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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 property owner to utilize the sun to power daily life: running your ac system, washing clothing, viewing TV, cooking supper. All while lowering your carbon footprint, and without burning nonrenewable fuel sources or putting a pressure on the electrical grid. And while the environmental benefits of solar power are considerable, many property owners discover that the benefit, special features, and cost savings of owning a solar power system are even more attractive.
Top 10 Benefits of Solar Energy
#1 Significantly minimize and even eliminate your electrical costs
Whether you're a homeowner, organization, or not-for-profit, electrical energy expenses can comprise a large part of your monthly costs. With a solar panel system, you'll produce 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 costs and you'll still conserve a great deal of loan.
#2 Earn a terrific return on your financial investment
Solar panels aren't a cost-- they are among the very best methods to invest, with returns measuring up to those of more standard investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to significant electrical energy expense cost savings, the average American property owner pays off their photovoltaic panel system in 7 to 8 years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Safeguard against rising energy expenses
Among the most clear cut benefits of photovoltaic panels is the capability to hedge energy costs. In the past 10 years, domestic electrical energy rates have gone up by an average of 3 percent each year. By investing in a solar energy system now, you can fix your electricity rate and safeguard against unpredictable boosts in electricity costs. If you're a business or house owner with rising and falling cash flow, going solar likewise assists you much better forecast and handle your expenditures.
#4 Increase your home or business value
Multiple studies have found that houses geared up with solar energy systems have greater home worths and sell quicker 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 property buyers become more educated about solar, demand for properties equipped with photovoltaic panel systems will continue to grow.
#5 Increase U.S. energy independence
The sun is a near-infinite source of energy and an essential part of attaining energy independence in the United States. By increasing our capacity to generate electrical energy from the sun, we can also insulate our country from cost variations in international energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and assist your local economy
Inning accordance with The Solar Structure, the solar industry included tasks at a rate almost 12 times faster than the total U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all jobs in the nation. This development is expected 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 substantial factor to the U.S. economy.
#7 Protect the environment
Solar is a terrific way to decrease your carbon footprint. Buildings are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the United States, and going solar can considerably reduce that number. A typical property solar panel system will get rid of 3 to four lots of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees each year.
#8 Show your commitment to sustainability
Sustainability and corporate social obligation are crucial elements of a company's culture and worths. They likewise produce bottom line results. Increasingly, customers and neighborhoods are acknowledging and rewarding organisations that opt to operate responsibly. Businesses are discovering that "green" credentials are a powerful driver of consumer getting choices, developing goodwill and enhancing company outcomes.
#9 Start Saving from Day 1
Solar purchase power agreements (PPAs) and solar leasing has made it possible for property owners to go solar for little or no money down.
Numerous property owners decide to fund their photovoltaic panels with among the "pay-as-you-go" financing options. This indicates that a third-party company-- the solar supplier-- owns the planetary system and looks after setup, upkeep, monitoring and repairs. You merely pay the solar provider 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 infamous for their varying and undependable electrical energy rates. There is plainly an upward pattern.
With photovoltaic panels and basic math, we can determine how much electricity will be generated, and most notably, at exactly what rate, 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
Can You Use Fire For Solar Panels To Give Energy?
Well you will get a little energy from it but it would be totally impratical because solar panels work with light and fires make more heat than light. You would be wasting a lot of energy in the form of heat to get a tiny little bit of electricity.
Is Maintaining Solar Panels For All Of Your Electricity Difficult?
How Expensive Is It To Install And Maintain Solar Pannels? How Many Do You Need To Effectively Supply A Whole House? How Does The Storage Of The Energy Work?
No not difficult to maintain. Most array's come with a 20 year warranty that will be covered by your installer. If you get snow or alot of dust, you may have to clear them off but typically, the angle will usually shed the snow and the dust is factored into the original equations to supply the necessary power. (see autonomy below)
Batteries have to be maintained just like in your car. Batteries are built into a "bank" and work as a whole unit. They do make maintenance free AGM's but they also cost a little more. Or you can opt to go without batteries meaning solar during the day, pulling from the power company at night. That will eliminate the cost of batteries, their replacement every 5 years, and the charge controller that regulates the battery bank. Depending on your expected savings, this could be the right choice.
The cost is going to depend on your consumption and the home. Its not always a good fit for everyone so every house is taken on its own standings based on location to the sun and the consumption in the house. Its difficult to nail down a price because there is no "ball park" Each is custom to the home.
Compare two people in the exact model of homes in the same neighborhood. One faces South and one faces East. Panels have to face South for at least 5 hours a day so the one with the natural roof facing that direction can just lay flat on racking but the one facing east needs special racking and brackets to tilt the panels up and away from the roof and towards the south. More cost involved and may include additional structural reinforcement to the trusses.
Also, if a family of 4 lives in 1, and a family of 2 lives in the other, then one is going to use more power to heat water, wash clothes, run the dishwasher more etcetera. The average home is 5Kw but you can check your power bill today and see what your Kw usage is. Also, a home using all electric heat versus someone using natural gas to heat is going to be way more expensive to supply the power to the electric baseboard heaters.
I would use an online solar calculator to see what your specific savings might be and often they can give you an estimated cost.
Your other question how does it work... The house will be calculated on how much energy is needed. This is in AC. The Solar being produced is in DC. A basic no battery will take the electricity from the panels to the Inverter which converts the DC into AC so you can use it. You will get about 77% through the inverter so the DC will be designed to produce more electricity taking that derate (loss) through the inverter into account.
Now, if you want batteries, which are DC just like the panels, you push electricity from the panels into a charge controller, then into the batteries to keep them charged, then out of the batteries into the inverter, and out of the inverter to hook into your meter and then to your panel. When the batteries are fully charged, the charge controller will switch off and push right into the inverter and to your house bypassing the batteries. A good charge controller is essential. If you have extra electricity being produced over and above your consumption needs, it pushes to the power company and you are paid a small credit for this by the power company.
As you draw power at the house through the batteries at night, you wont be pushing any extra.
Systems are designed for 3 days of autonomy meaning batteries are to supply 3 days where no sunlight exists from weather but you want to be careful not to run everything at once so you don't deplete batteries. Once they are discharged to a certain percent, the charge controller stops feeding the house from the batteries (at night or during periods of autonomy) and you will begin to pull power direct from the grid via a new two way meter that comes with the solar install.
Sorry, the Utility will not let you be an island or totally off grid if they have infrastructure in your area.
In my opinion, I would never lease. While attractive to not pay up front, in the long run, it may prove more expensive for you than had you put in your own system. Plus, I have seen some leases that if you sell the home, and the new owner is not willing to take the lease, you then are still obligated for the next up to 30 years for those lease payments. Sour Face!
The upside is, they do all the maintenance including the batteries.
Banks and Appraisers are beginning to recognize the value of renewable systems and Law makers are supporting financing methods to allow homeowners the ability to obtain a system of their choice. Look for Geothermal to make big moves in the next 5 years. It's a great system with the best investment return for your money.
Solar Power For Led Outside Lights?
My Friend Owns A Store Here In Minneapolis Called The Green Goober.
Her Sign Does Not Light Up At Night Very Well, And She Needs More Light... Shes Looking To Put Up Led Lights And Solar Panels Strictly To Power Them.
Does Anyone Know Where To Find Such A Think/How Much Wattage Led Lights Need?
Any Help Is Greatly Appreciated
Of course, night lights can only be powered by solar by having batteries to hold the power from day to night. Practically, that means using standard 12 volt panels with a charging regulator. The solar panel is rated in watts, but the amount of sun in Minneapolis in winter is rather low, so a store selling them is going to have to provide data on output there. The nights are long, which means more batteries for storage and more charging each day. LED floods and area lights are not that common, so no real answer is possible - unless she plans on outlining the sign parts with individual LED's Power of those can range from a few watts way, way, down.
Will This Solar Panel Charge My Iphone 4S?
Hey Im Wanting To Charge My Iphone 4S With This Solar Panel, Is It Possible? And If Not, What Needs To Be Changed In The Product To Make It Possible To Do So?
Apple has a concept called a Lightning Port. Basically the manufacturer of a product that wishes to connect to the new iPhones or tablets power system must license a protocol from Apple. The generic chargers which just provides USB power may work on older Apples so they may work on your 4s but I wouldn't trust the one in your link as it's just not enough power. Indeed none of the portable mobile solar chargers have enough power except for the fold out camping ones. For a mobile solar charger, look for one with a lithium battery which is at least as large if not much larger than the one in your phone, the charge will really come from the battery, the solar panels would only trickle charge the battery, most of the power will be from charging up the battery pack at home. If you pick one with too small a battery, your phone will wind up charging the charger.
How Do I Turn On My Pool Pump Using The Sun. Only Want Pump To Run When The Sun Is Out.?
This Pump Is Running Solar Panels To Heat My Pool Only When The Sun Is Out.
Solar panels for pools are just to heat the water from the sun. They don't generate any electricity. The first answer is correct, just use a timer to turn on and off the pump. Anything else is too complicated and not worth it.