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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 property owner to utilize the sun to power daily life: running your air conditioning unit, cleaning 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 benefits of solar power are considerable, lots of residents discover that the convenience, unique functions, and expense savings of owning a solar power system are much more attractive.
Top 10 Advantages of Solar Energy
#1 Considerably decrease or perhaps eliminate your electric expenses
Whether you're a house owner, service, or nonprofit, electrical power expenses can make up a large part of your month-to-month costs. With a solar panel system, you'll generate free power for your system's entire 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you don't produce 100 percent of the energy you consume, solar will minimize your energy expenses and you'll still save a lot of loan.
#2 Earn a great return on your investment
Photovoltaic panels aren't an expense-- they're one of the very best methods to invest, with returns matching those of more conventional financial investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to substantial electricity expense cost savings, the average American house owner 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 ability to hedge energy prices. In the past 10 years, domestic electricity rates have actually gone up by approximately three percent each year. By investing in a solar energy system now, you can repair your electrical energy rate and secure versus unforeseeable boosts in electrical power costs. If you're an organisation or property owner with fluctuating money flow, going solar likewise helps you much better projection and manage your expenses.
#4 Boost your home or business worth
Numerous studies have found that houses equipped with solar energy systems have greater residential or commercial property values and sell faster than non-solar homes. Appraisers are increasingly taking solar installations into consideration as they value houses at the time of a sale, and as homebuyers end up being more informed about solar, demand for properties equipped with solar panel systems will continue to grow.
#5 Boost U.S. energy self-reliance
The sun is a near-infinite source of energy and a key component of attaining energy self-reliance in the United States. By increasing our capacity to create electricity from the sun, we can also insulate our nation from cost changes in international energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and assist your regional economy
According to The Solar Structure, the solar market included jobs at a rate almost 12 times faster than the overall 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 greater paying and can not be contracted out, they are a considerable factor to the U.S. economy.
#7 Secure 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 reduce that number. A normal residential solar panel system will eliminate 3 to four tons of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees annually.
#8 Demonstrate your dedication to sustainability
Sustainability and business social responsibility are very important elements of an organization's culture and values. They likewise produce bottom line outcomes. Increasingly, customers and communities are acknowledging and rewarding organisations that opt to operate responsibly. Services are discovering that "green" qualifications are a powerful motorist of consumer acquiring choices, producing goodwill and improving service outcomes.
#9 Start Conserving from Day 1
Solar purchase power contracts (PPAs) and solar leasing has made it possible for property owners to go solar for little or no cash down.
Many homeowners decide to fund their photovoltaic panels with among the "pay-as-you-go" financing options. This indicates that a third-party company-- the solar company-- owns the planetary system and looks after 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.
As of June 2013, 75% of all American houses have access to pay-as-you-go solar.
#10. Solar is a Secure Investment
The utility business are infamous for their fluctuating and unreliable electrical energy costs. There is clearly an upward trend.
With photovoltaic panels and basic mathematics, we can determine what does it cost? electrical power will be created, and most importantly, at what price, for a minimum of the next 20 years (repaired energy costs).
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
What Does 1 Solar Panel Power?
How Many Kilowatts? Would It Be Enough To Power My Electric Heat?
Does One Panel Cost About $2000.?
Solar Panels have a large range of prices. You can get a 10W panel for approx. $100 to 200W solar panels at $2000 and beyond.
You would want to figure out how much electric heat you use. Then from there, figure out how many solar panels it would take to compensate that.
If you need help figuring this out, I would suggest reading a Solar Panel How to Guide and/or looking at a Solar Panel Forum.
Best of luck to you!
What Company Leads The Nation In Solar Energy Unit Production?
Who Stands To Benefit The Most If Obama Wins And Gives Tax Credits For Purchasing Solar Energy Products?
No disrespect, but the capless solar tax credit extension already passed as part of the bailout bill.
To me, the most compelling case for solar (both water heating and electricity) is on individual homes, as when that is done, it displaces retail energy. If one makes a giant solar power plant, the energy must be sold wholesale, and transmitted to another place.
So to have a solar boom, individual homeowners must be swayed. There is a large initial investment, so solar might not do very well in a down economy. People will be more worried about their next meal than energy efficiency. Also, the initial cost of a solar array is like a car. And if you look at the impact that tight credit has had on car sales, there is another potential problem.
But after all this, if you're looking for long term investments, I think solar will do well. There are few barriers to entry on the installation business - I think it will be hundreds of small businesses that benefit, not one large one, any more than one company dominates roofing or electrical work nationally. AKNS is the one large installation company, but I personally would not invest in them, because of the lack of barriers to entry.
As far as photovoltaic panel makers, the largest ones are in Asia - Sharp, Kyocera, Suntech, Sanyo, Mitsubishi. There are also literally dozens of small fry, who will probably get killed or absorbed in the next year or two. In the USA, there's First Solar (FSLR) of course, which I think is overvalued, Sunpower (SPWRA), same opinion, and other places like Energy Conversion Devices and Evergreen, that I don't know much about.
What Does It Mean When A Solar Panel Is 100W?
Does It Mean That It Can Get That Much In A Day? Or Like, In An Hour?
more than likely your solar panel puts out around 24 volt dc at maxamuim sunlight so (voltsxamps=watts) therefore you roughly have 4 amps coming from that panel a marine battery charges off a 4amp trickle in roughly 8-12 hours depending on how run down it is. Then what you have to do next is invert the power to AC so that it will be usable by your appliances. so your going to need close to 1000 watt invertor which drains the battery really fast. I dont know everything about this stuff yet Im no engineer but I have been researching alternative power and I have access to every tool out there in order to build things. I have been trying to balance everything out such as instead of regular light bulbs which draw and use a lot of power I have found a LED dealer wher I can get LEDS for about 15 cents apeice. 35 are the equivalent (in lumens) to a 70watt light bulb I will build lamps and light paths to make power consumption less on the other end of getting more power I will also use a generator modified to run on an altenative fuel (ethenol) which I can brew at my house. The trick to it all is to change and modify some applinces to use less power and find alternative sources to make power on cloudy or non windy days(for windmill) The next large problem is where to store all this power I have been getting car batteries for as little as $5 a peice from a mechanic freind (marine batteries are better) Yet there must be a better way to store all this power. Anyway all in all unless you are super out of the ordinary resourcefull in the long run it does not cost less to use solar panels unless of course they are free or you get free materials and make your own (very possible)
How Do I Pick Out Solar Panels To Match My Battery Bank?
If I Have A Battery Bank Of Of 6 L-16 Trojan Batteries, 6V 390Ah, Wired In Series Parallel To Give Me 12V At 1170Ah (Or 14,040Wh) What Kind Of Solar Panels Should I Purchase Assuming I Have 8 Hours Of Sunlight, A Solar Tracking System And I Want To Make Sure I Can Fully Recharge My Batteries Everyday If I Use Up All The Power Every Night?
I Understand There Are Efficiency Issues To Consider Which I Have Not Calculated In Yet.
Hey Feemind, we have a home that is powered by the wind and sun, and we use L-16's also. Our system has 20 batteries, a 1.4 kw solar array and H-40, 1000 watt wind turbine. I have a couple issues with your calculations. You do have about 14 kwh or storage, but if you are planning on using all of it each night, your electronics and inverter will not have access to all that power. The voltage curve of a lead acid battery drops quite low during the last 30% of discharge, even lower when you draw it all out in less than 20 hours. Batteries of this type are rated on a C-20, or 20 hour rate. Your system will shut down before you get through half of the battery capacity. In addition, even if you could discharge those batteries 80 or 90 % each night, they would be shot in less than 2 years. We only discharge ours 15 to 20 pecent each night, and after 11 years, my batteries are toast. We are replacing them even as I write this. That battery bank can reliable give you about 5 kwh each night, then it will need almost 6 kwh the next day to replenish it. Your array will have to produce the needed 6 kwh during the day, and carry all your loads at the same time, maybe another 8 or 10 kwh for your house. In the end you'll need a large array and a quality charge controller.
Here's the good news, since you selected 12 volts as your nominal system voltage, it doesn't matter what panels you choose. Virtually all panels today are wired for 12 volt charging, and have an open circuit voltage of about 17 or 18 volts. You can buy 3 used Solarex VLX-53 panels this week, then find a great deal on BP-120's next month and add them to the first three, and later wire in some Sharp-210's. Solar panels all get along fine with each other as long as they are all set up for the same nominal charging voltage and wired in parallel to the battery or charge controller, and you can buy more of them over time until your reach nirvana.
There are some great resources to learn more about this sort of thing, I will list them below. Make sure you have DC rated overcurrent devices at all points exiting the battery, when you have over 1000 amp hours of battery storage connected to your homes electrical wiring, you have a tiger by the tail. A short circuit in that DC wiring without a DC rated fuse or circuit breaker can melt through monkey wrenches, catch 4/0 welding cable on fire and cause battery enclosures to explode. Also, try to install those batteries in some kind of plastic tub to catch any acid that gets loose for any reason. Make sure you water those L-16's each month with distilled water too, more often in hot weather. You'll be amazed how much water they go through in a month.
We started down the same road you're looking down now some 12 years ago, the two best things I did back then was subscribe to Home Power Magazine and go to an energy fair. The fairs are all over the place, and most of them are listed in the back of Home Power each issue. You can hear talks on batteries, inverters, panels and wind turbines and buy discounted parts on the spot, that's what we did. Spend some time getting more informed on this subject, it will be well worth it. Good luck Free, and take care, Rudydoo
Solar Panel System?
How Can I Install Solar Panel In My House In India And What Should Be The Cost ?
First buy the pannels(depending on how many cost maybe $5k to $15k) buy the battries($1k) and an inverter(mabe $1k to $10k) mount them faceing south(on roof or poles) and wire in.A rule of thumb is generator is cheapest,to go to wind power then X10 cost,to go to solar cell then X 100 cost (of gen)