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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 house owners to use the sun to power everyday life: running your a/c, cleaning clothes, seeing TV, cooking dinner. 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, numerous home owners find that the benefit, unique functions, and cost savings of owning a solar power system are even more enticing.
Leading Benefits of Solar Energy
#1 Drastically decrease and even remove your electrical expenses
Whether you're a house owner, business, or nonprofit, electrical power costs can comprise a big part of your regular monthly expenses. With a solar panel system, you'll generate totally free power for your system's whole 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you don't produce 100 percent of the energy you take in, solar will minimize your utility expenses and you'll still save a lot of loan.
#2 Earn a fantastic return on your financial investment
Photovoltaic panels aren't a cost-- they're one of the finest ways to invest, with returns measuring up to those of more conventional financial investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to significant electrical power costs savings, the average American house owner pays off their solar panel system in seven to 8 years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Secure against rising energy costs
One of the most clear cut advantages of photovoltaic panels is the ability to hedge utility prices. In the previous 10 years, residential electrical energy rates have actually increased by approximately 3 percent each year. By investing in a solar energy system now, you can fix your electrical power rate and protect versus unforeseeable boosts in electrical power costs. If you're a service or homeowner with ever-changing capital, going solar also assists you better projection and manage your expenses.
#4 Increase your house value
Numerous studies have found that homes equipped with solar energy systems have higher home values and offer quicker than non-solar houses. Appraisers are increasingly taking solar installations into consideration as they value homes at the time of a sale, and as homebuyers end up being more educated about solar, demand for properties geared up with solar panel systems will continue to grow.
#5 Increase U.S. energy independence
The sun is a near-infinite source of energy and a crucial element of accomplishing energy independence in the United States. By increasing our capability to produce electrical energy from the sun, we can also insulate our country from price variations in international energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and help your local economy
Inning accordance with The Solar Structure, the solar industry added jobs at a rate nearly 12 times faster than the general U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all tasks in the country. This development is expected to continue. Due to the fact that solar-related jobs tend to be higher paying and can not be contracted out, they are a considerable factor to the United States economy.
#7 Secure the environment
Solar is a terrific method to decrease your carbon footprint. Structures are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the U.S., and going solar can considerably reduce that number. A normal property solar panel system will remove 3 to four lots of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees annually.
#8 Show your commitment to sustainability
Sustainability and corporate social duty are necessary parts of an organization's culture and values. They likewise produce bottom line outcomes. Progressively, consumers and communities are recognizing and rewarding businesses that decide to run properly. Services are finding that "green" qualifications are a powerful motorist of customer getting choices, developing goodwill and enhancing company results.
#9 Start Saving from Day 1
Solar purchase power arrangements (PPAs) and solar leasing has made it possible for property owners to go solar for little or no cash down.
Numerous house owners decide to finance their solar panels with among the "pay-as-you-go" financing alternatives. This means that a third-party business-- the solar provider-- owns the solar system and looks after installation, maintenance, tracking and repairs. You simply pay the solar company for electrical energy-- less than you would've paid the utility company.
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 varying and undependable electricity costs. There is plainly an upward trend.
With solar panels and basic mathematics, we can calculate what does it cost? electrical energy will be generated, and most notably, at exactly what price, for at least the next Twenty Years (repaired 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 / Disadvantages Of Solar Energy?
only advantages are not burning fossil fuels and creating less pollution.
A solar panel can generate 70 milliwatts per square inch * 5 hours = 350 milliwatt hours per day. You need about 41,000 square inches of solar panel to power a house. That's a solar panel that measures about 285 square feet (about 26 square meters). That would cost around $16,000 right now. Then, because the sun only shines part of the time, you would need to purchase a battery bank, an inverter, etc., and that often doubles the cost of the installation.
100 watts per hour purchased from the power grid would only cost about 24 cents a day right now, or $91 a year. That's why you don't see many solar houses unless they are in very remote locations. When it only costs about $100 a year to purchase power from the grid, it is hard to justify spending thousands of dollars on a solar system.
solar panels are expensive until the cost comes down it's will remain an exception more than a rule. the same applies to hybrid cars because of the high cost & weight of the batteries. They are working on these problems but so far have not found a low cost way to make them.
If Sunlight Is Free, Why Is Electrical Energy From Solar Cells Expensive? 10 Points?
The energy can only be stored in expensive batteries, and a converter is then required to change the battery direct current into usable alternating current and voltage. Furthermore it is so that solar cells are rather inefficient, and collect only a fraction of the radiation energy, that fall upon them, for only a part of the day as well.
The lower the angle that the radiation hit the cell at, the less the energy scored. So they need to be aimed at the sun, to score more energy. Clouds do affect them.
Much less energy is collected during the hours of the day that the sun is rather low, i.e. sunrise and sun set. It is because of the electromagnetic energy being absorbed by thicker atmosphere, before it
can reach the solar cells
What Are Fossil Fuels?
Im Doing Research On Fossil Fuels And I'D Like To Know What They Are....And How They Form? And Is It Bad For The Environment?
Fossil fuels, coal, oil and natural gas, are a non-renewable source of energy. Formed from plants and animals that lived up to 300 million years ago, fossil fuels are found in deposits beneath the earth. The fuels are burned to release the chemical energy that is stored within this resource. Energy is essential to moden society as we know it. Over 85% of our energy demands are met by the combustion of fossil fuels.
Fossil fuels are made of hydrocarbons. Oil and coal are fossil fuels. It may come as a surprise that these two elements, hydrogen and carbon, can create many, many different compounds with unique characteristics. What makes hydrocarbons valuable to our society is the stored energy stored within them. This energy is contained in the atomic bonds. The original source of this energy is all the solar energy the prehistoric organisms trapped in their bodies eons ago. How do we make use of this bond energy then? We burn them.
Fossil fuels are excellent sources of energy for out transportation needs; however they are also the primary source of electrical energy in the world today. Coal power plants account for at least 60% of our national energy and 52% of the world's demand. We, as a world, burn approximately 1.9 billion tons of coal a year to generate electricity.
Environmental and Health Impact:
The byproducts that form from the burning of fossil fuels are very dangerous. Air particles are deadly. These small particles can exist in the air for indefinate periods of time, up to several weeks and can travel for miles. The particles, sometimes smaller than 10 microns in diameter, can reach deep within the lungs. Particles that are smaller than this can enter the blood stream, irritating the lungs and carry with them toxic substances such as heavy metals and pollutants. Over a lifetime of continued exposure, a person's ability to transfer oxygen and rid pollutants is impeded. Those affected could become afflicted with fatal asthma attacks and other serious lung conditions. the World Resources Institute reports that between the years of 2000 and 2020, 8 million deaths worldwide could possibly occur without changing present conditions. In 1990 alone, respiratory diseases were a leading cause of disabilities and illnesses worldwide. This is a global problem and requires a global solution. Because the contamination is growing at an exponential rate, minor reductions now will greatly reduce the number of lives lost in the future.
With the United States importing 55% of its oil, oil spills are a serious problem. The Exxon Valdez oil spill awakened the nation as we saw its effects on television. To this day there still exists measurable differences in the environment. Some species have not been able to recover.
Serious adverse environmental impacts arise from the emission of carbon dioxide and the oxides of sulphur and nitrogen when fossil fuels are burned. The contribution to the "greenhouse effect", stemming from the emission of carbon dioxide which inevitably occurs when fossil fuels burn, may lead to global increases in temperature and sea-level, with resulting shifts in food-producing areas and patterns of disease, and species extinction. These changes, and the migration of people they could cause, could affect peace and international security. Acidic pollution, arising from the emission of the oxides of sulphur and nitrogen, is implicated in the increasing incidence of asthma and other respiratory diseases, the acidification of lakes, and damage to trees and buildings.
Why Nuclear Energy?
Why Is Nuclear Energy Such A Hot Topic These Days, Why Is Everyone Discussing About It?
Because, unlike many other energy sources, nuclear power doesn't emit CO2.
When people start to talk about global warming, and the effect of CO2 on global warming, they start to talk about ways to limit CO2 emissions.
Most (not all) of the ways that we currently generate electricity emit CO2, including coal and natural gas electric plants. Hydroelectric (building dams) and nuclear are two relatively traditional, large scale, presumably cost-effective methods of producing large amounts of energy that do not emit CO2.
So lots of folks have begun to discuss nuclear as an alternative energy source that does not contribute to global warming.
Also, when you look at the ways to rapidly produce more electricity without increasing CO2 production (wind, solar, nuclear) then nuclear appears to be the most cost effective.
Let me note, before I get a gazillion thumbs down here, that I didn't say that nuclear was more environmental, or that it was the better choice. Only that it currently seems to be more cost effective than the other non-CO2 producing alternatives.
That is why there is so much recent conversation about nuclear energy.
How Would The Mass Capturing And Use Of Solar Energy Effect Climate (Temperature)?
Probably not much at all, since we don't need to cover a significant portion of the Earth to power everything we use (I forgot the specific figure, but it's less than the size of a state).
but, let's guess what it would do if you covered a significant portion. It would collect light, reducing the reflectance back into the atmosphere. This would make it slightly cooler. Right about now that might help undo the increased absorption of the melting ice caps on temperature averages. At its extreme (considering a large portion of Earth covered) I suppose it would induce global cooling, and possibly change the ocean currents.
Solar panels would also bring the heat to the surface instead of the atmosphere, as they would radiate most of their inefficient capture as heat instead of light. The use of solar energy would act similarly. I'm not studying meteorology, so I can't really guess what that would do.
It might help to see the specs of a solar panel which would theoretically be used. How efficient is it? What frequencies does it radiate?
I honestly don't know much about this topic but I thought I'd give it a shot.