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About Solar Energy
Solar power is energy from the sun that is transformed into thermal or electrical energy.
Solar power makes it possible for homeowner to utilize the sun to power daily life: running your ac system, cleaning clothes, watching TELEVISION, cooking supper. All while lowering 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 considerable, lots of home owners discover that the convenience, special functions, and cost savings of owning a solar power system are a lot more alluring.
Top 10 Benefits of Solar Energy
#1 Drastically minimize or even remove your electrical costs
Whether you're a homeowner, organization, or not-for-profit, electricity costs can make up a large portion of your monthly expenses. With a solar panel system, you'll create free power for your system's whole 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you don't produce 100 percent of the energy you consume, solar will decrease your energy costs and you'll still conserve a lot of loan.
#2 Make an excellent return on your investment
Photovoltaic panels aren't an expense-- they are among the very best methods to invest, with returns matching those of more standard financial investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to significant electrical power costs savings, the average American property owner settles their photovoltaic panel system in 7 to 8 years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Protect against rising energy costs
Among the most clear cut benefits of photovoltaic panels is the ability to hedge energy costs. In the previous ten years, property electricity costs have actually increased by an average of 3 percent each year. By purchasing a solar energy system now, you can fix your electrical power rate and safeguard against unforeseeable increases in electrical power expenses. If you're a company or homeowner with fluctuating cash flow, going solar also helps you much better projection and handle your expenses.
#4 Increase your home worth
Several studies have actually discovered that houses geared up with solar energy systems have greater residential or commercial property worths and offer faster than non-solar homes. Appraisers are increasingly taking solar installations into factor to consider as they value homes at the time of a sale, and as homebuyers end up being more educated about solar, demand for residential or commercial properties equipped 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 component of accomplishing energy self-reliance in the United States. By increasing our capacity to produce electricity from the sun, we can likewise insulate our country from rate variations in worldwide energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and assist your regional economy
Inning accordance with The Solar Foundation, the solar market added jobs at a rate nearly 12 times faster than the total U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all jobs in the nation. This development 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 contributor to the U.S. economy.
#7 Safeguard the environment
Solar is a fantastic method 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 common residential photovoltaic panel system will eliminate 3 to four lots of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees yearly.
#8 Show your dedication to sustainability
Sustainability and business social obligation are necessary elements of a company's culture and worths. They likewise produce bottom line results. Significantly, customers and communities are recognizing and rewarding businesses that decide to operate properly. Businesses are discovering that "green" qualifications are a powerful driver of customer acquiring choices, producing goodwill and enhancing company outcomes.
#9 Start Saving 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 property owners opt to fund their photovoltaic panels with one of the "pay-as-you-go" funding choices. This indicates that a third-party business-- the solar service provider-- owns the solar system and looks after installation, upkeep, monitoring and repair works. You merely pay the solar provider for electrical power-- 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 Investment
The energy business are notorious for their varying and undependable electrical power costs. There is clearly an upward trend.
With photovoltaic panels and simple math, we can determine what does it cost? electrical energy will be created, and most notably, at what price, for at least the next 20 years (fixed energy expenses).
What are the various payment options?
- 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?
What is the warranty?
Frequently Asked Questions
Where Can I Find Solar Pane,Panels.?
I'M Looking For Solar Panels, But I Am A Young Broke Artists/Inventor, Where Can I Find Them Free Or Are There Companies That Make Them...What Kind Of Company Makes Them,.?Flexible Solar Panels Would Be Nice..
go to local hardware stores, some sell somewhat cheap 45w pv panels.
How Do Solar Panels Work?
Simplfy It So I Can Understand Pls And Put It In Stages Such As 1. Sun Hits Solar Panel Pls
How Many Different Types Of Solar Panels Are There?
The term solar panel is best applied to a flat solar thermal collector, such as a solar hot water or air panel used to heat water, air, or otherwise collect solar thermal energy. But 'solar panel' may also refer to a photovoltaic module which is an assembly of solar cells used to generate electricity. In all cases, the panels are typically flat, and are available in various heights and widths.
An array is an assembly of solar-thermal panels or photovoltaic (PV) modules; the panels can be connected either in parallel or series depending upon the design objective. Solar panels typically find use in residential, commercial, institutional, and light industrial applications.
Solar-thermal panels saw widespread use in Florida and California until the 1920's when tank-type water heaters replaced them. A thriving manufacturing business died seemingly overnight. However, solar-thermal panels are still in production, and are common in portions of the world where energy costs, and solar energy availability, are high.
Recently there has been a surge toward large scale production of PV modules. In parts of the world with significantly high insolation levels, PV output and their economics are enhanced. PV modules are the primary component of most small-scale solar-electric power generating facilities. Larger facilities, such as solar power plants typically contain an array of reflectors (concentrators), a receiver, and a thermodynamic power cycle, and thus use solar-thermal rather than PV.
Harbour Freight Has Solar Panels On Sale. Should I Buy Them?
Well, It Says 45 Watts. Is That Each Panel? And If You Get The Panels Then What?? You Can'T Plug Into A Panel Can You?? I Want To Be Able To Run My Fridge If Power Is Out For Ten Days Again Like It Was In April.
I haven't looked at this in a long time --- but last time I did the storage panels are used to charge large storage batteries --- The kind in a car.
You would than need an inverter to change the 12v DC from the batteries to 110c AC.
Different inverters offer different wattages so you will need to choose carefully.
Since the batteries are on constant charge, during daylight hours, you will need to use a voltage regulator so the batteries are not overcharged.
To find out how many panels and batteries you need and what kind of inverter --- I might want to Google.
Who Invented The First Solar Energy Panel?
Wow, Jonathan.H.Solar, eh? There is no such person.
Edmund Becquerel in 1838 was the first to publish findings of "photovoltaic" properties of certain substances.
In 1873 Willoughby Smith while experimenting with underwater telegraph cables observed the light sensitivity of the element selenium. He later posed the possibility of a selenium solar cell.
In 1883, Charles Fritz produced the first practical solar cell. It had a conversion efficiency of 1-2%.
Look at the third link for a pretty decent history of solar energy.
Solar Panel Webcam?
I'M Trying To Make A Solar Power Convertor For An Existing Webcam I Have. The Webcam Plugs Into A 120 Outlet And Required Max 83 Watts. What Would I Need To Make This Work 24 Hour A Day And 7 Days A Week Without Changing The Batteries Of Adding Aditional Power.
A lot. It depends on where you live and where the camera is located. How many hours of sun will fall on the panel daily?
What will you do on cloudy days? Do you expect the batteries to operate during that period.
Bottom line, how many hours does the camera have to run off the battery alone? From that and the number of hours of sunlight, you can calculate how powerful the solar panel has to be and how large the battery has to be.
For example, if you can only count on 4 hours of sun a day, and the batteries have to carry the load the other 20 hours, then the solar array has to deliver 500 watts. Add 20% for losses and you get 600 watts. The battery has to store this 600 watts. If you use a 12 volt 60 amp-hour sealed battery, one is all you need.
But cloudy days will cause the battery to run completely dry, so for ONE cloudy day, you will have to double those numbers. For 2 cloudy days, you will have to triple them. Now it is getting expensive. The 3 batteries are about $300. The 1800 watts of solar cells are thousands of dollars.
Bottom line, in the real world, you cannot make it run 24/7, since you cannot predict how many cloudy days you will have. The above expensive example only allowed for 2 cloudy days. If you have 5 cloudy days, this could get very expensive, with 6 large batteries, a roof full of solar arrays. And a pile of electronics and inverters to handle the proper charging conditions for the batteries and to generate the 120 volts AC.
A lower power camera will save big dollars. Find one that runs on 10 watts, and suddenly you are looking at a few hundred instead of a large multi thousand dollar installation. And pick a number for how many hours/days of operation you need if bad weather arrives.
Edit: pick a solar array, charger and battery. They will come with instructions and schematics.
Also, when you pick a camera, find or measure its typical current in your application, it should be much lower than the maximum number. Make sure you turn off any feature you don't need, such as LCD display. Typical number will allow you to use a smaller array.