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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 everyday life: running your air conditioner, washing clothing, watching TELEVISION, cooking dinner. All while reducing your carbon footprint, and without burning nonrenewable fuel sources or putting a strain on the electrical grid. And while the environmental advantages of solar power are significant, numerous homeowners find that the benefit, special features, and expense savings of owning a solar power system are much more attractive.
Top Ten Advantages of Solar Energy
#1 Dramatically lower and even remove your electric bills
Whether you're a house owner, company, or nonprofit, electrical power expenses can make up a large part of your month-to-month expenditures. With a photovoltaic panel system, you'll produce totally free power for your system's entire 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you do not produce One Hundred Percent of the energy you take in, solar will reduce your utility bills and you'll still conserve a great deal of cash.
#2 Make a terrific return on your financial investment
Photovoltaic panels aren't an expense-- they are among the finest methods to invest, with returns matching those of more traditional financial investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to substantial electricity costs savings, the average American homeowner settles their solar panel system in seven to 8 years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Protect against increasing energy expenses
One of the most clear cut advantages of photovoltaic panels is the ability to hedge utility rates. In the previous 10 years, domestic electricity costs have gone up by approximately 3 percent annually. By purchasing a solar energy system now, you can repair your electrical power rate and secure against unpredictable increases in electrical power costs. If you're an organisation or house owner with rising and falling money circulation, going solar also helps you better forecast and manage your expenditures.
#4 Increase your house worth
Multiple studies have found that homes geared up with solar energy systems have higher property values and offer faster than non-solar homes. Appraisers are significantly taking solar installations into consideration as they value houses at the time of a sale, and as property buyers end up being more informed about solar, demand for properties geared up with solar panel systems will continue to grow.
#5 Boost U.S. energy self-reliance
The sun is a near-infinite source of energy and a key component of accomplishing energy independence in the United States. By increasing our capability to generate electricity from the sun, we can also insulate our country from cost changes in worldwide energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and help your regional economy
Inning accordance with The Solar Foundation, the solar industry included jobs at a rate almost 12 times faster than the general U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all tasks in the nation. 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 outsourced, they are a substantial contributor to the United States economy.
#7 Safeguard the environment
Solar is a terrific way to reduce your carbon footprint. Buildings are responsible for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the United States, and going solar can considerably reduce that number. A typical residential solar panel system will get rid of three to 4 lots of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees each year.
#8 Show your dedication to sustainability
Sustainability and business social obligation are important components of a company's culture and values. They likewise produce bottom line outcomes. Progressively, consumers and communities are acknowledging and rewarding services that opt to run properly. Organisations are finding that "green" qualifications are a powerful driver of consumer purchasing choices, developing goodwill and enhancing company results.
#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 property owners decide to fund their solar panels with among the "pay-as-you-go" financing choices. This suggests that a third-party business-- the solar provider-- owns the solar system and takes care of setup, upkeep, tracking and repairs. You merely pay the solar company for electrical energy-- less than you would've paid the energy business.
Since 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 fluctuating and unreliable electrical energy prices. There is plainly an upward trend.
With photovoltaic panels and simple mathematics, we can determine how much electrical energy will be created, and most significantly, at what price, 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
What Energy Should Be Used For The Future?
Other? If You Have Something.
Well it depends on the country and the climate your living in...
For countries with say a high dessert factor (lots of sun) like Australia or Africa you would use more solar power.
For places with a high average of wind you would use wind power.
With places that have lots of mountains that produce water a water turbine would be the best option.
But there is also Geothermal, this runs 2 pipes deep into the ground and pumps water down one of them, this water gets so deep the crust temperature is very hot so it heats up the water forcing it up the other pipe which has a condenser at the top to convert that hot water into steam which turns a turbine generating electricity. And the cycle repeats.
America is a good place to put geothermal energy because there are very hot crust places not to far down, this is more efficient and one of the cheapest renewable sources around.
Fossil fuels are a no go, but we should keep some places that run off it just as a "backup device".
But its always best not to rely on one power source, countries should rely on two or even three so one backs up the other
And the reason coal power is cheap is because we have got all the technology and the equipment already built so it seems cheaper, but if we where to start from scratch it would become very expensive.
Uranium is "environmentally friendly" IF there WASN'T any waist produced, but since there is in the long term it is very dangerous and a big environmental hazard.
Well I hoped that helped!
Solar Energy Is Becoming Popular In Rural And Remote Area In India. Why?
its free energy
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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Could Anyone Tell We What Are The Solar Energy Applications?
With The Source Or The Link Please
Solar powered robot: http://www.sciplus.com/search.cfm?utm_so...
And Solar Powered Car Cooling Fan, Solar Powered Car Battery Recharger, solar powered water pump, solar powered calculator, solar powered lights and several solar cells.
Solar Thermal Panels can work as a replacement for the water panel, and on a larger scale they can provide the energy for the a solar farm: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_farm
Solar cells power everything from robotic space probes to calculators: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_cells... They also make a good supplement to the power grid, in fact Germany is going toward solar power for its primary power.
The problem with solar power is of course the cloudy day, but it is renewable and nonpolluting and once the panel is put in place it is free to operate. Germany is a bit far north to convert to solar power, but the attractive possibilities of it have made the German government think it is worth the investment.
PBS has covered several topics like the one I mention above and things like solar powered stoves: http://www.pbs.org/search/search_results.html?q=Solar&btnG=GO as well as the solar powered car.
How Can We Have Safe And Sufficient Energy For Future Development?
We Are Running Thru A Crisis For Sufficient And Safe Energy For Future Development Needs..
The Atomic Energy Generates Cheap Electricity But The Investment For Atomic Plants Are High, Their Operation Needs Atomic Fuel From Other Countries, The Disposal Of Radio Active Wastes Are Likely To Be Unsafe..
Tapping Alternate Sources Of Energy Like The Solar, Bioenergy (Biogas /Biodiesel), Wind Energy Etc Are Not Found To Make Big Headway..
What Are The Probable Outlook For A Solution To This State Of Affairs.. Is It True That The Lobby For Fossil Fuel Is High And That The Alternate Ways Are Not Sincerely Attempted..
I am reminded of an Evaluation Dept study (under Planning Dept) done long ago in AP state, on the impact of a self reliant energy village project in a tribal (lambadi) village:
several depts of the state and centre, local industrial house, a NGO and the people united to generate self reliant energy for local needs - for cooking, street lighting, community TV etc
the local industry house provided a fenced land for growing fuel trees, a community TV room, a watch man and panel for tapping solar energy to run the TV..
the Rural Dept provided a community Bio gas plant for supply of gas for cooking to the houses. For getting the dung for gobar gas plant, the available milch cattle were not adequate and it was proposed to give loans for purchase of milch catle for more families to provide income as well as supply dung for the plant..
the cooperative dept proposed to give loans for the purchase of cattle by the willing locals..
the Alternate Energy dept gave free solar cookers to each family..
the NGo coordinated the work once the project was inaugurated with much fanfare by a central minister invited for the occassion by the state officials and wide publicity in media..
after a decade, the evaluation dept went for an assessment of the energy produced from the project for attaining self sufficiency...
it found that the solar cookers were not used by the tribals who were chapathi eaters (Wheat cake) which could not be cooked by it..
the fenced fuel farm was in spoils by tresspassers who cut the wood and no replanting done..
the watch man provided by the industry for initial watch was withdrawn and there was no protection to the farm..
the community bio gas plant was not functioning as there was no adequate supply of dung and the addl milch animals proposed were not provided on various grounds..
the community TV was however functioning as also some street lights using solar panels..
thus it turned out that a multi-lakh project started with much hope and preparation was in near total spoils..
the state of macro admin is no better.. the govts talked of alternate energy generation when the last fuel crisis struck by surprise.. but the moment the problem was resolved, all the plans for alt source of energy were given up..
now the projects of wild castor cultivation etc under wasteland dev scheme, for bio diesel production in various states are progressing sluggishly..
this is just to prove that the govts are not serious to solve any problem however serious and he public is also totally unconcerned with the impending crises like the energy and water scarcity...
unless public education is intensified and much pressure is mounted on the govt we can not expect any serious action from the govts
What Is Solar Energy?
How Do It Work
solar energy is the type of energy gotten from the sun.
it can work in many ways depending on how it is being trapped.
plants trap it with chlorophyll for photosynthesis
we cant use it to generate electicity with with the use of solar panels