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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 air conditioning unit, cleaning clothing, viewing TELEVISION, cooking dinner. All while decreasing your carbon footprint, and without burning fossil fuels or putting a pressure on the electrical grid. And while the environmental benefits of solar power are substantial, many homeowners find that the convenience, distinct functions, and cost savings of owning a solar power system are even more alluring.
Leading Advantages of Solar Energy
#1 Drastically lower or perhaps remove your electrical bills
Whether you're a house owner, business, or not-for-profit, electricity expenses can comprise a large part of your month-to-month expenses. With a solar panel system, you'll create complimentary power for your system's whole 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you do not produce 100 percent of the energy you take in, solar will lower your utility expenses and you'll still conserve a lot of money.
#2 Earn a great return on your financial investment
Photovoltaic panels aren't a cost-- they're one of the very best ways to invest, with returns rivaling those of more traditional investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to substantial electrical power costs savings, the average American property owner settles their solar panel system in 7 to eight years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Secure against increasing energy costs
One of the most clear cut advantages of solar panels is the capability to hedge energy prices. In the past 10 years, residential electricity rates have actually increased by approximately three percent every year. By investing in a solar energy system now, you can fix your electrical power rate and safeguard against unpredictable increases in electrical power costs. If you're a business or homeowner with changing capital, going solar likewise helps you much better projection and manage your costs.
#4 Boost your home worth
Several research studies have discovered that houses geared up with solar energy systems have greater property worths and sell quicker than non-solar homes. Appraisers are significantly taking solar installations into consideration as they value homes at the time of a sale, and as property buyers end up being more educated about solar, need for homes geared up with photovoltaic panel systems will continue to grow.
#5 Increase U.S. energy self-reliance
The sun is a near-infinite source of energy and a key component of attaining energy independence in the United States. By increasing our capability to produce electricity from the sun, we can also insulate our country from rate fluctuations in worldwide energy markets.
#6 Develop jobs and help your regional economy
According to The Solar Foundation, 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 tasks in the country. This development is anticipated to continue. Due to the fact that solar-related tasks tend to be greater paying and can not be outsourced, they are a substantial factor to the U.S. economy.
#7 Protect the environment
Solar is a great method to lower your carbon footprint. Buildings 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 3 to 4 heaps of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees annually.
#8 Show your dedication to sustainability
Sustainability and corporate social duty are necessary parts of an organization's culture and worths. They likewise produce bottom line results. Progressively, customers and neighborhoods are acknowledging and rewarding companies that opt to run properly. Businesses are discovering that "green" qualifications are an effective motorist of consumer getting choices, producing goodwill and improving company results.
#9 Start Conserving 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 money down.
Numerous house owners decide to finance their photovoltaic panels with among the "pay-as-you-go" funding options. This indicates that a third-party business-- the solar provider-- owns the planetary system and takes care of installation, maintenance, monitoring and repair works. You merely pay the solar service provider for electrical energy-- less than you would've paid the energy business.
As of June 2013, 75% of all American homes have access to pay-as-you-go solar.
#10. Solar is a Secure Investment
The utility business are notorious for their fluctuating and undependable electrical power prices. There is clearly an upward pattern.
With photovoltaic panels and basic math, we can compute what does it cost? electricity will be created, and most significantly, at what rate, for at least the next 20 years (fixed 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do You Agree With Nature Magazine That Solar Is The Most Expensive Way To Generate Electricity?
. . . And That Coal And Nuclear Are The Cheapest?
In The Current Issue Of Nature, Page 872 Shows A Comparison Of Costs Of Producing Electricity.
The Cheapest Is Coal Without Carbon Capture Storage (&Quot;Ccs&Quot;). Then Nuclear. Followed By Coal &Quot;With Mature Ccs&Quot;, Then Municipal Solid Waste, Then Wind Onshore, Biomass, Wind Offshore And Finally, At The Extreme End Of Cost Is Solar Photovoltaic.
So - If You Don'T Like Coal, Then It Seems That Nuclear Is The Way To Go. Or Do You Disagree With The Findings Presented By Nature?
Solar energy is very expensive compared to other alternatives.. That is because of the lowenergy density of sunlight. Anything that has to be collected over a larger area is more expensive. The manufacturing cost and mantaineance are high. There are also toxic waste issues with the manufacturing.
Another problem with solar is where do you put then. The green loving politicians in the state of California have made it illegal to put solar panels in the desert. Even in areas with the most sun there are days that there is no sun. To use sun more than a few hours a day, you have to move the panels to track the sun. That uses energy. and makes the systems more expensive. This is different than windmills that can use the wind to move themselves.
Nuclear power is intentionally made more expensive by politicians, becuase they are not interested in a solution to the problem. They sabotage all attempts to make safe centralized spent fuel storage and recycling, and then complain that there is no where to store the spent fuel.
If we all had nuclear power, there would be no need for climate change research, cap and trade.
Whether you believe in climate change or not, it would not matter.
There would be no be no purpose in life for certain politicians.
Many who support climate change agenda, only do so because they what they really want is to destroy our way of life. If they get their way, when everything is destroyed beyond any recovery, they will say I am bored now, can you put things back the way they were?
How Much Energy Could Be Generated By Adding Solar Panels To The Alaskan Pipeline?
Using Low-End, I.E. Cheap, Solar Panels, Based On Existing Technology, How Much Energy Can Be Generated By Adding Solar Panels To The Total Length Of The Alaskan Pipeline? And If Possible, How Does That Compare With The Energy Of The Oil Being Pumped Through The Pipe. Not Sure What The Light Cycle Is Along The Pipe.
Probably very little, it's at such a high latitude. Anchorage gets way less than half the annual sunlight that LA does, for example:
The trans-Alaska pipeline is about 800 miles long. Let's assume you could fit 1.5 metres wide of panels all along the pipeline, and the efficiency of these panels is 10% (First Solar CdTe are the cheapest, and 8-10% efficient modules. Silicon is more expensive but generally higher efficiency).
The surface area is 1.9 million square metres, which will receive an average of 4 million kWh/day at Anchorage levels of sunlight, or make 0.4 million kWh/day of electricity (ofc, lots more in summer than in winter!)
0.4 million kWh is the energy content of about 2,300 barrels of oil.
However, you must remember that here you've accounted for the efficiency of the solar panels but not the efficiency of the oil. If you burn the oil in a car engine, you'll average 12-20% efficiency in general (and that's not accounting for the energy needed to dig up, process & distribute the oil or make the solar panels). Assuming you're using the oil to drive, it's equivalent to about 10,000 barrels of oil per day, or 3.65m a year.
Any Tips For Protecting My Solar Panel From High Winds?
Around This Time Here In Georgia We Will Begin To Get Some Big Storms With High Winds. I Have A Solar Panel On A Mount That Isn'T All That Sturdy And Could Be Knocked Over With Any Winds Pretty Much Above 15Mph. I Can'T Put Anything In The Ground To Do This. I Used To Have It Mounted To The Roof Of A Playground For The Most Sunlight, But Because Of The Angle Of The Sun And The Tree Leaves, I Have To Have It On A &Quot;Portable&Quot; Mount So I Can Move It Throughout The Day, And I Can Tell You One Thing Is Certain, And That'S That It Isn'T The Most Sturdy Thing Ever. I'Ll Have It A Little Better Next Weekend But It'Ll Still Be Able To Easily Blow In The Wind. Should I Just Hang The Panel Along The Wall During A Storm Then Reconnect It To Its Base Once It'S Over?
I'M Pretty Good With Wood, So Any Wood Creations To Help Out With The Thing Would Greatly Help. Just Please Keep It On A Low Budget.
Solar panels are a costly and significant investment. Therefore, protecting them from harm should be a top priority. Unfortunately, moisture and water are common ways for solar panels to become damaged or broken. Safekeeping solar panels from both of these threats is a simple, inexpensive procedure, and doing so might save the solar panel owner a bundle if carried out correctly
1: Set a thick strip of silicone between each cell when putting the solar panel together, in order to prevent moisture seepage.
2: Use Plexiglas instead of glass as the face of your solar panel. Plexiglas is less liable to break and therefore safe from hailstorms or accidents.
3: Glue adhesive silicone to each side of your solar panel(s), adding additional sealant and protection from water to your commodity.
How Much Energy Does It Take To Make, Install, And Eventually Dispose Of A Solar Panel?
I Am Curious About How Much Of The Energy That A Solar Panel Of A Given Size And Capacity Will Produce In It'S Lifetime, And What Fraction Of That Energy Was Required To Produce It In The First Place?
At present the technology to create silicon solar cells is incredibly energy intensive. It is not logical to compare the cost of oil to the cost of a solar cell because they are not priced according to energy input. Oil has a strong advantage in that it is concentrated solar and geothermal chemical energy that has accumulated over millions of years. The price of oil does not reflect its energy content, but the cost to retreive it. Electrical energy used to produce a Photovoltaic cell is not priced in any proportion to oil.
By some calculations it will take about 50,000 KWh of energy produced by the PV cell before it can recover the energy used to manufacture it. This is about 20 years for a typical solar panel. There is still controversy about this, but to some extent it is reflected in the high cost of photovoltaics, which for the average house will cost about $20,000 to $30,000 dollars just to install. Here is a collection of studies that have been done on just this topic, which range in energy payback time from 2.4 to 25.5 years!!!
Keep in mind that these studies are assuming ideal conditions for the installation. Cloudy weather, snow, and latitudinal variations in length of daylight will reduce the actual results.
This is one reason there is continuing work being done on things like thin PV, which use less silicon and thus much less energy to manufacture.
Can Solar Panels Start Fires?
Hey- I Was At A Yard Sale , There Was A Mirror On His Table That Started A Fire From The Sun Reflecting On It On A Piece Of Wood- So Yes Mirrors Can Start Fires!
You're right that mirrors can start fires, but I think what you saw at the garage sale was a magnifying mirror (some makeup mirrors magnify), not a regular one. If you get a magnifying mirror, you can try this youself with a piece of newspaper. You'll also notice that you can't burn the paper with an ordinary, flat mirror.
The mirrors in the desert were probably one of the few solar power tower plants around. Another approach for utility scale generation would use distributed troughs, avoiding a single super-hot area, or photovoltaic panels, generating no hot spots. When we talk about residential solar systems, that generally means systems without mirrors, and no areas of extreme heat.
Our insurance company charged us X amount of money for fire insurance because we had a cedar shake roof, and when we converted to asphalt tile, they discounted us by about $100, because the roof is less likely to catch fire. When we told them we were putting on solar panels, there was no extra premium, so I suspect that panels are as safe or even safer than a regular roof. After all, the insurance guys have real money on the line, so they should know.