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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 utilize the sun to power daily life: running your air conditioning unit, cleaning clothes, viewing TELEVISION, cooking supper. All while lowering your carbon footprint, and without burning nonrenewable fuel sources or putting a pressure on the electrical grid. And while the environmental advantages of solar power are considerable, many homeowners find that the benefit, distinct functions, and expense savings of owning a solar power system are even more alluring.
Top 10 Advantages of Solar Energy
#1 Significantly decrease or perhaps remove your electric bills
Whether you're a property owner, business, or nonprofit, electricity expenses can comprise a large portion of your regular monthly expenses. With a solar panel system, you'll produce totally free power for your system's whole 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you do not produce 100 percent of the energy you consume, solar will decrease your energy costs and you'll still save a lot of cash.
#2 Make a terrific return on your financial investment
Photovoltaic panels aren't an expense-- they are among the best methods to invest, with returns measuring up to those of more standard investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to substantial electricity expense savings, the average American property owner settles their photovoltaic panel system in 7 to 8 years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Protect versus increasing energy expenses
One of the most clear cut advantages of solar panels is the ability to hedge energy costs. In the previous ten years, property electrical energy costs have gone up by approximately three percent every year. By investing in a solar energy system now, you can repair your electrical power rate and safeguard against unforeseeable boosts in electricity expenses. If you're a business or homeowner with rising and falling capital, going solar also helps you much better forecast and manage your costs.
#4 Increase your home or business worth
Multiple research studies have discovered that homes equipped with solar energy systems have greater home values and offer 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 residential or commercial properties geared up with photovoltaic panel systems will continue to grow.
#5 Increase U.S. energy self-reliance
The sun is a near-infinite source of energy and a key part of accomplishing energy independence in the United States. By increasing our capability to create electrical power from the sun, we can likewise insulate our country from price variations in worldwide energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and assist your regional economy
Inning accordance with The Solar Structure, the solar industry added 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 anticipated to continue. Because solar-related tasks tend to be greater paying and can not be contracted out, they are a significant contributor to the U.S. economy.
#7 Protect the environment
Solar is a great way to minimize your carbon footprint. Buildings are responsible for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the U.S., and going solar can considerably decrease that number. A common domestic photovoltaic panel system will eliminate three to four lots of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees each year.
#8 Demonstrate your dedication to sustainability
Sustainability and corporate social responsibility are important parts of a company's culture and values. They likewise produce bottom line results. Progressively, consumers and communities are acknowledging and rewarding services that choose to run properly. Businesses are discovering that "green" qualifications are a powerful motorist of customer purchasing choices, developing goodwill and enhancing company outcomes.
#9 Start Saving from Day 1
Solar purchase power agreements (PPAs) and solar leasing has actually made it possible for property owners to go solar for little or no money down.
Lots of homeowners opt to fund their photovoltaic panels with among the "pay-as-you-go" financing alternatives. This means that a third-party company-- the solar supplier-- owns the solar system and looks after installation, maintenance, monitoring and repair works. You simply pay the solar supplier for electrical power-- less than you would've paid the utility business.
Since June 2013, 75% of all American homes have access to pay-as-you-go solar.
#10. Solar is a Secure Investment
The energy business are notorious for their varying and undependable electrical energy costs. There is clearly an upward pattern.
With solar panels and easy math, we can compute how much electrical energy will be produced, and most importantly, at exactly what price, for at least the next 20 years (repaired energy costs).
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
Can We Use Solar Energy To Power A Whole House In India?
It is all relative - Big House, or Small House?
Yes you can use solar energy.
2 types - generate electricity and/or make hot water.
First work out your NEEDS.
Make a list of all the appliances you will be using - at any one time - read the Watt or Kjoul rating off the 'appliance info plate - at the back'.
Add to this all the LIGHTS - ie... 10x 60 watt globes = 600 watts
Arrive at a TOTAL POWER for the House - and start costing the SOLAR COLLECTORS available to you to find if you can afford it all.
HOT WATER SOLAR is easy - a tank and a BLACK hose - use convection [hot water rises] and place the Tank on the roof - and the hose below it - then you have a gravity feed to your bath, etc.
SUPER HOT SOLAR WATER - can make steam pressure, to run a turbine blade connected to a generator.. but this is a bit more hassle and high tech.. but simple in concept.
ELECTRICAL STORAGE - batteries - is what you charge up of a day, and run them flat of a night - via an INVERTER - to boost the 12volts (DC battery) - up to 115/240v to run your 'stuff'.
A small solar collector is okay for your mobile phone or computer - maybe... check the 'watts'.
Challenges Of Clean Energy?
Cost and infrastructure.
The cost of maintaining windmills and building solar panels is a LOT higher than the cost of maintaining electricity generation plants fired by coal, natural gas, oil. Thats why wind and solar power costs so much more.
It costs about $25,000 to outfit a 1700sq ft house with solar panels. Think of how many decades it will take to recoup that cost vs. just paying your electric bill.
As for infrastructure... you need a LOT of land to lay out solar panels and to build wind mills. Land is not cheap. Natural gas powered cars is a viable option for the future- but then we'd need natural gas pumps, and that infrastructure takes time to build.
What Is The Difference Between An Ethanol Car, E(85), And An Electrical Car?
Please Give Me Both Positive And Negative Things About The Both!
They are both cars and begin with the letter "E" but that is just about where the similarity ends. An electric car uses electricity to drive wheels through an electric motor. An ethanol car is just a regular internal combustion engine car that has been adapted to use a mixture of max. 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline as the fuel.
From this point we could describe the difference between Ethanol and Electricity as a fuel and/or the difference between the internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle and the electric car. We might also discuss the infrastructure available to each. You will find however that most people tend to confuse these distinct aspects blaming or praising the "car" for the failure or success of the fuel or infrastructure.
A solar car is an electric car. A hydrogen fuel cell vehicle is an electric car. Some series hybrids are electric cars. Subways and trolleys are electric vehicles. We also have battery electric cars and could someday have cars with electricity transmitted to them. The common element with all of these is an electric motor to run the wheels. Naturally the electric motor uses electricity as a "fuel," but in each case the electricity is obtained in a different way.
The electric motor is usually very efficient with up to 98% efficiency in some solar cars. It can achieve its full torque from 0 RPM and therefore does not need a transmission. It is quiet and produces relatively little heat and no pollution at the point of use. It is relatively simple and can have as little as 5 moving parts in the dirvetrain.
The internal combustion engine is relatively noisy, produces pollution no matter what fuel is used in the engine (NOX) has very little starting torque (requiring a transmission) is relatively inefficient (about 20%) and produces a lot of waste heat. The engine also requires a cooling system, a fuel system, a transmission, an exhaust system and due to its mass will tend to unbalance a vehicle. Over the years they have become increasingly complex with now over 700 moving parts in the drivetrain.
Electricity excels at transmission. As an energy medium it does not rely on chemical bonds in the same way as a "fuel." Some electric cars (see above) you can plug in and some get electricity in other ways. Even when electricity ultimately comes from the grid is has multiple ways it can be produced. Ultimately the power might come from the sun through solar panels, hydroelectric, wind, tides. It might come from nuclear or geothermal sources. Or it might come from the conventional sources of coal, oil or natural gas. What is difficult to do with electricity is store it. Storing it on a moving vehicle is even more of a problem for range, charge times, and the life of the storage medium. Electricity must conform to the laws of physics. Presently solar panels are about 10 to 20 % efficient at gathering sunlight.
Ethanol is a gasoline substitute. As a fuel it stores energy in chemical bonds. When the chemistry is used there are by products we often label as pollution. While fossil fuels stored ancient sunlight and chemistry, biofuels like ethanol store present day sunlight and chemistry. Biofuels must conform to the laws of biology. Photosynthesis is about 1 to 5% efficient.
When we compare sunlight to an electric car vs sunlight to an ethanol car we find that the electric car is about 100 times more efficient overall. (See full analysis in my answer here: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;... )
Infrastructure is what is used to make up for deficiencies in the vehicle. Any vehicle that stores power on the vehicle will have limited range. Because ethanol is more energy dense than battery storage the ethanol car has longer range. Electricity however would be better served with an infrastructure of transmission not possible with ethanol vehicles. Wireless transmission with tuned capacitors in the roadway would give electric cars unlimited range with no need to refuel and no capacity loss over time. It would be the proper infrastructure for electric vehicles.
Engineering Informative Speech Topics?
I Need Some Informative Speech Topics Related To Engineering. I Am An Electrical Engineer By The Way But Doesn'T Have To Be Electrical Engineering Topics. The Topics Don'T Have To Be To Complex As A Lot Of The People Who Are Going To Listen Are Not Engineers. Thanks.
Here are some suggestions:
1) Energy solutions - Base power - Nuclear(fission & fusion), Coal, Oil, Gas, Hydro vs. Wind, Wave, Solar, Fuel Cells, geothermal.
2) Applications in Nanotechnology.
3) Why expenditures in Space exploration are justified.
4) Are Electric Vehicles a good replacement for gasoline powered vehicles.
5) Retaining engineering jobs in the United States vs Foreign countries.
6) Are we challenging our students at a level such that they can compete on the world market.
7) Is the new Bloom Box the energy answer we are all looking for.
8) House Bill 2200 - Smart Grid - Is it really the smart thing to do.
9) Is the Marseilles shale gas reserve worth investing in to gain energy independence.
10) Why investments in particle colliders are worth our it when we could be spending our money on social programs.
Hope these help,
Water, Wind, Kinetic And Solar Energy?
I'M Doing A Report On Renewable Resources. Do Any Of You Know Where The Idea To Use The Sun, Wind, Movement And Water Came From?
Thomas Edison once mentioned the importance of solar power; so it's safe to say that it would have been used or at least considered in his time.
Also, wind has been used for several years! Persians invented the windmill and Europeans used to grind grain, pump water, and saw wood. Also, take into account the use of sails on ships used for exploration. It wasn't until around the 18th/19th century that people began using steam to power ships. Before that, though, most ships were moved by the wind.