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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 home owners to use the sun to power everyday life: running your air conditioning system, washing clothing, viewing TV, cooking supper. All while decreasing your carbon footprint, and without burning fossil fuels or putting a stress on the electrical grid. And while the ecological advantages of solar power are substantial, many homeowners find that the benefit, special features, and expense savings of owning a solar power system are much more enticing.
Top 10 Benefits of Solar Energy
#1 Drastically minimize and even remove your electrical expenses
Whether you're a homeowner, service, or nonprofit, electricity expenses can make up a big part of your month-to-month costs. With a photovoltaic panel system, you'll generate totally free power for your system's entire 25+ year lifecycle. Even if you don't produce One Hundred Percent of the energy you take in, solar will minimize your energy bills and you'll still save a lot of loan.
#2 Earn a terrific return on your financial investment
Photovoltaic panels aren't an expenditure-- they're one of the very best ways to invest, with returns rivaling those of more standard financial investments like stocks and bonds. Thanks to significant electrical power expense savings, the average American property owner settles their solar panel system in 7 to eight years and sees an ROI of 20 percent or more.
#3 Secure against rising energy expenses
One of the most clear cut advantages of photovoltaic panels is the ability to hedge utility prices. In the past 10 years, property electricity rates have actually increased by approximately three percent each year. By purchasing a solar energy system now, you can repair your electricity rate and protect versus unforeseeable boosts in electrical power expenses. If you're a business or homeowner with ever-changing cash flow, going solar also assists you much better projection and manage your expenditures.
#4 Boost your house value
Multiple research studies have found that homes equipped with solar energy systems have higher residential or commercial property values and sell quicker than non-solar homes. Appraisers are significantly taking solar setups into consideration as they value homes at the time of a sale, and as homebuyers end up being more educated about solar, demand for properties equipped 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 component of accomplishing energy independence in the United States. By increasing our capability to produce electrical power from the sun, we can likewise insulate our country from cost changes in global energy markets.
#6 Create jobs and assist your regional economy
Inning accordance with The Solar Foundation, the solar industry added jobs at a rate nearly 12 times faster than the total U.S. economy in 2015, representing 1.2 percent of all tasks in the country. 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 factor to the U.S. economy.
#7 Safeguard the environment
Solar is a terrific method to reduce your carbon footprint. Buildings are accountable for 38 percent of all carbon emissions in the United States, and going solar can considerably decrease that number. A typical property solar panel system will remove 3 to four lots of carbon emissions each year-- the equivalent of planting over 100 trees every year.
#8 Show your commitment to sustainability
Sustainability and corporate social responsibility are very important parts of an organization's culture and worths. They likewise produce bottom line outcomes. Significantly, customers and neighborhoods are recognizing and rewarding companies that pick to operate responsibly. Organisations are discovering that "green" credentials are an effective driver of customer acquiring decisions, creating goodwill and improving organisation outcomes.
#9 Start Conserving from Day 1
Solar purchase power arrangements (PPAs) and solar leasing has made it possible for property owners to go solar for little or no money down.
Numerous house owners decide to finance their solar panels with among the "pay-as-you-go" financing options. This indicates that a third-party business-- the solar provider-- owns the solar system and looks after installation, maintenance, monitoring and repairs. You just pay the solar provider for electricity-- less than you would've paid the energy company.
As of June 2013, 75% of all American homes have access to pay-as-you-go solar.
#10. Solar is a Secure Investment
The utility companies are notorious for their varying and undependable electrical energy rates. There is plainly an upward trend.
With photovoltaic panels and simple mathematics, we can compute how much electricity will be produced, and most significantly, at what rate, for at least the next Twenty Years (fixed energy expenses).
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
What Are The Advantages And Disadvantagesof Using Solar Power?
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- Solar energy is a renewable resource. Oil, on the other hand, is not renewable
- Solar cells are totally silent. This is in comparison to the noise generated by drills, turbines and pumps for oil
- Solar energy is non-polluting. Solar power creates no air pollution, greenhouse gases, or radioactive nuclear wastes
- Solar cells require very little maintenance (they have no moving parts that will need to be fixed), and they last a long time.
- Although solar panels or solar lights, etc., may be expensive to buy at the onset, you can save money in the long run. After all, you do not have to pay for energy from the sun. On the other hand, all of us are aware of the rising cost of oil.
- Solar powered lights and other solar powered products are also very easy to install. You do not even need to worry about wires.
- Solar panels can be used to run small vehicles
- Sun light is a free energy source
- Solar cells/panels, etc. can be very expensive initially
- Solar power cannot be created at night. It must be collected during the day and stored for later use.
- Solar power is still developing and in a state of continuous improvement
- To provide large scale amounts of energy huge areas of panels would be required
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-Solar energy is expensive: it would cost me about $30,000 to outfit my home with solar cells that could provide my electricity and this wouldn't provide for my summer air conditioner.
-Solar energy is not generally accepted by the public: try getting a home owners association to allow you to put solar panels on the roof of you home.
-Solar energy is very poorly understood, even by those selling it: I was at a recent solar energy fair in Columbia Missouri and folks behind the counter of a group pushing green energy told me that I could mount a small wind generator on my roof ( about 35 ft. above the ground) and recoup all my costs in under 10 years. A lecture at the same fair later that afternoon by a professional installer pointed out that there are very few locations in Mo. that are viable and those that are need a large generator on a 100 ft. tall tower to recoup the costs in 15 years.
-Solar hot water systems take a fair amount of yearly maintenance: my hot water collectors require at least 8 hours of yearly maintenance my me, some of it on top of my 2 story roof, figure a solar service man would charge me $50 per hour and it exceeds what my yearly propane bill would be to heat my water it in a standard water heater.
-People keep trying to get the government to pay for it: if something is truly worth the money people will purchase it. If the government must subsidize something then it is not self sustaining and should be allowed to die a natural economic death.
How Solar Energy Works?
When Is It Used With Water (Steam)??
When Is It Not Used With Steam??
I Saw Videos On Youtube, Were Electricity Is Created Directly From The Sun Without Steam
Is This Another Type Of Solar Energy??
Can U Explain The Difference??
Can U Give Videos Or Any Kind Of Sources??
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To generate steam from sunlight, you need lenses or mirrors to concentrate the light. The mirrors or lenses are motorized to follow the sun during the day. Solar energy can also heat water without turning it into steam.
Electricity is generated directly from sunlight with photovoltaic cells, also known as solar cells. You've probably seen calculators that run on solar cells.
Prices Are Rising, The Worth Of A Dollar Is Falling, The Economy Is Pretty Edgy Right Now. Why Not Stand Up?
As All Of You Know, The Price Of Gas Is Pretty High. While I Don'T Mean To Complain, Other Countries Do Have It Worse, But It'S Ridiculous. How Come We Don'T Pull Together And Try And Make This Work? There Are Many Alternative Energies Out There, But The Most Independent Source Of Earthly Materials Is Solar.
What Are Your Ideas On Solar Energy? Don'T You Think It Would Benefit The World In Good Ways (Pollution, Money, Etc.)? We'Re All Depending Too Much On The Ground Beneath Our Feet And It Seems Like It Costs Too Much To Depend On It Anymore.
What About Boycotts? If We Continue This Way, All The Large Businesses And/Or Governments Could Make A Negative Impact On The Way We Live (Eg., The Great Depression Of The 1920'S).
So Ponder A Bit, What Exactly Can We Do? Who'S Even Willing To Help The Country Recover Before It'S Too Late And We Drop Into Recession? Things Aren'T So Bad Now, But Look At The Facts And Stats Of The Last Few Years... What Do You Have To Say?
Alternative energy sources are still extremely inefficient and do not generate enough energy for all of our nation's needs. This is to be expected when you consider that the technology relatively new compared to the burning of fossil fuels. Right now, we can use these sources to supplement our electricity use, but it isn't good enough right now to fully supplant it.
You talk about a boycott, but the question is, a boycott of what? Electricity? Using our cars? When the prices go too high, that's what we'll need to do anyways. When that happens, businesses will lower prices to meet the lower demand. This is called price-seeking behavior, and that's exactly what the market's going through right now.
Yes, this is not pleasant...it means we'll be paying higher prices for our current standard of living. In the United States, our standard of living is extremely high. Now the price is catching up to our habits. It was fun while it lasted, but now we have to adjust our lifestyles accordingly. It sucks, but isn't a disaster scenario by any means.
How Do Plants Compare To Solar Cells Specifically, When It Comes To Collecting The Sun'S Radiat Energy (Photons)??
Solar cells (PV) are much more efficient than the average vascular plant.
Example: Maize produces about 150 bushels (8400 lb, about 3.8 metric tons) of grain per acre per year, and another 2 dry tons of leaves and stalks in excess of the requirement for erosion control. The embodied energy in this (at 392,000 BTU/bushel for the grain and 17.4 GJ/ton for the other matter) is about 97 GJ/acre/year (sorry about the funny units, multiply by 2.47 to convert acres to hectares).
An acre in mid-Kansas receives about 1550 kWh of sunlight per year; at 15% conversion efficiency in a PV, that's 232.5 kWh (837 MJ)/m²/year. Multiply by 4047 m²/acre, and you'd get 3.39 TJ/acre/year.