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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 daily life: running your ac system, cleaning clothing, viewing TELEVISION, cooking dinner. All while reducing your carbon footprint, and without burning fossil fuels or putting a pressure on the electrical grid. And while the environmental advantages of solar power are significant, lots of homeowners discover that the convenience, unique functions, and cost savings of owning a solar power system are a lot more alluring.
Top Ten Benefits of Solar Energy
#1 Dramatically minimize and even eliminate your electric expenses
Whether you're a homeowner, service, or nonprofit, electrical energy expenses can comprise a big part of your regular monthly expenditures. With a photovoltaic panel system, you'll create free power for your system's entire 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you don't produce One Hundred Percent of the energy you take in, solar will lower your utility expenses and you'll still conserve a lot of cash.
#2 Make a terrific return on your investment
Photovoltaic panels aren't a cost-- they are among the finest ways to invest, with returns matching those of more traditional investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to substantial electricity costs savings, the average American homeowner 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 costs
Among the most clear cut benefits of photovoltaic panels is the capability to hedge energy costs. In the previous 10 years, domestic electricity prices have increased by approximately 3 percent yearly. By investing in a solar energy system now, you can repair your electrical power rate and protect against unpredictable boosts in electricity expenses. If you're a company or homeowner with changing cash flow, going solar likewise assists you better forecast and handle your costs.
#4 Increase your home or business worth
Several research studies have found that homes equipped with solar energy systems have greater property worths and sell quicker than non-solar homes. Appraisers are significantly taking solar installations into factor to consider as they value homes at the time of a sale, and as homebuyers become more educated about solar, need for residential or commercial properties geared up 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 element of attaining energy independence in the United States. By increasing our capacity to produce electricity from the sun, we can also insulate our country from price fluctuations in worldwide energy markets.
#6 Develop jobs and assist your local economy
According to The Solar Foundation, the solar industry included jobs at a rate nearly 12 times faster than the general U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all jobs in the nation. This development is expected to continue. Since solar-related jobs have the tendency to be higher paying and can not be contracted out, they are a significant factor to the United States economy.
#7 Safeguard the environment
Solar is an excellent way to lower your carbon footprint. Structures are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the United States, and going solar can significantly decrease that number. A normal residential photovoltaic panel system will remove 3 to four lots of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees annually.
#8 Demonstrate your commitment to sustainability
Sustainability and business social obligation are crucial parts of a company's culture and worths. They likewise produce bottom line outcomes. Significantly, customers and communities are acknowledging and rewarding organisations that opt to operate responsibly. Organisations are discovering that "green" qualifications are an effective chauffeur of consumer buying decisions, producing goodwill and enhancing service outcomes.
#9 Start Conserving from Day 1
Solar purchase power contracts (PPAs) and solar leasing has made it possible for house owners to go solar for little or no loan down.
Many house owners decide to fund their solar panels with among the "pay-as-you-go" financing choices. This implies that a third-party business-- the solar provider-- owns the planetary system and takes care of installation, maintenance, tracking and repairs. You just pay the solar supplier for electrical energy-- less than you would've paid the energy company.
As of June 2013, 75% of all American homes have access to pay-as-you-go solar.
#10. Solar is a Secure Investment
The utility companies are notorious for their changing and unreliable electricity prices. There is clearly an upward trend.
With photovoltaic panels and easy math, we can compute what does it cost? electricity will be created, and most notably, at what rate, for a minimum of 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
Solar Micro Home Power Usage?
Ok So I Am Building A Small (150Sq/Foot) Micro Home Near Patten Maine. You Can Imagine It About The Size Of A Hunting Camp. According To The Research I Have Done So Far The Area Is Ideal For Solar And Wind Power.
(So No One Assumes I Forgot These Items: Heat Is Provided By A Wood Stove, Water Is Hand Pumped And Hot Water Is Made On The Wood Stove)
My First Question Is How Large Of A Solar Array And Battery Bank Would I Need In Addition To This Wind Turbine [Http://Www.Shop.Senecaelectronicsonline.Com/Product.Sc?Productid=76&Categoryid=19] To Guarantee (As Much As Possible) Continues Power. This Home Would Be 100% Off The Grid.
Power Using Items: (I Found The Power Usage Estimates Online Not Sure How Accurate They Are)
Laptop: 0.085 Kwh
Satellite Box:0.36 Kwh
Satellite Dish: 0.5Kwh
32&Quot; Lcd Tv:0.128 Kwh
Small Fridge: 0.059 Kwh
Air Conditioner:1.05 Kwh
3 Florescent Lights:0.18 Kwh
Assuming I Ran These Items Continuously 18Hours A Day.
Thanks For Any Help.
Hey Senior, you have a nice project there. Let me tell you about ours briefly, then give you my suggestions. We had a 600 sq. foot log cabin in Northern Michigan that had utility power, but the power was constantly going out. We started with a small system, just to run some lights and electronics in the great room during outages. Using that, I learned a great deal about solar and wind. Now it's 10 years later, we have a 1.4 kw solar array on the garage roof, and a 900 watt wind turbine in the field behind our home. In the summer, the solar array produces all our power, just barely, and in the winter, the wind turbine does about half the job. We intentionally undershot to save on cost, and because we still had the utility to help out.
If I were in your shoes, this is what I would do. Design a good quality system, with a slightly oversized battery bank, undersize the array, and add a generator. A good system will have a good quality sine wave inverter and Trojan or Surette batteries, a digital counting solar charge controller and UL listed disconnects. The disconnects are the only thing preventing your wiring from catching fire if something shorts out. The counting charge controller will help you keep track of your solar output, so you will know if something is not working properly, and the sine wave inverter will run everything in your house. Cheaper inverters not only have things that they can not power, like electronic battery chargers and furnace cards, but they will actually damage a few items you might plug into them. I found this out the hard way, a new charger for my Dewalt drill cost $55.
The reason to oversize the batteries and undersize the array is two fold. Look in the library for a book by Richard Perez called, "The Complete Battery Book." Just read the chapters on lead acid batteries. Once you buy your batteries, you can't add more to them later, the old and new ones fight each other. Solar panels however, are the most expensive part of your system, you can add any amount later, even different brands, they all get along fine. So if you start with 1000 watts of solar, and decide a year later you need 400 more, no problem, and you've spread out the expense over a couple years, and more importantly, not over bought in the beginning. The generator is necessary because no matter how powerful and well designed your system is, you wil always have a day or two at the end of the month where you come up short, and it isn't good for battery longevity to run them down really deep trying to get through the rainy week. If you design your system well, you should only have to start the generator one or two times a month, for just a few hours each.
You have listed a fairly conservative list of power usage here, totalling about 2.5 kwh each day. I would expect a bit more than that, an extra light or two, and so on. Think about LED lighting too, my suggestion is looking for LED Christmas lights after the holiday, they are twice as efficient as CF lights, and fun. We have a 130 foot string lining our deck roof, very nice, only uses 12 watts. What I would do first is subscribe to Home Power Magazine, it's the only periodical devoted to this, and it's inexpensive. I will list it below. Also, if there is a renewable energy fair near you next spring, go to it, that's how we got started. Home Power will have info on this. Incidentally, our home was featured in that magazine twice, once for our small system, and again when we upgraded. You can go to their website after you subscribe, use their search engine, and look for an article called, "Starting Small."
You're also picking a good time to get into this. Solar panels have suddenly come down in price, although batteries are heading up. There are some good deals to be made on telecommunications batteries right now, all the cell phone companies overbought for their towers, now they are consolidating. I will also list a couple other places to look for info on your future system.
How much power you need is a little nebulous to determine, if I had to guess with the usage info you have provided, I would think 600 - 800 watts of solar might just do it, so you might think of going with something closer to 1000, but you can start at 600 or so and move up. If you are going to stand alone and not have the utility, your batteries should hold about 5 days of power without any solar gain. So at 2.5kwh per day, 12.5 kwh of battery storage would be adequate, a little more would be better. If you only discharge your batteries 10 to 20 percent each day, they should last about 10 years. Our bank is 11 years old now, it is in need of replacement next spring, we have several cells that have failed. You'll have to learn about watering and rotating batteries, check out the sources below. As an example, a Trojan T-105, which is their golf cart battery, holds 220 amp hours at 6 volts. AH X Volts = watt hours, so 220 X 6 = 1320 watt hours
Solar??? Batteries??? Controller?
I Want To Get These 12V Solar Battery Chargers They Come With Alligator Clamps To Hook To The Battery. I Want To Get Enough For 200 Volts So How Would I Hook The Solar Panels In Series, And Do I Need A Controller For Each Battery? And How Would I Rig That Up And How Can I Get It Going Into All The 12 Volt Batteries Without Any Damage To The Batteries Etc. And Can This Be Done For Less Than $400 If The Solar Panels Are $30 Each And The Batteries Are $14 Each.
Thank You!!!! Thank You!!!! Thank You!!!! Thank You!!!! Thank You!!!!
Oh And Could You Give Me Links For All The Stuff I'M Gonna Be Buying.
You can use 12 volt solar panels in parallel. This will increase the current and keep the voltage the same. Regulators come in sizes from 6 to 80 Amps. 12 Volt batteries come in various size and can be grouped in parallel to increase storage. Inverters can change 12 volts DC into e.g 120 or 230 volts AC.
The minimum is 1 solar panel, 1 regulator, 1 battery and 1 inverter. The total cost can be under $400.
Do I Qualify For The 30% Tax Credit For Solar If I Only Bought 1 Big Panel And 2 Batteries?
So I Bought 1 Big Commercial Panel For $120 And Two Batteries For $70 Bucks As Well As Smaller Solar Panels For $30. Can I Qualify For The 30% Tax Credit In The United States For Renewable Energies? It'S A Self Project So It'S Not Commercial.
Here are the official instructions for form 5695, on the irs.gov site http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f5695.pdf .
Whether you self-install or get it commercially done makes no difference to the Federal government. Most STATE governments care intensely about that, though, as they are closer to the enforcement of building codes and such.
Does a standalone, battery-powered system qualify for the federal credit? I'm not an accountant, but would have to say in most cases, no. The key is the definition of "main home" in the instructions. If the system is not permanently attached to the home, it could be argued that it's an appliance that might be moved to another home. If this is the home's only source of electricity (like a cabin in the middle of nowhere), and you lived there the majority of the time, then there would be a strong argument that the system is part of the home. With a grid-tied system, it's clear that the system is part of the home, as permits and building inspections are done that apply to that particular home. The system cannot be moved to another place without going through all the paperwork again.
I do know that in California, you must tie your system to the grid to get the state incentive, and a standalone system is specifically excluded.
All that said, I don't think that the federal rebate is checked too closely. It may be that the low cost of your system would slip under the audit radar, even if it was questionable about qualifying.
It Is Possible To Run A 300Watt Power Inverter With Just A Solar Panel Or Is Required To Have The Battery?
Yes, it is. However, you have two problems:
1. You'd have to have at least as many solar panels as you need to feed the immediate load from the inverter. If the inverter needs 500 watts to supply the starting surge for some gadget you've got, you need 500 watts of panels. This runs into $$$.
2. Without a battery, two bad things happen:
a. You throw away any power you aren't using that instant.
b. You don't have any stored power to run if e.g. a cloud goes by.
Batteries are cheap compared to solar panels. The smart thing is to size the panel for your average demand, the inverter for your *peak* demand, and the battery for the amount of energy you need to deal with night, clouds, nitwits standing in front of your panels, etc.
Advice For Buying/Developing Property?
Hello. I'M 18 And Entering The Real World. In ≫3 Weeks I Ship Off To Army Basic Combat Training, Then 6 Months Of Advance Training. When I Get Back I Should Have Around $15,000 Saved Up. As I Am In The National Guard, I Will Be A Reservist. I Have Been Thinking A Lot About Where I Will Live And Have Done A Lot Of Research Into Buying My Own Plot Of Land And Developing It As Opposed To Living In An Apartment And Paying Rent (Which Doesn'T Appeal To Me At All).
I Have Been Looking At Rural Properties Anywhere From 5-20 Acres
I Have Been Looking At Trailers To Live In While I Develop My Property
I Have Taken Into Account:
Water -- I Want A Well
Electricity -- I Want Solar Panels With A Backup Generator
What Else Should I Look For?
What Are The Pros And Cons Of Developing Your A Rural Plot Of Land As Opposed To Renting An Already Developed House.
Any Other Advice?
I Live In Washington State, And Have Predominantly Looked At Heavily Wooded Land.
Check with the County Planning and Zoning. Some won't allow you to park a trailer on the property during construction; some will. Everything else can work. Hooking up to electric costs $1,500 if you are near the power lines; more if you aren't. Roads might not be paved so you can't get to work if the weather is bad. YOu won't have many nearby neighbors so it can be lonely. If you can't get water (well) on your property, you will have to pay $2,000 for a holding tank and truck in the water.