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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 use the sun to power everyday life: running your air conditioning system, cleaning 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 ecological benefits of solar power are considerable, lots of property owners find that the benefit, distinct features, and expense savings of owning a solar power system are much more alluring.
Top 10 Advantages of Solar Energy
#1 Considerably lower or perhaps eliminate your electric bills
Whether you're a house owner, company, or not-for-profit, electrical power expenses can comprise a large part of your month-to-month costs. With a photovoltaic panel system, you'll generate complimentary 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 lower your utility bills and you'll still save a lot of cash.
#2 Make a great return on your financial investment
Solar panels aren't an expenditure-- they're one of the very best methods to invest, with returns equaling those of more traditional financial investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to significant electrical power bill savings, the average American house owner pays off their photovoltaic panel system in seven to 8 years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Safeguard against increasing energy costs
Among the most clear cut advantages of photovoltaic panels is the ability to hedge energy rates. In the previous 10 years, property electricity rates have actually gone up by an average of 3 percent annually. By investing in a solar energy system now, you can repair your electrical energy rate and secure against unpredictable boosts in electrical power costs. If you're a company or homeowner with changing money flow, going solar also helps you better projection and manage your costs.
#4 Increase your residential or commercial property value
Multiple studies have found that homes geared up with solar energy systems have greater residential or commercial property values and offer quicker than non-solar homes. Appraisers are increasingly taking solar setups into consideration as they value homes at the time of a sale, and as homebuyers end up being more educated about solar, demand for properties equipped 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 crucial part of attaining energy independence in the United States. By increasing our capacity to create electricity from the sun, we can likewise insulate our country from price fluctuations in international energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and help your local economy
According to The Solar Structure, the solar market added 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 nation. This development is anticipated to continue. Since solar-related jobs have the tendency to be higher paying and can not be contracted out, they are a considerable contributor to the U.S. economy.
#7 Safeguard the environment
Solar is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. Structures are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the U.S., and going solar can considerably decrease that number. A common residential solar panel system will get rid of three to 4 lots of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees annually.
#8 Show your commitment to sustainability
Sustainability and business social duty are very important components of an organization's culture and worths. They likewise produce bottom line outcomes. Increasingly, consumers and neighborhoods are acknowledging and rewarding businesses that choose to operate properly. Organisations are discovering that "green" qualifications are an effective chauffeur of customer buying choices, developing goodwill and improving service results.
#9 Start Saving from Day 1
Solar purchase power contracts (PPAs) and solar leasing has made it possible for property owners to go solar for little or no loan down.
Many homeowners choose to finance their photovoltaic panels with among the "pay-as-you-go" funding alternatives. This implies that a third-party company-- the solar supplier-- owns the solar system and looks after setup, maintenance, tracking and repair works. You just pay the solar provider for electricity-- 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 companies are well-known for their fluctuating and unreliable electricity costs. There is plainly an upward pattern.
With solar panels and simple math, we can compute what does it cost? electrical energy will be produced, and most importantly, at what price, for at least the next 20 years (fixed 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
Can I Power A House Under 100% Solar? Using Solar Panels?
If I Move To A Place With Almost Constant Clear Sunny Days And Buy Several 15 Volt Solar Panels And Put Them In Parallel To Equal About 120 Volts Can The House Run 100% Off Of The Solar Panels? I Know That There Will Be Days When It Will Be Cloudy Etc. But At The Time That It Is Clear And Sunny Would The House Be Able To Run 100% Off Of The Solar Panels?
At the moment, not really. Solar panels still have a long way to go in terms of efficiency. Also, what would happen at night? You would need to have a bank of batteries to store the power in and an inverter to convert the low voltage DC into 120V AC for a mains supply. I worked on a similar system but had to include a wind turbine and a hydroelectric generator to keep the system running effectively. The solar energy part contributed about 5-10% of the overall energy of the system on a good day (in the UK). But I'll let you in to a little secret. I know a company who is developing a special type of solar cell that concentrates the suns energy and is claimed to output far more power per unit area than current solar panels.... Watch this space.....
Can I Power Up 12Watt Bulb Using 12Watt Solar Panel Power?
I Am Confused. I Am Planning To Build A Simple 12Watt Solar System To Power Some Lights In My House.
1. I Wonder If It Is Possible To Power Up A 12Watt Bulb Using 12Watt Solar Power?
2. Normally, When We Are Reading The Power Rating Of A Bulb, We Will Read The Wattage, So What About The Voltage And Current Rating?
3. If The Current Is Insufficient, Will The Bulb Light Up?
I Am Having A Solar Panel That Can Output 12W Power But I Am Not Sure About The Output Voltage, How Can I Find Out About The Current?
I Am Getting Really Confused.
Learn the essential basics of using solar power so you can understand your project.
Planning a solar project for electricity begins with understanding this section.
An excellent place to start for those just beginning.
Solar power works well for most items except large electric appliances that use an electric heat element such as a water heater, clothes dryer and electric stove - for example - or total electric home heating systems. It is not cost effective to use solar power for these items. Conversion to natural gas, propane or other alternatives is usually recommended. Solar power can be used to operate a gas clothes dryer (Maytag, etc) because the electrical requirement is limited to the drum-motor and/or ignito-lighter, but not a HEAT element for drying the clothes, for example.
This electrical charge is consolidated in the PV panel and directed to the output terminals to produce low voltage (Direct Current) - usually 6 to 24 volts. The most common output is intended for nominal 12 volts, with an effective output usually up to 17 volts. A 12 volt nominal output is the reference voltage, but the operating voltage can be 17 volts or higher much like your car alternator charges your 12 volt battery at well over 12 volts. So there's a difference between the reference voltage and the actual operating voltage.
Components used to provide solar power:
The four primary components for producing electricity using solar power, which provides common 120 volt AC power for daily use are: Solar panels, charge controller, battery and inverter. Solar panels charge the battery, and the charge regulator insures proper charging of the battery. The battery provides DC voltage to the inverter, and the inverter converts the DC voltage to normal AC voltage. If 240 volts AC is needed, then either a transformer is added or two identical inverters are series-stacked to produce the 240 volts.
The output of a solar panel is usually stated in watts, and the wattage is determined by multiplying the rated voltage by the rated amperage. The formula for wattage is VOLTS times AMPS equals WATTS. So for example, a 12 volt 60 watt solar panel measuring about 20 X 44 inches has a rated voltage of 17.1 and a rated 3.5 amperage.
V x A = W
17.1 volts times 3.5 amps equals 60 watts
A charge controller monitors the battery's state-of-charge to insure that when the battery needs charge-current it gets it, and also insures the battery isn't over-charged. Connecting a solar panel to a battery without a regulator seriously risks damaging the battery and potentially causing a safety concern.
Charge controllers (or often called charge regulator) are rated based on the amount of amperage they can process from a solar array. If a controller is rated at 20 amps it means that you can connect up to 20 amps of solar panel output current to this one controller. The most advanced charge controllers utilize a charging principal referred to as Pulse-Width-Modulation (PWM) - which insures the most efficient battery charging and extends the life of the battery. Even more advanced controllers also include Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) which maximizes the amount of current going into the battery from the solar array by lowering the panel's output voltage, which increases the charging amps to the battery - because if a panel can produce 60 watts with 17.2 volts and 3.5 amps, then if the voltage is lowered to say 14 volts then the amperage increases to 4.28 (14v X 4.28 amps = 60 watts) resulting in a 19% increase in charging amps for this example.
Many charge controllers also offer Low Voltage Disconnect (LVD) and Battery Temperature Compensation (BTC) as an optional feature. The LVD feature permits connecting loads to the LVD terminals which are then voltage sensitive. If the battery voltage drops too far the loads are disconnected - preventing potential damage to both the battery and the loads. BTC adjusts the charge rate based on the temperature of the battery since batteries are sensitive to temperature variations above and below about 75 F degrees.
The Deep Cycle batteries used are designed to be discharged and then re-charged hundreds or thousands of times. These batteries are rated in Amp Hours (ah) - usually at 20 hours and 100 hours. Simply stated, amp hours refers to the amount of current - in amps - which can be supplied by the battery over the period of hours. For example, a 350ah battery could supply 17.5 continuous amps over 20 hours or 35 continuous amps for 10 hours. To quickly express the total watts potentially available in a 6 volt 360ah battery; 360ah times the nominal 6 volts equals 2160 watts or 2.16kWh (kilowatt-hours). Like solar panels, batteries are wired in series and/or parallel to increase voltage to the desired level and increase amp hours.
The battery should have sufficient amp hour capacity to supply needed
Should We Use More Or Less Hydroelectricity?
Give Examples And Why We Should Use More Or Less Hydroelectricity
Hydroelectricity provides a lot of power, but a surprisingly small amount of power compared to the entire United States' power grid - only about 12%.
The creation of hydroelectric plants is devastating to local environments. Huge reservoirs are created, which cause massing flooding, wiping out ecosystems and entire species in places. They stop the natural flow of the river, which puts further pressure on the ecosystem, especially downstream, where the water supply is suddenly slashed. Using water for energy also removes large amounts of freshwater from our drinking water supply - freshwater being crucial to life, and the most precious commodity on the planet. Hydropower disrupts an enormous area, in very bad ways. Further, you can't just remove Hoover Dam (for example) and let everything go back to normal. There are remnant pollutants, such as chemicals from recreation that had been on the reservoir. There is an enormous pile of sediment that needs to be removed artificially or allowed to wash away over time - this sediment will cause problems to ecosystems downstream.
All other forms of sustainable energy - solar (both absorbent and reflective), wind, geothermal, wave are all PROVEN to be commercially viable (make enough money for people to want to do it), and provide more than enough energy to give electricity to an entire major city. They are basically non-polluting in any way.
Consider this - what if every home put solar panels on its south-facing roof, and a small wind turbine up on the crest - you could probably provide yourself with most of the power that you would need in a normal household.
Info About Solar Panels?
I'M Writing A Lab And I Have To Put Information About Solar Panels In It. The History, Who Started Them, Why They Are Useful Etc. Any Good Sites That Can Help Me?
I had solar panels installed in the beginning of the fall and I'm a big fan of them! I therefore know some info but I'm not sure if it would really be enough for you. Heres what I know: you save lots of money because you get federal tax credits and state rebates, and you help keep the environment green. The place that installed my solar panels has a lot of info that may be applicable to you, on their website or you can call them @ 866-276-7222 - they have great costumer service!
Why Is Solar Power Important As An Alternate Source Of Power For The Future? (Four Reasons)?
-clean (no pollution)
-Renewable (always there until the sun dies)
-if everyone does it, then its cheap $$$
-Efficient ( only ~30% now, but in the future it will be much more efficient)
-Removes the dependence on solid fuels such as Oil.
-low maintenance costs( hardly need repairs)
-The amount of energy used to produce a panel will be returned from the panel within 5 years.