By now we have all heard about solar panels in Hampden, MA and how great they can be for the environment and how much money they can save you on your utility bills, right? Solar energy is a hot topic right now and everyone wants more information on the subject. This is just a quick review of the ups and downs of using solar panels to provide energy for your home. The Bad news first.
The Bad – The initial set up costs or residential solar systems can be too expensive for most homeowners, up to $20,000 to professionally outfit a household. It can be a hassle to get a zoning variance, depending on your community you live in, if you need one. (Most communities don’t but if you live in a big downtown city, well….)
The Ugly – Most people don’t think about this but the amount of energy you can use is dictated by the sun. If you don’t have a have a backup system, it’s possible to run out of power! Either you need a good battery system to have power available when your not generating it or you need to remain connected to the energy grid in your local area. Not too many people seem to mention this when talking about solar panels.
What If I Get Solar On My Home or Business in Hampden, MA?
You will save energy by converting your home to use solar power and you will be conserving resources for future generations, and lowering your impact on the planet. You can also be paid by your utility company for the excess electricity you might generate. You can make money using solar power too! Not a lot to be honest, but some is better than none. Your property values will increase when you use alternative energy sources to power your home. The government also provides tax credits for certain solar applications. Cha Ching!
Our ability to harness the energy of the sun has been one of mankind's greatest achievements. Solar panels are our lifeline in a future of uncertain supplies and spiraling costs, but as sensible an alternative as they are it's important to consider all the pros and cons of ownership before making the decision to install them.
For example, some of the pros of owning such a system include:
Can Be Installed Almost Anywhere
The beauty of solar panels is they can be installed in a huge variety of locations, including some of the most remote places in the world. In some rural places in the UK, it is more cost-effective to have solar panels than laying high voltage wires.
The Energy Is Constantly Available
Solar energy is the most abundant natural source of energy on the planet and it never runs out. Even in winter on overcast days, the solar energy from the sun is enough to power every home across the UK.
The Electricity Is Clean And Produces No Pollution
Solar panels give off no pollution. There's no exhaust fumes, odorous emissions or nasty by-products of electricity generation, and solar panels do not have a carbon footprint. They just produce clean pollution-free energy.
They Are Energy Intensive To Produce
While the panels themselves are non-polluting once in place, the amount of energy and the chemicals and metals used in their manufacture are not. There are also the polluting effects of the transportation used to ship them from factory to supplier.
You Have To Have The Right Angle To Your Roof
The ideal roof is south facing at a 60o angle, although good results can also be obtained from roofs angled 90o either side - south west through to south east. North facing roofs are not suitable.
It Can Take A Long Time To Achieve Payback
The average solar panel system can take around 10 years to pay back - that is for you to earn as much income in Feed-In Tariffs as the panels cost you to have installed.
Investing in solar panels today is investing in your future tomorrow. There are very few people who cannot benefit from solar panels, but under the right circumstances and with full understanding of the pros and cons of this versatile and cost-effective environmental technology.
Solar Energy Facts - The Good Stuff
As with the traditional electrical system, there are basic equations. Other than the basic equations for home electricity, there are equations used to determine amounts of electricity produced by solar radiation; and solar panel area needed to produce a certain amount of energy.
Of course, we should start at the beginning with the standard electrical definitions and equations. Newton of force is the force used to move 1 kilogram (about 2 pounds) to the speed of 1 meter per second while the force is applied. A Joule is the amount of energy exerted to do work with 1 Newton of force. Energy is measured in Joules. Power, also known as watts, is the amount of energy divided by time (usually seconds); in other words joules per second.
Power = (Area of solar panels in m2) x 150 watts/m2 x (Hours of sunlight)
Knowing the basic math of Solar Electricity, we are able to determine the amount of solar panel area and/or electricity being produced.
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