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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 a/c unit, washing clothes, watching TELEVISION, cooking supper. All while decreasing your carbon footprint, and without burning nonrenewable fuel sources or putting a pressure on the electrical grid. And while the ecological benefits of solar power are considerable, many home owners discover that the benefit, special functions, and expense savings of owning a solar power system are a lot more alluring.
Top Ten Advantages of Solar Energy
#1 Drastically decrease or even eliminate your electric costs
Whether you're a property owner, service, or not-for-profit, electrical energy expenses can comprise a big part of your regular monthly expenses. With a photovoltaic panel system, you'll produce complimentary power for your system's entire 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you do not produce 100 percent of the energy you consume, solar will lower your utility costs and you'll still conserve a great deal of loan.
#2 Make a fantastic return on your financial investment
Solar panels aren't a cost-- they're one of the very best methods to invest, with returns matching those of more traditional investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to considerable electricity bill savings, the typical American homeowner pays off their solar panel system in seven to eight years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Safeguard versus increasing energy costs
Among the most clear cut advantages of photovoltaic panels is the capability to hedge energy prices. In the past 10 years, property electrical energy rates have actually gone up by approximately 3 percent each year. By purchasing a solar energy system now, you can fix your electrical energy rate and secure against unpredictable increases in electrical energy costs. If you're a business or homeowner with rising and falling capital, going solar also helps you much better forecast and handle your costs.
#4 Increase your residential or commercial property worth
Numerous studies have found that houses geared up with solar energy systems have greater residential or commercial property values and sell more quickly than non-solar houses. Appraisers are significantly taking solar installations into factor to consider as they value homes at the time of a sale, and as homebuyers become more informed about solar, demand for homes geared up 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 key element of accomplishing energy self-reliance in the United States. By increasing our capability to create electrical energy from the sun, we can also insulate our nation from price variations in worldwide energy markets.
#6 Develop jobs and help your regional economy
According to The Solar Foundation, the solar industry included jobs at a rate almost 12 times faster than the overall U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all jobs in the country. This growth is expected to continue. Because solar-related tasks tend to be higher paying and can not be outsourced, they are a considerable contributor to the United States economy.
#7 Secure the environment
Solar is a fantastic method to decrease your carbon footprint. Structures are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the United States, and going solar can considerably decrease that number. A typical property photovoltaic panel system will remove 3 to 4 lots of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees every year.
#8 Show your dedication to sustainability
Sustainability and corporate social responsibility are essential elements of an organization's culture and values. They also produce bottom line outcomes. Progressively, consumers and communities are acknowledging and rewarding companies that decide to run properly. Organisations are finding that "green" qualifications are a powerful chauffeur of consumer purchasing choices, creating goodwill and improving organisation results.
#9 Start Conserving from Day 1
Solar purchase power contracts (PPAs) and solar leasing has actually made it possible for homeowners to go solar for little or no money down.
Lots of house owners choose to finance their photovoltaic panels with among the "pay-as-you-go" funding choices. This suggests that a third-party company-- the solar company-- owns the solar system and looks after setup, maintenance, tracking and repairs. You simply pay the solar company for electricity-- less than you would've paid the utility business.
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 companies are notorious for their fluctuating and unreliable electrical power costs. There is clearly an upward trend.
With solar panels and basic mathematics, we can calculate what does it cost? electricity will be produced, and most notably, at what price, for a minimum of the next Twenty Years (fixed 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
Is It Physically Possible To Make Water Run Through A Hose Infinitely In A Loops Such As A Waterfall Without..?
A Pump Or Any Other Aid From Electronic Devices? Im Trying To Make It Loop For A Solar Heater Im Building
Hot water expands and therefore rises, displacing the cold water at the top of a closed loop. The cold water is then forced to the bottom of the loop, where it is heated, expands, and rises to the top. This is a self-circulating closed-loop system.
This would require that you locate the water-filled solar collectors at a LOWER altitude than the building being heated. This is why you'll see a solar house built at the top of a south-facing slope, so the solar-collection panels (or a greenhouse-collector) are located at the lowest elevation, down-slope from the house foundation.
How Prevent Battery To Back Flow Into The Solar Panel At Night?
I Have A Rather Simple Off-Grid System.
20 W Solar Panel
Battery Controller (This One Http://Www.Amazon.Com/Kintrex-Spc0601-Controller-Digital-Display/Dp/B001hwqznq/Ref=Sr_1_2?Ie=Utf8&Qid=1322240762&Sr=8-2)
And Dc To Ac Inverter.
My Question Is:
Does The Charge Controller That I Use, Also Prevents The Battery To Empty At Night, As The Electricity Flows At Night Time From The Battery To The Solar Panel As I Know, When The Solar Is Unused, It Actually Consumes Electricity?
Do I Need A &Quot;Back Flow&Quot; Preventer.
If So I Am Looking For A Cheap One, Can You Recommend? Or Does This Feature Included In My &Quot;Battery Controller&Quot; Already?
First- check your literature for the panel. Many of them do come with what is called a "Back Diode" which prevents the panel from discharging the battery. Sometimes one is needed on the other side of the controller if the batteries seem to discharge too fast as well. More on details on this are here at this blog post:
Even though your controller uses a single MOSFET to regulate power, there is a fair amount of other electronics that bypass the MOSFET in that controller. IMHO- it is better to construct simple controllers with minimal additional "flash" to make them seem they do more than they do. If you want to see what a 7 amp controller looks like inside. It really does not matter who's name is on the label, most are made to the same specs using the same parts and often the same Chinese factory. This is not to dismiss the fact they will work, they will, but to say one is better than another- not really. Not when you get to the nuts and bolts of the unit.
If you want cheap insurance on the matter, go to the first link mentioned above to see how to wire it in, and make the back diode unit from 4- 1N5401 rectifiers wired in parallel to increase their current carrying ability and to reduce their effective series resistance in the circuit. That link also covers other options as well.
Can You Tell Me About Solar Panels For My House?(I Am 15 And Want To Convince My Parents To Get One To Put On Our Roof)
What Are The Benefits?
How Much Will It Cost?
What About Setting It Up?
What Kind Would Be Good? Is It Best To Put On The Roof Or Somewhere In Our Yard? And Are Their Different Kinds For On The Roof And In The Yard?
It depends a lot on your particular location, the size of your roof/yard, your energy consumption. But for starters, here's a good directory of solar panels (both photovoltaic and solar thermal): http://greenhome.huddler.com/products/category/solar-power-system
You might also want to read this article on why solar makes financial sense: http://greenhome.huddler.com/wiki/why-solar-makes-financial-sense
You can also look into getting tax credits for solar panels (check out the Energy Star website). Also, you might find a company like CitizenRE interesting. They basically rent out solar panels so that you and your family don't pay for all those big initial costs. (But they have their pros and cons too)
I Need Advice On How To Get Started Using Solar Power On My Home.?
I Know I Can Do A Fair Amount Of Googling And Hopefully Figure This Out For Myself, But I Don'T Even Know Where To Start.
I Want Solar For 2 Reasons:
1. We Have Well Water, If Electricity Goes Out We Are Without Water. So Eventually I Want To Get Solar Panels On My Well House Regardless Of Cost.
2. To Save Money On My Power Bill. I Live In An Older Home And While We Have Made Massive Energy Saving Improvements (Insulation, Heatpump Instead Of Furnace, Low Flow Faucets, Energy Friendly Appliances &Amp; Light Bulbs, Line Dried Clothes) Its Still Super High.
So My Questions:
*Where Is The Best Place To Get Affordable High Quality Solar Panels?
*How Does One Hook The Power Collected From The Panels To The House?
*How Long Does It Usually Take For The Initial Investment To Pay Off In Energy Savings? We Live Along The 45 Parallel And The Ridge Line Of Our Roof Runs North And South (I Am Assuming Those Details Affect The Power Created By Solar Cells)
*Finally, That Make Your Own Solar Panels, Is That Legit? My Hubby Says You Can Build The Panel But Have To Buy The Cells And They Are Expensive.
Thanks So Much For You Thoughtful Responses.
Hey Knee, where to begin. First, if you just want to have access to the well pump during power outages, a portable generator can accomplish that much cheaper than solar panels and inverters can. If you've made all the improvements to your home and your bill is still "super high," something must be missing. Trying to overpower any shortcomings in your energy saving operation with solar power will just cost you more money.
We live in a home that is powered by the wind and sun now. We still have the grid connected, so at this point, we are using the grid power for our backup source. Prior to installing all the renewable equipment, we did the same thing, replacing appliances, lighting, and so on. Our monthly electric bill was only about $30 USD. It still took over $8000 USD to purchase the panels, turbine, tower and other equipment to recover that $30. If you're trying to save money, you would probably be better off just investing the $8000 in long term bonds and using the interest to pay your electric bill. The reason we did all the extra work was two fold. First, growing your own electrons is a rewarding hobby. Some people grow tomatoes even though it is cheaper to buy them at the store. They have to learn about bugs, soil PH, watering, weeding, and so on, yet there they are each spring in the garden. For us, it's about not being part of the problem. When I watch television, I don't use power from the coal station down the road, adding more CO2 and soot to the air, or mercury to the lake. Second, our home has not been without power for even a minute the last 11 years now, hard to put a price on that. What you want is more reliable power, for less money. For that, I'd say take a number and get in line, everyone wants that too. If it were as easy as installing panels, everyone would be doing it.
Affordable panels can be purchased on ebay, or from dozens of suppliers in many countries. The going rate for good quality panels warrantied for 20+ years is around $1.30 per watt. Our home has 1.4 kilowatts of them, at todays price, maybe $2000 USD, just for the panels. Another $4000 for the turbine, batteries, inverter and charge controller and the system is complete, that does not include labor or repairs.
You don't have to install panels on your roof, ours are in the garden, doesn't matter which way your house faces, as long as you have sun someplace. You can make your own panels, you do have to buy the cells, no home based manufacturing exists today I am aware of. The best panels come from U.S. or European manufacturers, and Japan. Kyocera, BP, Sharp are some good names. Chinese panels seem to have the lowest price, shortest warranty and lightest models, you can draw your own conclusions there.
If you really want to learn more, start with a subscription to Home Power Magazine, then when your first issue arrives, check out the calendar section for an, "Energy Fair," in your area. We went to one in Wisconsin 14 years ago, here we are today. I would warn you against getting info from open forums like this, it always amazes me how many people are willing to impart their knowledge on this subject who have never laid a hand on a panel or inverter. As far as connecting it all to your home, wait until you learn how it all works first, that part is actually pretty easy. Take care Knee, Rudydoo
How To Calculate Electricity Generated By A Solar Panel?
Tell Me The Information I Will Need To Calculate And How To Calculate It?
To the first order, it's simple. Take the peak equivalent sun-hours per day, and multiply it by the panel's rating. The first figure you can get from a local installer, or from a map such as this http://rredc.nrel.gov/solar/old_data/nsr... , or from a software program. Note that the peak equivalent sun-hours per day is much less than the hours that sun shines on the panel. For my area, the sun may shine on the panel for 12 hours, but that's equivalent to 5 hours of peak sun.
The panel's rating you get from the back of the panel. Be wary of panels that do not have a "Standard Test Conditions" (STC) rating, as that means the manufacturer just gave their overly optimistic opinion of what the panel can produce.
Example: Northern California. Average peak sun-hours per day = 5. Panel rating, 200 watts. 5 hours x 200 watts = 1000 watt-hours = 1 kWh. That would be the average production per day.