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Planning & Budgeting for Solar Power

Planning and Budgeting is important aspect of acquiring a solar power system. The cost of a solar power system will vary depending many factors including: How big is the structure? How energy efficient is the structure? What is the average electric bill? What is the orientation of the structure? North, East, South, West? How much roof area or ground space is available? What is the latitude? What are the critical loads? What are the potential energy demands? How much of the total energy required is expected to be provided by the solar power system? What unique site issues apply? (Roof area limitations, shading, soiling, snow & ice, etc.) What are the potential energy demands? How much of the total energy required is expected to be provided by the solar power system? What unique site issues apply? (Roof area limitations, shading, soiling, snow & ice, etc.) As a solar power consumer it is important to ask these questions, the questions above will give you a better idea of what to ask when meeting with a clean energy installer. It is always recommended that you prepare for a meeting before you call a solar power installer and answering the questions above will help you establish your goals and help an installer figure out your...

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A Consumers guide to Solar Power

Reliable information is so critical when you are thinking about buying a solar electric system for your home or business. Solar electric system also known as photovoltaic or PV systems can not only help consumers generate free clean energy but it helps reduce our dependence on foreign oil and cleans up the air. The U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy understands the need for quality information and released a FREE consumer’s guide to solar power called, “Get Your Power from the Sun.” This a well written guide every consumer should review when making a buying decision. We hope this helps you go solar! Click on the handbook below to download: Download: A Consumers Guide: Get Your Power from the...

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Solar Energy on cloudy days, yes it works.

Does solar energy work on a cloudy day? Many consumers who live outside of the southwest USA are concerned about the performance of solar energy in low light conditions. Let’s use Germany as an example; the country has much less sun exposure compared to the USA. Germany is an unlikely hotspot for Solar Energy; but the country is adopting solar energy faster than the USA and has become one of the world’s leading solar power generators. Obviously Germany’s political system endorses renewable energy much more than the USA; this is why it makes sense for Germans in even low light conditions to create energy from the sun. The truth is, even on cloudy days, a solar energy system is still creating a significant amount of energy. Why does solar energy make so much sense in cloudy Germany and not in the sunny USA? The feed-in tariff (gives citizens generating power from the sun a guaranteed payment from the local utility company), which makes the financial payback very attractive for the people of Germany to go solar. So get on your phone and call your representative in Congress and tell them to model our solar energy incentive programs to a working model such as Germany or Japan (who are the true leaders in installing solar...

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reduce and then produce clean energy

I talk to many consumers looking to go solar everyday and most consumers shopping for solar energy are concerned about the large upfront costs associated with producing clean green energy. Although what most consumers don’t think about is the underlying cause of why a solar power system costs so much. What consumers don’t realize is they have the ability to lower the final price by thousands of dollars on a sales quote for a solar power system just by reducing their energy consumption. How do you reduce your energy consumption? A good start (and cheapest) is to change all your light bulbs to CFLs or LEDs, insulation can help reduce your energy by keeping the house cool during summer and warm in the winter, thus significantly reducing your yearly energy usage. Get rid of old appliances which hog and waste energy. Unplug unused items (they draw energy even if they are plugged in, but not in use), set your computers to automatically hibernate (power saving mode) when they are idle for more than 5 minutes. Purchase energy star appliances and most importantly turn off the lights when you leave a room. Changing the way you consume energy can have a significant impact on the overall price of a solar energy system, practicing reducing energy consumption can shave off thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars off the final cost of a system. The great clean energy system installers will always recommend reducing consumption. If you can’t figure out how to reduce your energy usage, some system installers will even perform an energy audit for...

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What the heck is an inverter?

Without an inverter, it would not be possible to turn the energy produced by a solar panel or wind turbine into energy we can use. The primary purpose of a renewable energy inverter is to convert DC into AC power. Our everyday appliances use AC power, therefore the inverter is a very important part in the overall design of a renewable energy power generation...

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