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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 homeowner to use the sun to power daily life: running your air conditioning system, washing clothes, enjoying TELEVISION, cooking supper. All while minimizing your carbon footprint, and without burning fossil fuels or putting a pressure on the electrical grid. And while the ecological benefits of solar power are considerable, many residents find that the benefit, unique features, and expense savings of owning a solar power system are a lot more attractive.
Top 10 Advantages of Solar Energy
#1 Significantly reduce or perhaps remove your electrical expenses
Whether you're a homeowner, service, or nonprofit, electricity expenses can comprise a large portion of your regular monthly expenses. With a photovoltaic panel system, you'll produce complimentary power for your system's whole 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you do not produce One Hundred Percent of the energy you take in, solar will minimize your utility bills and you'll still conserve a great deal of cash.
#2 Earn a terrific return on your financial investment
Photovoltaic panels aren't an expense-- they're one of the best ways to invest, with returns equaling those of more standard investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to considerable electrical energy bill cost 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 versus rising energy costs
Among the most clear cut advantages of solar panels is the ability to hedge utility costs. In the past ten years, domestic electrical power prices have actually gone up by an average of 3 percent yearly. By purchasing a solar energy system now, you can fix your electricity rate and protect against unforeseeable boosts in electricity expenses. If you're an organisation or house owner with fluctuating capital, going solar likewise assists you much better forecast and manage your expenditures.
#4 Boost your home value
Several research studies have actually found that homes equipped with solar energy systems have higher home worths and offer more quickly than non-solar homes. Appraisers are significantly taking solar setups into factor to consider as they value houses at the time of a sale, and as homebuyers end up being more informed about solar, need for residential or commercial properties geared up with solar panel systems will continue to grow.
#5 Boost U.S. energy self-reliance
The sun is a near-infinite source of energy and an essential component of accomplishing energy independence in the United States. By increasing our capability to create electricity from the sun, we can likewise insulate our country from cost changes in worldwide energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and assist your regional economy
Inning accordance with The Solar Structure, the solar industry included jobs at a rate almost 12 times faster than the total U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all jobs in the nation. This development is expected to continue. Due to the fact that solar-related jobs tend to be greater paying and can not be contracted out, they are a significant factor to the U.S. economy.
#7 Safeguard the environment
Solar is a terrific way to decrease 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 property solar panel system will eliminate 3 to four lots of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees each year.
#8 Demonstrate your dedication to sustainability
Sustainability and business social responsibility are essential parts of an organization's culture and worths. They also produce bottom line results. Progressively, consumers and neighborhoods are acknowledging and rewarding organisations that opt to run responsibly. Organisations are discovering that "green" qualifications are a powerful motorist of customer getting choices, creating goodwill and enhancing company results.
#9 Start Conserving from Day 1
Solar purchase power contracts (PPAs) and solar leasing has actually made it possible for house owners to go solar for little or no loan down.
Lots of house owners select to finance their solar panels with one of the "pay-as-you-go" funding choices. This implies that a third-party company-- the solar company-- owns the planetary system and takes care of setup, maintenance, monitoring and repairs. You simply pay the solar provider for electrical power-- less than you would've paid the energy company.
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 rates. There is clearly an upward pattern.
With photovoltaic panels and easy mathematics, we can calculate how much electrical power will be produced, and most notably, at what rate, for a minimum of the next Twenty Years (repaired energy costs).
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 Materials Are Used To Build A Solar Panel? How Do They Work?
I am not quite sure what kind of a solar panel you are interested in making, there are several. Here are a few types:
Photovoltaic - These are just large arrays of individual solar cells. They are made from silicon, very similarly to the way that integrated circuits ("chip's") are made. Sunlight passes through the upper layer of the cell, photons knock electrons loose and push them into higher energy states producing voltage/current. String several in series for higher voltage (DC, just like a battery), or several in parallel for more current.
Thermal (liquid) - These are basically just dark panels with water or some other liquid pumped behind them to take up the heat and (usually) store it in some other location (like the basement of a house) for use later (e.g. in heating the home during the night time). They can be used in conjunction with a heat pump to improve efficiency. Not too complicated.
Concentrated thermal - These panels used lenses (e.g. flat or "Fresnel" lenses, like the magnifier sheets sold to assist reading) to concentrate the sunlight. Beyond that, they work pretty much like the above ones (i.e. move a liquid behind the surface to absorb and move heat).
How Do You Build A Homemade Solar Panel?
I Am Trying To Build A Solar Panel For A School Project And I Am Trying To Find Websites With Tutorials. Any Help Would Be Appreciated Thanks In Advance.
Carbon-Neutral Cities Of The Future?
&Quot;Narrow Streets And Shaded Walks Would Reduce The Need For Air Conditioning. The City Would Be Oriented Northeast To Minimize The Amount Of Direct Sunlight On Buildings' Sides And Windows. Solar Panels And Solar Collectors ...&Quot;
And A Ban On Cars.
"Narrow streets and shaded walks" err... like the ones in old cities before the rise of the cult of the motor car! hooray!
glad to see them using their oil wealth constructively, and i hope the (to me bloomin obvious) idea of actually planning a new development will catch on.
china have a good new scheme at dongtan;
you're welcome amy.
i've been enjoying your questions, very thoughtful.
How Do Rechargeable Batteries Charge?
I Am Curious About How The Solar Panel In Garden Lights Charge The Batteries Then Use The Batteries To Light Up The Light
Batteries are chemical devices. They use chemical reactions to generate the electrical current. In a rechargeable battery, the chemicals can be restored to their original state so they can generate more electricity. You need specific chemicals to be able to do this. A conventional battery uses chemicals that can't be easily restored to the original state but the chemicals are cheaper than the ones used in rechargeable batteries.
I Need A Lightweight Form Fitting Solar Panel With The Best Power Potential?
It Will Be Form Fitted To A Kayak Boat, Obviously Must Be Waterproof And Provide Me With As Close To 400 Watts Or More That I Can Get. It Will Be A Solar Powered Kayak. The Important Factors Are Waterproof First, Then Weight, Then Power Output Per Area, Then Form Fitting. I Could Mount The Panels Even If They Are Not Flexible To The Hull Of The Boat, But Of Course I Would Like It To Look Nice And Flex Around The Boat.
Hey David, the device you are looking for is called an, "Amourphous," solar panel. They are flexible, sometimes made to be rolled up and stuffed inside a backpack for camping, or they can come in a roll with adhesive backing, and so forth.
It sounds like you might not have done the math on this one yet. I assume you have calculated 400 watts by looking at what the motor will use, that would be around 2/3 horsepower or so. Are you driving the kayak with an electric trolling motor? The kayak will run fine, but a 400 watt amourphous panel will need almost 50 square feet of exposed sun area to run at that output. I'm guessing your kayak doesn't have the square footage.
I did see a home built electric kayak like this in Seattle once, it was really very impressive, all wood, with just the motor end of a trolling motor mounted below the hull just ahead of the rudder. The driver steered with his feet of course, but had a small flat wood surface area just ahead of him that a thin panel was glued down to. It was probably only 20 or 30 watts, but the output was used to charge a marine battery that was mounted on the floor between his legs. He could troll for quite a while on the battery at various speeds, but the panel would slowly recharge the battery anytime it was in the sun, this included sitting on top of the roof of his truck while he was driving. It also acted to extend the battery time while kayaking in the sun, as it added an amp or two to the battery while the motor was taking 20 or so out.
There is also the fact that a battery acts as a natural voltage regulator for a solar panel, so the voltage being fed to the motor stays right near 12 volts instead of varying from 1 to as high as 19 depending on how much sun there was and what speed the motor ran at. If you end up building this, you also have to consider a charge controller, or the lack of one. A rule of thumb is if the maximum amp output of the panel you are using is less than 2% of the battery amp hour capacity, then you do not need a controller. Controllers cost money, and they are usually what breaks down first in a solar system. Let's say you have a marine deep cycle trolling battery, it might be rated at 80 amp hours. If you bought a 30 watt panel, which is usually wired for 18 volts, then its maximum amperage would be 1.6, which would just work. (30 watts / 18 volts = 1.6 amps) (80 amp hour X 2% = 1.6 amps) Anything above this 2% and you'll need a charge controller to keep from overcharging the battery. If you decide to go with more solar and use a smaller lighter battery for weight, that's fine, just make sure you get a charge controller that can handle whatever amperage your total solar array will develope. I'll list some sources for you to check out below David. Good luck on your kayak, and take care ,Rudydoo