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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 utilize the sun to power everyday life: running your air conditioning system, cleaning clothes, watching TV, cooking supper. All while minimizing 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, numerous home owners find that the benefit, distinct functions, and cost savings of owning a solar power system are a lot more attractive.
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#1 Drastically decrease or even remove your electric bills
Whether you're a homeowner, service, or nonprofit, electrical energy expenses can comprise a large part of your month-to-month expenditures. With a solar 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 take in, solar will minimize your utility bills and you'll still save a lot of loan.
#2 Earn an excellent return on your investment
Solar panels aren't an expenditure-- they are among the best ways to invest, with returns equaling those of more standard financial investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to considerable electrical power bill savings, the average American property owner settles their photovoltaic panel system in seven to 8 years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Protect versus increasing energy expenses
One of the most clear cut advantages of photovoltaic panels is the ability to hedge utility costs. In the previous 10 years, domestic electrical power rates have increased by an average of three percent each year. By buying a solar energy system now, you can fix your electrical energy rate and secure against unforeseeable boosts in electrical energy costs. If you're a service or property owner with rising and falling money flow, going solar also assists you better forecast and manage your costs.
#4 Boost your home worth
Numerous studies have found that homes equipped with solar energy systems have higher home values and sell faster than non-solar houses. Appraisers are increasingly taking solar setups into consideration as they value houses at the time of a sale, and as homebuyers become more educated about solar, demand for residential or commercial properties geared up 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 key element of achieving energy independence in the United States. By increasing our capacity to create electrical energy from the sun, we can likewise insulate our country from price fluctuations in worldwide energy markets.
#6 Develop jobs and help your regional economy
Inning accordance with The Solar Structure, the solar industry included tasks at a rate almost 12 times faster than the overall U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all jobs in the nation. This development is expected to continue. Since solar-related tasks tend to be higher paying and can not be outsourced, they are a significant contributor to the U.S. economy.
#7 Protect the environment
Solar is an excellent way to minimize your carbon footprint. Structures are responsible for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the U.S., and going solar can substantially decrease that number. A common residential photovoltaic panel system will get rid of three to four loads of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees every year.
#8 Show your commitment to sustainability
Sustainability and business social obligation are necessary components of an organization's culture and worths. They also produce bottom line results. Progressively, consumers and communities are acknowledging and rewarding organisations that opt to operate properly. Companies are finding that "green" credentials are a powerful chauffeur of consumer acquiring decisions, producing goodwill and enhancing business 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 cash down.
Lots of property owners decide to fund their solar panels with among the "pay-as-you-go" financing alternatives. This indicates that a third-party business-- the solar company-- owns the solar system and takes care of setup, maintenance, monitoring and repairs. You just pay the solar supplier for electrical energy-- less than you would've paid the utility company.
As of June 2013, 75% of all American homes have access to pay-as-you-go solar.
#10. Solar is a Secure Financial investment
The utility companies are notorious for their fluctuating and undependable electrical energy rates. There is clearly an upward trend.
With solar panels and basic math, we can compute what does it cost? electrical energy will be produced, and most notably, at what price, for at least the next 20 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.
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Which Is More Destructive - Global Warming Or Overpopulation?
Which Should We Really Be Tackling?
THE WORLD ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS TODAY
A Contemporary Essay
By Rick Doble
Dr. Michio Kaku has written that we live in an especially dangerous time. By time he does not mean the last couple of years or even the next fifty, but rather the hundreds of years it may take for us to progress from a planet of special interests to a planetary culture.
Right now we are in the infancy of technological development with crude energy sources and chemical processes that have the potential to destroy the environment either as by products of our civilization or with their deliberate destructive use in another world war.
Energy systems could be created that would cause virtually no pollution. Furthermore world wide economic development can proceed without harming the environment. Decentralized systems such as solar panels can bring electricity and non-polluting development to many corners of the world.
Yet the destructive technology that we continue to use will have consequences for many years to come. In fact, we will feel the effects long after we have stopped using this technology and switched to a more environmentally friendly one.
Global warming will affect just about everyone, even though it is primarily a small number of nations that are responsible for greenhouse gas emissions. The same holds true for radiation pollution, as we saw in the Chernobyl disaster. Radiation crossed national borders and ended up all across the world.
Even over-population will affect us all, because a severe strain on the ecosystem in one part of the globe will create stress on other parts.
This crisis is very real. If the global temperature increases and the sea level rises, there will be massive changes in the weather which will cause migrations across the world as well as wide spread flooding. In this kind of environment, new and rapidly spreading diseases could wipe out large numbers of people and the food supply could be threatened. These kinds of disruptions could also lead to wars.
The problem is that any solution is a long term solution. As Hans Blicks, the United Nations weapons inspector before the second American-Iraq war, has pointed out, these environmental questions are much more dangerous than weapons of mass destruction. Yet since politicians do not often think beyond their four or eight year terms, they feel no urgency to risk their political future to forge a fifty or hundred year policy that may be required.
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The root of (nearly) all problems.
Shortage of food, shortage of energy, global warming, destruction of habitats, pollution...... we can try to come up with solutions to all these and more, but the underlying cause is overpopulation.
We can't kill people because we are humane, but we need to get the population down from approaching 7 billion, to a sustainable maybe, one billion... quickly.
There are places we just shouldn't live.
In 1985, we had liveaid to raise money for the starving in Ethiopia. Had we stopped those people from having children, there would be 4 million children not suffering now.
OK... the peoblem is how do you impliment the birth control, and who decides who is prevented or limited... I have a few ideas.
Before everyone says " you can't do that", consider that if you don't, billions will die, and we may go extinct.
Lets end suffering.
The world is currently tortured by a wide range of problems. Most have been profiled in the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential. This deliberately avoids positioning any single problem as the ultimate cause of the other major problems. Traditionally religions have however focused on a limited set of problematic behaviours, values and attitudes -- possibly termed sins -- as generative of the plethora of social problems.
There is however a case for exploring the extent to which a significant proportion of the problems facing the world is the result of a certain attitude promoted by religions themselves. What follows is not intended as a criticism of religion or spirituality -- although a number of new studies of this matter have recently been published (Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion, 2006; Christopher Hitchens, God is Not Great: how religion poisons everything, 2007). The focus is rather on the attitude promoted by religion to the unconstrained increase in the human population -- and its fairly direct exacerbation of many major problems. Deliberate efforts by organized religion to associate spiritual aspiration with this agenda is part of the problem.
Irresponsible avoidance of the overpopulation challenge
Of particular interest in this respect is the manner in which the very question of overpopulation has been very effectively designed off the international debating table in relation to feasible action. Even though the Earth's population doubled from three billion to six billion people between 1960 and 1999, the last United Nations International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), at which such matters could be directly addressed, was in Cairo in 1994. This was however followed by a modest "Cairo+5" review conference in 1999 (The Hague Forum) -- also known as ICPD+5 [more]. The "ICPD+10" anniversary confirms the trend towards periodic production of review documents -- avoiding any conference.
A significant document of the time is the Declaration on the Decrease of Fertility in the World (27 February 1998) by the Pontifical Council for the Family had as its preamble:
The truth about current demographic trends cannot be denied any longer. It is increasingly evident and ever more widely acknowledged that the world is engaged in a marked demographic decline, which started around the year 1968. In 51 countries, fertility is already below replacement level. The number of deaths per year is even higher than the number of births in 15 of these countries. It is urgent to increase the general knowledge of these trends. A true solidarity must be forged without delay, boldly facing the future and mindful of the Declaration of Human Rights whose 50th anniversary is commemorated this year.
The quarrelsome dynamics of the Cairo conference, strongly influenced by religious agendas, ensured that reproductive liberty was affirmed as a human right (William McGurn, The Population Problem: the Pope undermines the case against population control by accepting leftist economic assumptions, National Review, Sept 1994). The debate successfully shifted development efforts from population programmes to women’s reproductive health. As a consequence, the UN World Summit on Sustainable Development (2002) agreed on many proposals to achieve sustainable economic growth but without a single mention of the challenge of sustainable population levels.
In a major review of future security threats (Michael E. Brown (Ed), Grave New World: Security Challenges in the Twenty-First Century, Georgetown University Press, 2003) issues of population are presented under the technical title of "Demographic Developments and Security", where it is only concluded that "migration, not fertility or mortality, is the factor most likely to exacerbate security concerns". Currently, however, the key to the challenging issue of carbon emissions (and their consequence for climate change) -- presumably of no security significance -- is being reframed as primarily the responsibility of the countries with the lasgest, fastest growing populations, namely India and China. However it is those countries with far smaller populations which have so successfully lobbied to preclude reasoned discussion of population issues.
The population issue has been successfully confused with the abortion issue to ensure the total opposition of the "pro-life" movement -- whose abhorence of this form of "murder" is curiously dissociated from willingness to support the killing of others, especially if they can be framed as a threat to a way of life. The issue has been further successfully confused with opposition to family planning as an unnatural constraint on the natural propagation of the species -- and a God-given right. Ironically it might be argued that this consensus amongst mutually antagonistic religions is one of the very few instances of successful inter-faith dialogue with practical consequences -- however aberrant the result may be considered (cf Emergence of a Global Misleadership Council: misleading as vital to governance of the future? 2007).
How is it that, lacking any trace of humility, each religion positions itself on the moral high ground -- above any reasonable moral reproach -- and yet perceives other religions to be misguided, problematic or "sinful" in the extreme? Like any commercial enterprise, each promotes itself as having a monopoly of spirituality and questions the merits of competing products.
Most curiously is that any arguments for "population reduction" have been successfully confused with various "New World Order" conspiracy theories -- such as The Club of Rome and Population Reduction (2007), Ruppert Endorses 4 Billion World Population Reduction?, Top Scientist Advocates Mass Culling 90% Of Human Population (2006), Depopulation of a Planet: thinning out the useless eaters (1995), The Depopulation Bomb (2007), Population Control is Evil!.
Even more curiously is the avoidance of the overpopulation issue by environmentalists, as noted by Madeleine Bunting (Greens need to grasp the nettle: aren't there just too many people? Guardian, 10 September 2007):
It's the one issue no environmentalist organisation wants to tal
Do U Pay For Your Heat Bill, And Most Electric When U Have That
When you have a solar panel you don't pay for any electric(light) bill. If your heater is gas you pay for the gas used but not the electricity use to power the fan motor. If your water heater is gas then yes you pay for gas but not the electricity it uses. My grandparents have a solar panel and the battery can hold up to 4 days worth of electricity. I highly recomend getting one! They cost around $20-100,000 though! Once you get one you are disconnected from the power lines and re-routed to the solar panel battery. When you first get one they shut your power off for about 30 min to get the battery somewhat charged.
How Effective & Efficient Are Home Made Solar Panels?
Was Looking At A Few Different Sites, Here Is One Of Them, Http://Earths-Renewable-Energy.Com/ They Show You How To Build Your Own Solar Panels, But How Much Energy Do They Take In? (Knowledgeable Answers Only Please)
For the solar power system to work you need to have a PV panel and a storage system. The PV panels functions to generate electricity and the storage system stores the energy for future use.
Batteries are the most common methods for storage of solar energy. There are 2 types of batteries available. They are nickel cadmium and lead acid. The lead acid batteries are cheap and preferred for solar energy storage. They are similar to your car battery. The nickel cadmium battery also functions in the same manner but are expensive. However the nickel cadmium batteries discharge more electricity and also last longer.
There are generally 3 ways of storing solar energy.
Sensible heat storage
For the solar energy units that have middle and low temperatures the cheapest way of storing energy is to use water and stones. The energy that is collected by the collectors increase the temperatures of the storing mediums to allow storage of the energy in these mediums and when required the heat is used. In this method of solar energy storage the concentration level is low and the duration is also short.
Latent heat storage
In this type of solar energy storage the medium for storing the energy has features like absorption of big energy, less volume and corrosion and greater repeating capabilities. At present the most effective mediums for this type of solar energy storage are hydrate carbonates, nitrates and sulphates. In latent heat storage method the energy storing density is high with longer periods of storage. The medium can be cooled easily also which makes it difficult for the medium to crystallize.
Chemical reaction energy storage
Here, the endothermic reaction of the chemicals is used for storing the solar energy. When the process is inversed the heat is released. Here some inorganic oxides are also used as the medium. By using this method you benefit by storing heat in larger quantities and for longer periods of time. For the generation of high temperature by the endothermic reactions the equipments that are needed are very costly.
Zeolites have the unique characteristics to absorb and deabsorb water which makes it the preferred material for solar energy storage. When the zeolites are heated the water molecules escape and the heat energy is stored. When the process of reabsorbing the water molecules starts the heat energy is released.
When Will Solar Panels Be Cost Effective?
Define "cost effective".
Most systems are designed to have an ROI of 10 years or less, while lasting 20-25 years (if not longer.)
Buying a system means a large up front payment but then you also realize the largest savings over the 20-25 year period because your electric bill is essentially $0.00/month.
Newer programs let you lease your roof to a solar company. They own the system so you pay nothing up front and the solar company becomes your new electric company. So you pay them - not the utility company - for your electricity. The idea is they set a fixed rate for the 20 years the contract lasts that is lower than your current electric bill. You start saving immediately but your overall savings over the 20 years won't be quite as high with this program.
Actual figures and savings will be highly dependent upon your electrical usage, the location of your house (eg. sunny CA vs. cloudy OR) and your roof (direction, size,etc.)
How Many Or What Wattage Of Solar Panels Do I Need?
I Have A House Of About 200Mq2, Off Two Floors. On Average What Watt Rate Of Solar Panels Would I Need, Or How Many Would I Need?
I Know The Question Is Difficult To Ask, But On Average What Is The Requirements For A House In Regards Of Wattage?
For Example How Many Of The Following Would An Average House Need:
There are lots of sites and publications (from the government and from companies who sell solar panels, as well as from many electric utilities) that have this sort of information. Here are some that I think are most useful: