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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 utilize the sun to power everyday life: running your a/c, washing clothes, viewing TV, cooking supper. All while decreasing your carbon footprint, and without burning fossil fuels or putting a stress on the electrical grid. And while the ecological benefits of solar power are considerable, many residents find that the benefit, unique features, and cost savings of owning a solar power system are a lot more alluring.
Top Ten Benefits of Solar Energy
#1 Significantly decrease or perhaps remove your electric expenses
Whether you're a homeowner, company, or nonprofit, electrical power expenses can comprise a big portion of your month-to-month expenditures. With a solar panel system, you'll generate complimentary power for your system's whole 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you do not produce One Hundred Percent of the energy you consume, solar will lower your energy expenses and you'll still save a lot of cash.
#2 Earn an excellent return on your financial investment
Photovoltaic panels aren't a cost-- they're one of the best methods to invest, with returns equaling those of more traditional 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 eight years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Safeguard against rising energy expenses
Among the most clear cut benefits of solar panels is the capability to hedge energy rates. In the past 10 years, residential electrical energy costs have increased by an average of 3 percent each year. By investing in a solar energy system now, you can fix your electrical power rate and secure versus unforeseeable boosts in electrical energy costs. If you're a company or homeowner with ever-changing capital, going solar also helps you better forecast and handle your expenditures.
#4 Boost your residential or commercial property value
Several research studies have actually discovered that houses equipped with solar energy systems have greater property worths and offer more rapidly than non-solar houses. Appraisers are increasingly taking solar setups into factor to consider as they value homes at the time of a sale, and as homebuyers become more informed about solar, demand for residential or commercial properties equipped 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 crucial part of attaining energy self-reliance in the United States. By increasing our capacity to produce electrical power from the sun, we can likewise insulate our nation from rate changes in international energy markets.
#6 Develop jobs and help your regional economy
According to The Solar Foundation, the solar market included tasks at a rate nearly 12 times faster than the overall U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all jobs in the country. This growth is anticipated to continue. Due to the fact that solar-related jobs tend to be higher paying and can not be contracted out, they are a substantial factor to the United States economy.
#7 Secure the environment
Solar is a fantastic way to decrease your carbon footprint. Buildings are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the United States, and going solar can considerably reduce that number. A typical property photovoltaic panel system will get rid of 3 to four lots of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees every year.
#8 Show your commitment to sustainability
Sustainability and business social responsibility are crucial elements of a company's culture and values. They also produce bottom line results. Progressively, customers and neighborhoods are acknowledging and rewarding services that pick to operate properly. Companies are finding that "green" qualifications are a powerful motorist of customer buying decisions, creating goodwill and improving company results.
#9 Start Conserving from Day 1
Solar purchase power arrangements (PPAs) and solar leasing has actually made it possible for property owners to go solar for little or no money down.
Lots of house owners select to fund their photovoltaic panels with among the "pay-as-you-go" funding choices. This indicates that a third-party company-- the solar supplier-- owns the planetary system and takes care of setup, maintenance, monitoring and repairs. You just pay the solar provider for electrical energy-- less than you would've paid the energy business.
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 notorious for their changing and unreliable electricity prices. There is clearly an upward pattern.
With solar panels and easy mathematics, we can determine how much electricity will be produced, 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
How Can I Build A Solar Panel?
I Really Need To Know How
Because Im Building A Solar Powered Car For Science Fair :]
Hehe, if you want to build your own solar panel that looks like what you see on buildings, etc, you will probably need to be a multi-millionaire. Here is a quote from the first link in my sources list:
"The high-efficiency solar cells you can buy at Radio Shack and other stores are made from highly processed silicon, and require huge factories, high temperatures, vacuum equipment, and lots of money."
But fortunately for you, there is a cheap way to make a solar panel yourself (see first link). I love the scitoys website, but I am not quite familiar with this particular experiment. It looks like a science fair project in itself! It also doesn't appear to put out nearly enough power to run even a small solar car.
What I would recommend is buying a compact solar panel from Radio Shack or some other electronics store that you may know of.
Type in "solar" in to the Radio Shack search box. The first item on the list may be useful to you (the solar panel & battery combo). I am just guessing, though, since I don't know any of your requirements (voltage output, power output, size, etc). Also, buyer beware. This particular product has a pretty bad customer review... but then again, I find that people are more inclined to leave a bad review than a good one.
How Are Solar Panels Tested And Rated?
They can be tested and certified by any NRTL (nationally recognized testing laboratory) like UL, CSA, ETL, TUV etc and all solar panels are rated in Watts. The watt rating is how much power (amps times volts) the panel will produce in full sunlight at 25 degrees C (77F). This is the industry standard (STC) for all PV panel ratings
Question About Solar Panels?
I Was Wondering Why Solar Panel Manufacturers Don'T Make Spherical Or Dome Shaped Solar &Quot;Panels&Quot; Rather Then Flat Panels? You Could Put These On Poles, Or Something Of The Sort, And They Could Collect Rays From All Angles.
Is There Some Technical Issues That Are Keeping Them From Designing Such A Solar &Quot;Panel?&Quot;
Modern solar panels are much more effficient than a previous poster believes - they are up to over 50% efficiency for good ones.
Solar panel production is inherently a planar process since it is essentially the smae technolgy as used to make silcon chips on a larger scale. As previously noted, there are also efficiency benefits of having flat sheets correctly orientated at the light source, and although obviously that does not apply in the case of static installations you can get good results in practice with panels on the flat or near flat so that they re never in shadow. With complex shapes one part of the panel is inevitably going to be casting a shadow on another part.
How Do Solar Panels Work?
Can Someone Give Me A Quick Explanation On How Solar Panels Work?
Just An Explanation So I Can Understand But Not Get Confused With The Details.
The sun emits light in the form of photons.
When photons hit the solar cells they may be converted to electrons.
When a load (eg a lamp or motor) is connected, these electons move along the wire.
The movement of electrons is called electricity.
Hillary Is Going To Give Us Clean Coal & Solar Energy Just Like Carter Gave Us The Synfuel Failure. Right?
Actually, it was Reagan who eliminated funding for research into alternative energy. Many of the advances in solar and wind technology happened from this small burst of funding during the Carter administration, but then development stalled as taxpayer money was shifted into providing subsidies for oil and coal.
Reagan even went so far as to remove solar panels that had already been installed on the roof of the White House.