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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 house owners to use the sun to power everyday life: running your a/c unit, washing clothing, watching TELEVISION, cooking dinner. All while lowering your carbon footprint, and without burning fossil fuels or putting a stress on the electrical grid. And while the environmental advantages of solar power are substantial, many residents find that the benefit, unique functions, and cost savings of owning a solar power system are even more alluring.
Leading Advantages of Solar Energy
#1 Considerably reduce or even eliminate your electrical bills
Whether you're a house owner, business, or not-for-profit, electricity costs can comprise a large portion of your month-to-month costs. With a solar panel system, you'll produce 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 reduce your energy costs and you'll still save a lot of cash.
#2 Earn a fantastic return on your investment
Solar panels aren't an expense-- they are among the very best methods to invest, with returns matching those of more conventional financial investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to substantial electricity bill savings, the average American homeowner pays off their photovoltaic panel system in seven to 8 years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Protect versus increasing energy costs
One of the most clear cut benefits of photovoltaic panels is the capability to hedge utility prices. In the past 10 years, property electricity rates have increased by an average of 3 percent every year. By investing in a solar energy system now, you can repair your electrical power rate and protect versus unpredictable increases in electrical energy expenses. If you're a service or property owner with fluctuating capital, going solar likewise helps you much better forecast and handle your expenditures.
#4 Boost your house worth
Numerous research studies have discovered that homes geared up with solar energy systems have higher home values and offer quicker 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 become 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 part of accomplishing energy independence in the United States. By increasing our capability to produce electrical energy from the sun, we can also insulate our country from price fluctuations in global energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and assist your local economy
Inning accordance with The Solar Foundation, the solar industry included jobs at a rate nearly 12 times faster than the total U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all tasks in the country. This growth is anticipated to continue. Due to the fact that solar-related jobs have the tendency to be higher paying and can not be contracted out, they are a considerable factor to the U.S. economy.
#7 Safeguard the environment
Solar is an excellent method to minimize your carbon footprint. Buildings are responsible for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the U.S., and going solar can significantly decrease that number. A common property photovoltaic panel system will remove three to 4 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 obligation are crucial elements of an organization's culture and values. They also produce bottom line outcomes. Increasingly, customers and communities are recognizing and rewarding businesses that opt to run responsibly. Companies are discovering that "green" credentials are an effective motorist of consumer buying decisions, producing goodwill and improving service results.
#9 Start Saving from Day 1
Solar purchase power contracts (PPAs) and solar leasing has actually made it possible for house owners to go solar for little or no cash down.
Many property owners decide to finance their solar panels with one of the "pay-as-you-go" funding options. This means that a third-party business-- the solar supplier-- owns the solar system and takes care of installation, maintenance, monitoring and repairs. You merely pay the solar company for electrical energy-- less than you would've paid the utility 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 energy business are notorious for their varying and unreliable electricity costs. There is plainly an upward trend.
With solar panels and basic math, we can compute what does it cost? electricity will be produced, and most notably, at exactly what rate, for a minimum of 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
What Is The Energy Efficiency Of Passive And Active Solar Energy?
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I don't know how to state this in measurable terms like kilowatts or BTU's; you might want to ask a physicist that.
Passive soar energy (such as filling black plastic barrels near windows (in the N hemisphere these windows would have to be facing South) would absorb heat from the Sun during the daytime and release it at night. This is very inexpensive to set up, but the barrels take up a lot of room.
People I knew in Maine dug the foundation for their house directly into the side of a hill. Their house had only one external wall facing south. On most days they received enough solar energy to stay toasty. On really cold days and nights they had to burn small amounts of wood in their cooking stove.
I think this was the most energy efficient home I've ever seen.
Solar panels are relatively expensive, but now companies are producing flexible solar sheets, which are much more adaptable for home use. I'm not sure of their cost either. Usually solar power is photovoltaic - it takes solar energy and concerts it to electricity. The surplus must be stored, and that usually means at least a maritime battery, an expensive unit.
A good source for solar energy is Popular Science magazine.
Of The Alternative Energy Sources You Learned About In Lesson 1, Which One Do You Think Should Be Used The Most In Your Area, And Why? If The Alternative Energy Source You Choose Is Already Used The Most In Your Area, Explain Why You Think It Is Used So Widely. Talk About Any Features Of Your Area That Influenced Your Decision, Such As The Climate, Features Of The Land, Or Other Factors. (4-8 Sentences. 6.0 Points)
Of the alternative energy sources I learned in Lesson 1, I think solar power should be used the most in my area. This year's summer was especially hot, using solar plants would make use of the sunlight instead of letting that power go to waste. Solar energy also doesn't require any large moving parts, which is a major disadvantage of wind energy. Solar plants also produce the least noise pollution because there aren't many mechanical parts. Solar energy is currently not used the most in my area, but I hope in the near future it would be.
Why Renewable Energy?
Why Should We Use Renewable Energy Over Fossil Fuels Or Non Renewable Energy. Please Five Details And Reasons.
Hey Rick, there are several reasons, I will try to highlight a few.
If you invest properly in solar or wind power today and take advantage of any grants and tax incentives, even if your electric rates do not go up as they are forecast too, you will get your money back over time, well within the lifetime of the equipment, and sooner if there is a rate increase in the future. There are also enviromental benefits. At one time there was an argument that a solar panel will never produce as much power as was used to manufacture it. First of all, this is not correct. The, "Embodied Energy," in a solar panel is earned back in 2 - 6 years, depending on the type panel, where the raw materials were shipped from, and how it was installed and used in the end. Most panels are warrantied to last at least 25 years, and most last much longer than that. But the argument is not important anyway. We have been living with electricity for over a century now, so it isn't going away anytime soon. The question is, "What is the best way to produce it?" If you build a panel, and put it along side a similar sized natural gas fired turbine generator for example, which earns back its embodied energy sooner? The answer is the gas turbine never does, because once you build it, ship it and install it, you now have to feed it natural gas for the rest of its life, so it keeps on digging itself a deeper and deeper embodied energy hole that it can never crawl out of. At least the panel has a chance to get even environmentally. So manufacturing and using solar panels in the end releases less pollution into our environment. The same basic argument exists for wind power as well.
There are also mechanical and political benefits. We all know after the oil embargo of 1973, and the gulf war what it means for our country to rely on foreign oil. Wouldn't it be nice if we only shipped in 20% of our energy instead of 60% the next time something like that happens? Our home has been powered by the wind and sun for years now, but we still remain connected to the electric grid. Last year alone there were two power failures in our county that lasted about a half day each. In both cases, we were not aware of them because our solar array kept on feeding the house. It's difficult to put a price tag on something like that. Did you know that there are over 100,000 homes and businesses in the United States alone that use some level of wind or solar power to operate their electrical devices, that's good news.
Beyond the mechanical, political and environmental benefits however, lies a less obvious benefit, the social benefit. Right now we pump oil out of the ground, and mine for coal. The process of getting those materials to market involves shipping, military escorts and other activities that use up a good portion of that energy as well as putting lives at risk. Jobs in solar power are higher tech than jobs in coal mining, oil drilling and shipping, and there are more of them. Using more solar and wind power would require us to put more people to work, and increase our education base because the work involved requires certain skills. I would personally like to take all those people out of the coal mines, send them to school and put them to work building solar panels. Nobody would have to die again in one of those dark holes in the ground trying to find food for our hungry power plants. They could work on a factory floor where they would not be exposed to coal dust, radon and other toxins and dangers. Most of our solar and wind resources are spread pretty evenly over the middle half of our globe, so everyone has access. This puts people in Bogota on a more equal footing with people in Boca Raton by giving them access to electricity, heat and clean water, and the education to use the solar resources that provide those things. Oil, coal and natural gas is generally piled up in a few places, such as Russia and the Middle East. This gives those countries and the richer governments that rule them more horse power in bargaining for the other resources of our planet. These are the things that wars are made of.
There are other reasons, but I think you get the picture. For us, renewable energy has become something of a hobby. It will probably never save us any real money, utility power in most places is really very inexpensive, but it's a little like growing your own tomatoes. It's usually cheaper to buy them at the grocery, but lots of people go to the work and expense to maintain a garden instead. We just grow electrons in ours. If you really want to learn more about the subject, there are some great sources to look into, I will list some below. Good luck, and take care, Rudydoo
Renewable Energy Limitations?
Explain The Limitations Of Electrical Energy Production Created Exclusively By Renewable Energy Sources
They are not reliable.
solar energy is available only when the sun shines.
Wind energy only when the wind is blowing
tidal energy only at the peak of the tide.
fuel from corn takes away food from a starving world.
Trees are very limited in amounts and time to grow back.
And they all require locations that maximize those variations.
But the power demand is continuous.
What Is Solar Energy?
What Is It About And What Is Happening It The Planet
Solar energy is energy from the sun.
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