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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 home owners to use the sun to power everyday life: running your a/c, cleaning clothing, viewing TV, cooking supper. All while reducing your carbon footprint, and without burning nonrenewable fuel sources or putting a strain on the electrical grid. And while the ecological benefits of solar power are considerable, numerous residents discover that the convenience, special features, and cost savings of owning a solar power system are even more attractive.
Leading Benefits of Solar Energy
#1 Significantly decrease or even eliminate your electric expenses
Whether you're a homeowner, service, or nonprofit, electricity costs can make up a large portion of your regular monthly expenses. With a photovoltaic panel system, you'll generate complimentary power for your system's entire 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you don't produce 100 percent of the energy you consume, solar will reduce your energy costs and you'll still conserve a great deal of money.
#2 Earn a terrific return on your financial investment
Solar panels aren't an expenditure-- they are among the very best ways to invest, with returns rivaling those of more standard investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to considerable electrical energy expense cost savings, the average American homeowner pays off their solar panel system in 7 to eight years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Safeguard versus rising energy costs
Among the most clear cut advantages of photovoltaic panels is the capability to hedge utility rates. In the past 10 years, domestic electrical power rates have gone up by an average of 3 percent annually. By buying a solar energy system now, you can repair your electricity rate and safeguard against unforeseeable increases in electricity expenses. If you're a business or property owner with ever-changing money flow, going solar likewise assists you better forecast and handle your expenditures.
#4 Boost your home or business worth
Multiple research studies have discovered that houses equipped with solar energy systems have greater home worths and sell faster than non-solar homes. Appraisers are progressively taking solar installations into factor to consider as they value homes at the time of a sale, and as homebuyers become more informed about solar, need for residential or commercial properties equipped with photovoltaic panel systems will continue to grow.
#5 Boost U.S. energy self-reliance
The sun is a near-infinite source of energy and a crucial part of achieving energy self-reliance in the United States. By increasing our capacity to create electricity from the sun, we can likewise insulate our nation from price variations in worldwide energy markets.
#6 Develop jobs and help your local economy
Inning accordance with The Solar Foundation, the solar industry added jobs 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 growth is expected to continue. Since solar-related tasks tend to be higher paying and can not be outsourced, they are a substantial factor to the United States economy.
#7 Secure the environment
Solar is a fantastic method to decrease your carbon footprint. Buildings are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the United States, and going solar can significantly reduce that number. A common residential solar panel system will get rid of three to four loads 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 very important parts of an organization's culture and values. They likewise produce bottom line results. Increasingly, customers and communities are acknowledging and rewarding services that decide to operate responsibly. Companies are discovering that "green" credentials are a powerful motorist of customer acquiring choices, creating goodwill and improving service results.
#9 Start Conserving from Day 1
Solar purchase power arrangements (PPAs) and solar leasing has actually made it possible for house owners to go solar for little or no cash down.
Numerous property owners decide to fund their photovoltaic panels with one of the "pay-as-you-go" funding choices. This indicates that a third-party business-- the solar provider-- owns the solar system and looks after setup, maintenance, monitoring and repair works. You merely pay the solar service provider for electrical energy-- less than you would've paid the utility company.
As of June 2013, 75% of all American houses have access to pay-as-you-go solar.
#10. Solar is a Secure Financial investment
The energy companies are notorious for their fluctuating and unreliable electricity costs. There is clearly an upward trend.
With solar panels and basic mathematics, we can compute what does it cost? electrical power will be created, and most importantly, at what cost, for at least the next Twenty 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
If We Install Solar Panels, Do We Still Have To Use A Electricity Company?
We'Re Looking To Purchase A Piece Of Land And Build A Home.
There are two options here.
1 - Most people will buy the panels and the hydro company will reimburse them for the power they have generated. The owner of the panels will still use hydro from the company but sell the hydro it generates back to the company and thus their hydro bills will be lowered.
2 - Some people will buy a battery to store the power that their panels generate. This way they are completely "off the grid" and could basically be living where there aren't even power lines. The reason fewer people do this is because the batteries cost way way more than the panels. I think like 20000 dollars.
Grants For Installing Solar Panels?
I Am Thinking Of Installing Solar Panels On My Roof, But They Can Get Quite Expensive. Where Can I Find Grants, Either Federal Or From The State Of Illinois, To Defray Costs?
Most of the programs I have heard about require the homeowner to put up the money up front and get it refunded through various rebate programs. I am curious about grant programs as well.
What Are Some Good Solar Energy Questions?
I'M Giving My Class A Quiz, And I'M In Serious Need Of Some Solar Energy Quiz Questions. Please! Can I Get Some Questions? Anything Will Do That Is Around The 5Th/6Th Grade Level. Thanks A Bunch! Tali.
What are the main two kinds of solar panels used today?
- solar hot water (thermal) and solar electric (photovoltaic)
How much solar energy falls on a square meter of land at bright noon?
- about 1000 watts
How many houses in the USA have solar electric panels?
- hundreds of thousands, but this is less than 1% of the houses.
When did the White House have solar panels?
- President Carter installed them in the late 70's.
Who took the solar panels off the White House?
- President Reagan did in 1981, he thought they looked unattractive.
Which country makes the most solar panels?
Which country uses the most solar panels?
In the USA, which state has the most solar panels installed?
- California, by far.
How does the Sun generate its energy?
- Mostly by fusion.
Which One Will Last Longer?(Solar Panel Or Wind Turbine)?
"last longer" ? I'm not quite sure what you are asking, but a wind turbine will have moving parts, and so it's life (without parts replacement) will be limited by wear. A solar panel has no moving parts, but could be subject to degradation form environmental conditions.
So the answer is: It depends.
It is quite difficult to give a specific answer without a lot of information on the equipment being used and the conditions of use.
Solar Panels For Evs, What Do You Think?
I Dont See How You Can Be A Fan Of Evs And Not Think This Is A Great Idea. I Know The Typical Criticism Is That They Are Not Very Efficient, And Generally Only Add Weight And Maybe A Few Miles In Range.
As You May Have Seen From My Earlier Question A Little While Ago, I Am Beginning An Ev Transformation With A 1986 Toyota Pickup (Although For Some Reason At The Time I Thought It Was A '94... It Isnt), And I Am Using A Neighbor As My Guide.
He Took An Older Ford Ranger Frame From A Junkyard (For Free, I Might Add). It Had The Frame (Very Little Rust, Gotta Love The Sonoran Desert), Manual Tranny, And Axles. He Had To Get Damn Near Everything For It. Anyway, The Donor Car Was In A Rollover And He Had To Rebuild The Roof, So He Figured He Might As Well Put Some Solar Panels On It. After The Car Was Finished, With About $30,000 Invested And Somewhere Near 120 Mile Range, He Decided That He Really Liked The Look (He Is An Electrical Engineer, He Built The Car Mostly As An &Quot;Ad&Quot; For His Company) Of The Solar Panel Roof, So He Decided To Go All-Out And Put Another Panel On The Hood And A Solar Bed-Cover. It Added Another 10 Miles In Range For An Additional $3000, Which Was Mostly Spent In Custom Fabrication So The Car Would Look Nice.
Due To This, He Is Actually Going To Take Another Frame He Has From An Older F150, And Remove The Bed Entirely, And Put A Massive Panel On The Back, And Put Lots Of Batteries Underneath.
His Brother Was In Large Part His Fabrication Expert, Since He Owns A Car Body Shop And Did Quite A Bit Of The Legwork For The Ranger. He Plans To Make A Very Durable Solar Panel Which Will Actually House The Batteries As Well, And Simply Use It As The Back.
All In All, Generating More Range Seems To Be The Pressing Issue With Evs. My Gas-Sucker Can Go Hundreds Of Miles Without Needing To Be Filled, So The More Ev Range Increases, The More Popular Evs Will Get. So Why Not Put A Solar Panel On?
You have told a good story with lots of interest but I am not convinced. I think solar panels are great, some other ways of generating solar electricity may be even more efficient, but I am not sure that the numbers work to put them on the vehicle. In a nutshell my concerns are cost and efficiency. Your neighbor spent a lot of money for those solar panels and it makes sense as advertisement for his business, but could he have done better.
First efficiency: You live in the desert. Your insolation levels are probably uniquely some of the best in the country. Average insolation for the year might be as high as 6 KW-hr / sq meter / day. For a horizontal flat plate PV collector. You can look up values here: http://rredc.nrel.gov/solar/old_data/nsr... The efficiency of the solar panels would be low for flexible panels 6% up to a high (with a high cost) for some rigid panels of about 24%.
At an average a 15% efficient panel is going to get you ( .15 x 6 =) .9 KW-hr / day This site gives dimensions of a later year Toyota pick up as 199" by 66.5" which translates to a total of 8.54 sq meters for the total surface area of the vehicle including all glass and the entire bed. Covering it with solar panels would give you a total potential of about 7.68 KW-hr / day.
In order to get his 120 mile range I am willing to guess that extra batteries were used. Perhaps his battery capacity is 45 KW-hr which would give a usage of .375 KW-hr / mile which would be very very good. (The leaf gets .34 and the Miev gets .39 while the Tesla roadster is closer to .22) A 40 mile day average will then require (40 x .375 =) 15 KW-hr / day. It looks like the expense of covering the vehicle might get you half your days usage or enough power for an additional (7.68/.375=) 20.5 miles.
But what if you parked those same panels on the side of the barn pointing south at the proper angle. They your average insolation level would be perhaps 17% higher.
You want more range? Then just add more batteries. Or perhaps better add some mix of batteries and solar panels. If solar panels cost $10 a watt and when you divide by the effective solar hours in a day you might end up with a 1000 wat system on your car. The cost would be $10,000 for these solar panels. Lithium batteries cost about $400 / KW-hr so the same 7.68 KW-hr of additional battery capacity might cost you $3072. And that range is not dependent upon daytime driving/ time of the year and other variables.