. The best financial return, if any, might come at a point where you generate only 500, 1000, or 1500 kWh per month.
How many panels you need strongly depends on your location. Speaking for the location of my house in San Jose, Ca, that amount of usage would be about a 12 kW array, and if you divide 60 into that, you get 200 panels. In a perfect location, you would need slightly less, in a northern state, you might need double that. If this was a real project, you would probably not use 60-watt panels. The choice of panels is not simply a matter of getting enough watts.
12 kW is a large system today for residential. The usual advice is to go for energy efficiency first, then consider solar after the usage is down.
Solar Panels For Home Use?
What Are The Different Applications For Solar Panels For Residential Use? How Many Should I Purchase If The Avg Panel Produces 180 Watts .
Let me start off by saying we (my family and I) live completely, 100% “off of the grid and are completely self sufficient”
The house is built utilizing natures natural elements, in the shape of an octagon with 8ft wide arch doors on every wall to catch every angle of wind (typical 4 sided homes have half the chance as one with 8 sides. A circle being the most efficient design). Woodburning stoves, solar chimney, solar AC, solar heating, solar water heating (pool and home), solar stove, solar power, wind power, hydrogen powered back up generator, hydrogen back up water heater, hydrogen stove, 2 hydrogen powered trucks, 1 EV (electric vehicle) and satellite internet.
There are no utility lines, no water lines, no roads, tv, cell service, etc. on our ranch. EVERYTHING needed is produced here. All electricity comes from 27 solar panels, 2 main wind gens and a back hydrogen generator if needed (typically we can last 9 days with all luxuries of sunless windless weather, hasn't happened yet). Water is caught and storaged from the rain. Hot water is made with solar batch water heaters with an on-demand hydrogen hot water heater as backup. Even our vehicles use alternative energy (2 hydrogen trucks, 1 EV electric vehicle converted). Because of this we have no bills, no debt and no mortgage.
The fallowing steps were taking directly out of a DIY guide I offer to those who would like to run their homes on solar power safely, reducing their monthly utility bills or even selling power back the the electrical companies. The entire guide is available at www agua-luna com. Its pretty simple but if you have any problems feel free to contact me directly I can walk you threw the process.
Materials you will need
A sheet of copper flashing from the hardware store. This normally costs about $5.00 per square foot. We will need about half a square foot.
Two alligator clip leads.
A sensitive micro-ammeter that can read currents between 10 and 50 microamperes. Radio Shack sells small LCD multimeters that will do, but I used a small surplus meter with a needle.
An electric stove. My kitchen stove is gas, so I bought a small one-burner electric hotplate for about $25. The little 700 watt burners probably won't work -- mine is 1100 watts, so the burner gets red hot.
A large clear plastic bottle off of which you can cut the top. I used a 2 liter spring water bottle. A large mouth glass jar will also work.
Table salt. We will want a couple tablespoons of salt.
Sand paper or a wire brush on an electric drill.
Sheet metal shears for cutting the copper sheet.
The first step is to cut a piece of the copper sheeting that is about the size of the burner on the stove. Wash your hands so they don't have any grease or oil on them. Then wash the copper sheet with soap or cleanser to get any oil or grease off of it. Use the sandpaper or wire brush to thoroughly clean the copper sheeting, so that any sulphide or other light corrosion is removed.
Next, place the cleaned and dried copper sheet on the burner and turn the burner to its highest setting.
As the copper starts to heat up, you will see beautiful oxidation patterns begin to form. Oranges, purples, and reds will cover the copper.
As the copper gets hotter, the colors are replaced with a black coating of cupric oxide. This is not the oxide we want, but it will flake off later, showing the reds, oranges, pinks, and purples of the cuprous oxide layer underneath.
The last bits of color disappear as the burner starts to glow red.
When the burner is glowing red-hot, the sheet of copper will be coated with a black cupric oxide coat. Let it cook for a half an hour, so the black coating will be thick. This is important, since a thick coating will flake off nicely, while a thin coat will stay stuck to the copper.
After the half hour of cooking, turn off the burner. Leave the hot copper on the burner to cool slowly. If you cool it too quickly, the black oxide will stay stuck to the copper.
As the copper cools, it shrinks. The black cupric oxide also shrinks. But they shrink at different rates, which makes the black cupric oxide flake off.
The little black flakes pop off the copper with enough force to make them fly a few inches. This means a little more cleaning effort around the stove, but it is fun to watch.
When the copper has cooled to room temperature (this takes about 20 minutes), most of the black oxide will be gone. A light scrubbing with your hands under running water will remove most of the small bits. Resist the temptation to remove all of the black spots by hard scrubbing or by flexing the soft copper. This might damage the delicate red cuprous oxide layer we need to make to solar cell work.
Cut another sheet of copper about the same size as the first one. Bend both pieces gently, so they will fit into the plastic bottle or jar without touching one another. The cuprous oxide coating that was facing up on the burner is usually the best side to face outwards in the jar, because it has the smoothest, cleanest surface.
Attach the two alligator clip leads, one to the new copper plate, and one to the cuprous oxide coated plate. Connect the lead from the clean copper plate to the positive terminal of the meter. Connect the lead from the cuprous oxide plate to the negative terminal of the meter.
Now mix a couple tablespoons of salt into some hot tap water. Stir the saltwater until all the salt is dissolved. Then carefully pour the saltwater into the jar, being careful not to get the clip leads wet. The saltwater should not completely cover the plates -- you should leave about an inch of plate above the water, so you can move the solar cell around without getting the clip leads wet.
now place in the sun with the magnefied on top.
The solar cell is a battery, even in the dark, and will usually show a few microamps of current.
That’s it it’s that simple. If you’d a more detailed process and some pics (ouldn’t put them here) it’s available along with some other DIY alternative energy projects at www agua-luna com
Hope this helped, feel free to contact me personally if you have any questions if you’d like assistance in making your first self sufficient steps, I’m willing to walk you step by step threw the process. I’ve written several how-to DIY guides available at www agua-luna com on the subject. I also offer online and on-site workshops, seminars and internships to help others help the environment.
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What Is A Solar Panel Made Of?
The solar panels consist of photovoltaic cells that utilize the photoelectric effect to change sunlight into energy. The photovoltaic cell, or solar cell, is made of a semiconductor, which absorbs some of the energy when a photon from the light hits it. The photon knocks an electron loose in the semiconductor and allows it to flow freely. The free flowing electrons are directed by some electric field, creating a current.
Which Solar Panel Do I Need?
I Have A Electric Trolling Motor That Has A Big Battery (I Cant Remeber What Kind). I Am Mad When Fishing Is Good, But No Juice To It. What Solar Pannel Do I Need?
You can set your trolling motor battery to charge off your motor. You can also install a solar panel to charge it but to know how big you will need to talk to some one, knowing your battery capacity is important so you can size the panel to the battery.
Solar Panel Energy For My Home?
I'M Interested In Solar Panel Energy For My Home Instead Of Paying An Energy Bill, What Would I Need To Get Started And How Would I Begin?
The first thing to ask yourself is: is your house energy efficient? If not, you're way better off spending the $25,000 it'll take to get solar panels on things like efficient appliances, new windows and doors, and properly insulating your home. You'll save more money and be just as good for the environment. Also, by making your home more efficient you'll reduce energy needs and thus be able to cover a greater percentage of your energy needs with solar if you do get it. Only once you have made your house as energy efficient as possible should you consider solar.