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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 use the sun to power daily life: running your air conditioning unit, washing clothing, seeing TV, cooking supper. All while decreasing your carbon footprint, and without burning fossil fuels or putting a pressure on the electrical grid. And while the ecological advantages of solar power are substantial, numerous home owners discover that the benefit, special features, and cost savings of owning a solar power system are much more alluring.
Top Ten Benefits of Solar Energy
#1 Drastically lower or perhaps remove your electrical expenses
Whether you're a property owner, organization, or nonprofit, electrical energy costs can comprise a large portion of your regular monthly costs. With a photovoltaic panel system, you'll produce totally free power for your system's whole 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you do not produce One Hundred Percent of the energy you consume, solar will reduce your energy bills and you'll still save a great deal of cash.
#2 Earn an excellent return on your financial investment
Solar panels aren't a cost-- they're one of the best methods to invest, with returns measuring up to those of more conventional financial investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to substantial electrical energy costs cost savings, the average American house owner settles their photovoltaic panel system in 7 to eight years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Protect versus increasing energy costs
Among the most clear cut advantages of solar panels is the ability to hedge energy prices. In the past 10 years, property electricity costs have increased by approximately three percent each year. By investing in a solar energy system now, you can fix your electricity rate and safeguard against unforeseeable increases in electrical power expenses. If you're a company or property owner with ever-changing capital, going solar likewise assists you better forecast and handle your expenditures.
#4 Boost your house value
Several research studies have actually found that houses geared up with solar energy systems have higher home worths and sell more quickly than non-solar homes. Appraisers are significantly taking solar installations into consideration as they value homes at the time of a sale, and as homebuyers end up being more informed about solar, need for residential or commercial properties geared up 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 a key part of attaining energy self-reliance in the United States. By increasing our capability to generate electricity from the sun, we can likewise insulate our nation from price fluctuations in international energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and help your local economy
According to The Solar Foundation, the solar market added jobs at a rate almost 12 times faster than the total U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all tasks in the nation. This growth is anticipated to continue. Since solar-related tasks have the tendency to be higher paying and can not be contracted out, they are a considerable factor to the United States economy.
#7 Safeguard the environment
Solar is an excellent method to lower your carbon footprint. Structures are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the U.S., and going solar can considerably reduce that number. A typical property photovoltaic panel system will eliminate 3 to four loads of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees every year.
#8 Show your dedication to sustainability
Sustainability and business social responsibility are essential parts of an organization's culture and worths. They likewise produce bottom line outcomes. Progressively, consumers and neighborhoods are recognizing and rewarding businesses that pick to operate responsibly. Organisations are finding that "green" credentials are an effective motorist of consumer acquiring decisions, creating goodwill and enhancing company outcomes.
#9 Start Saving from Day 1
Solar purchase power agreements (PPAs) and solar leasing has actually made it possible for house owners to go solar for little or no money down.
Numerous homeowners decide to finance their solar panels with one of the "pay-as-you-go" financing alternatives. This suggests that a third-party business-- the solar provider-- owns the solar system and takes care of installation, upkeep, tracking and repairs. You simply pay the solar company for electrical energy-- less than you would've paid the energy 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 business are well-known for their changing and undependable electrical power costs. There is plainly an upward pattern.
With photovoltaic panels and simple math, we can calculate what does it cost? electricity will be created, and most significantly, at exactly what cost, for a minimum of 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
Solar Panel Current=Battery Current+Load Current?
Is This True In A Dc System?
What If My Battery Current Is Negative?
The solar panels charge the battery, and supply the load, according to the voltage available at that load and charge current, and the state of charge of the battery. Hard to say exactly what goes where, but the measured currents are expected to add up. However I will explain why they may not below.
If the ammeter is in series with the panels, then that is the current they are producing. If the ammeter is in series with the load, that is the load current. To read the battery current, the ammeter needs to be in series with the battery, which means the load and the panels have a "T" connection to the battery rather than a V connection.
Measuring Battery Charge current...
The battery convention is to indicate negative current as the current to the load, and positive current as the charging current. That applies when the - connection of the ammeter is to the battery positive, and the plus connection goes to the "T" with the panels and the load.
Your understanding is true, in this case, yes it doesn't make sense, so the connections must be different to what I have explained. Maybe only one panel is connected as described, or the sun is changing in the time it takes to reconnect the ammeter, or the shunts used to measure are incorrect, or, most likely, there are too many voltage drops around.
Looking at the figures, it seems the battery charge current is not indicating correctly. If the battery is low it would allow 8.73 - 4.32 = 4.41A to flow.
If you are using a multimeter for the ammeter, and the leads are 0.2 ohms for both (I just measured mine on two different meters) and the internal shunt is 0.02 ohms for 10A scale, the voltage drop at 4.41A = 0.97V extra. With the panels hot (so lower voltage) this is probably enough to change the charge current, even stop charging, which is what you see (though the exact outcome is hard to predict). Once the voltage is below 13.85V the battery charge drops, especially if the battery is reasonably charged. If there is too much voltage drop else where in the system, this will be worse. All the cables for the panels etc should be designed for low voltage drop, not just the current rating. I would look at that. Look up the resistance (in the sun), and design for a voltage drop of 0.3V at 8 Amps. You can prove this by connecting the multimeter/ammeter in series with the battery, and bypassing it with thick wires, while monitoring the battery voltage with another meter (wait a while for it to settle).
If your wires are too thin, and you have run a single cable from the panels, just run the two panels separately with the existing wire size. That should improve things. Look carefully at the voltage drop across any connections. This is the issue with 12V systems, the voltage drops. If you can reconnect everything for 24V (including the load or oinverter) that will be better too.
If you just assume the panels are 8.73A from specification, that is not true. This sounds like the current for 2 x 5A panels, which would be rated around 100W. It depends on alignment with the sun. The panel output is slightly less than the short circuit specified current when pointing right at the sun high in the sky on a clear day. At other times the output is the cosine of the angle with the sun, more or less. The main variation is cloudy days and this angle with the sun. There is also some variation from the lattitude and time of year. If you find the panels won't charge the battery properly (with no other load) the panels may be too hot in the sun, they need good ventilation (round the back too), and should not get hotter than 50 or 60 degrees C. Just a leaf or even a shadow on one cell will drop the output of that panel dramatically.
With this setup it is likely the battery is flat, unless the load is only 4.32A part of the time. Work it out for 24 hours, say 5 equivalent full sun hours (in the tropics on clear days) = 44Ah per day from the panels. This can charge the batteries which have an efficiency of 70%. That makes 30Ah per day available from the battery, so the load can run for 6.9h per day at 4.32A. The load for 24h at 4.32A = 104Ah per day, more than 3 times the panel's size.
Hope this gives you some idea what is wrong. Go round with a voltmeter looking for voltage drops, and make sure the panels are well ventilated.
How Much Do Commercial Solar Panels Cost?
I Am Trying To Figure Out How Many Solar Panels Can Be Placed On One Acre Of Land And How Much They Cost To Install
Prices for solar panels can vary vastly depending on what size and how many you need. However, once you have them, you'll have free power and light forever. Solar panels convert sunlight to energy, store it in a battery and release it at night, making them free, wireless, and dependable when other power sources go out. To learn more about solar panels and solar lighting options, check out this blog on EnergyEarth.com. http://blog.energyearth.com/take-advantage-free-power-solar-devices/
I Have Solar Panels On My Roof That The Previous Owner Used For Heating Water.How Much Are They Worth Approx.?
The Previous Owner Replaced The Solar Water Heater With A Standard 1 When It Went Bad,So I Have Panels With No Use Right Now.
Used water heating panels have little value, as they are apt to leak. The previous owner probably put in a standard heater because there were problems with the solar system.
I've seen used solar water heating panels on Craigslist for $40-200, but don't know if there are buyers. At the low end, it's for the scrap value of the copper, I'm sure. And those prices are for panels sitting in someone's yard. I've also panels offered free, still on the roof - you get, you haul, must take all.
Why Do People Make It Seem Like The U.S. Isn'T Favorable To Solar Energy?
I Don'T Get What Lobbyists Or Congress Has To Do With Citizens Buying Solar Panels. Is It Illegal In Some States Or Something? It Just Seems Like When An Article About Solar Panels/Energy Comes Up, People Start Talking Politically. I Don'T Get What One Has To Do With The Other. Please Explain.
Because you would need thousands of acres of solar panels, which half life in one to two years btw to equal the output of traditional nuclear or fossil fueled plants.
I would support _practical_ alternate energy sources, but not crony capitalist sources
How Much Money Saved On Solar Panels?
Does Anyone Have The Statistics On That. Like Over Time. Im Greatly Appreciative :)
It depends on many factors such as:
1. How much does a KWH of electricity cost where you are at?
2. What are the future prices of electricity in your area?
3. Are you going to be totally off grid (system MUST have batteries) or will you have an intertie system (may or may not have batteries)
4. What is the average amount of sun per day?
5. What state, city, utility rebates can you add to the federal rebate for solar?
The website below has some articles from people who have made the transition.