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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 ac system, washing clothing, seeing TV, cooking supper. All while reducing your carbon footprint, and without burning fossil fuels or putting a pressure on the electrical grid. And while the ecological advantages of solar power are substantial, lots of homeowners find that the convenience, distinct features, and cost savings of owning a solar power system are a lot more enticing.
Top 10 Benefits of Solar Energy
#1 Significantly reduce or perhaps eliminate your electric expenses
Whether you're a house owner, service, or nonprofit, electrical power expenses can make up a large portion of your monthly expenditures. With a photovoltaic panel system, you'll produce totally free power for your system's whole 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you don't produce One Hundred Percent of the energy you consume, solar will reduce your utility bills and you'll still save a great deal of loan.
#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 rivaling those of more traditional investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to substantial electrical energy bill savings, the average American homeowner pays off their photovoltaic panel system in 7 to eight years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Secure versus rising energy expenses
One of the most clear cut benefits of photovoltaic panels is the capability to hedge utility costs. In the past 10 years, domestic electrical energy costs have actually gone up by an average of three percent yearly. By investing in a solar energy system now, you can fix your electrical energy rate and protect against unforeseeable increases in electrical power costs. If you're a company or homeowner with ever-changing money flow, going solar also assists you much better forecast and manage your expenses.
#4 Increase your home or business value
Numerous studies have discovered that houses equipped with solar energy systems have higher residential or commercial property values and offer faster than non-solar homes. Appraisers are progressively taking solar setups into factor to consider as they value houses at the time of a sale, and as homebuyers become more educated about solar, need for homes geared up with solar 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 achieving energy independence in the United States. By increasing our capacity to produce electrical power from the sun, we can also insulate our nation from price changes in worldwide energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and assist your regional economy
According to The Solar Structure, the solar industry 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 nation. This growth is expected to continue. Because solar-related tasks tend to be higher paying and can not be outsourced, they are a significant contributor to the U.S. economy.
#7 Safeguard the environment
Solar is an excellent method to decrease your carbon footprint. Buildings are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the U.S., and going solar can substantially reduce that number. A normal domestic solar panel system will remove three to 4 lots of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees each year.
#8 Show your dedication to sustainability
Sustainability and corporate social responsibility are necessary components of a company's culture and worths. They likewise produce bottom line results. Significantly, consumers and communities are recognizing and rewarding organisations that decide to run properly. Companies are finding that "green" credentials are an effective motorist of consumer getting decisions, developing goodwill and enhancing service outcomes.
#9 Start Conserving from Day 1
Solar purchase power arrangements (PPAs) and solar leasing has made it possible for house owners to go solar for little or no cash down.
Numerous homeowners pick to finance their photovoltaic panels with one of the "pay-as-you-go" funding options. This means that a third-party business-- the solar supplier-- owns the solar system and looks after installation, upkeep, monitoring and repair works. You merely pay the solar company for electrical energy-- 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 fluctuating and unreliable electrical power prices. There is clearly an upward pattern.
With solar panels and basic math, we can determine just how much electrical power will be created, and most importantly, at exactly what price, for a minimum of 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
The United States' Natural Resources..?
The United States Has A Lot Of Its Own Oil. If We Sunk Oil Wells And Used The Oil That Is In The United States, We Would Not Have To Be Dependent On Expensive Foreign Oil. But, If We Did That, It Would Seriously Hurt Our Environment. Give Your Opinions As To Why We Should Or Should Not Put In Our Own Oil Wells.
The idea that there are vast, undiscovered oil reserves hidden somewhere within the borders and coastal areas of the United States is at the very least a gamble and at the most a myth.
The idea that there are vast, obtainable non-fossil fuel* energy resources available by other means (Nuclear, Hydro-electric, solar, tidal, etc) that are not being utilized is a fact.
As long as it is cheaper to obtain petrol than to invest in alternatives, the alternatives will not be fully exploited.
A wild-goose-chase for undiscovered oil will definitely be damaging and probably waste of time and energy. Even if it's found, it's a temporary fix.
Lucky for us, we have virtually unlimited access to plenty of very-cheap, dirty, filthy cancer-causing coal.
Some here may argue that "Drill Baby Drill!" says there IS oil there, we just need to drill it. Please, if you know where this oil is...call Exxon-Mobile immediately!
What Are The Different Principles Based On Which Electricity Can Be Produced Using Sunlight(Solar Energy)?????
I Want To Know The Various Principles Based On Which A Solar Energy Can Be Converted To Electrical Energy.
Just List All Of Them Out Briefly And The 10 Points Is Yours.
Indirect via heat
Sunlight is white because it contains photons of a broad range (spectrum) of energies i.e. colours. So your question might be re-stated as "What are the different principles for solar energy suited to the different colours within sunlight?"
The obvious one is photo-voltaic cells that directly convert light into electricity. That covers the visible spectrum.
High-energy light, i.e. ultra-violet is best converted to electricity by using it to generate heat (infra-red) which then can be converted into electricity with the use of a turbine or Peltier effect heat pumps. The latter route can be directly used for infra-red, although most of it is stopped by our atmosphere.
Burning vegetation and fossil fuels (the latter derived from the former) are both ways of generating electricity from sunlight .. .they just take longer than the direct methods.. by 600million years in the case of petroleum.
I Dont Know If There Even Is A Answer To This Or Not.. But To Power Solar Energy Do You Need Another Energy Source To Run Along With It To Allow Solar Energy To Work? I Read This Somewhere Today Online.. But Im Not Sure Where.. So I Was Wondering If It Was Correct Or Not..
Solar cells convert sun light directly to electricity it doesn't need more power to do anything, what it does need is storage (batteries or fuel cell) to store the energy, unless it is going to be used immediately. You do need a regulator as the voltage from cells tends to fluctuate with the amount of light/cloud cover.
A number of new types are set to improve the uses of solar cell considerably, from Europe and Australia, flexible cells which will contour to different shapes like car roofs and even cloths, and sliver cells made from slivers of silicon which will be much cheaper to produce.
Solar Powered Water Heater?
I'M Trying To Make A Water Heater That Will Boil With The Use Of A Solar Panel. I'Ve Heard That Diodes Get Rid Of Energy Through Heat And Light. If I Would Use This Method To Turn Electricity To Heat, Would It Work? Is There Another Way To Do This? If You'Re Wondering What This Is For; It'S For A Reflux Distill. I'M Trying To Make Ethanol For My Car, And If I'M Going To Make It I Want It To Be Environmentally Friendly.
If you want to heat water with solar, don't mess with making electric and then converting it back to heat. just collect the heat directly. a heat collector is much cheaper and easier to make, and it is more efficient for what you want to do since you always loose some when converting to electric and back to heat from electric.
Where Does This Energy Come From?
I Just Want To Point Out Before Getting Into This Question That Physics Is Not My Forté, So Please Excuse Any Bad/Incorrect Understandings Or Use Of Terminology.
I Was Recently Watching Brian Cox'S Wonders Of The Solar System, And In One Part He Starts To Talk Around One Of Jupiter'S Moons, Io. He Explained That Despite Its Small Size, It Exhibits Extreme Levels Of Volcanism Because Of Its Eccentric Orbit And The Stretching/Squashing Effect Jupiter'S Gravity Has On The Moon During That Orbit.
Heat Is Being Generated By The Friction Being Caused By The Squashing, Thus The Volcanoes. However, Is This &Quot;Free Energy&Quot;, Is This Heat Coming From Nowhere? If You Stretch And Squash An Elastic Band, It Also Heats Up - However You Are Expending Energy To Do This. As Far As I'M Aware, Gravity Is Not &Quot;Used Up&Quot; In This Process, So In My Understanding Is This Not An Infinite Source Of Thermal Energy?
I Know That You Cant Actually Create Energy, It Always Has To Come From Somewhere, I Just Can'T Think Of Where The Source Of The Energy That Moves The Rock To Create Friction Is Coming From. Any Explanation Or Point In The Right Direction Would Be Very Much Appreciated.
This is actually a very astute question and I feel the answers thus far either don't give a sufficient answer, or are just plain wrong.
The volcanism we see on Io, does not get the energy from it's orbit or from Jupiter or gravity as Randy P and Fah King Genius seem to imply. It is true that Jupiter's gravity plays a role in causing the volcanism, but it is not the source of the energy.
As you correctly described, Io is in an eccentric orbit around Jupiter. This causes it to feel varying gravitational fields as it orbits. These varying fields in turn cause the moon to become stretched and squeezed as the field changes.
Now what happens when you stretch and squeeze a lot of rocks? They rub against each other. Usually however, the way it works is you need to apply a certain amount of force before the rocks will slip. This means that when they do snap it creates a lot of energy. In fact we see these type of "Slip-Strike Faults" here on Earth all the time. It's similar to you bending a stick. It takes a certain amount of force before the stick finally snaps. Now when the rocks of Io do snap, they expend a ton of energy.
This is where the energy comes from. The energy comes from the fact that the stretching and squeezing of Io is basically breaking it. When the rocks break they create energy in all sorts of forms such as Ioquakes (Earthquakes but on Io), sound, and most important heat. This heat is what's allow for magma to form and pressures are the cause of volcanic explosions.
As I stated, we see the same things here on Earth. However our volcanoes and earthquakes are caused by the fact that the Earth is cooling and equilibrating, but the principles are the same. The source of energy for our volcanoes comes from the interactions of constantly changing and breaking plates.
So really all that volcanism is nothing more than Io releasing it's own energy that is stored inside the contents of the planet. It is not stealing energy from anywhere and using that to cause the volcanism.