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About Solar Energy
Solar power is energy from the sun that is transformed into thermal or electrical energy.
Solar power makes it possible for resident to use the sun to power daily life: running your ac system, cleaning clothes, watching TV, cooking dinner. All while lowering your carbon footprint, and without burning nonrenewable fuel sources or putting a strain on the electrical grid. And while the ecological advantages of solar power are significant, many residents find that the convenience, special functions, and expense savings of owning a solar power system are a lot more enticing.
Leading Advantages of Solar Energy
#1 Dramatically decrease or perhaps remove your electric costs
Whether you're a homeowner, organization, or not-for-profit, electrical power costs can comprise a big part of your month-to-month expenses. With a solar panel system, you'll generate totally free power for your system's entire 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you do not produce 100 percent of the energy you consume, solar will minimize your energy costs and you'll still conserve a lot of loan.
#2 Make a fantastic return on your financial investment
Solar panels aren't an expenditure-- they are among the finest ways to invest, with returns rivaling those of more conventional investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to substantial electricity expense savings, the average American homeowner pays off their solar panel system in 7 to 8 years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Protect against rising energy expenses
Among the most clear cut benefits of solar panels is the capability to hedge utility prices. In the previous 10 years, residential electricity rates have gone up by an average of 3 percent every year. By investing in a solar energy system now, you can repair your electrical energy rate and secure versus unpredictable boosts in electrical energy costs. If you're an organisation or house owner with rising and falling capital, going solar likewise helps you much better forecast and handle your expenditures.
#4 Increase your home worth
Several studies have discovered that homes geared up with solar energy systems have greater property values and offer more rapidly than non-solar houses. Appraisers are progressively taking solar installations into factor to consider as they value homes at the time of a sale, and as property buyers become more educated about solar, need for residential or commercial properties geared up with solar panel systems will continue to grow.
#5 Boost U.S. energy independence
The sun is a near-infinite source of energy and a key component of attaining energy independence in the United States. By increasing our capacity to create electrical energy from the sun, we can also insulate our nation from rate changes in worldwide energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and help your regional economy
Inning accordance with The Solar Foundation, the solar industry included tasks at a rate nearly 12 times faster than the overall U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all tasks in the country. This growth is anticipated to continue. Since solar-related jobs have the tendency to be greater paying and can not be outsourced, they are a considerable factor to the U.S. economy.
#7 Safeguard the environment
Solar is an excellent method to minimize your carbon footprint. Structures are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the U.S., and going solar can substantially reduce that number. A normal domestic photovoltaic panel system will remove three to 4 lots of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees each year.
#8 Demonstrate your commitment to sustainability
Sustainability and corporate social responsibility are essential parts of a company's culture and worths. They also produce bottom line outcomes. Increasingly, customers and neighborhoods are acknowledging and rewarding businesses that pick to operate responsibly. Organisations are finding that "green" credentials are an effective chauffeur of consumer getting decisions, creating goodwill and enhancing organisation outcomes.
#9 Start Conserving from Day 1
Solar purchase power contracts (PPAs) and solar leasing has made it possible for homeowners to go solar for little or no money down.
Numerous property owners decide to finance their solar panels with among the "pay-as-you-go" financing alternatives. This implies that a third-party business-- the solar service provider-- owns the planetary system and takes care of setup, maintenance, tracking and repair works. You just pay the solar company for electrical energy-- less than you would've paid the energy company.
As of 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 infamous for their varying and unreliable electricity prices. There is plainly an upward pattern.
With photovoltaic panels and basic math, we can calculate just how much electrical energy will be created, and most significantly, at what cost, for a minimum of the next 20 years (fixed energy expenses).
What are the various payment options?
- 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?
What is the warranty?
Frequently Asked Questions
What Are Some Advantages To Using Solar Energy?
What Are Some Disadvantages To Using It?
I always feel like I'm doing someone's homework for them when I answer obvious questions like these, but whatever
-Ability to collect energy on your own rooftop and not be charged for it
-Doesn't produce CO2 when generating electricity
-Doesn't require the same material extraction infrastructure other fuels do (as in, you don't need to pump oil out of the ground in Saudi Arabia, then transport it across the Atlantic, then refine it somewhere in America, then transport it to the electrical plant, etc), which means less energy consumed in gathering it
-You need direct, unobscured sunlight
-Commercial solar energy plants such as reflector based ones take up a lot of land
-Some claim producing solar cells generates toxic byproducts and/or the carbon generated offsets the CO2 savings
-At the moment solar doesn't generate as much energy for how much it costs, although the rising price of oil and improving technology is mitigating this factor
Construction Of Wind Energy Farms Is On The Rise Worldwide. India Is Facing Continuous Energy Crisis.?
Construction Of Wind Energy Farms Is On The Rise Worldwide. India Is Facing Continuous Energy Crisis.?
1). Write A Report On Existing Wind Energy Farms And The Latest Ones Which Are Coming Up In India (Their Name And Location) And Comment On 1)What Are There Limitations?
2)How Successful Will It Be In The Years To Come?
3)Will Global Warming Effect It In Any Way?
The answer is getting rid of corrupt governments.Solar and wind energy is great but the elitists are the problem standing in the way of alternative energies as well as capping off oil wells around the globe....http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=...
Powering Electric Cars On The-Go?
I Think It'S Great That There Are Electric Cars Coming Out Lately With Traveling Packs That Allow You To Charge The Car Through Any Standard Outlet! But Wouldn'T It Be Pretty Difficult To Do This Outside Of The Home?
Tesla Motors Has Their New Car That'S 100% Electric. You Can'T Fill It Up With Gas Or Anything If You Can'T Get Your Hands On An Outlet... Then You'Re Done! I Feel Like I'M Missing Something, Because I Don'T Think They'D Pass Over Something Like That (Chevy Volt Certainly Didn'T)
I would suspect that the concierge at the more respectable hotels can arrange for an extension cable albeit at a price. It's certainly a chicken or the egg problem. Most outdoor outlets in public parking lots are for block heaters hence they only expect 50w to be drawn by any one car, ie.: 20 to 30 parking spots would be on one circuit breaker. There's talk about communication protocols so that the cars plugged in can take turns charging in order not to blow the breakers.
IMHO, the introduction of new technology like electric cars are just like the introductions of flex fuel, hybrids, hemi, SUV's, minivans, and tail fins. It's just designed obsolescence. They're encouraging people to replace working vehicles with new ones in order to sustain a higher growth rate in automobile production than what's actually necessary given the population size and travel requirements.
If they were concerned about the environment impact of hydrocarbon fuels, they would just make the fuel from biomass or from CO2 and H2O. Gasoline is just carbon and hydrogen in a specific form and can be easily synthesized from CO and H2 in exothermic Fischer Tropsch reactions and both CO and H2 can be made by gasification of biomass (even from waste) or as Sandia Labs has shown, directly from CO2 and H2 with solar power. Entire countries have run on synthetic fuels (WWII Germany and embargoed South Africa) and we already know that gasoline from biomass becomes economical when oil hits $86 a barrel, and the process can be used with feed-stock like coal or natural gas where the point where it becomes economical is at $30 per barrel oil prices (of course, there's less environmental advantages to synthesizing from coal or natural gas). Investors haven't invested in the infrastructure because they know that oil can plummet down to $10 a barrel at the mere whim of a foreign government hence it'll take some guarantees from government before investment in FT reactors are made. This could be the thrust of the "clean coal" campaign because that would create the infrastructure needed to switch to coal at the $30 per barrel point and lay the foundation required for biomass as it would be the same FT reactor technology.
The gasoline is just a form of energy storage, a battery if you will, the negative impact of gasoline is because it's being made from fossil reserves that has been sequestered from our environment for millions of years. If we just change how we make gasoline, the environmental impact would be addressed.
Ultimately, if the concern was really for the environment and for our safety, cars would be more like PRT's, shared, automated, on demand transportation available publicly.
The promotion of vehicle production does produce jobs and add to the national GDP but it's another example of an economic bubble or Ponzi scheme. Eventually, the promotion of new vehicle purchases will reach the limits of the consumers finances and then the expected growth cannot be maintained regardless of marketing. We need to change how we think about business, and investment if we want to achieve a sustainable economy and a sustainable ecosystem.
I like electric cars in that I think they're neat but a mass transition to electric vehicles represents a tremendous cost to the environment as the impact of building any new car is huge never mind one that depends on limited global lithium supplies like electric cars. I don't think it's great that they're coming out, not just yet, there's plenty of technologies that make more sense but it's a matter of who makes the money and how much.
How Is Energy Harnessed By Wind And Solar Devices Stored?
There Is A Ballot Proposal In Our State That Requires All Utilities To Increase Dependence On Wind And Solar By 25% By The Year 2025. I Just Saw An Ad That Opposes The Proposal, And One Of The Things They Said Is That &Quot;The Wind Doesn'T Always Blow And The Sun Doesn'T Always Shine&Quot;. That Didn'T Sound Quite Right To Me. I Know It Must Be Able To Be Stored In Some Way And I Wondered If Somebody Could Explain In Simple Terms How This Is Done.
The County Is Which I Live Has A High Number Of Windmills And There Is A Wind Farm Not Far From Here. It Is Very Popular In My County.
The ad is correct, but that does not mean wind and solar are not practical. Pumped hydroelectric is the only storage practical on a large scale. Transmission infrastructure is a bigger challenge. So is rapid load adjustment from traditional power plants, and balancing the variable sources and synchronizing them to the grid.
How Are The Buildings And Pavent Affected By Climate?
A push to replace old, heat-trapping paving materials with new, cooler materials could actually lead to higher electricity bills for surrounding buildings, engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have found. Researchers published their findings Oct. 29 in the new Journal of Urban Climate.
The new paving materials are designed to lower the overall temperature of the areas where they are used—something that the study, which was focused on local solar radiation and energy consumption, was not designed to measure.
The study sounds a note of caution at a time when both federal and state legislatures have been pushing for increased use of the new highly reflective pavement materials. Assembly Bill 296, which became law in California this year, is designed to advance cool pavement practices in the state and requires the compilation of a Cool Pavement Handbook. The federal Heat Island and Smog Reduction Act of 2011, currently under consideration in Congress, would specifically require paving materials with higher solar reflectivity.
“Our findings suggested that some benefits associated with reflective pavements are tied to the environment where they’re used,” said Jan Kleissl, a professor of environmental engineering at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego. “More studies are needed to determine where these new materials would be most beneficial.”
The new materials could have a positive effect in areas where buildings can automatically respond to additional sunlight because they are equipped with smart lighting solutions, such as dimmers run by photo-sensitive cells.
However, buildings without these features do not fare as well. The increases in consumption of cooling energy due to the new pavements ranged anywhere from 4.5 to 9.5 percent for typical newer, and better insulated, buildings; and from 5 to 11 percent for older structures. That’s because the new paving materials stay cool by reflecting significantly more of the sun’s rays than traditional pavements. Many rays are reflected back into space, helping to cool surrounding areas—and the planet. However, a portion of these rays gets reflected onto the windows of nearby buildings. In the researchers’ study, windows facing the reflective pavements got 40 percent more daily sunshine in summer as windows facing more traditional paving surfaces (in winter the difference was only 12 percent). That in turn increases temperatures inside the building, especially if the windows do not have solar-control coating. So the buildings’ occupants turn up the air conditioning. Meanwhile, office buildings that have smart lighting or energy-conscious occupants may actually benefit from the additional sunlight by being able to reduce energy use due to artificial lighting.
The worst-case scenario is when these new cooler pavements are used in office park settings with many mid-rise buildings with large window areas. The best-case scenario would be to use the new paving materials near buildings without windows; on roads or large parking lots that are not surrounded by buildings; or in warehouse districts where structures don’t have air conditioning, Kleissl said.
Kleissl and Jacobs School Ph.D. student Neda Yaghoobian looked at annual energy use related to air conditioning in both older and newer four-story buildings in Phoenix, Ariz. Yaghoobian used a complex weather and building model she developed, called the Temperature of Urban Facets Indoor-Outdoor Building Energy Simulator (TUF-IOBES). The model fills an important gap by allowing the detailed simulation of the interaction between indoor and outdoor climate. The program links indoor and outdoor energy balance dynamically by taking into account real weather conditions, indoor heat sources, building and urban material properties, composition of the building envelope (such as windows and insulation), and waste heat from air conditioning.