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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 resident to use the sun to power everyday life: running your air conditioning unit, washing clothes, viewing 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 significant, many property owners find that the convenience, special features, and cost savings of owning a solar power system are even more enticing.
Top Ten Benefits of Solar Energy
#1 Significantly lower or even eliminate your electrical expenses
Whether you're a homeowner, organization, or not-for-profit, electrical energy costs can make up a large part of your monthly expenses. With a solar panel system, you'll create complimentary power for your system's entire 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you do not produce 100 percent of the energy you take in, solar will lower your utility costs and you'll still conserve a great deal of loan.
#2 Earn a great return on your financial investment
Photovoltaic panels aren't an expenditure-- they're one of the very best methods to invest, with returns matching those of more standard financial investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to significant electricity costs savings, the typical American homeowner settles their solar panel system in seven to 8 years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Safeguard against increasing energy costs
Among the most clear cut advantages of solar panels is the capability to hedge energy costs. In the previous 10 years, residential electrical power rates have actually increased by an average of three percent every year. By purchasing a solar energy system now, you can repair your electricity rate and secure against unpredictable increases in electrical energy expenses. If you're a service or property owner with rising and falling cash flow, going solar also helps you better forecast and manage your expenses.
#4 Boost your home value
Several studies have discovered that homes geared up with solar energy systems have greater property values and sell faster than non-solar houses. Appraisers are progressively taking solar installations into consideration as they value houses at the time of a sale, and as property buyers become more educated about solar, demand for properties geared up with photovoltaic panel systems will continue to grow.
#5 Increase U.S. energy independence
The sun is a near-infinite source of energy and a key element of accomplishing energy independence in the United States. By increasing our capability to create electricity from the sun, we can also insulate our nation from price variations in international energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and help your regional 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 growth is expected to continue. Because solar-related tasks tend to be higher paying and can not be outsourced, they are a considerable factor to the United States economy.
#7 Protect 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 substantially decrease that number. A typical residential photovoltaic panel system will remove 3 to four heaps of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees annually.
#8 Demonstrate your dedication to sustainability
Sustainability and business social duty are very important components of an organization's culture and values. They also produce bottom line outcomes. Increasingly, consumers and neighborhoods are acknowledging and rewarding companies that decide to operate properly. Companies are discovering that "green" credentials are an effective chauffeur of customer acquiring choices, developing goodwill and enhancing service outcomes.
#9 Start Saving from Day 1
Solar purchase power arrangements (PPAs) and solar leasing has made it possible for homeowners to go solar for little or no money down.
Many property owners decide to fund their photovoltaic panels with among the "pay-as-you-go" financing options. This suggests that a third-party business-- the solar provider-- owns the solar system and takes care of setup, upkeep, tracking and repairs. You simply pay the solar company for electrical power-- less than you would've paid the utility company.
As of 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 notorious for their fluctuating and unreliable electricity rates. There is clearly an upward trend.
With solar panels and easy math, we can compute just how much electrical power will be produced, and most notably, at exactly what rate, for at least the next Twenty Years (repaired energy expenses).
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
Explain The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Using Solar Energy To Heat Water?
Explain The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Using Solar Energy To Heat Water Rather Than Using An Electric Emmersion Heater
no waste of money and energy or fuel......dis advantage--it takes a lot of time so waste of time
What Are Obama And Romney'S Policy On Solar Energy?
What With Greenhouse Gasses Emitted From Burning Coal, Oil And Natural Gas, Are They Seriously Considering Solar Energy As An Alternative? Or Are They Too Heavily Swayed By Lobbyist From Vested Interests In The Energy Sector Be It Owners Or Labor Unions?
Obama promised to put solar panels on the White House and still has not "Spring officially ends next week, and the White House is strangely silent about the panels that never materialized. Throughout this spring, I’ve e-mailed the White House, through all the various channels I can find, to ask what’s up. I get responses to about a third of my inquiries, but they have nothing to do with White House solar panels. I fear that promise has gone the way of the Guantanamo closing and so many others. My hope, it is a-fadin’.
But there’s strength in numbers, and I’m giving it one more try. Today Credo Action launched a campaign urging people to call President Obama and ask him to install the solar panels on the White House. “This is a simple and easy commitment on climate action, and the President should make good on it,” Credo Action’s website states. Indeed, this is one action that President Obama could take without having to fight Congress or make any compromises. Michelle could handle it. I guess they’ve been busy.
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Or perhaps Obama is staying off topic because of the failed solar ventures he has poured taxpayer money into.
Romney appears to support renewable energy and alternative energy but, not if it means huge taxpayer subsidies.
A Recent Alternative Hydrogen Fuel Seminar Discussed The Use Of Solar Energy To Produce The Electricity To Spl?
A Recent Alternative Hydrogen Fuel Seminar Discussed The Use Of Solar Energy To Produce The Electricity To Split Water Into Hydrogen And Oxygen.
A. Write A Chemical Reaction And Determine The Energy That Is Needed To Split One Mole Of Water Molecules Into Hydrogen And Oxygen Molecules.
B. The Seminar Explained That 10,000 Square Miles Of Solar Panels Would Be Required To Produce Enough Electricity For All Of America’S Electricity Needs, Which Includes The Electricity That Is Needed To Get The Hydrogen Automobile Fuel. Is Be Enough Room In Your City Or State To Accommodate The Needed Solar Panels For All The Of Needs In The U.S.?
C. Discuss Creative Places To Put Solar Panels. For Example, Would Covering The U.S. Freeway Systems With Solar Panels Be A Good Idea?
I'm guessing your teacher is requireing you to write a paper with these guidlines? Well just read it a couple times. Do some research into solar, cost, maintenance, chemical byproducts from manufacturing, energy output. You may be insulted that you were asked to participate in such a idea. It may be fun and cool for an individual, but for large scale it's rediculous!
I'M Doing A Debate On Renewable Energy....?
...And I'M Kinda Stuck. My Group Has Been Assigned To Find The Advantages Of Solar Power Versus Wind, Hydroelectric, And Nuclear. Only I Can'T Really Find Anything! If You Could Maybe Offer Some Advantages Yourself Or Give Me A Website, It Would Be Great!! =)
It depends greatly on location and funding which resource is the best. In the US for example, there are many great location to put windfarms: Along the coastal regions and near the Great Lakes among other places. It is wonderful for Americans because they can afford the initial investment of building wind energy systems and they have many experts within the country who are able to make any necessary repairs to the windmills. In third world countries however clean energy is not subsidized by the government and the towns and villages are too poor to purchase even the smallest windmills. Think about it, in order to set up and run a windmill you need a turbine which is very hard to transport and expensive, a battery bank to story the energy which is probably the most expensive part of the whole system since wind does not blow fast enough to run the generator 100% of the time, and as I already mentioned a generator to produce mechanical energy that can be converted into electrical energy. Plus poor countries cannot afford to hire people to work on the windmills if they break and people like Engineers Without Borders who train locals do not understand that once a local in a poor village has that kind of technical training the person will usually leave to get a job where he or she can make more money with such skills and send money back to his or her family. In such countries a more robust (simple, reliable, and safe) and accessable method for energy generation is desirable. Another thing about windmills is that they are only guarenteed for 20 years and then they have to be replaced. I lived in a town called Hull in MA that got 12% of their town energy (as of 2005) from wind power and the town saved so much money, even though the wind was not always fast enough to efficiently run the generator and produce electricity. If you are interested you should check out the Cape Wind Project's site. Another interesting field of research here does not come from turbines at all but from a lot piece of material that will vibrate in the wind and produce energy without the concerns of killing birds or hitting flying vehicles.
Many experts believe hydrogen to be the one energy source that will revolution energy but yet there is still not an efficient method of producing the hydrogen. The idea is fantastic: hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe, and if humanity could harness its power we would have as much energy as we needed and we could get it from the ocean without polluting the environment. The generation of hydrogen now however generally comes from electrolysis (H2O -> (1/2)O2 + H2) and steam reformation which creates green house gasses. So much for clean energy. In addition, hydrogen is also hard to store and extremely combustable. After you consider all of these facts remember that you need pure water to run the fuel cells. Hydrogen is unquestionably renewable but the question here is whether or not it is desirable. Don't think I am down grading the prospective usefulness of hydrogen. I am just say a whole lot more research and development is needed to make it competitive with other sources of energy generation.
Nuclear is wonderful until you realize that in the long run it is very expensive (many argue that such plants never pay for themselves) and there is nowhere to store the waste that will satisfy everyone. In 1995, 32,000 metric tons of nuclear waste was produced. In 2015, the number is projected to be 75000 metric tons. But where does all of that waste go? Some of it was set aside to be buried in a mountain in Nevada but the state didn't want it there so it had to be disposed of elsewhere. We could shoot it off into space but you know how much pollution that would produce getting it out of our atmosphere?
Solar panels are the most expensive means of energy production used today(at about $3000 per kilowatt for the panel). These photovoltaic cells are also difficult to produce and easily stolen off of houses particularly in developing countries. People are working on flexible cells that could generate the same electricity for a fraction of the cost (these are not produced with silicon).
Passive solar however is probably the easiest method of producing renewable energy. The heating of water for to use directly or to pump through the walls and floors of a building for heating purposes is amazingly efficient. Other obvious ways of utilizing passive solar energy are the placement of windows on building and the colors and materials used that could prompt or inhibit the absorbtion of energy from the sun.
Another fact that you might want to look at is how many watts does each type of energy generally produce and whether or not that type of energy is good for comercial, domestic, town, city, or rural uses.
I hope this helps ;)
How Many Acres In America Would Have To Be Covered By Wind & Solar Farms To Replace Oil & Coal?
I Ask This Because The Concept Of &Quot;Reducing Our Carbon Footprint&Quot; Seems Inversely Proportional To The Physical Footprint Of These Massive Installations.
It Puzzles Me That People Calling Themselves Environmentalists Are Willing To Stand Back And Watch So Many Scenic Areas Get Desecrated. A Recent Trip Through The Area Along The Columbia River In Eastern Washington Was A Bummer. Turbines Have Industrialized The Landscape For Dozens Of Miles, Turning It Into A Bleak, Robotic View, And That'S Only A Small Part Of Future Plans For The World.
I'M Not &Quot;Pro Oil&Quot; But I See Wind Turbines And Large-Scale Solar Plants As A Faustian Bargain Where The Soul Of The Landscape Is Being Sold To Meet Energy Needs.
Does Anyone Have A Total Acreage Calculation For What It Would Take To Replace Oil & Coal Usage With These Invasive Structures? A Recent U.S. Government Report Cites 675,000 Acres Under Consideration For Solar Plants Alone. I Don'T Understand How Anyone Can Keep A Straight Face And Call That &Quot;Reducing Our Footprint.&Quot;
Depending on the technology, none.
For example, if solar power stations were put into geosynchronous orbit then far more power then we currently used could be beamed to Earth and land area occupied by the power receiver arrays could still be used as agricultural fields. Of course many people complained about storing solar energy but the energy could be used to synthesize gasoline and diesel from H2O and CO2 thereby storing the energy chemically, batteries are just chemically stored energy anyways. Sandia Labs has demonstrated using solar energy to synthesize hydrocarbon fuels from H2O and CO2.
Unfortunately, people are limited by their imagination and preconceptions about energy.