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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 property owner to utilize the sun to power daily life: running your air conditioning unit, washing clothing, watching TELEVISION, cooking supper. All while minimizing 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, many residents discover that the benefit, distinct features, and expense savings of owning a solar power system are much more attractive.
Top 10 Advantages of Solar Energy
#1 Significantly minimize and even remove your electric expenses
Whether you're a house owner, business, or nonprofit, electrical energy costs can comprise a big part of your month-to-month expenses. With a solar panel system, you'll generate free power for your system's whole 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you do not produce One Hundred Percent of the energy you consume, solar will reduce your energy costs and you'll still save a lot of money.
#2 Make a fantastic return on your investment
Solar panels aren't an expense-- they are among the best methods to invest, with returns measuring up to those of more conventional financial investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to considerable electrical energy costs cost savings, the typical American property owner pays off their photovoltaic panel system in seven to 8 years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Protect against increasing energy costs
One of the most clear cut benefits of photovoltaic panels is the ability to hedge energy prices. In the past 10 years, residential electrical power rates have actually increased by an average of 3 percent annually. By purchasing a solar energy system now, you can fix your electricity rate and safeguard versus unpredictable boosts in electrical energy costs. If you're a company or property owner with rising and falling cash flow, going solar also assists you much better projection and manage your costs.
#4 Boost your home or business worth
Numerous research studies have actually discovered that homes geared up with solar energy systems have higher residential or commercial property worths and offer quicker than non-solar homes. Appraisers are significantly taking solar installations into factor to consider as they value homes at the time of a sale, and as homebuyers become more educated about solar, need for homes equipped with solar panel systems will continue to grow.
#5 Boost U.S. energy self-reliance
The sun is a near-infinite source of energy and an essential component of attaining energy self-reliance in the United States. By increasing our capacity to create electrical power from the sun, we can likewise insulate our country from rate fluctuations in global energy markets.
#6 Develop jobs and help your regional economy
According to The Solar Foundation, the solar industry added tasks 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 jobs have the tendency 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 great method to lower 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 photovoltaic panel system will eliminate 3 to 4 lots of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees annually.
#8 Show your dedication to sustainability
Sustainability and business social obligation are essential elements of an organization's culture and worths. They likewise produce bottom line results. Increasingly, customers and neighborhoods are recognizing and rewarding businesses that decide to operate properly. Services are finding that "green" qualifications are a powerful driver of consumer purchasing decisions, developing goodwill and improving organisation results.
#9 Start Conserving from Day 1
Solar purchase power contracts (PPAs) and solar leasing has made it possible for homeowners to go solar for little or no money down.
Many property owners opt to fund their solar panels with one of the "pay-as-you-go" financing alternatives. This suggests that a third-party business-- the solar supplier-- owns the solar system and looks after installation, maintenance, tracking and repairs. You simply pay the solar service 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 Financial investment
The utility companies are infamous for their changing and undependable electrical power prices. There is clearly an upward trend.
With solar panels and basic mathematics, we can calculate just how much electrical power will be produced, and most significantly, 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
Assuming Agw, How Much Would You Personally Be Willing To Do About It, Politics?
Assume For The Moment, If It Is Not The Case, That You Are Adequately Convinced That Global Warming 1. Is Real, 2. Is Caused By Humans, And 3. Is Likely To Be A Problem (Call It... 80% Chance Of Some Net Negative Impact, 5% Chance Of Severe Negative Impact).
Assume, Also, That Everyone In The World Is Acting Proportional To Their &Quot;Fair Share&Quot; Of The Problem. Define That However You Wish.
By Roughly What Percentage, Maximum, Would You Be Willing To Increase Your Own Personal Cost Of Living To Stop Agw? For Example, How Large Of A (Non-Revenue-Neutral) Carbon Tax Would You Be Willing To Vote For, How Much More Would You Be Willing To Pay For Solar Or Wind Power Rather Than Coal, Et Cetera? Consider This To Be &Quot;How Much More Would You Be Willing To Pay If Necessary&Quot;, Not &Quot;How Much More Do You Think You'D Need To Pay&Quot;.
Alternately, What Specific Lifestyle Changes Would You Be Willing To Make To Avoid Increasing Your Cost Of Living While Still Working To Stop Agw?
How Much Would You Be Willing To Pay In One-Time Costs (Eg Setting Up A Solar Water Heater) Vs Ongoing Costs (Eg Buying More-Expensive Biofuel Gasoline)?
To What Extent Would You Be Willing To Pay A Little More To Reduce The Financial Impact Of The Change On 1. Poorer People In Your Own Country, And/Or 2. Poorer Countries?
Any Other Thoughts?
(Please Do *Not* Answer If You'Re Not Willing To At Least Provisionally Make The Assumptions In The First Paragraph...)
The same modifications I made years ago because I believed it. Whatever I can. I compost kitchen garbage. I drive a car that gets good mileage and I combine trips. I also follow the hypermiling rules as much as I can without a hybrid and living in Texas in summer. I recycle. Unfortunately, the city I live in doesn't have a bus service, so I can't do that. And there are millions of us out here who have voluntarily made whatever modifications we can. I'm not alone.
I'm unfortunately not in the income group that can afford any of the solar panels, windmill, etc. changes. And basically, if things were like they are in Europe, with full fledged subways and bus lines, I would be happy to have gasoline at the same price they pay. But to raise the prices without that provision would be disastrous for me. The majority of the poorer countries do not have much to cut back on, so I don't see how I would need to contribute to their conversion.
How Big (Dimensions) Would A Solar Hot Box Have To Be To Keep A 6000 Cf. Room Warm Enough To Dry Lumber?
Hot Box Made From Plywood, Glass, And Tin Roofing Painted Black.
I Live In New England. 1000Ft Up.
Any Other Ideas To Help Dry This Stuff Without Having To Buy A Kiln.
I Am Thing Of One 4X8ft To Start, Then More If I Need Them.
This question brought back a whole lot of memories! We ran a small fine woodworking business back in the early 1980's and had access to free oak, walnut, maple and cherry which needed kiln drying after we felled the trees and had it sawn into lumber.
We built an A frame kiln in our backyard which measured 12'Lx10'Hx8'W or so. The glazing material was Lexan dual wall plastic sheets which were commonly sold at lumber yards at the time for homemade solar air heating units. I believe it took 3 of them across, though I'm going from memory. We put rubber gasket material between panels and around the edges of the Lexan where it met the plywood to seal the south side.
The other leg of the triangle (facing north) was plywood, and the kiln sat on a plywood base on 2x4s. The inside of the kiln, except for the inside of the Lexan, was painted flat black. The ends of the kiln were plywood and the door just sat in the opening on a lip, with flip latches to hold it in place. We did not seal around the door or the opposite end, though it did fit tightly.
There was a small circular ventilation fan on the top of the door near the peak to let humid air out. I believe it was solar operated. We stickered the lumber all the way to the top of the A, sealed the door and left it.
Even though we live in central west Michigan, with a freezing winter the kiln took about 4 months or less to dry a load from green sawn to usable lumber.
Outside of the building costs, running the kiln was free. I planted a lilac hedge on the west and north sides to conceal it from the neighbors. The whole thing worked very very well.
How We Help Or Don’T Help The Environment Through Everyday Living(Survey)?
Please Spare A Moment Of Your Time To Complete This Survey On How We Effect The Environment? It'S 21 Questions, And They Are Mutliple Choice, All Except For The End Which Can Be Answered Briefly. So It'S Fast, And Wont Take Much Of Your Time.
Please Answer The Following(Or Whatever Is Easiest)”
And So On. I F Multiple Answers Please Feel Free To Answer With More Than One Letter
How We Help Or Don’T Help The Environment Through Everyday Living?
2) Age Group
3) Ethnicity Group
B) African American/Black
E) Middle Eastern
F) Pacific Islander
4) Do You Take Baths More Or Showers?
5) Are Your Showers Longer Than 15Minutes?
A) 15Mins Or Under
B) More Than 15Mins
6) Do You Turn Off The Faucet While Brushing Your Teeth?
7) Do You Use Water Saving Devices At Home?
A) Dish Washer
B) Washing Machine
C) Low Flow Toilet
D) Low Flow Shower Head
E) Home Rainwater Tank
F) Water Saving Sprinklers
G) Other Devices
8) Do You Eat Any Organic Foods?
9) What Kind Of Water Do You Drink?
A) Tap (Faucet)
10) Do You Do Wait Till There Is Enough To Do One Large Load Of Laundry Or Do You Do Two Or More Smaller Loads?
A) Wait For Enough To Do A Large Load.
B) Two Or More Smaller Loads.
11) Do You Recycle Regularly?
If So, Which Of The Following?(Eg, A) Yes B) No C) Yes D) No )
A) _____ Aluminum
B) _____ Glass
C) _____ Paper
D) _____ Plastic
12) Do You Turn Off All The Lights, Radios And Televisions When You’Re Walking Out Of A Room, If You Were The Last Person In That Room?
A) Yes, I Turn Off All Lights, Radios And Televisions
B) No, I Don’T
C) Forget Or Sometimes
13) Do You Use Anything Solar Powered?
(Other Than Calculators, Since Most Have Solar Panels)
14) Do You Take Public Transportation (Or Carpool If You Go To Work)?
A) Public Transportation
15) If Your Destination Is Walkable Or Cyclable, Do You Travel By Foot Or Bike If The Weather Is Nice?
A) I Walk Or Bike If The Weather Nice
B) No, I Dont
16) Are Most Of Your Typical Daily Driving Destinations More Than 15 Miles (24.14Km) Away Or Less?
A) 15Miles Or Less (24.14Km)
B) More Than 15Miles (24.14Km)
C) I Don’T Drive
17) Are Most Of Your Clothes Made Of Natural Materials (Cotton, Wool, Silk, Hemp Etc)?
A) Less Than 10%
B) Less Than 25%
C) More Than 50%
D) 75% +
18) Are You A Vegetarian, Vegan Or Other?
19) Do You Lower Your Thermostat Substantially When There’S Going To Be No One Home? (Or An Automated Thermostat To Do The Same?)
A) I Lower The Thermostat
B) I Have An Automated Thermostat
C) I Leave The Temperature As Is
19) Do You Use An Electric Or Hybrid Vehicle?
C) I Don’T Drive
20) Do You Believe Humans Are Impacting The Environment In A Good Way?
C) Maybe/ I Don’T Know
21) Do You Think You Can Do More To Help The Environment? If So, Explain Briefly Below.
There is not much a single individual can do that will make any measurable difference at all.
What Could I Power With A 640 Watt Solar Panel, And Is $3500 A Good Deal For One?
What Are Some Electronic Devices I Could Possibly Power With One Panel Receiving About 8 Hours Of Sun On An Average Day?
A typical desktop computer will use 60-250 watts, depending on the model (let's say it uses 130). Plus an LCD monitor, which is about 30 watts, this equals 160.
Now, of course you need light, so let's add two compact flourescent bulbs at 2x13 = 26 watts.
Plus a ceiling fan ( about 50 watts)
And a refrigerator (300 watts)
So we're up to about 536 watts...Add a few other things (cell phone charger, standby power from your stereo and other devices, minus the fact that your "640 watt" solar panel will probably not actually generate the full 640 watts on most days, and you should be just about accounted for.)
Now, depending on the state you live in, electricity will cost anywhere from 5 to 16 cents per 1000 watts of electricity used for one hour. Let's assume you use all of the devices I mentioned for 10 hours a day, and we'll take a rough average of 10 cents per 1000 watts (you can click on the second link below to get a more exact estimate.)
640 watts is .640 kilowatts; at 10 hours a day, times 365 days of the year and times 10 cents per kilowatt hour, you would spend .640 x 10 x 10 x 365 or 233.60 US dollars for one year.
At this rate (3500/233.60) it would take you about 15.0 years to make up for the $3500 you paid for your 640 watt solar panel.
...of course, your actual price per kilowatt hour may be much higher than ten cents (don't just trust my links--contact your electric company), and you should also take into account the fact that energy prices have been rising in recent years and likely will continue to rise over the next 15 years, so the actual return on investment could be less.
Solar Charger For Iphone5 Diy Plug Icon Instead Of Lightning Bolt?
I'M Building A Solar Charger For My Iphone 5 And I'M Almost There! I'Ve Run The Circuit Through A 12V Power Supply And The Circuit Works On My Breadboard And The Lightning Shows Up. I'M Pulling Around 18V With My Solar Panel Into My Circuit Yet The &Quot;Plug&Quot; Icon Shows Up Instead Of The Lightning Bolt Icon. Any Suggestions Will Help! Thank You
Not enough current. Look at the wall charger for your phone. It should say on the label something like, 5 VDC, 1A. If the charger provides 1 amp like that, then your solar panel must also do that.
Also, if you have a voltmeter, check the input to your charger circuit when the solar panel is connected and in the sun. Is it showing 12V like when you had your power supply connected?