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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 ac system, cleaning clothes, enjoying TV, cooking dinner. All while lowering your carbon footprint, and without burning fossil fuels or putting a strain on the electrical grid. And while the environmental advantages of solar power are significant, many home owners discover that the convenience, unique functions, and cost savings of owning a solar power system are much more enticing.
Leading Benefits of Solar Energy
#1 Dramatically decrease or perhaps eliminate your electrical bills
Whether you're a house owner, business, or nonprofit, electrical power expenses can make up a big portion of your month-to-month costs. With a solar panel system, you'll create complimentary power for your system's entire 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you don't produce One Hundred Percent of the energy you take in, solar will minimize your energy expenses and you'll still conserve a lot of cash.
#2 Earn a great return on your investment
Solar panels aren't an expense-- they are among the very best methods to invest, with returns equaling those of more traditional investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to considerable electricity bill cost savings, the average American property owner settles their solar panel system in seven to eight years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Protect versus increasing energy costs
Among the most clear cut benefits of photovoltaic panels is the capability to hedge energy costs. In the previous ten years, property electricity rates have increased by approximately three percent every year. By buying a solar energy system now, you can repair your electrical energy rate and safeguard versus unpredictable increases in electricity expenses. If you're a business or property owner with changing capital, going solar likewise assists you much better forecast and manage your expenditures.
#4 Boost your house worth
Several studies have actually found that homes geared up with solar energy systems have higher property worths and sell quicker than non-solar homes. Appraisers are significantly taking solar setups into consideration as they value houses at the time of a sale, and as homebuyers become more educated about solar, need for homes equipped with photovoltaic panel systems will continue to grow.
#5 Increase U.S. energy independence
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 energy from the sun, we can likewise insulate our country from rate changes in worldwide energy markets.
#6 Develop jobs and assist your local economy
According to The Solar Foundation, the solar industry included jobs at a rate nearly 12 times faster than the overall U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all jobs in the country. This growth is anticipated to continue. Because solar-related tasks tend to be greater paying and can not be contracted out, they are a substantial factor to the U.S. economy.
#7 Secure the environment
Solar is an excellent way to lower your carbon footprint. Structures are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the United States, and going solar can considerably reduce that number. A typical residential photovoltaic panel system will get rid of 3 to 4 lots of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees yearly.
#8 Show your dedication to sustainability
Sustainability and corporate social duty are necessary components of a company's culture and values. They likewise produce bottom line results. Progressively, consumers and neighborhoods are recognizing and rewarding companies that pick to run properly. Organisations are finding that "green" qualifications are an effective driver of consumer acquiring decisions, developing goodwill and improving business results.
#9 Start Saving from Day 1
Solar purchase power agreements (PPAs) and solar leasing has made it possible for property owners to go solar for little or no cash down.
Lots of property owners opt to fund their solar panels with among the "pay-as-you-go" funding alternatives. This implies that a third-party business-- the solar company-- owns the planetary system and takes care of setup, maintenance, monitoring and repair works. You merely pay the solar supplier for electrical power-- less than you would've paid the energy business.
Since June 2013, 75% of all American houses have access to pay-as-you-go solar.
#10. Solar is a Secure Financial investment
The utility business are notorious for their changing and unreliable electrical energy costs. There is clearly an upward pattern.
With photovoltaic panels and easy mathematics, we can determine what does it cost? electrical energy will be generated, and most notably, at exactly what price, for a minimum of the next Twenty 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
Electrical Questions Involving Solar Panels, 12V Batteries, Trolling Motors, Etc....?
Ok, So I Have A Question About What Wattage And Amperage Output Would I Need From A Solar Panel And What Type Of Solar Panel Would I Need For This Setup:
So I Have An Ascend D12 Kayak (12Ft Long) And I Have Fabricated Mounting Plates To Hold A Bar To Mount A Trolling Motor On One Side And A Down Rigger On The Other To Help Balance It Out( I Also Have Pontoons To Stablize The Yak).
So I Have A Minn Kota Endura C2 30Lb. Thrust Trolling Motor But I Dont Know What The Amp Draw Is On It And Theres No Info On It In The Manual. Ive Even Looked Online And Found Nothing. I Also Have A Humminbird 150 Transducer Style Fish Finder, But Im Not Sure What The Amp Draw Is On That. Both Devices Run Off Of 12V Operation. Im Trying To Figure Out (Roughly) What Kind Of Battery I Need For Solar Charging, What Kind/ Brand Of Solar Output Controller To Use And Type Of Panel To Use.
Any Insight On This Issue To Even Give Me A Rough Ball Park For What Components To Use Would Be Appreciate Thanks In Advance
Hey Nick, that 30 pound trolling motor will use about 18 amps at full power, but about 60%, or 12 amps at the next setting down from full. The fish finder will use less than 1 amp. We have a similar setup here for our fishing boat, but since weight is not such a problem, I have 2 Trojan T-105 golf cart batteries for storage, which when wired in series give you 220 amp hours at 12 volts.
A mid level deep cycle trolling battery will weigh around 60 pounds and hold about 80 amp hours at 12 volts. What this means in theory is you can pull 80 amps out of it before it is completely discharged. So if you ran your motor for 4 hours at full power, the battery would be basically exhausted. In reality, only the top 60 % or so of the battery is available, and after that the voltage falls dramatically. The fish finder will quit once below about 9.5 volts, and the trolling motor will run much slower. So figure on about 2 hours of motor time at full power, and another 5 hours on the fish finder if you turn off the motor the rest of the time.
As far as solar charging, panels generally make about 10 watts per square foot today, give or take a few watts. You need 18 volts normally to charge a 12 volt battery, so that means an 18 watt panel will put out 1 amp in good sun, a 36 watt panel will put out 2 amps, and so on. Your real problem with the kayak is space for the panel. Obviously buying one to run the motor at full speed is not possible, 18 volts X 18 amps comes to about 350 watts, which would take up the space of 5 kayaks, and cost about $700 USD. If you could squeeze a 30 watt panel on the deck someplace, which might measure 12" X 30" then you would have a 1.8 amp charger when the sun was out. That would run the fish finder and put about 1 amp into the battery. If you ran the motor on various speeds half the time for 4 hours, you would likely use about 40 amp hours, or half the battery. The panel would run the fish finder and put 4 amp hours, or 10% of the motor use back in the battery during the same 4 hours.
You can find panels this size and similar ones on ebay and other sites, a 30 watt panel might cost you $60 USD, and since the amp output is less than 2 % of the battery's amp hour capacity, you would not need a charge controller, the panel will not be able to overcharge the battery. Controllers cost more money and are prone to breakdown, specially in water environments. All you need is a diode to keep the panel from draining the battery at night, and most panels come with them installed in the junction box already. If not, you can get one at Radio Shack, or similar store for about $1. I would also expect the trolling motor to be ample thrust for yoru kayak, with a streamlined hull and maybe 300 pounds total weight (rider, battery and accessories) it will likely do 5 to 6 miles per hour, about as fast as you can paddle at full speed. Enjoy the project, and take care Nick, Rudydoo
Do Pvs Produce Ac Or Dc?
My Science Book Is Spotty. Help Please? Thank You!
Yes, Photovoltaic cells create AC's and DC's. You probably know that AC and DC stands for Alternating current and Direct current. PV's are generally panels that collect solar energy in the time it's exposed to the sunlight.
Photovoltaic means "light-electricity". It is formed from photo- which means light and -voltaic which means electrical current or electricity.
PV panels are made up of smaller sections called solar cells. Solar cells, like batteries, each have a rated value of voltage (V or volts) and amperage (A or amps). The total power in wattage (W or watts) delivered is the voltage times the amperage.
Hope this helped hun
Help With Solar Panel Science Project?
I Have A Science Fair At My School And For It I Want To Do Something With A Solar Panel.
I Want It To Have Something To Do With Charging Cell Phones Or Laptops Or Other Electrical Devices.
I Think I Can Afford A 10-20 Watt Solar Panel, Will That Be Enough For Me?
How Would I Then Connect The Panel To My Phone?
Feel Free To Cram My Brain With Electrical Engineering Terms As Long As You Explain What They Mean.
Please And Thank You.
The easiest way to connect a cell phone to a solar charger would be to use a 12VDC car charging adapter and wire to a 12VDC Solar panel.
You can use a cigarette lighter socket to plug the cell phone adapter into, use a Y splitter forund at Radio Shack and cut off one of the sockets and wire it to the Solar Panel.
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To get full output voltage you will need bright and direct sunlight.
To be honest you would be better off just showing that some power is being produced using a Volt meter and/or lighting an LED. You might be able to get a very small motor to turn, a tiny cooling fan such as this one only draws 70mA
A 12VDC solar panel won't work well indoors in a science fair even if you illuminate it with a flood light. However it will work well enought to generate several volts under such conditions.
I would use a Volt meter to measure the Voltage generated and then see what effect shading , orientation and types of light have on the amount of voltage generated. Collect that data and plot on a graph.
FREE DATA LOGGER FOR STUDENTS:
Want to make automated voltage readings using a PC? Connect a Solar cell to a DataLogger and record voltage every few seconds automatically.
DATAQ offers their starter DAQ to students for free upon registering your Science Fair project with them.
Who Thinks That We Should Power Traffic Lights With Solar Panels?
The Solar Panel Wouldn'T Need To Be Very Large, And For The Most Part Could Be On The Back Or Top Of The Street Light. At Night, They Could Be Powered The Same Way They Are Now Or By Batteries That The Solar Panels Could Be Charging Throughout The Day. Please Explain To Me If You Think This Is Good Or Bad.
China already does this on all new install in many parts of the country. It is a small panel with LED lights, they work fine.
Need To Join 2 Pieces Of Metal. Best Way?
I'M Making Solar Panels (Rectangular) And Around The Edges I Wanted A Mental Protective Border. I Found These 3/4In By 3/4In Metal Pieces In The Roofing Section, Looks Like They Would Go The Corners/Edges Of A Roof Or Porch. They'Re 10Ft Long And Would Work Perfect.
I'Ve Mitered Them (90D Angle) And They Form A Nice Rectangular Frame. The Problem, There'S Obviously A Crack In Between Each Piece In The Corner Of The Frame. Because They'Re Going Outside On The Roof, I Wanted To Join Them Together Somehow (Waterproofing It). What Would Be The Best Way To Do This. I Don'T Think They Are Aluminum, Because A Magnet Will Stick To It. But They Are Very Thin Metal. Any Ideas? Preferably Something A Handyman, Dyi'Er Could Do.
If it's magnetic, it's probably steel which means its going to rust, at least at the cut edges if it's epoxy painted.
You can't solder butt edges in thin material. You can't really join them at all reliably.
You could put tape over or underneath the gap, short term. Or you could try riveting another piece of metal across, with some sealant between, but that needs some clearance on the underneath. Or sheet-metal screws.
It's quite hard to waterproof things reliably - you either need gaskets, or rely on gravity and overlap things (e.g. flashing). On the bottom edge of your panel, if I understand right, water is going to run down the panel and under the border. It may be best just to drill drain holes so it won't collect in there, if the panel can withstand occasional wetting but not submersion.