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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 property owner to use the sun to power daily life: running your air conditioning unit, cleaning clothing, seeing TELEVISION, cooking dinner. All while reducing 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, numerous property owners discover that the benefit, unique functions, and expense savings of owning a solar power system are even more attractive.
Top 10 Advantages of Solar Energy
#1 Considerably reduce or perhaps remove your electrical expenses
Whether you're a homeowner, organization, or nonprofit, electricity expenses can make up a large portion of your monthly expenses. With a photovoltaic panel system, you'll produce totally free power for your system's entire 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you do not produce One Hundred Percent of the energy you take in, solar will minimize your energy costs and you'll still conserve a great deal of money.
#2 Earn a terrific return on your investment
Photovoltaic panels aren't an expenditure-- they're one of the very best ways to invest, with returns measuring up to those of more traditional financial investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to significant electricity bill savings, the average American house owner settles their photovoltaic panel system in 7 to eight years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Secure versus rising energy costs
One of the most clear cut advantages of photovoltaic panels is the ability to hedge utility costs. In the previous 10 years, residential electrical power costs have actually gone up by an average of 3 percent yearly. By investing in a solar energy system now, you can repair your electrical power rate and safeguard against unpredictable increases in electrical power expenses. If you're a business or homeowner with changing capital, going solar also assists you much better projection and manage your expenses.
#4 Boost your residential or commercial property value
Several research studies have found that homes equipped with solar energy systems have higher home worths and sell quicker than non-solar homes. Appraisers are progressively taking solar installations into consideration as they value homes at the time of a sale, and as property buyers end up being more educated about solar, demand for residential or commercial properties 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 part of attaining energy independence in the United States. By increasing our capability to generate electrical energy from the sun, we can also insulate our country from cost changes in international energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and help your local economy
Inning accordance with The Solar Foundation, the solar industry added jobs at a rate nearly 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. Because solar-related jobs tend to be higher paying and can not be contracted out, they are a considerable factor to the U.S. economy.
#7 Safeguard the environment
Solar is a terrific way to reduce your carbon footprint. Buildings are responsible for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the U.S., and going solar can considerably reduce that number. A typical property photovoltaic panel system will eliminate three to 4 tons of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees every year.
#8 Show your dedication to sustainability
Sustainability and corporate social responsibility are important elements of an organization's culture and worths. They likewise produce bottom line results. Progressively, consumers and neighborhoods are acknowledging and rewarding companies that decide to run properly. Services are discovering that "green" credentials are a powerful chauffeur of customer getting decisions, creating goodwill and enhancing organisation results.
#9 Start Saving from Day 1
Solar purchase power contracts (PPAs) and solar leasing has actually made it possible for property owners to go solar for little or no cash down.
Many house owners pick to finance their photovoltaic panels with among the "pay-as-you-go" funding options. This suggests that a third-party company-- the solar provider-- owns the planetary system and takes care of installation, maintenance, tracking and repair works. You simply pay the solar service provider for electrical power-- less than you would've paid the utility company.
Since June 2013, 75% of all American homes have access to pay-as-you-go solar.
#10. Solar is a Secure Financial investment
The utility companies are notorious for their changing and undependable electrical power prices. There is clearly an upward pattern.
With photovoltaic panels and basic math, we can compute how much electricity will be produced, and most importantly, at exactly what price, for at least the next 20 years (fixed 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
How Can I Run My Laptop Off A Deep Cycle Battery Without Using An Inverter?
I Have An Inverter And Can Do It That Way, But It Seems Like A Waste Of Energy, Since The Battery Is 12V Dc And It Plugs Into The Inverter, Which Converts It To Ac Power, Then I Plug The Laptop Into The Inverter And It Inverts It Back To Dc To Run The Laptop. I Would Like To Find A Way To Be Able To Just Plug The Laptop Directly To The Battery Safely. The Battery Is Not In A Vehicle Or Anything... I Am Hooking This Setup In A Camper Trailer And Want It To Be As Power Efficient As Possible. While I'M At It, What Is The Minimum Sized Solar Panel I Would Need To Get A Decent Charge On The Battery Each Day? I Don'T Have All The Parts To Do The Setup Yet, So A Rough Estimate Is All I'M Looking For.
most laptops have an attachment that will allow you to connect into the cigarette lighter receptacle. Get one of these for YOUR computer, cut the end off and attach the positive lead to the positive terminal of the battery and the negative to the negative terminal....yes this is a major current saver.
On the solar panels, you probably need to do research on google to get a detailed description of what is needed....search for "how to build a solar battery charger (12vdc)
I Would Like To Know Mire About Solar Energy ?
Are There Any Free Classes To Learn About Solar Energy And Building A Solar Panel
A "solar panel" can mean many different things of 4 major categories only one will produce electricity (8 to 24% efficient.) Most collect the sun's heat (60 to 80% efficient.)
Solar air panels are the easiest to make: http://www.motherearthnews.com/Renewable...
It is also possible to make solar thermal flat panels for hot water: http://www.instructables.com/id/Build-yo...
The heart of the vacuum tube solar thermal panels are the vacuum tubes and here is one way to make them "at home:" http://www.youmakeenergy.com/water/hydro... and The heat pipe should go inside of the evacuated tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU4eynU6R-8 like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsx7BX0l5uQ&feature=fvwrel
Solar panels that produce electricity are a collection of solar cells: http://www.instructables.com/id/My-home-made-solar-cell-1/
So there is a great deal of Information on the web and you can pursue your interests and questions on message boards and forums.
In All The Discussions And Battles About Energy, Why Is Nuclear Disregarded?
It'S Very Seldom I See Nuclear Energy Mentioned At All In The Discussions I'Ve Seen.
It'S Always About Coal Versus Solar/Wind, With Both Sides Taking Pot Shots At The Negatives Of The Other.
Why Is Nuclear Energy So Frequently Ignored?
Ignorance and fear. Low information voters.
I was born Arkansas and went to college there. Arkansas Nuclear One has been operating continuously since 1974 by a pristine lake and university at Russellville . It supplies 30 % of the power to the state. I am glad the state had the foresight 40 years ago to be ahead of the curve.
"Local newspaper reports at the time called the decision to build the two-unit nuclear plant near Russellville the “Greatest Thing in the Valley.” Arkansas Nuclear One provides jobs to more than 900 people in the River Valley area. In 2009, Unit 1 celebrated 35 years of providing safe, reliable and affordable power to the people of Arkansas."
What Is The Best Way To Fix The Problems We Face?
Problems Like High Gas Prices, Food, Money. Jobs. There Has To Be A Answer.
Many of the solutions such as "end oil dependency" "stop eating" and "just pay people more" aren't realistic.
1. Solar is hot right now, and that can help in the future for energy needs. There are a lot of companies and money pouring into this industry now.
2. High global demand for grains + Low US Dollar + high oil prices = high food costs.
Everything that is transported by vehicle, ship or plane takes oil (fuel), and those costs will be passed down to consumers in the form of higher costs.
3. A low US Dollar (USD) vs foreign currency makes imported goods more expensive. We are net importers. We hardly make anything here any more due to high US wages compared to China, Latin America, Mexico, etc. The positive is that a low USD helps lower the US National Debt expense as we devaluate our currency. The USD has risen a little over the last couple of days which is sending commodity prices down at least for now.
4. The one thing the US Gov could do to help slow the oil price increase or have it fall $10-15 instantly for the moment anyway: Tell FEMA and the DOE to stop buying oil at these levels for the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). The SPR is nearly full now, but we are buying in case of some oil shortage or other emergency where we can't get oil from the middle east.
5. High Demand & How Diet Influences Food Prices:
Demand from the especially the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, and China are growing at very fast rates. China and India are growing about 10% a year. The fast economic growth in these countries mean that people have money, and people need to eat. China and India can't grow enough food to feed their own people.
6. The demand for this food has skyrocketed. Corn, Wheat, Soy, and other farm foods have climbed 100-300% in price in less than a year. No one is going to be able to stop people form eating, so that problem won't fix very well. if you want a solution? Change our diet, and that will change demand.
A) 70-95% of corn, wheat, oats and soy are fed to live stock, not people. It takes a tremendous amount of gains to raise live stock for the low yield of meat you get (see data below). The result - higher food prices for everyone.
See the rest of my prev post for more:
7. As for jobs? Under programs such as NAFTA and GATT passed by the Clinton Administration made it easy for US companies to move their business outside the USA for cheap labor, then import goods with no tariffs. As people in the US demand higher wages, more people will be laid off and companies will send their worker needs to other counties where labor is cheap.
8. The "food shortage" is not a big issues. The recent actions by Costco and Sam's Club limiting rice has created the illusion that their is a shortage. According to reports on CNBC-TV (04-23 and 04-24-08) the US has tons of rice silos and they are full. The US exports 50% of our rice to other countries. Today many commodities have dropped sharply, just 1 day after the retail rice "panic."
Follow Up On Solar Energy Size Question To Replace Imports?
Previous Question Left At My Added Detail That My Calculation Is $600 Billion To Build The 100 Square Miles Needed To Replace All Imported Oil Used For Fuel. Should We Invest, Over 10 Years, That Amount Once, Versus Paying That Amount Every Year For Import Fuel? See Previous Question For Assumptions And Billr's Answer And Calculations
There was a very good article in Scientific America perhaps 6 months ago. The authors calculated (from my possibly faulty memory) that for $10 Billion, in 20 years, and assuming lowering costs for solar arrays, we could build enough solar arrays in the SW of the country, where you get a lot of sun, and land costs are low, to replace a substantial portion of the power needs plus enough for normal expansion. This would include new power transmission systems to get the power to the east.
Don't forget our grid is very marginal now, and we need a lot of new capacity in the next 10-20 years just to keep up with increasing demand.