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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 utilize the sun to power everyday life: running your air conditioning system, washing clothing, seeing TELEVISION, cooking supper. All while decreasing your carbon footprint, and without burning fossil fuels or putting a stress on the electrical grid. And while the environmental advantages of solar power are substantial, numerous home owners discover that the convenience, special features, and expense savings of owning a solar power system are even more attractive.
Top Ten Benefits of Solar Energy
#1 Considerably decrease or even eliminate your electric costs
Whether you're a house owner, business, or not-for-profit, electrical energy costs can comprise a large portion of your monthly expenditures. With a solar panel system, you'll produce totally free power for your system's whole 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you don't produce One Hundred Percent of the energy you consume, solar will lower your utility expenses and you'll still save a great deal of loan.
#2 Earn a great return on your investment
Photovoltaic panels aren't a cost-- they are among the best methods to invest, with returns rivaling those of more standard financial investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to significant electrical energy costs savings, the average American homeowner pays off their solar panel system in seven to eight years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Protect against increasing energy costs
Among the most clear cut advantages of solar panels is the ability to hedge utility costs. In the previous 10 years, domestic electrical power costs have actually increased by an average of 3 percent each year. By buying a solar energy system now, you can repair your electrical energy rate and protect versus unforeseeable increases in electrical energy expenses. If you're a service or house owner with ever-changing capital, going solar also helps you much better forecast and manage your expenses.
#4 Boost your home or business value
Numerous studies have found that homes equipped with solar energy systems have greater home values and sell more rapidly than non-solar homes. Appraisers are progressively taking solar setups into factor to consider as they value homes at the time of a sale, and as property buyers become more informed about solar, demand for homes equipped 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 crucial element 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 price fluctuations in worldwide energy markets.
#6 Develop jobs and help your local economy
Inning accordance with The Solar Foundation, the solar industry included jobs at a rate nearly 12 times faster than the total U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all jobs in the country. This development is anticipated to continue. Due to the fact that solar-related jobs tend to be higher paying and can not be contracted out, they are a significant contributor to the United States economy.
#7 Secure the environment
Solar is a terrific method to reduce your carbon footprint. Buildings are responsible for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the U.S., and going solar can considerably decrease that number. A common domestic solar panel system will get rid of three to four lots of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees each year.
#8 Show your commitment to sustainability
Sustainability and business social duty are very important parts of an organization's culture and values. They likewise produce bottom line outcomes. Progressively, consumers and communities are recognizing and rewarding businesses that opt to operate properly. Businesses are discovering that "green" qualifications are a powerful driver of consumer buying choices, creating goodwill and enhancing service outcomes.
#9 Start Conserving from Day 1
Solar purchase power agreements (PPAs) and solar leasing has actually made it possible for property owners to go solar for little or no cash down.
Many house owners decide to finance their solar panels with one of the "pay-as-you-go" financing options. This suggests that a third-party company-- the solar supplier-- owns the solar system and looks after setup, maintenance, monitoring and repair works. You simply 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 Financial investment
The energy companies are well-known for their fluctuating and unreliable electrical power costs. There is plainly an upward pattern.
With solar panels and simple mathematics, we can compute just how much electrical power will be generated, and most importantly, at exactly what rate, for a minimum of the next Twenty Years (repaired 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
Solar Power Vs Grid Power?
We Have Been Looking At Investing In Solar Power For A While Now. It Seems That For Now The Systems Are Way Out Of Our Price Bracket. Last Month Our Electric Bill Ran About $220 For 2362 Kwh For The Month. I Was Wandering If This Is A Bit Excessive Energy Consumption Or Average. I Live In The East Tennessee Area Which Tends To Use More Power Anyway. Is There Anything I Can Do To Get This Usage Down A Lot. We Already Have All The Lights Cfl. Could This Be Attributed To Freezers Or Refrigerators. I Know Someone For Example Who Has Two Upright Freezers And Has A Pretty Large Bill. I Have Read About Guides To Help You Make Your Own Solar Panels From Buying Solar Cells And Constructing Them Yourself. From The Sites I'Ve Been To This Is Mainly For 200-400 Watt Power Generation To Use Emergencies, Rv'S And Other Off-Grid Applications. Has Anyone Had Experience With These Guides, And Can They Be Used To Make Say A 3Kw Grid-Tie System?
You should consider solar water heating before looking into solar electric. It is 85% efficient, as opposed to < 20% efficient for electric. That translates to a lot bigger bang for your buck.
http://www.altestore.com/store/Solar-Wat... (A thermosyphon system is not appropriate for your location, you need more freeze protection than it can offer. A solar powered system like the this also uses no electricity, or more accurately, it makes its own)
You should also get an energy audit to see why your bill is so high, that is a lot of energy you are consuming. Many utility companies will offer them for free or at a discount.
Also get a Kill-a-Watt meter that you can plug devices like refrigerators into to see how much power it is consuming. http://www.altestore.com/store/Meters-Co...
If you have older fridges and freezers, they could be using a ton of electricity, it may make sense to replace them with a new energy star appliance.
Tenn doesn't have a rebate for solar, but the federal tax credit will save you 30%. There are also tax credits for improving your energy efficiency, http://dsireusa.org/.
Why Don'T Energy Suppliers Sell Solar Energy?
For Example, Pgw
The general answer that most have supplied before me is right, economics alone dictate the sources of power supplied.
When thinking of solar power, most people think that it is free. Well, the ongoing fuel requirements are free. However, when you look at the initial cost of the installation versus the amount of power generated, it has not been competitive to use solar. In other words, the initial cost of any power plant costs money and that money must be recouped by electrical sales. The cost of any electricity is made up of several parts: the initial cost to build the plant, ongoing fuel costs, maintenance of the power plant.
Another way to think of it would be to personalize the situation. Suppose you could buy a solar car that would never use any fuel at all and met all your performance expectations. That sounds great. And if you could buy that car at less than twice the price of a regular car, the economics would probably make sense. But, if the car cost 5 times as much, you would never save enough money to justify buying the car.
But, the real reason I answered this was to mention what I know some utilities are doing. For example the Tennessee Valley Authority allows customers to pay an additional $4 per 150kwH and call that their Green Power Program. Then, based on the amount of customers that sign up, they try to utilize these funds to supply that much power from renewable resources. They do that by investing in some wind turbines, several solar power sites, and methane collection from landfills. So, it acts like a working arrangement where the utility partners with the customers to help offset the higher costs of the renewable power now available.
BTW, the person who answered that utilities are being controlled by the oil and gas companies doesn't have a clue. While a very few utilities may have some direct tie and interest in oil, most of the utilities I deal with could care less where their energy comes from. They are going to sell the cheapest electricity that can be supplied to them at a sufficient level of reliability to meet the customers demand. Until our requirements change as consumers, the utilities are only going to supply what we are demanding, cheap electricity with high reliability.
The Sun Vs Carbon Dioxide Vs Other Things?
So Let Me Understand This Certain People Say That Co2 Is The Main Culprit For Climate Change And The Sun Has Nothing To Do With It? I Guess If The Sun Lost Half Its Luminosity The Earth Would Still Get Warmer? Lets Be More Realistic You Should Combine The Sun, Water Vapor, Co2, Ocean Currents And Atmospheric Currents. All Those Combined Will Contribute To A Changing Climate Not Just One Main Thing.
The Sun is the source of heat energy, greenhouse gases provide the mechanism by which that heat energy is retained within the atmosphere. Ignoring other factors then…
If you increase both of them the average global temperature increases.
If you decrease both of them the average global temperature decreases.
If you increase one whilst the other remains static the average global temperature increases.
If you decrease one whilst the other remains static the average global temperature decreased.
If you increase one at the same time as the other decreases then the average global temperature change corresponds to the one with the strongest signal.
Total solar variation varies by less than one thousandth of the mean, the effect this has on our climate is tiny. Only after centuries or millennia prolonged increase/decrease on total solar irradiance will there be a noticeable effect on global temperatures and climates.
The Medieval Warm Period came about after 1,000 years of high solar activity, it caused a 0.4°C rise in temperatures. The Little Ice Age required 600 years of decreasing solar activity just to cool the planet by 0.6°C. The maximum rate of change was just 0.1°C per century.
Contrast that with the recent warming which has seen a 0.5°C rise in just 30 years – that’s 17 times the magnitude of the most pronounced change caused by solar variation. Hardly surprising considering that greenhouse gas concentrations have increased by 42%, over 400 times the percentage change in solar variation.
What’s more, that warming occurred when total solar irradiance was declining:
But you are absolutely correct to state that we should focus on all factors that affect the climate. Depending just how you count them there is somewhere between 500 and 1000 known variables. In a recent answer I listed 26 of them (one for each letter of the alphabet):
The factors affecting the climate are hugely varied. Some operate on timescales of days, others are indefinite. Some change the climate rapidly (1°C per 100 years), others are incredibly slow (1°C per 50 million years). Some are entirely predictable and can be precisely calculated, others are highly variable and can switch from one phase to another with little warning. Some operate independently, some are entirely reliant upon other factors.
At any one point in time the net effect of all influences will determine whether the average global temperature is increasing or decreasing, and in turn what the effect on global climates will be; bearing in mind that every climatic and weather system is governed by temperature.
In climate science we take all these things into consideration but no matter how you look at it, there is one over-riding factor that has a greater influence on our climates than anything else, and that’s the greenhouse gases. This is the sole mechanism which enables Earth to retain heat in it’s atmosphere, remove them and Earth would freeze solid and everything on it would die.
When Is The Semicolon Actually Supposed To Be Used?
In Other Words: What'S The Rule For The Semicolon Versus The Regular Colon?
THINK of a COLON as an ARROW POINTING to what FOLLOWS IT.
SEMICOLONS have the effect of creating a pause stronger than that of a comma but not as strong as the full pause of a period.
Check your writing --Are you using semicolons? If so, remember that they must be either between independent clauses (a group of words that can stand alone as a sentence) or between items in a series.
If you are not using them, perhaps you should. Re-examine your writing. Closely-related ideas expressed in two separate sentences might be better expressed in one sentence using a semicolon.
LINK CLOSELY RELATED INDEPENDENT CLAUSES -- often to restate an idea expressed in the first clauses, to expand on it, or to contrast with it
For fifteen years the painting was stored in the attic; even the artist forgot about it.
Fuel oil, natural gas, and electricity are popular sources of energy for heating homes; the least polluting, however, is solar energy
LINK INDEPENDENT CLAUSES JOINED BY CONJUNCTIVE ADVERBS OR TRANSITIONAL PHRASES
-- Every kid should have access to a computer; furthermore, access to the Internet should be free. (CA)
-- A specialist from the museum arrived and asked to examine the painting; then all the family became excited. (CA)
-- The painting was valuable; in fact, the museum offered one hundred thousand dollars for it. (TP)
SEPARATE ITEMS IN A SERIES CONTAINING OTHER PUNCTUATION -- ususally commas separate items in a series. But if the items themselves contain commas or other marks of punctuation, then use semi-colons.
-- Anthropology encompasses archaeology, the study of ancient civilizations through artifacts; linguistics, the study of the structure and development of language; and cultural anthropology, the study of language, customs and behavior.
What Are Some Public Policy Changes About Renewable Energy Vs Using Oil?
Are There Any Recent Bills Or Laws That Were Recently Passed Trying To Encourage Using And Finding New Means Of Renewable Energy To No Longer Rely On Foreign Countries For Oil. What Organizations Are Involved? Whether They Are Nonprofit Or Private, What Are There Incentives? What Are Some New Technologies For Renewable Energy Or Even Processes? Such As Wind Power/Solar Power/ Plant Bottles? Which States Are More Prepared And What Is The Likely Out Come If We Do Not Find A Renewable Resource To Replace Oil?
Several states have tax incentives and federal grants that are beneficial for home and property owners that want to go solar. Some of the Atlantic states have incentives listed here: http://www.solareworld.com/solar-incenti...
Note that I'm not sure how up to date this is. The incentives expire and get renewed or changed at some point.