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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 home owners to utilize the sun to power everyday life: running your air conditioner, cleaning clothes, viewing TELEVISION, cooking dinner. 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 substantial, many property owners discover that the convenience, unique functions, and expense savings of owning a solar power system are a lot more enticing.
Top Ten Advantages of Solar Energy
#1 Considerably reduce and even eliminate your electric expenses
Whether you're a homeowner, organization, or nonprofit, electrical power expenses can make up a large part of your regular monthly costs. With a solar panel system, you'll produce complimentary power for your system's entire 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you do not produce One Hundred Percent of the energy you take in, solar will decrease your energy costs and you'll still conserve a lot of cash.
#2 Earn an excellent return on your financial investment
Solar panels aren't an expenditure-- they're one of the very best ways to invest, with returns equaling those of more standard investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to significant electricity expense cost savings, the typical American house owner pays off their photovoltaic panel system in seven to eight years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Secure versus rising energy costs
Among the most clear cut benefits of solar panels is the capability to hedge energy rates. In the previous 10 years, property electrical energy rates have increased by an average of 3 percent annually. By purchasing a solar energy system now, you can fix your electrical energy rate and secure versus unpredictable increases in electrical power expenses. If you're a service or property owner with changing money flow, going solar also helps you much better projection and handle your costs.
#4 Boost your home value
Multiple research studies have actually discovered that homes geared up with solar energy systems have higher home worths and sell more quickly than non-solar houses. Appraisers are significantly taking solar setups into consideration as they value houses at the time of a sale, and as property buyers become more educated about solar, demand 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 crucial element of accomplishing energy self-reliance in the United States. By increasing our capacity to generate electrical power from the sun, we can also insulate our nation from cost fluctuations in worldwide energy markets.
#6 Develop jobs and help your local economy
Inning accordance with The Solar Structure, the solar industry added tasks at a rate nearly 12 times faster than the total U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all tasks in the nation. This growth is expected to continue. Due to the fact that solar-related tasks tend to be higher paying and can not be contracted out, they are a significant factor to the U.S. economy.
#7 Safeguard the environment
Solar is a great method to minimize your carbon footprint. Buildings are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the United States, and going solar can considerably reduce that number. A common residential solar panel system will get rid of 3 to 4 lots of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees annually.
#8 Show your dedication to sustainability
Sustainability and corporate social responsibility are necessary parts of a company's culture and worths. They also produce bottom line outcomes. Significantly, customers and neighborhoods are recognizing and rewarding organisations that choose to run properly. Companies are discovering that "green" qualifications are an effective motorist of customer acquiring decisions, producing goodwill and improving organisation results.
#9 Start Saving from Day 1
Solar purchase power arrangements (PPAs) and solar leasing has made it possible for homeowners to go solar for little or no cash down.
Numerous house owners decide to finance their photovoltaic panels with one of the "pay-as-you-go" financing options. This means that a third-party business-- the solar service provider-- owns the planetary system and takes care of installation, upkeep, monitoring and repairs. You simply pay the solar company for electricity-- less than you would've paid the utility company.
Since 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 electricity costs. There is clearly an upward pattern.
With photovoltaic panels and easy mathematics, we can calculate how much electrical power will be created, and most importantly, at exactly what cost, for at least the next Twenty 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
How Do Solar Panels Work?
I Need As Much Detail As Possible.
It's photoelectric process. When the light hits the panel, it's energy exites the electrons in the panel and they begin to travel along the circuit if one is present. Light is EXTREMELY high frequency energy, so you wind up with a steady smooth DC current.
You can make your own at home very easily. You will need copper sheeting you can find at some hobby shops, salt water, and an acrylic casing like the hard ones like people use to protect baseball cards, or a flexible one like those used to protect comic books, a soldering iron, and flux core solder.
First, you want to burn the copper on the stove. Once it builds a even black coating you can remove it and let it cool. Next use a soft bristle brush to remove the black soot and expose the oxidised surface of the copper. It's really pretty and you don't want to scratch it.
Next, use the soldering iron and flux core solder to tin the very corner of the oxide coating, and the very corner of the back to clean copper. The oxide coating is now the positive of the solar cell. Cover both connections with clear fingernail polish, or even a little silicon.
Next, slip the plate into whatever you chose to use as it's protective casing and fill it with salt water then seal it with the soldering iron. Now connect a ohm meter to the new terminals and face the pretty side towards the sun or light source and see how much your getting from it.
This is a very basic method. It's not very efficient but you can use it to study for a better understanding. The most efficient solar cells available to the general public are silicon.
I Need Some Solar Panels As My Outdoor Energy Source.If I Want A 60 Watt One, Guys Can Give Some Advice?
Not Expensive, Esay To Install And Can Recharges All My Stuff.
60 watts is BIG, AND expensive. You are talking 5 amps at 12 volts! And you are looking at hundreds of dollars! I have a 6 watt panel I use in my RV, which gives 500ma at 12 volts on a clear bright sunny day, which is enough to keep my batteries topped off from minimal use, but NOT something I could use to power this laptop I am using NOW to write this answer! YOU face the exact SAME problem. I have a friend who took the Y2K thing seriously, so seriously he moved off the grid. He bought a house and went solar. He spent over $20,000 on the panels and batteries he needed. And then consider this, the batteries do not last forever, so figure on about another $12K to replace the batteries at about 10 year intervals and another $8K to replace the solar panels as well. Solar panels DO "wear" over time and produce less and lass power per year. So, he is spending about $2K per year to maintain his solar power, which confidentially is about the SAME he would have spent if he stayed tied to the grid and paid for his electricity! There is NO benefit from converting to solar in a cost out of pocket expense, and you have the added time and trouble of maintaining the system. You have to clean the dust off the panels on a regular basis, or the dust blocks light and your panels lose output. So, there is NO inexpensive route that you can take since there is no cost-benefit in your favor. One of two things has to happen, or both before it makes financial sense to convert: the cost of the equipment has to go down or the cost of commercial electricity has to go up. the way things are today, you gain nothing by converting except the knowledge that you are having a slightly greener footprint in greenhouse gasses...
What Is The Best Way To Store Energy From A Solar Panel?
Say I Wanted To Power A Light On My House With A Solar Panel. But, I Want The Light To Be On When It'S Dark Out. Problem - The Solar Panel Will Not Be Generating Energy When It'S Dark Out. What Would Be A Good, Affordable Way To Get The Energy From The Solar Panel During The Day, Store It, And Then Use It When I Please? Thank You!!
Hey Barrett, all your answers here are correct about the battery. I'm guessing none of them have ever actually tried it. We have several systems that run on solar power. Our entire cabin runs on a 1.4 kw solar array and 1 kw turbine, it has batteries too. Here's what I suggest to people that might want to get started, start small, we did 14 years ago and it gave us the experience we needed.
If you get a pair of Trojan T-105 golf cart batteries, you will have a sizeable storage bank, you need two of them because they are 6 volts each. Then look for a panel on ebay that is optimized for 12 volt battery charging, most of them are. Nothing larger than 75 watts. This way you will not need a charge controller. A 75 watt panel optimized for 12 volt battery charging will have an open circuit voltage (Voc) of 18 volts. 75 divided by 18 volts gives you about 4 amps maximum current, less than 2% of the battery amp hour capacity (220 AH for golf cart batteries). This is below the trickle charge rate limit on lead acid batteries. Charge controllers are fine, but they cost more money, are more complication and are the first thing that fails.
We have two T-105's now, and a 53 watt panel. It runs all the LED strip lights under our cabinets, in the bedroom, aquarium, two reading LED lights, and it charges all our cell phones, ipods and ipad with the use of a car USB converter. Besides the fact we learned how all this works, we are already producing our own power, and the cool thing is all this stuff works, while offsetting some of our utility power, saving us a few dollars each month, but it also all works when the utility power is out. As long as we get a couple hours of sun every two or three days, the batteries never run out. We can even plug a portable car DVD player or portable radio into it during a power failure and watch movies in front of the fire while we charge our cell phones.
Check out some sources below, and consider getting a subscription to Home Power Magazine if you are really thinking about trying solar power someday, it's well worth the small price. If you really want to learn a lot in a short time, get to one of the energy fairs listed in the calendar section of Home Power, we did 15 years ago, and here we are today. Take care Barrett, Rudydoo
Who Are The Best Solar Power Installers In The Bay Area, Ca?
We Are Looking To Install Solar Panels On Our Home And Have No Idea Who To Trust In Terms Of Installation Or Systems.
I would get several bids, and evaluate from there. For me, the criteria would be how thorough and considerate they were. High-pressure sales tactics would be a deal breaker, such as an installer that said a price or discount was only valid on the spot.
I have seen a number of installs, and not seen one that was shabby, so would have to go with business practices and price, rather than quality.
My neighbor's brother got a fantastic deal, but I don't have the installer's name on hand. If you email me through my profile information, I could get the name for you. I don't know if you would get the same deal, though - it could have been because the installer felt guilty for all the delays.
Where To Buy Solar Panels?
I Need Some Solar Panels For A Project But I Dont Know Where To Look They Need To Be Smmall Like Can Fit In A Hand And Decently Priced Anyone Know A Store To Look Or Someting
Digikey http://www.digikey.com sells them You have to sort through the "optoelectronic devices" to find them, but they do have them. And they ship globally. These are new stock, not damaged.
If you have an application you want to simplify the assembly- check out what Northern Tool has http://www.northerntool.com Just click on the alternative energy section.