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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, cleaning clothes, enjoying TV, cooking supper. All while decreasing your carbon footprint, and without burning nonrenewable fuel sources or putting a stress on the electrical grid. And while the environmental advantages of solar power are significant, numerous homeowners discover that the convenience, special functions, and expense savings of owning a solar power system are even more alluring.
Top Ten Advantages of Solar Energy
#1 Significantly decrease or perhaps eliminate your electrical expenses
Whether you're a homeowner, company, or nonprofit, electricity expenses can comprise a large part of your regular monthly expenses. With a solar panel system, you'll generate complimentary power for your system's entire 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you don't produce 100 percent of the energy you consume, solar will reduce your utility costs and you'll still save a great deal of money.
#2 Make a terrific return on your financial investment
Solar panels aren't an expense-- they are among the best methods to invest, with returns rivaling those of more standard investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to considerable electrical energy expense savings, the average American property owner pays off their solar panel system in seven to eight years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Safeguard versus rising energy costs
One of the most clear cut benefits of photovoltaic panels is the capability to hedge utility prices. In the past ten years, residential electrical energy costs have actually increased by approximately 3 percent each year. By purchasing a solar energy system now, you can repair your electricity rate and secure against unforeseeable boosts in electrical energy expenses. If you're a company or house owner with ever-changing capital, going solar likewise helps you better projection and manage your expenses.
#4 Boost your house value
Multiple research studies have discovered that homes geared up with solar energy systems have higher property worths and sell faster than non-solar homes. Appraisers are significantly taking solar installations into consideration as they value houses at the time of a sale, and as homebuyers become more informed about solar, need for residential or commercial properties equipped with solar panel systems will continue to grow.
#5 Boost U.S. energy independence
The sun is a near-infinite source of energy and a key component of achieving energy self-reliance in the United States. By increasing our capability to generate electrical energy from the sun, we can also insulate our country from rate changes in worldwide energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and help your local economy
Inning accordance with The Solar Foundation, the solar industry added tasks at a rate almost 12 times faster than the general U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all tasks in the nation. This growth is expected to continue. Since solar-related jobs tend to be higher paying and can not be contracted out, they are a considerable contributor to the U.S. 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 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 annually.
#8 Show your commitment to sustainability
Sustainability and corporate social obligation are essential elements of a company's culture and worths. They also produce bottom line outcomes. Increasingly, customers and communities are recognizing and rewarding companies that opt to run responsibly. Organisations are finding that "green" credentials are a powerful driver of consumer purchasing decisions, developing goodwill and enhancing service results.
#9 Start Saving from Day 1
Solar purchase power agreements (PPAs) and solar leasing has made it possible for homeowners to go solar for little or no money down.
Many property owners pick to fund their photovoltaic 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 takes care of setup, maintenance, monitoring and repairs. You merely pay the solar provider for electrical energy-- less than you would've paid the utility business.
Since June 2013, 75% of all American houses have access to pay-as-you-go solar.
#10. Solar is a Secure Financial investment
The energy companies are notorious for their varying and undependable electricity prices. There is plainly an upward pattern.
With photovoltaic panels and simple math, we can calculate just how much electrical energy will be created, and most notably, at what price, for a minimum of the next Twenty Years (fixed 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
Why Are Solar Company Stocks So Low?
Is Now A Good Time To Buy Into Them?
If you do buy, I would not do it as an investment. Maybe buy 100 shares of something, if you can afford to lose it ALL. There is a glut of solar panels now, driving down prices. None of the solar companies are really making much money. That could change if the anti-dumping suits are successful. None of the asian memory manufacturers were making money in the 80's either, until the US insisted that they do. I doubt this will happen though - hopefully we learned our lesson. Everybody wants cheap solar panels, except domestic solar panel manufacturers.
And if you do make a wild bet like this, have an exit strategy. Like maybe, if you double your money, get out. And stick to the plan.
Anyvolt Micro Load Problems?
I Am Using An Anyvolt Micro (Google It) With Power From A 3V Solar Panel And To Charge A Series Of 4 Caps Total Of 10V At 11F(The Caps Are 2.5V 55F Each). The First Time I Used An Anyvolt Micro, It Burned Out Because Either The Solar Panel Was Putting Over .5A On It Or It Couldn'T Handle The Capacitors Current Draw.The Guy At The Store I Bought It From Replaced It For Free, So I Have Another One Now. I Am Stepping Up 3V To 10V, And I Need To Know How To Lower To Current Draw From These Caps Because I Already Just Covered One Section Of The Solar Panel To Get It Under .5A, But Now Need To Power The Capacitors Without It Burning Out. Is There Any Way To Charge Up The Caps Under The Current Limit Without The Anyvolt Micro Burning Out, Because Last Time I Think I Exceeded The Current Limit And That Is What Destroyed It.
The capacitor represents a short circuit until it is charged. I assume you mean 110F @ 10V. It will be like a battery connected to the output too, once charged. Some DC - DC converters will not like this. The charge current can be limited by a series resistor. As it is 10V and 0.5A maximum, you may think V/I = 20 ohms, but that means the converter would need 3V @ approx 2A (consider it as a "DC transformer, 75% efficient"). The data sheet explains this calculation. The input current rating is 0.5A also, and the "data sheet" goes to some length to explain how to make certain you keep it below 0.5A by limiting the output current to control the input current. The load should not exceed 100-112mA when converting 3V to 10V. Add a series resistor of 100 ohms to charge the capacitors. This should be a 1W or more power rated resistor as the dissipation is about 1W initially. Now the input current will be within limits, if it is at least 3V and the output is not more than 10V.
The solar panel
Covering one portion of the panel (I think you mean part of one cell) is not the best way to limit the current as it causes heating of one cell, and probably loses more voltage at a given current. Covering the whole panel with a semi transparent sheet is better. However you don't want to cover it. The current it delivers depends on what the converter device draws. As long as the panel output is over 3V that is going to be OK. However, I don't know whether your panel can be 3V when supplying 0.5A. If it is less than 3V, the current will increase beyond 0.5A. If it is less than about 2.4V the converter stops working. You didn't say what the panel current rating is with 3V output. Look up the I/V curve for this panel.
Now what happens as the sun drops off? The current produced by the panel is reduced, so if the converter wants to draw more current than the panel provides, the voltage must fall. That means the converter tries to draw more current still. Voltage falls more. Etc. Until it grinds to a screeching halt. I don't know whether this is able to damage the converter or not. There is really no solution to this except to have an automatic disconnect when the voltage is below 3V. Incidentally I have doubts the panel can provide 3V with 0.5A, so it may help a little to have 2 panels in series (so 6V nominal). It might also help to have a higher charge resitor, but it will take longer still to charge, and ofcourse that resistor wastes energy.
I suppose we can say the converter is not very suitable for this situation, and was never intended for it. It will work, sort of, but the efficiency is not high using that resistor. If you were chaging a 3V battery, and running the inverter from that, it would make much more sense, and the "reduced sun" problem is eliminated.. Once again you may need a 6V panel though, maybe to charge a 3.6V (3 cell Nicad) battery.. The panel could be straight across the batteries. A charge controller is needed probably, to switch off the panel when the battery is charged. This could be reasonably simple, along the lines of off when > 4.2V, on when < 3.7V.
What Is Most Potent Type Of Solar Panel Inch For Inch To Power Things Directly Without A Battery In Da Circuit?
I'Ll Have About An 8Ft X 4Ft Space To Power A Fan, Lights And A Netbook. Thanks For Reading.
You will need some batteries in any case.
Or in other words, you will need some electronics to stabilize the power output of the solar panel and use it for your appliances, and these electronics require at least some minimal batteries.
I would suggest in any case an inverter: it will allow you to plug in a laptop, but also any other appliance that you may need in your trailer.
How Much Money Do You Save If You Use Solar Panels?
If you use enough solar panels you can theoretically power your entire house. So what you would save is what your paying for an electric bill. Now you will have to wait a while to see a saving as the capital costs for solar panels is still high at the moment.
Also another savings is the reduction of your reliance on fossil fuels for electricity. Although you may not see significant financial savings immediately, you will have the satisfaction that the energy your using is renewable and better for the environment.
Hope that helps
I Am Doing A Solar Panel Diy?
I Am Doing A Big Project For School, And I Have Decided To Do It On Solar Panels. I Am New To The Subject But Have Done Some Research On It; I Would Like To Buy A Single Panel, A Charge Controller, An Inverter And A Battery, To Charge A Simple Lamp. My Question Is If The Items In The Links Will Work Together And If The Panel Will Produce Electricity?
The Charge Controller:
I Haven'T Yet Found A Battery. Also, If You Know Any Way To Get Cheaper Items But For The Same Efficiency, Please Tell Me. Thanks.
Sounds like fun.
A 1-watt panel doesn't need a charge controller, though. In fact, it may take more than 1 watt to power the charge controller. With a low-wattage panel, you can just connect the panel directly to the battery. A 7 amp-hour gel cell (the kind used in burglar alarms) would be good for this purpose. The panel is too small to charge a car battery.
The gel cell should power that inverter, but only for a few minutes. If you want to be more impressive, look for a low power, 12-volt device. An iPod plus a 12-volt car adapter would be an example.