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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 everyday life: running your a/c unit, washing clothes, viewing TV, cooking supper. All while decreasing your carbon footprint, and without burning fossil fuels or putting a strain on the electrical grid. And while the environmental benefits of solar power are substantial, lots of home owners find that the benefit, unique functions, and expense savings of owning a solar power system are a lot more enticing.
Top 10 Advantages of Solar Energy
#1 Significantly reduce or even remove your electric costs
Whether you're a homeowner, service, or nonprofit, electricity costs can make up a large portion of your month-to-month costs. With a photovoltaic panel system, you'll generate totally free power for your system's entire 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you don't produce One Hundred Percent of the energy you consume, solar will minimize your energy expenses and you'll still save a lot of loan.
#2 Earn a terrific return on your investment
Solar panels aren't an expense-- they're one of the best ways to invest, with returns rivaling those of more traditional financial investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to substantial electrical power bill savings, the typical American house owner pays off their photovoltaic panel system in 7 to 8 years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Secure against rising energy expenses
Among the most clear cut advantages of photovoltaic panels is the ability to hedge energy prices. In the previous ten years, residential electricity rates have gone up by approximately 3 percent annually. By purchasing a solar energy system now, you can fix your electrical energy rate and protect versus unpredictable boosts in electrical power costs. If you're an organisation or house owner with rising and falling capital, going solar also assists you much better forecast and handle your expenditures.
#4 Increase your home worth
Numerous research studies have found that houses equipped with solar energy systems have higher residential or commercial property worths and sell faster than non-solar houses. Appraisers are increasingly taking solar setups into consideration as they value homes at the time of a sale, and as property buyers become more informed about solar, need for residential or commercial properties 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 an essential element of achieving energy self-reliance in the United States. By increasing our capability to create electrical power from the sun, we can also insulate our nation from price changes in international energy markets.
#6 Develop jobs and assist your regional economy
According to 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 nation. This development is expected to continue. Because solar-related jobs tend to be greater paying and can not be outsourced, they are a substantial factor to the United States economy.
#7 Secure the environment
Solar is a fantastic method to minimize 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 normal property solar panel system will eliminate 3 to 4 lots of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees each year.
#8 Show your dedication to sustainability
Sustainability and business social duty are necessary parts of an organization's culture and values. They also produce bottom line outcomes. Significantly, customers and communities are acknowledging and rewarding companies that decide to operate responsibly. Services are discovering that "green" credentials are a powerful motorist of customer getting decisions, producing goodwill and enhancing service outcomes.
#9 Start Saving from Day 1
Solar purchase power agreements (PPAs) and solar leasing has actually made it possible for homeowners to go solar for little or no loan down.
Lots of house owners choose to finance their photovoltaic panels with one of the "pay-as-you-go" financing options. This implies that a third-party company-- the solar company-- owns the planetary system and looks after installation, maintenance, monitoring and repair works. You just pay the solar company for electrical power-- 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 Investment
The utility business are well-known for their varying and unreliable electrical power prices. There is clearly an upward pattern.
With solar panels and easy mathematics, we can compute how much electricity will be generated, and most importantly, at exactly what rate, for a minimum of the next 20 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
A Recent Alternative Hydrogen Fuel Seminar Discussed The Use Of Solar Energy To Produce The Electricity To Spl?
A Recent Alternative Hydrogen Fuel Seminar Discussed The Use Of Solar Energy To Produce The Electricity To Split Water Into Hydrogen And Oxygen.
B. The Seminar Explained That 10,000 Square Miles Of Solar Panels Would Be Required To Produce Enough Electricity For All Of America’S Electricity Needs, Which Includes The Electricity That Is Needed To Get The Hydrogen Automobile Fuel. Is Be Enough Room In Your City Or State To Accommodate The Needed Solar Panels For All The Of Needs In The U.S.?
C.Discuss Creative Places To Put Solar Panels. For Example, Would Covering The U.S. Freeway Systems With Solar Panels Be A Good Idea?
The best place for solar would be in the desert. For example, out here in the Southwest US is the Mojave desert. It's approx 25,000 square miles in size located in parts of about 5 states, but mostly in California.
Not all states would have solar panels. California would have a lot, as would Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and Nevada. Keep in mind that there would be an additional amount of land required for service roads out to the panels as well as various buildings (office space, repair yards, truck & car storage and repair.
There would also be tremendous fights over land conservation. Large amounts of land would be used and, more than likely, endangered species will be threatened. Also, NIMBY would apply. NIMBY means "Not In My Back Yard." many people will say this is a great plan, just don't build the panels in my area. Build over there, in that other guy's place.
"For example, would covering the U.S. freeway systems with solar panels be a good idea?"
My personal opinion is no. However, many Interstates (such as I-40) have a fair amount of land between the two lanes going one way and the two going the other. A long ribbon of panels in the space between (in the case of I-40) the east-bound and the west-bound lanes would be feasible.
Interesting questions. As a person (probably) much younger than myself, you almost certainly will have to deal with these questions in the real world, say about 2040 to 2050 (when I will be dead, dead, dead!). Best wishes out then.
Which Form Of Energy Is Stored In Plannts?
D) Nuclear Energy
This is a good question. The answer is...it depends. It depends on where you look in the total energy of a plant. There is solar energy being absorbed and converted into chemical energy by photosynthesis, using chlorophyll as a catalyst for the conversion. So, at the molecular level, chemical energy is stored in plants. ANS: c
But at the atomic level, E = mc^2 still applies in plants as well as in any other matter. And that energy is nuclear. ANS: d
In the strictest sense of the word, mechanical energy is not stored...period. It's potential energy, sometimes called stored energy, that converts to mechancial energy, which requires motion. And motion is not stored. So b is incorrect at any level, molecular or atomic.
The Process By Which Light Energy Is Converted To Chemical Energy?
Photosynthesis is nature's way. Our closest technologies allowing us to convert solar energy into chemical energy would be using solar panels to generate electricity which could be converted into chemical energy by charging batteries, or by using the electricity created to create hydrogen and oxygen, through electrolysis, which could then be stored. Photosynthesis is actually less efficient than current solar panel technologies which convert between 15 and 20 percent of the solar energy gathered compared to around 5 to 6% through photosynthesis.
To All The Global Warming Naysayers:?
Before You Immediately Jump To Disproving Global Warming, Hear Me Out:
There'S This Nifty Thing That Has Allowed The Human Population To Increase It'S Carrying Capacity (K), And This Is Called Technology.
Let My Clarify My Definition Of Technology: Any Innovative Thought Or Tool That Makes It Easier For Us To Live. Thus, Both Crop Rotation And Gmos Can Be Considered Human 'Technology' Under This Definition. As Long As Fundamentalists/Nuts Out There Don'T Hinder Scientific Progress, We Can Continue Living As Luxuriously As We Wish, And Have As Many Babies As We Want. So, Could You Please Accept That People Who'Ve Spent Most Of Their Lives Studying This Stuff Might Know A Thing Or Two About Their Topic, And Let Us Do Our Science?
Global Warming Is The Perfect Example Of Naysayers Hindering Science And Screwing Us All. You Can'T Actually Argue That Global Warming Doesn'T Exist And Be Educated In Science, It'S An Oxymoron (Seriously). However, The Stubborn Refusal To Acknowledge Global Warming Has Put The Us Far Behind In Green Technology. We Used To Be The Forerunners In Solar Tech About A Decade Ago, But When We Decided To Stick Our Collective Heads In The Sand, Germany Took The Mantle. Now We Pay Up The Pooper For Gas, And Have To Play Some Serious Catch-Up In The Green Tech Department.
Because We Depend On Gas For Everything (Transportation, Transportation Of Food, Production Of Nutrients For Food, Electricity, Etc.) We Have Been Experiencing A Phenomenon Where We'Ve Had To Pay More For Everything. This Is Because By Not Actively Working Towards New Technology, We Are No Longer Actively Increasing Our Carrying Capacity (K). This Doesn'T Mean Massive Die-Off Or Anything, It Just Means A Minor Decrease In Comfort Of Living. Which (Poke, Poke) We Have Been Experiencing. Additionally, Any Person Who'S Studied Economy Can Tell You That Technology Is Always An Economic Boon.
This All Could Have Been Avoided If We Had Only Recognized Global Warming As A Real Issue, People! Come On. Whether Or Not You Believe It, Isn'T It A Good Idea To Increase Technology For A Better Carrying Capacity, A Better Economy, And To Be Prepared Just In Case It'S Real???
I agree with that. It's foolish to concede the initiative to others. Sustainable technology is merely the application of good sense. Our current lifestyles are ludicrously unsustainable. For those who don't know English very well, this means they cannot last, because they are reliant on finite resources.
Some of these resources are dwindling faster than others, for example fish. The cod fisheries of Newfoundland were once so teeming with life, that a person in a rowing boat could reach in and haul out as many as they could carry. Today, cod is a protected species, recovering from the verge of extinction.
The US has been spending billions conducting illegal wars. Its technology buffs are all employed developing fancy weapons and night-vision goggles. If global food stocks crash, which is always possible, what good will all these weapons be to the American people?
I can't see why US citizens prefer spending half their annual budget on military and defence to diverting a fraction of that cost towards developing sustainable technologies. It defies logic.
To Meadow F:
I wouldn't hold Germany up as a wonderful example to the world for sustainable practice (although some parts of it are, like Freiburg).
It's still the auto-mobile capital of Europe and has a strong lobby promoting fossil-fuels and other unsustainable practices.
I'm more inclined to look to Scandinavia for inspiration in that department:
An interesting report outlining Denmark's approach to sustainable technology:
An article: "Scandinavia's sustainable tourist mecca":
I apologise for my tone above. Diplomacy was not on my side yesterday. In fact, I was expecting a hoard of trolls to rampage, so I was a bit defensive from the off. As it happens, I've been pleasantly surprised by the good will being shown by both sides in this debate.
My point remains, however. US foreign policy costs are hindering other areas of development and sustainable, or alternative energies are one of those. And I know, I used the word illegal, but only according to the Geneva convention, which is old hat now... Anyhow, I don't mean to be changing the subject or upsetting anybody here so I'll lay off.
I feel we're making progress on this. I'm learning too.
It sounds like a lot of people don't like scaremongering, and I'm with you all on that (even though I get scared myself at times), while we're more or less in agreement that at some stage, new technologies will be needed.
I think Lisa is right though, the sooner we can convert, the better by far and that means diverting some of those defence budget dollars into renewable, sustainable, alternative, clean, green or however you like to call it energy.
Solar Energy Flux?
How Close To The Sun Would A Spacecraft Have To Go To Reach The Distance At Which The Flux Of Solar Energy Is 20 Times As Large As The Solar Energy Flux At The Earth?
The solar energy flux falls off like 1/(r^2), where r is the distance from the sun. So, if the flux on Earth is F_E at a distance r = R_E from the sun, and the flux at the spacecraft is F_S = 20*F_E at a distance r = R_S from the sun, then
F_S/F_E = (1/R_S^2)/(1/R_E^2) = 20,
so R_S = R_E/sqrt(20) = R_E/4.47.
The average distance of the Earth from the sun (R_E) is about 150 million km, so the spacecraft would have to go to about 33 to 34 million km from the sun to reach that level of solar flux.