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From examining your current eletrical usage and costs to assisting with the correct financing plan, you will receive a custom designed solar energy plan which suits you and your family.

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"We found all of the employees with whom we in contact from the sales representative to the installers to be knowledgeable and professional. All our questions were answered satisfactorily which is why we decided panels installed. We were also impressed with the company’s A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau.” – Pat S. – Boston


"Our first two bills were approximately $300.00 less than before and our third bill, just received was down about $250.00 from what we were paying! We think it is fantastic!" - William R. - Waltham MA


"They did a wonderful job on my system and I would recommend them to my family and friends!" - Georg S. - Chicopee MA

I cannot express my gratitude for going forward with solar panels. From the initial meeting to discuss the possibility to the techs who eventually installed them. But most of all, it is the savings we have experienced. That first month was unbelievable. Solar plus our other electric source combined was less than our usual monthly expense. During the summer when our electric usage is higher because of the air conditioning, our monthly expense was still less than what we have paid with past summer usage. And if that’s not enough…our present electricity is primarily supplied by the solar panels. We have been building up a reserve with our other electricity source and will be able to draw from that all winter when our panels wont’t generate as much electricity. It’s a win-win situation that we’re just thrilled over. Having a fixed rate locked in is another great feature for savings.” – Virgil T. – Westport MA

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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 Benefits

Solar power makes it possible for resident to use the sun to power daily life: running your ac system, washing clothing, watching TELEVISION, cooking dinner. All while decreasing your carbon footprint, and without burning fossil fuels or putting a strain on the electrical grid. And while the environmental advantages of solar power are significant, numerous home owners discover that the convenience, distinct features, and cost savings of owning a solar power system are much more alluring.

Top Ten Advantages of Solar Energy

#1 Significantly lower or perhaps eliminate your electric expenses

Whether you're a homeowner, business, or nonprofit, electrical power costs can make up a big part of your regular monthly expenses. With a solar panel system, you'll produce totally free power for your system's entire 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you do not produce 100 percent of the energy you take in, solar will reduce your utility expenses and you'll still save a great deal of loan.

#2 Make a great return on your investment

Photovoltaic panels aren't a cost-- they are among the finest methods to invest, with returns equaling those of more standard financial investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to significant electrical energy expense cost savings, the typical American property owner pays off their solar panel system in seven to 8 years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.

#3 Safeguard against rising energy expenses

One of the most clear cut benefits of solar panels is the ability to hedge utility rates. In the previous 10 years, property electricity costs have actually gone up by an average of 3 percent every year. By buying a solar energy system now, you can fix your electricity rate and protect versus unpredictable boosts in electricity expenses. If you're a company or property owner with changing capital, going solar also helps you better forecast and handle your expenditures.

#4 Boost your property value

Numerous research studies have found that homes equipped with solar energy systems have higher home values and sell quicker than non-solar homes. Appraisers are significantly taking solar installations into factor to consider as they value houses at the time of a sale, and as homebuyers end up being more informed about solar, demand for homes geared up with solar panel systems will continue to grow.

#5 Increase U.S. energy independence

The sun is a near-infinite source of energy and a key part of accomplishing energy self-reliance in the United States. By increasing our capacity to generate electrical energy from the sun, we can likewise insulate our nation from rate variations in worldwide energy markets.

#6 Create jobs and help your local economy

Inning accordance with The Solar Structure, the solar industry added tasks at a rate nearly 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. Since solar-related tasks tend to be higher paying and can not be contracted out, they are a considerable factor to the United States economy.

#7 Secure the environment

Solar is a terrific method to decrease your carbon footprint. Buildings are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the United States, and going solar can considerably reduce that number. A common domestic photovoltaic panel system will eliminate three to 4 loads of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees yearly.

#8 Demonstrate your commitment to sustainability

Sustainability and corporate social responsibility are crucial parts of an organization's culture and worths. They likewise produce bottom line results. Progressively, customers and communities are recognizing and rewarding organisations that opt to operate responsibly. Organisations are discovering that "green" qualifications are a powerful driver of customer purchasing choices, creating goodwill and enhancing business outcomes.

#9 Start Saving from Day 1

Solar purchase power arrangements (PPAs) and solar leasing has made it possible for house owners to go solar for little or no cash down.

Numerous house owners opt to fund their photovoltaic panels with among the "pay-as-you-go" funding choices. This means 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 electricity-- less than you would've paid the utility 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 changing and undependable electricity costs. There is plainly an upward pattern.

With photovoltaic panels and easy math, we can determine what does it cost? electricity will be generated, and most notably, at what cost, for a minimum of the next 20 years (fixed energy costs).

Financing

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.

The Lease

  • 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

Purchase

  • 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 Isalternative To The 'Ship Breaking' Of Huge Ships (Eg Aircraft Carrier)That Has Become Environment Issue
Around The World, Old Naval Aircraft Carriers Are Scrapped Because They Have Exhausted Their ‘Military’ Life In Terms Of Metal Shield, Armament And The Communication Capabilities. The Ship So Decommissioned By The Military Can Be Bought Below Its Scrap Value As Environment Concerns Put A Restriction To Its Disposal Process. A French Ship Recently Sent To India As Scrap Had To Go Through Government And Legal Hurdles Before It Was Allowed In Indian Territory. So Its Further Use As An Operating Ship Would Always Be Worthwhile As The Scrap Value Is Retained. Product & Service Such Redundant Ships Are Still Seaworthy And Can Be Positioned At High Seas On Rescue Missions. After Removal Of Heavy Artillery, Extra Fuel Tanks And Other Allied Military Equipment, It Can Be Suitably Modified To Create Space And Area That Can Be Used For 1.Producing & Storing Potable Water, Food & Medicine, Rescue Equipment And Fuel To Support The Rescue & Relief Operations. 2.Constructing Operation Theatres, Icu And Sick Quarters On Board. 3.Quarters For The Medical And Rescue Staff. 4.Short Term Refuge For Victims. 5.Desalination Plant 6.Communication And Watch Station. Cyclones Are Detected And Tracked By Satellite As They Gather Strength. Experts Also Predict Within Reasonable Time The Area Where The Landfall Would Occur. Local Doctors, Fire-Fighters And Other Rescue Teams Are Themselves Subject To Disaster. But Still They Are The Best Persons As They Know The Local Language And The Local Terrain. If These Persons Are Removed From The Scene In Advance And Placed On This Aircraft Carrier Then After The Disaster They Can Be Flown In Straight From This Carrier And Efficiently Utilised As The Rescuers In The Area. The Sick And Infirm Can Be Brought On This Ship Before Or After The Disaster. This Need Not Be Limited To Cyclonic Disaster But Also Others Like Earth Quake And Fires In Se Asia Where There Are Island Nations. Why A Ship For Such Rescue? Cyclone Path Is Tracked By A Weather Centre For At Least 3 To 5 Days, Before It Hits The Land. The Location Can Be Predicted Within Several Kilometres. As Such If A Relief Ship Follows The Cyclone Path It Remains In A Safe Zone Behind The Storm, But At The Same Time, Is Immediately Available At The Location Close To The Disaster Area. A Cyclone After Making The Land Fall, Due To The Residual Storm Effect Keeps The Area For Many Crucial Hours Out Of Bounds For Approach And Rescue From The Land Side. Even Helicopters Cannot Fly In. Further Delay Takes Place After That Because The Relief Convoys Can Start Only After Assessing The Roads And Runways Conditions. In Many Countries Like In Africa Rescue Convoys Can Be Subjected To Loot On The Way. This Journey Then Takes Place On The Damaged Roads In Adverse Weather Conditions. The Air Journey After Such Confirmation May Take Further Many Hours To Reach The Nearest Airport Which It Self May Be Far. Most Of The Time With The Radio Communications Destroyed The Actual Requirement Cannot Be Assessed. In Such Cases It Normally Happens That Required Items Are Missing And Other Items Clutter The Available Storage Area. A Fleet Of Such Ships Can Be Acquired By United Nations And Can Be Positioned At Frequently Affected Locations Around The World. Cost Offset Up Till Now The Relief Measures Start Taking Shape After The Disaster Is Struck And Governments React. The Cost Of Making Hundreds Of Flying Sorties Of Supplies From Say Europe To Se Asia Can Be Achieved By Sending The Closest Ship To The Area And Then Transporting Required Items To Shore In Hovercraft Or Barges. Being Lighter Than The Normal Military Equipped Ship It Can Navigate Closer To The Land. A Team Of Medical Staff Could Be Earmarked For Particular Duty Periods And Familiarisation Trips Could Be Made During Normal Times To Achieve Better Efficiency. The Cost Of Manning And Operation Of Such Fleet Could Be Very Low As It Does Not Require The Military Alertness And Defensive Maintenance. The Economy And Saving As Compared To Land And Air Transport Over Next Few Missions Would Itself Compensate For The Costs. 4.Who Is The End User Of This Idea / Product / Technology? The End Users Are The Individual Nations Under The Auspices Of The United Nations.. 5. The Unique Feature Of This Idea / Product / Technology And How Is This Different From Those Existing In The Market? Have You Done A Prior Art Search Through Website Or Other Means To Determine The Uniqueness / Novelty Of Your Idea / Product / Technology? I Am Not Aware That Such Dedicated Rescue Ships Are In Use Any Where In The World. Whenever There Is A Disaster The Un Or Individual Nations Come Up With Their Own Plans To Provide Rescue. They Use Their Military Ships Which Can Offer Limited Space And Cannot Fulfil Long Term Multiple Missions. Chaos Occurs At Airports And Seaports. There Are Duplications And At Other Time There Are Language Problems, Written And Spoken. Main Load On These Flights Is Water Bottles, Tents And Blanket. 6.The Problems That The Envisioned Idea / Product / Technology Addresses None. 7.Is Anyone Else In The World Doing Similar Work (That You Are Aware Of) And Is A Similar Technology Already In Use? Please See #5 8.Special Laboratory & Test Facilities Required For This Technology A Ship-Building Yard Facility Would Be Required For The Conversion And Modification. 9.Which Tests Have Been Carried Out And What Were The Results? Which Further Tests Remain To Be Carried Out? None Required 10.Other Potential Uses / Applications Of The Idea / Product / Technology During Normal Times It Can Be Used As A •Staging Post •Watch Post For Military, Coast Guard, Customs •Marine Training School. •Oil Rig Or Sea Accidents Rescue And •Oil Spillage Control.

Even though there are fewer ships entering the "mothball" fleet, any ships that are decommisioned are enormous. I would think the only alternative for such huge vessels is probably conversion-maybe with the growing need for clean energy some could be converted to solar panel energy collection sites.

Are There Plans To Build Solar Energy Plants And Wind Farms On The Same Land?
It Seems To Me That Wind Farms Don'T Block Very Much Light And Need Open Spaces. So Do Solar Farms. Can Be Designed To Be Implimented On The Same Land, Like Desserts For Instance

Of course its possible but think about it: You want to locate wind farms where it is consistantly windy most days of the year and the stronger the winds are the better. OTOH, you want to locate solar panels where the sun shines longest and strongest.

These two conditions are rarely co-existant. Wind farms located off the coast of Massachusetts generate a lot of electricity but are frequently in overcast conditions. The sun shines strong in the desert but the air is nearly calm by comparison most of the day, not conducive to wind power generation.

I suppose if you can find a windy, sunny place you can have both projects co-existing, but you still need to leave room and seperation so that each can be serviced and maintained by workmen with equipment.

Ocean going sailboats carry both wind and solar power generation systems to keep batterys charged, but usually only one system is producing while the other is near idling.

Whenever you "harvest" something you need to locate in an area where your "crop" can proliferate. Both solar and wind are only marginally efficient processes at best (I believe solar is about 16% efficient) under ideal conditions. Operating a marginal process at a marginal location makes the technique unsubstantial, which is to say it may cost more to build and operate the apparatus than it ever will be capable of generating over its lifetime. The optimum conditions for solar and wind are not exclusive, but rarely occur in the same place.

How Can You Make Heat Without Fire?
How Can You Produce Heat (Preferably In A Small Area About 1-6Cm). Without Fire Because I Ripped My High Speed Case Fan Out And Want To Make A Mini Heater.

You could make a Passive Solar Heater. :)

We make Passive Solar Heaters using plywood, black spray paint, a sheet of plexiglass, some glue, screws, and empty aluminum soda cans. These heaters work excellent for heating rooms of any size - as long as they are mounted in a spot of good, direct sunlight exposure.

On some models, we even place a mini 12volt whisper fan to draw the air out the hole at the top of the panel.

These heaters can reach temps well over 100 degrees F, in the winter.

We have free plans for D-I-Y on our myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/trinityenergies
They include a step by step construction process with photo-examples of a model we built.

If you have any questions along the way, feel free to message us and ask. :)

If A Home Could Produce 100% Of It'S Own Electricity, Would That Home Still Have To Be Connected To The Grid?
From The Research That I Have Done In My Area, It Looks Like The Tennessee Valley Authority Requires Homes Equipped With Solar Panels To Still Be Connected To Local Power Grids. Granted Any Power Generated Is Credited To Your Account; But Nevertheless, We Still Have To Sell Them The Power And In Turn Buy It Back. Also There Are Limitations On How Many Solar Panels You Are Allowed To Have Even Though Zero Energy Homes Do Exist Here. Does Anyone Have Any Information They Could Share About This? I Am Very Interested In Learning More About Alternative Energy Sources. Thanks.

I have to admit I dream of this, can you imagine most buildings with solar tiled roofs and a small windmill nearby creating enough electricity to cover the house most of the time with geo thermal heating and energy efficient building, most houses would save money in the long term and the load on power demand would be greatly reduced.
I dream.....

What Is The Real Cost Of Solar Panels?
How Much Per Sq Inch Do They Cost? Will I Have To Worry About Them Blowing Off During Hurricane Season? If The Sun Isnt Out For A Week Will My Power Go Out? Will I Have To Check Them Every Week And Check Which Ones Arent Working And Replace Them? Is There Anyway For Them To Be Damaged By Acid Rain Or Any Type Of Erosion Like Hail? When Do I Have To Replace Them? How Do I Dispose Of Old Ones (Like Recycling)? What Is Smarter And More Economical Having Few Big Panels Or Many Small Ones? I Know I Have Alot Of Questions But I Want A Good Detailed Answer.

Omigoodness, you're just full of curiosity, aren't you? Since these answers are readily available to anyone who knows how to use Yahoo (or the Big G), you may already have educated yourself by the time you read this; so bear with me!

First, let's define terms. When you say "solar panels" I'm going to assume you're referring to photovoltaic modules, also known as PV modules, which produce electricity from sunlight. There are other devices that could easily be described as solar panels, such as solar thermal collectors for water or air heating. In common usage, the term solar panels has come to mean PV modules, though we in the industry still tend to flinch a bit when we hear it!

1. How much per square inch do they cost?

Are you planning to buy tiny ones? The question is odd, since they are not sold by surface area, and the industry typically measures price in dollars per Watt of rated output. But a little arithmetic will yield your answer. There is a very wide range of prices and module sizes on the market because there is a very wide range of applications for PV. Prices at the Alternative Energy Store (where I work) range from $45.71 per rated Watt to as low as $4.39 per rated Watt (W). Why the huge range? Well, that higher price is for a hand-held small electronic device charger (think cell phones and iPods) that produces only 2 Watts of power in sunlight. Technically, that price is unfairly derived from the total cost of the product ($91.42) which includes the casing and adapters for charging various devices. In order to compare apples to apples, we need to stick to the same kinds of PV modules. So among modules only, without any additional parts, prices range up to about $26/Watt. The expensive ones are typically quite small (perhaps a square foot or so), and include such specialized modules as foldable units that use exotic elements in their manufacture. Most were designed for light weight and portability--- and you pay for advanced technology and convenience. I suspect you're more interested in the classic framed, glass-topped, stiff modules that can be seen here and there on commercial or public buildings and house rooftops. For such applications, the price range narrows further, from about $12-15/W (for small, low-Wattage modules, about 2-10W) down to the $4.40 price point. The large modules measure up to five feet or more in length and perhaps three feet in width (though shapes and sizes vary considerably among manufacturers). Most large-Wattage modules intended for significant energy production (homes and businesses) have prices per Watt in the $5.50-4.40 range, give or take a few cents.

So we're finally ready for price per square inch! The low end (large modules) is around $0.36/square inch, the high end (small or specialized modules) can be as high as $1.72/sq. in. Even in this simple analysis, there is room for equivocation--- I'm using the outer frame dimensions in my calculations but in most cases the entire measured surface area is not covered with electricity-producing PV cells or film, so the prices will tend to be higher, especially for the smaller modules. For our purposes, it's fair to say the range of price per square inch, for the modules you're likely interested in, is $0.36 - 0.60.

2. Will I have to worry about them blowing off during hurricane season?

Only if you live where there are hurricanes! Ha ha! Just kidding. We get calls all the time from Floridians (and others in hurricane-prone areas) who are naturally concerned about high wind survivability of proposed solar power installations. The answer lies not in the manufacture of the PV modules themselves, but in the methods and practices used in their installation. Most household modules are attached to rooftops using well-designed racking systems made by a number of different manufacturers. These systems have been designed to be installed according to specific instructions in order to meet wind load requirements. The issue of wind loading is a science in itself and the end result is that a PV array (a group of panels producing power for a home or business) is only as good as the roof it is attached to. Most household roof racks are designed to be lag-bolted to the roof's rafters, through the roof sheeting material (usually plywood or OSB). There are also roof racks, typically used on flat roofs, that do not use penetrations, but rely on ballast--- weight, such as concrete blocks or tiles--- to stay in place on the roof, and will perform well under certain wind load limits. In hurricane country, ballasted mounts probably aren't the best idea. Lag-bolted rack types, if properly installed, will provide security in all but the highest winds--- and then it's a question of which will fail first, the racks or the whole roof? It is possible that the roof itself could come off the house before well-installed PV array racks would come off the roof. The short answer is, of course you should be concerned about PV array mounting in relation to your location, but the racking systems are arguably only as good as your roof.

3. If the sun isn't out for a week, will my power go out?

No sun, no power. Solar PV modules only produce electricity when there is sunlight, and most modules only produce electricity (or any reasonable amount of it) when there is full sunlight. Clouds, tree shadows, bird droppings, chimney shadows--- all these can reduce your modules' output to near zero. In many cases, even shading a small corner of a PV module can essentially shut down your system.

The good news is that your household electrical circuits are not powered directly by the solar panels. Imagine what watching TV would be like if a few fair-weather clouds passed before the sun on a given day! On and off, on and off--- it would be madness. No, typical PV systems are designed either to feed the local utility grid through the wires that come to your home, or they feed batteries that your main circuit panels draw from to feed the household loads. You can also have a system that does both: feeds your batteries (usually for backup purposes), then sends any excess energy produced back to the utility grid. But in most grid-tied systems, your PV modules will be feeding the utility grid when they make power, and you will be using power from the grid whenever you turn on a load in the house. There are specific reasons for this arrangement that we needn't get into here, but the main question is: are you connected to an electric utility grid (the power company) or is your house out in the boonies without utilities? If you'reon the grid, the National Electric Code (NEC) mandates that your system MUST shut down when the grid goes down. And if you don't have battery backup (expensive!), you'll be out of power.

4. Will I have to check them every week and check which ones aren't working and replace them?

Generally, no. Most PV modules sold for house-scale energy production carry 20 year (or longer) warranties, so you know the manufacturers are planning for them to be in use for a very long time. While it is possible that a given module could fail, it is extremely unlikely to occur; and damage from weather is also relatively unlikely, as framed modules use tempered glass rated to survive typical hailstone impacts and to carry reasonable loads of snow. The only maintenance you should do is to check for anything that might shade the modules and thereby affect their performance. I'm serious about the bird droppings! Even a silver dollar-sized splotch could severely reduce your array output.

5. Is there anyway for them to be damaged by acid rain or any type of erosion like hail?

Very unlikely. Does acid rain damage your window glass? Glass is very stable, chemically, which is why it's used in chemistry labs! Most modules are framed in aluminum (sometimes anondized) which also is very stable under ambient weather conditions. I've mentioned hailstones above; only very large hailstones may present a problem by shattering the glass modules. Any shattered modules must be replaced, as water will eventually seep into them through the cracks, damaging or shorting them.

6. When do I have to replace them?

The very first modern PV module, made by Bell Labs in (I think) 1954, is still functional. That ought to give you an idea of longevity of this simple, solid-state technology. Cracking or shattering is the only significant concern facing outdoor use of modules. It is likely that the modules will continue to function (and possibly even within typical warranty specifications of 80% of rated power output) throughout your lifetime.

7. How do I dispose of old ones (like recycling)?

Good question. I don't know. Since even if there were some reason to replace a module (shattered glass, or perhaps you changed module types as you upgraded your system), it will likely still be capable of producing power, you might just resell it or give it to a school for classroom demonstrations. If you're serious about this, contact the module manufacturers and ask them.

8. What is smarter and more economical having few big panels or many small ones?

It depends on your application. When we at the Alternative Energy Store size a system for a customer, we do so on a custom basis. There is no one-size-fits-all approach, though some manufacturers offer package systems. There will always be issues with installation details (selecting rack sizes to avoid rooftop vents, for example) that will necessitate some customization. And the PV modules that are available on the market today for home-scale electricity production do not vary so widely that the issue will be of major import in pricing the system. There are some modules that I would recommend to certain customers that would not be appropriate for others; the determination is based on site conditions and must be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

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Ben Gorman

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