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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 resident to utilize the sun to power everyday life: running your air conditioning system, cleaning clothing, enjoying TELEVISION, cooking supper. All while decreasing your carbon footprint, and without burning fossil fuels or putting a stress on the electrical grid. And while the environmental advantages of solar power are substantial, lots of home owners find that the benefit, unique functions, and cost savings of owning a solar power system are a lot more alluring.
Top 10 Advantages of Solar Energy
#1 Dramatically lower and even eliminate your electric costs
Whether you're a house owner, organization, or nonprofit, electricity costs can comprise a big part of your monthly expenditures. With a photovoltaic panel system, you'll produce 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 minimize your energy expenses and you'll still save a lot of money.
#2 Earn a great return on your investment
Photovoltaic panels aren't a cost-- they're one of the finest methods to invest, with returns equaling those of more standard investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to substantial electricity costs cost savings, the typical American house owner settles their solar panel system in 7 to 8 years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Safeguard against increasing energy expenses
One of the most clear cut advantages of photovoltaic panels is the capability to hedge utility rates. In the previous 10 years, property electrical energy costs have actually increased by an average of 3 percent yearly. By investing in a solar energy system now, you can fix your electrical energy rate and protect against unforeseeable boosts in electrical energy expenses. If you're a company or house owner with changing cash circulation, going solar likewise assists you better projection and handle your costs.
#4 Increase your home or business worth
Several research studies have actually discovered that houses geared up with solar energy systems have greater home values and offer faster than non-solar houses. 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 educated about solar, need for residential or commercial properties equipped with photovoltaic panel systems will continue to grow.
#5 Boost U.S. energy independence
The sun is a near-infinite source of energy and a crucial part of accomplishing energy self-reliance in the United States. By increasing our capability to create electrical energy from the sun, we can also insulate our nation from rate changes in global energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and help your local economy
According to The Solar Structure, the solar industry included jobs at a rate almost 12 times faster than the overall U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all jobs in the country. This growth is anticipated to continue. Due to the fact that solar-related jobs have the tendency to be greater paying and can not be outsourced, they are a significant contributor to the United States economy.
#7 Safeguard the environment
Solar is an excellent method to lower your carbon footprint. Structures are responsible for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the United States, and going solar can considerably decrease that number. A common domestic photovoltaic panel system will eliminate three 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 responsibility are very important components of a company's culture and worths. They likewise produce bottom line outcomes. Increasingly, customers and communities are recognizing and rewarding businesses that decide to run responsibly. Services are finding that "green" qualifications are an effective chauffeur of consumer buying decisions, producing goodwill and improving organisation results.
#9 Start Conserving from Day 1
Solar purchase power arrangements (PPAs) and solar leasing has actually made it possible for property owners to go solar for little or no loan down.
Lots of homeowners choose to finance their solar panels with one of the "pay-as-you-go" financing alternatives. This suggests that a third-party business-- the solar service provider-- owns the planetary system and takes care of installation, upkeep, tracking and repairs. You merely pay the solar company for electricity-- 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 varying and unreliable electricity prices. There is plainly an upward trend.
With solar panels and easy mathematics, we can determine how much electrical energy will be created, and most notably, at exactly what price, for a minimum of 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
Whats Are Advantages And Disadvantages Of Solar Energy?
I guess i'll have to expand on the above list to make people face the truth.
First of all, the Polysilicates usually make solar cells expensive, true. And in the manufacturing process of these panels to make one actually big enough to use, you do cause some polution. According to statistics, there is hardly any solar system that actually pays for itself. You will have to also maintain them to ensure that they panels do not build up a film due to rain, dust, debris. Some area's have unique problems like hurricanes in the Southeast, snowloads in the north and earthquakes in the west. a Solar system is basically a small electrical plant, in which you are using energy from the sun to charge up batteries, thus needing a charging system, a distribution system and the batteries themselves give off explosive gas if in a confined area while charging. 2% to 4% of the hydrogen atmosphere can be dangerous if using unsealed types. You will also usually require rewiring some of your house if you want to go low voltage. If not, then you need a DC to AC converter and enough battery capactiy to provide your electrical needs for such a conversion since transmission, conversion and regulation result in some loss. Then there's the hazmat issue in regards to the batteries when they need replacing.
The Advantages....if all runs well witout breakdowns, you can live off the grid, or supplement your use from the grid therefore making a lower electrical bill. You will have bragging rights....despite the system will probably never pay for itself. You might qualify for a discount or some kind of rebate...if the city you rin hasn't already quit the program or gone bankrupt because of it. You will have lights on when your neighborhood loses power due to a line being down.
Why Aren'T We Harnesing Lightning Along With Wind And Solar Energy?
Has Anybody Since Ben Franklin Tried To Attract And Store This Free Form Of Energy?
People have been searching for clean alternative energy sources for decades to no avail. As soon as one source seems to pass the test, someone uncovers its fatal flaw. Nuclear, wind, solar and hydropower have all been dragged through the mud to some degree. Traditional nuclear fission is too risky, winds aren't consistent, the sun doesn't always penetrate the clouds and hydropower dams disrupt natural environments.
It seems like any workable solution is light-years away -- literally. Some researchers think the answer to our energy needs rests in the stars. From wind turbines on Mars to helium-3 fusion, people are increasingly looking to extraterrestrial sources for the Earth's energy needs.
One of the sources they're looking at is helium-3 to use in nuclear fusion reactions. As opposed to nuclear fission, which splits an atom's nucleus in half, nuclear fusion combines nuclei to produce energy. While nuclear fusion has already been tested with the hydrogen isotopes deuterium and tritium, those reactions give off the majority of their energy as radioactive neutrons, raising both safety and production concerns. Helium-3, on the other hand, is perfectly safe. It doesn't give off any pollution or radioactive waste and poses no danger to surrounding areas.
An isotope of the element helium, helium-3 has two protons but only one neutron. When it's heated to very high temperatures and combined with deuterium, the reaction releases incredible amounts of energy. Just 2.2 pounds (one kilogram) of helium-3 combined with 1.5 pounds (0.67 kilograms) of deuterium produces 19 megawatt-years of energy [source: Artemis]. Roughly 25 tons of the stuff could power the United States for an entire year [source: Wakefield].
The only problem is we don't have 25 tons of helium-3 just lying around. But conveniently, the moon does. In fact, scientists estimate our lunar rock contains more than 1 million tons of the element. The energy stored in that much helium is 10 times the amount of energy you'd find in all the fossil fuels on Earth [source: Artemis]. If you put a cash value on it, helium-3 would be worth $4 billion a ton in terms of its energy equivalent in oil [source: Wakefield].
The only issues that remain are the practicalities of extracting the helium and fine-tuning the fusion process. Current fusion reactors have yet to achieve the sustained high temperatures needed to produce electricity, and helium-3 extracted from the lunar surface would require lots of refining since it exists in such low concentrations in the soil.
The most promising space-based fuel source seems to be one we already have here on Earth. Find out why even the Pentagon is looking beyond our own backyard for solar power on the next page.
Any Information On Solar Energy?
How Do Solar Power Plants Work?
What Can We Use The Energy For?
Pros And Cons?
Any Extra Information?
Basically, using photovoltaic (PV) panels based on silicon wafer technology solar radiation can be directly converted into electrical energy, but the process is not yet very efficient.
You can also capture the heat from the radiation and use it to produce steam to power a conventional power plant, or to heat a house.
Solar energy can be used for any process that requires electricity or heat.
Pro - renewable, free source of energy.
Con - not all areas get equal amounts of sun. It works best where the sun shines the most.
Other info - see source
Where Has The Application Of Solar Energy Been Most Successful... In Calculators/Watches, Space Or Elsewhere?
I Used To Have A Solar Calculator In The 80'S Which I Thought Was Great!
I'D Love For Solar Energy To Be Commercially Successful But I Just Don'T See How It Can Compete In A Global Market As Your Energy Costs Will Just Rocket Up Which Makes Your Country Uncompetitive, Etc. Unless You Can Globally Green Tax The Co2 Based Energies But Nuclear Will Still Easily Win!
So What Future Can Solar Have In A Global Warmed World?
I think solar power will one day be perfectly feasible and able to power devices which require a lot less power then they do currently (think of the different power requirement for light between an incandescent lightbulb and quantum dots for example).
I think the insane part, though, is when people assume that you can somehow force solar and wind on to the country and world as a whole when it is nowhere near at the stage when it can supply the electricity we need. Nuclear is the only sensible way to go for power at this moment, unless you want to go back to coal.
When solar and wind can compete genuinely, then they will win naturally.
A Deal Between Nut Bars To Drop Their Apocalyptic Motives To Create Harmful Drastic Action Harming The Future?
It All A Bunch Of Religious Cultism Gone Bad, And Harmful.
One One Side, Christian Fundamentalists Who Don'T Worry Much About The Future Or Over Population, Because The World Will End One Day Anyway. You Know People Have Been Saying This Type Of Thing For Thousands Of Years, Right? Lets Face It, They Were All Wrong And You Probably Are Too, At Least Admit That No One Knows &Quot;The Time&Quot; So Why Not Just Sustain Things In Good Order So We Don'T Screw Ourselves, And Just Let What Will Be, Be?
One The Other Side, A Newer Religion But An Old Con. Take What Is Natural In The Environment And Solar System, And Make A Case That We Are Doing Something To Cause It And That It Will Destroy Us If We Don'T Do What The Algore Tells Us ... (I'M Going To Use Algore As A Metaphorical Witch Doc Type Who Takes Advantage Of The Little People To Gain Importance And Wealth). You Know, In A Solar Eclipse There Were Those Who Would Tell People That The World Was Ending, Gods Were Angry, And Unless They Gave All Their Money And Loyalty Forever To The Algore, They Would All Die Horrible Deaths.
We Know The Global Warming People Are Less Than Honest. We Know The Environmentalists Have A Pattern Of Lying About This Or That, To Destroy Positive Economic Applications. You Know Like Making Up A Species Of Fish Which Was Actually A Common Fish, And Calling It The Snail Darter. Lying About The Spotted Owl'S Source Of Trouble, Which Wasn'T Logging, It Was Another Owl Better Suited To Survive, Which Happens In Nature On A Continuing Basis. The &Quot;Science&Quot; Has Always Been Supported By Bought Off Drones In The Scientific Community Who Have Findings More Consistent With Political Favor Than Reality ... So Has It Been For Thousands Of Years. Find Someone The Idiot Sheep Respect As An Expert, And Coerce And Or Buy Them Off So They Will Say What You Want If You Have The Power, And The Algores Usually Do. It'S Very Simple, Carbon, Carbon Dioxide, And Methane Don'T Do What They Say They Do. Historical Evidence Shows This, And That As Sources Of These Substances, Well People Are Just Not Very Important. Volcano'S Are Important, Termites Are Much More Important Than People In That Vein, But Still Not Important, And It'S A Bunch Of Crap.
Now We Have Proof Of What Any Perceptive Person Should Have Picked Up On. The Bastards Are Lying And Cheating. Wow! What A Revelation! Not Really, That'S How They Roll, And It'S An Ongoing Thing. For This Crap Science Farce They Want To Turn Over Regulating And Taxation Powers In The Us To The Most Corrupt Organization (By Scale) In Human History? The Stinking Un? Who'S Leaders Never Met A Scam Or Abuse Of Power Or Bribe They Didn'T Love? Come On!
We Have Government Leaders Like The Algore Deeply Invested In The Carbon Exchange With An Upside Of Billions To Him, Along With Extremely Large And Powerful Corporations Like Goldman Sachs Who Have The Obama Administration Appoint A Czar To Watch Them Who Is On Their Board? And Has Millions Invested In The Company? As Well As In The Chicago Carbon Exchange? Run By Extremely Corrupt Friends And Contributors Of Obama? Hello? You Know, Obama Who Won'T Allow Drilling For Oil In The Us, But He Just Gave George Soros Company In Brazil 2 Billion $ To Drill Offshore For Oil? Who Won'T Allow Nuclear Plants In The Us, But Encourages Other Countries To Use Them Because They Are So &Quot;Safe And Efficient&Quot;?
And What Effect Will All Of This Have On Us? Monster Energy Price Increases. Higher Fuel Prices, And A Myriad Of Consumer Taxation That Will Hit Everyone. We Are Talking A Destruction Of The Economy And It Could Take Many Decades To Recover If We Can Actually Get These Thugs Out Of Power Once They Control Everything And Can Put A Hurt On Anyone / Everyone.
So, Why Don'T We Just Go With What We Know? Population Control Would Be Great. To Many People Concentrated Are Always Counter Productive To Society, Because They Get Fundamentally Stunted In Their Grasp Of Cause And Effect, As Their Microcosm Becomes Their Entire Known Universe. Sure, They &Quot;Know&Quot; About Other Things, But Without Practical Experience In Those Things There Is No Basis For Understanding And So Learning Certain Principals Becomes Impossible. You Can'T Teach A Person Who Has No Foundation On Which To Organize And Give Meaning To The Information. Overpopulation Is Not Only Bad For The World And The People And Other Life, It Creates A Massive Population Of Idiots, Of Human Lemmings. You Want The End Of The World Of People? That'S The Way To Do It, And The Course Is An Ugly Thing You Don'T Want To Experience And Sure Don'T Want Your Children To Have To Live With.
So How About Everyone Just Going With What We Know Is Good For Us? Politicians Who Are Power Hungry And Controlling? When Has Giving Them Their Way Ever Come Out Well? Never! Overpopulation, Is That A Good Thing? Never ... We Need To Keep Science Interested In Science, Not Pressured To Certain Conclusions By Large Corporations Or Government. How
You know you are going to piss off everyone but people who actually think with this one don't you? 90% or more are going to hate you for half of this Question.
That being said, BRILLIANT! People pulling their heads out would save the world.